Blouses and shirts are the easiest items in your wardrobe. Adding a blouse to an outfit is a simple way to smarten it up or soften it down to a feminine look. Here are our top three picks:
There is only one way to describe this first blouse: adorable! Crochet is such a pretty way to create pattern with just one colour. It adds a great texture which is perfect for some winter layering. Our favourite part of this though, is the vintage brooch. It adds such a nice finishing touch and works so well with the 40's style blouse! We guarantee everyone will be asking where you found this little gem! (Alexa Blouse £12)
Never has there been a blouse that suits full, midi skirts so well as this one! The light material tucks in effortlessly and avoids the the outfit looking too material-heavy. We think this one is especially perfect for darker winter tones, think deep plums and cherry reds!(Penny-Mae Top £7)
Our top picks could not be complete without a classic seventies shirt; hello statement collars and full sleeves! The detailing on this shirt sells itself, with quirky lace sleeves and lots of pretty edging around the cuffs. As if you weren't sold already, it even has a brooch that adds that essential bit jewellery. (Lora Blouse £20)
Faux fur coats are an easy way to inject the fur trend into your wardobe while still keeping all snug for winter! They are also amazingly versatile; worn with black boots, studs and leather look material you can rock the grunge look! Or, you can wear with one of our pencil skirts and a crochet blouse for a chic look. Our powder pink coat is perfect for mixing up the looks and works great with blacks, greys, and even pastels. We have a whole range of colours and fits so be sure to have a browse at http://www.bettyraevintage.com/#!coats--jackets/cr2f
Handmade and one of a kind are words that melt our heart when we are looking for a unique, vintage item. This wool jacket is perfect for those looking to stand out and is a gorgeous fit. Its Aztec style print works well with tan accessories and jeans to ensure the jacket is the main attraction.
No vintage wardrobe is complete without a denim jacket. Whether you are into the grunge look on a casual day or want to delve into the 60's trend and wear with a cute mini skirt, our denim jackets have got you covered!
And finally, our nautical coat is only £15.00 and we have a feeling it will be snapped up very quickly. Nautical fashion is an effortless look whether you are hanging around the harbour or not! The white and blue stripes mixed with the big gold buttons makes this purchase a no-brainer to pull together any outfit!
We are so excited to bring you our new stock, this week focusing on skirts, and boy do we have some beauties for you!
Knitted skirts: Skirts aren't just for summer when you have a good pair of tights and you can get away with knitted or even patterned ones with these. Our green skirt would look amazing with an oversized aubergine bag and some ankle boots with frilled, white socks. The monochrome mini skirt is very sixties inspired and we think it would be great to clash with some patterns! Finally, our favourite of the bunch is the tweed pencil skirt (above) that is smart enough for a day in the office. The burnt orange colour is great to match with some autumnal colours like browns, purples and even mustard yellow if you are feeling bold!
Pastels: Winter pastels are a top pick this season and who can resist their icy, bittersweet tones. Our pastel pink pencil skirt (above) is straight out of the 1950's and its beauty stems from its versatility. Wearing with a Polo neck jumper retains the vintage theme but is also spot on trend this season. For a smarter look, try with a fitted, peplum blazer or a grey, long sleeved top. The pastel blue skirt can be worn with other blue tones, clashed with more pastels or worn with a polo neck for smart and casual!
Full skirts: Full skirts are a must have for any womans wardrobe and they have continued on from last season. We have bright florals to inject some colour into your wardrobe which look great mixed with light colours or toned down with darker shades. Don't be afraid to mix them up with thicker textures as long as they don't conceal the shape of the waistline, to avoid looking bulky. We also have more autumnal patterns, our personal favourite being the tartan skirt (above). This is the perfect addition to an autumn look and looks great with black blouses and cardigans, almost reminicent of WW2.
Instagram has become a fundamental element of social networking in the last few years, whether you’re using it on business grounds to promote your ideas, or just to show your friends what you’re having for dinner, if we can access it then we’re all guilty of spending the vast majority of our day posting snippets of our life or just scrolling through our feeds taking a peek at other people’s.
But with so many people using such a popular tool of recording ones life in photographs, it's easy for beautiful accounts to slip through the net and into the midst of cyberspace. Fear not! Here at BettyRae we've searched high and low through the depths of bathroom selfies and last night's homemade pizza, to find you our favourite vintage accounts that we think deserve some love and recognition!
SolanahThis candy-floss coloured beauty creates an amazing example of vintage posting, with various outfit inspirations, beauty examples and a peek into her gorgeous lifestyle.
retrochick_uk The beautiful Gemma uses Instagram to capture moments her blog does not, with a personal glimpse into her vintage world and a wardrobe to be envious of, we love this retro account!
elliecp_ You may remember this lovely young lady from our 'Blogger of the Month' newsletter a few months ago. Ellie Connor Phillips takes us into her world of charity shopping, big jumpers and quirky jewellery, all at the age of sixteen! We think she's wonderful.
gracefullyvintage This beautiful account brings us vintage from the other side of the world! A gorgeous pin-up model with impeccable taste and talented for creating.
thesirenvintage This little account for The Siren Vintage boutique offers endless inspiration of quirky homeware and accessories, marvellous.
Do you have any favourite vintage accounts that you think deserve some recognition? Comment below, we would love to feature them!
'I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.'
Feminine and floaty, Oscar De La Renta formed a revolution in designer fashion by creating dresses women wanted to wear. Ruffles and silks forming the basis of most of his designs, he was flooded by celebrities who wanted to get their hands on their own design. We picked his most memorable designs to best remember his exceptional talent by.
One of his final and most romantic designs for the woman who finally tied down Mr Clooney. Elegant was the word on everyone's lips as they looked on in awe at the sweeping train and romantic French lace.
Just daring enough to make a statement but chic enough to be a stellar hit, Kerry Washington looks gorgeous in this modern take on a fairy-tale gown.
Oh wow, wow, WOW! Don't mind us, just falling in love with a dress here! We adore daring choice and this one is a mix between grunge and pretty princess and who better to pull it off than Emma Watson.
And finally, our personal favourite! There has never been so much drama in one dress and no one else could wear it with more grace than Sarah Jessica Parker. Monochrome is always an effortless hit and paired with long white gloves, it feels as though we are back on the carpet in the 1950's. Complete with his signature, Oscar De La Renta left his biggest mark within this dress. He had finally made beautiful, wearable dresses for strong, independent women.
BettyRae Vintage was blessed by the presence of the fabulous Jessica Cangiano, founder of vintage fashion and lifestyle blog Chronically Vintage, for an interview discussing her life, work and hopes for the future. This beautiful blog perfectly captures every element of life through the mid-twentieth century and throws us into a vintage wardrobe you're bound to be envious of!
1. For those who don’t know, what is your blog about, how long has it been up and running and what inspired you to start?
My blog, Chronically Vintage, was born late one evening in April 2009 and has been going strong ever since, with more than 1,170+ blog posts published during that the last 5.5 years. I've had a profound passion for both writing and vintage ever since I was a little girl, so it was only natural ("inevitable" in my mind) that I would combine the two at some point.
That moment came in the midst of an extremely rough spell on the health front for me (I'm severely chronically ill and do daily battles with more than a dozen different chronic illnesses), when I felt like my life and I were being defined almost exclusively by medical problems and their huge impact on my life. I was in my mid-20s at the time and I didn't want that to be the only label people associated with me any more. Instead of just being chronically ill, I decided right then and there that I was going to dub myself "Chronically Vintage" as well, because vintage was/is also a massive part of my life 24/7, and thus both my blog and its title were born.
Like myself, Chronically Vintage is an eclectic mix of different passions and objectively there's very little I won't consider covering there. Some of the main focuses from the get-go however have been vintage fashion (with a particular emphasis on the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, as those are the decades I adore, and dress from, most often myself), mid-century history, vintage recipes, how to create a vintage/reproduction/vintage appropriate wardrobe, real world vintage photos, holiday themed posts, and topics pertaining to the vintage lifestyle as a whole and also to the art of blogging.
I post frequently (on average three to four times a week at present) and always have tons of ideas waiting to come down the pipeline, which is awesome, because I really find that creativity begets creativity and the more/longer I keep on blogging, the more ideas come my way!
2. What exciting opportunities have you had as a result of your work, and what would you say are your biggest achievements?
I've been very blessed to have a wide range of opportunities develop, and achievements come to fruition as a result of my blogging. Some that really stand out in my mind are the vast number of (vintage, reproduction, etc) companies and individuals I've had the pleasure of collaborating with, the endlessly dear (fellow vintage loving) friends that I've made online over the years, being interviewed by all kinds of great online and print magazines around the world, being named one of (the website) Queen's of Vintage's Queens of Vintage last year, and being able to transform my blog into my full-time career, in conjunction with my online Etsy vintage shop that I opened this year in May.
3. If you had the chance to ask one question to any iconic person, alive or dead, who would you choose and what would you ask them?
For a perpetual history fan like me, that is not an easy question to answer by any means. There are countless people from the past that I'd love to sit down and have a chat with, but one in particular that stands out for me is Cleopatra. I'd love to ask for her "girl boss" tips and also if any of the rumours about her were true! :)
4. Influenced by the mid-twentieth century, what is it about this era that inspires you so much?
There is so very much about this period in human history that speaks to me. Yes, I madly love (and fill my world with) the fashions, home decor, cars, architecture, movies and music, but there's more to it than that for me. Though I certainly see the many shortcomings and problems that society had at the time, I also greatly admire the positive points that made up daily life. The diligent work ethic, the sense of community and pride, the make do and mend mentality, the sense of civic duty, that families still sat down to dinner together every night, the people were often more cordial and well mannered than they are today, and so on. I love a lot of things about the 21st century and am grateful that I live in the day and age that I do, but there are a number of things (like those just mentioned) from the mid-twentieth century that I wish were still as prevalent nowadays. 5. What is your favourite vintage hairstyle/outfit you’ve had and why?
I've loved every single vintage item I've ever owned or currently own. Even when a garment that I bought online (and couldn't try on first in person), for example, didn't fit right and I ended up selling or giving it away, I adored that for a brief spell, I got to be a part of that item's rich history. It's like asking a parent to pick their favourite child, I can't pick just one favourite piece or outfit. But there are certainly some that standout in my mind. Here are a few which I think encapsulates my personal vintage style to a tee.
6. Can you name a few of your favourite vintage shops and spots and why you love them?
I live in a small town in British Columbia, Canada which does not have any vintage clothing shops at the moment (sadly, there simply isn't the market/interest levels needed to support them here), so I do the vast majority of my vintage shopping online and have for the past decade or so (since I got my first computer back in 2004). Some of my favourite places to source vintage online are Etsy, eBay, Blue Velvet Vintage, The Best Vintage Clothing, and many of the shops listed in a post I wrote earlier this year called Twenty Great Online Non-Etsy or eBay Shops. Each one of these sources has its strengths and specialties. I love eBay for the chance to get something for a total bargain if luck is on your side. Etsy for the quality of the garments, customer care and listing photos (amongst other reasons), independent sellers for their gumption and hard work, and that they've been able to go it alone in such a fiercely competitive market.
It's really important for those who buy vintage to support both their local sellers and the online community too. Many online sellers rely on the sales their shops/sites generate to pay the bills and put food on their tables, so if you have the option to buy vintage (over something similar that's new) online, I highly encourage you to do so.
7. What message do you hope to give out through your writing and blog to readers and followers?
Excellent question. Two very key points that I hope shine through in my writing are: one, that you should always, unequivocally march to the beat of your own sartorial drum. If wearing something makes you happy, don't let any of the naysayers out there get you down. Rock your 20s cloche, your 60s frock, your 40s handbag and your 80s jewellery all at once, if you please! Fashion, fortunately, has no rules and we're each free to have as much fun with it as we please 24/7. This point is incredibly near and dear to my heart and is something I've written about numerous times over the years, such as in the post Dress Like a Cupcake Should Feel.
The second point - though I do not generally make my chronic health issues the focal point of my blog - is that I hope I encourage others with medical problems, disabilities, and all kinds of adversity in their life to use the immense happiness that vintage brings them as a way of counterbalancing those negatives and also showing them that they are so much more than just the things in life that are anything but ideal.
8.Have you any upcoming events/plans? What are your hopes for the future?
As Chronically Vintage (the blog) heads towards its sixth year, I hope very much to continue blogging on a regular basis, to further grow my audience (ideally a bit more into the broader blogging world, not just the lovely niche of vintage blogging), collaborating and working with awesome companies and individuals, and coming up with new ideas and directions to take my site in. I also launched a YouTube channel this summer, which I hope to have time (and good health days) to make more videos for and would love to see that continue to grow in popularity as well.
And last, but certainly not least, I want to keep growing my Etsy vintage shop and establishing it as one of the top vintage shops online - the sort of stores the people automatically think to turn to when they want to go vintage shopping online.
Vintage is a huge and indescribably important part of my life, so I know that whatever the future holds in store for me, vintage will always be a major part of my world and that thought fills my heart with joy! Check out Jessica's blog here: http://www.chronicallyvintage.com Interviewed and written by Elly Jupp