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Vintage Fashion- A Must Have In Your Wardrobe

Thin waists, corsets, defined hips and full petticoats; that was the fashion trend that came with the 50’s. After the second World War, style clothing became an important part of culture in the 1950’s; fashion was one way of showcasing one’s place in society, and it became a way to express conformity and individual identity.

Fast forward to 2016, I still seem to be stuck in the 1950’s fashion era; the short version of ball gowns, the gloves and the cat eyes sunglasses have always been my fashion signature ever since I started sewing my own clothes! The moment I laid my eyes on this flowery fabric in a fabric shop in Mombasa, I knew immediately I was going to make a vintage dress out of it.

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Something about the bright red flowers had a way of taking me back to the 50’s era, of jazzy tunes, hats and fascinators. I intended to design this dress for my sister for a high tea event last weekend, but somehow I couldn’t part with it after I finished sewing it!

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Vintage fashion has a way of creating an illusion of full hips and a tiny waist, especially if you’re petite, hence why it has always been one of my signature designs. That doesn’t mean if you’re curvy, you can’t get away with vintage dresses; on the contrary vintage dresses cinch your waist well, giving you a lovely hourglass figure!

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When I was designing this dress, I didn’t quite know how the end result was going to look like, I kept sewing it and trying it on, and decided to play around with the hems and make it a bit short on the front and long on the sides, to give it a more swooshy(yes that’s a word) feel. I decided to make the bottom part really full, by adding a stiff net petticoat underneath to give it that real vintage effect, and a bit of lace on the upper part of the bodice!

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So whether you love the Audrey Hepburn hourglass silhouette fitted retro fashion, or the Doris Day,full vintage wear, there’s something about vintage dresses that always have a way of bringing out the retro in you!

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Marion is a creative writer, fashion and interior designer, photographer, poet, natural hair stylist and traveler. This is a lifestyle blog, exploring, the good, the better and the best things that everyday life has to offer in this Coastal side of life, hoping to create a nicer world through beautiful designs and fresh ideas!

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