The closet raid is a collection of personal style and advice on vintage fashion and styling from the purveyors of today’s vintage community. Copyright: The models of the Christian Dior ‘Stable’ 1957, Photographed by Loomis Dean. 60 Years of Style from Christian Dior to John Galliano. Chenoune and Hamani. Published by Thames & Hudson
During our Closet raid we will show you our treasured finds and offer tips on what works for us which will hopefully inspire you to try vintage fashion.
I became interested in vintage fashion after seeing a picture of the New Look by Christian Dior and I remember being fascinated by the structure and the elegance of the garments. At that time I was disillusioned by high street fashion and none of the clothes I tried seemed to capture the look I was trying to emulate. It took a lot of experimenting and fashion mistakes before I discovered what suited me and from this starting point I developed my own sense of style.
Copyright: Christian Dior New Look. 60 Years of Style from Christian Dior to John Galliano. Chenoune and Hamani. Published by Thames & Hudson
Here are a selection of garments I have edited from my closet.
The best dressed wedding guest dress
One of the first garments I ever bought. I found this dress at a small, shabby Aladdin’s cave of fashion and home wears in Brighton when out searching for a dress to wear at a wedding. It was £20 and is just one of my favourite pieces I own. TIP Find out what colour works well for you and use as a main starting point. You can be overwhelmed with choice in Vintage emporiums. Editing by colour will help you find your treasure
The Mad Men vixen dress
This find was from ebay, one of the first garments I bought from 2TryHard and everyone tells me is very Mad Men (I had never heard of the series at that point?!). Every time I put on this dress I feel amazing. TIP If you have broad shoulders try offsetting with necklines which sit on the shoulder. This will draw the attention to your neckline and make your shoulders look less broad.
The pick me up everyday dress
A dress I wear nearly every day to work. It’s my go to dress whenever I need a pick me up. Yes, it’s very ‘dressy’ but what I always say is why not try to look fabulous every day there is no point saving dresses for special occasions, treat every day as a special occasion.
TIP If you have an hourglass figure create a foundation with fabulous lingerie and try dresses with simple necklines and a cinched in waist to enhance your natural shape
The cocktails for two dress
This dress is the most favourite piece of vintage fashion I own. 1950s cocktail at it’s very best. The only problem is, I can only wear it when I remember to have it dry cleaned, but so worth it! Another purchase from 2TryHard.
TIP You MUST invest in dry cleaning for your vintage garments that need it. Some of the garments I own come from 1930’s onwards so they need to be well maintained and cared for in order to preserve their quality
The got to have it dress
I fell in love with this dress the moment it popped up on my screen. I practically begged Him to lend me the money to pay for it because I couldn’t imagine not having it in my closet. It’s perfect for holidays and summer afternoons.
TIP Use your instincts, no one can tell you what works for you and if you love it, get it.