Retro Trends – Spring-Summer 2019

It is getting warmer outside and you can almost feel spring in the air – my favorite time of year. This season saw a return of many fashion trends that retro-style enthusiast can incorporate into their wardrobe, so that you can be both retro and on trend!

Girly frills

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Ultrafeminine dresses and whole outfits inspired by dolls will be very much en vogue – full of ruffles, lace, multilayered, in light colours and sweet but bold prints (so polka dots, flowers, stars). You could see them on the runways of Dolce & Gabbana, Erdem, Gucci, Marc Jacobsa, Molly Goddard, Rodarte, Simone Rocha, Valentino.

Crochet fashion

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Inspiration from the seventies is still going strong. This time many collections featured knitted dresses, shirts and skirts (among others Luis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Oscar De La Renta), often finished with long fringe. Now they are suitable not only for the beach but also for everyday outfits! Time to take out the crochet!

Polka Dots

This cute pattern appeared on the catwalks in an adult, black and white version in designs by Celine, Caroline Herrera, Giorgio Armani and Jaquemus. The dots here become a synonym of mature elegance. Polka dots at a business meeting? Why not!


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One of the most fashionable additions is definitely a scarf wrapped around the head. Models were wearing them at Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Anna Sui and Kate Spade shows.

You can wear it as a turban, wrapped around your head and neck in the style of Jackie Kennedy, or tied on the neck like a bandana. A silk scarf, preferably with a coloured print, helps to hide windblown hair, protect the hairstyle from moisture and adds a touch of chic!

Puffy Sleeves

The sleeves that were popular in the 1930s and then again in the 1980s are back in favour! Some of the designers to feature them were Christian Siriano, Delpozo and Lanvin. They are especially beneficial for people who have a pear-shaped figure and want to optically widen the upper torso.


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Feathers were a real hit on the runways. Ostrich, peacock, marabou – take your pick! They also appeared on the clothes – shirts (like at the Dries Van Noten show), dresses (Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta), or even trousers (Richard Quinn). Feathers will add airiness and a pinch of decadent glamour to any outfit.

If you’re shy about this trend, try feathered earrings (now not reserved only for boho style). And if you’re feeling more extravagant – mules with marabou puffs are finally trendy!

How do you like these retro trends? Will you incorporate some of them into your spring wardrobe? Let me know in the comments!

Leopard is the new neutral!

leopard print is the new neutral

Leopard print is hailed as one of the hottest trends for fall 2018, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m not a big fan of minimalism, so when I do prints, I want to do it dramatically. And animal prints bring all the drama!

For me, leopard print is one of these things that have been creeping up on me. As a young adult I used to be all about solid colours and struggled with incorporating prints into my looks, but at some point I found myself having leopard shoes, scarfs, shirts, dresses…

How to do leopard print everyday?

A great way to start out is with accents – a scarf or a collar you can wear with your cardigan are great accents that add a bit of spice to your outfit! This works especially if, for instance, your place of work does not allow for the extravagance of a full leopard shirt or dress. Accessory-wise, I’m partial to a leopard print shoe, and already miss the warmer days when I could wear this outfit!

dress: H&M
shoes: New Look

You can mix things up by using leopard print in different colours – or even mixing different colours of the same print in one outfit if you’re brave (like me).

leopart print faux fur
Collectif Clothing – Pietra Leopard Faux Fur Collar Cardigan
leopard print dress
Miss Candyfloss – Vivianne-Lou – Leopard swing dress
silver leopard print dress
Vivien of Holloway – Jezebel Silver Leopard Bust Dress


And if you’re interested in the history of leopard print, you can always get the book “Fierce! The History of Leopard Print” written by Jo Weldon of New York School of Burlesque.  With its lively narrative, informative sidebars, and stunning images, “Fierce” is a must-have collection for designers and fashionistas of all kinds!

Fierce. The History of Leopard Print by Jo Weldon

Have you got some leopard print in your closet? What are your favourite go-to accessories or clothes? How do you incorporate it into your daily style? Please, share your own tips in the comments!

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Wishlist Wednesday

It’s a Wishlist Wednesday! I’m introducing a new type of post 🙂 I will share my current fashion favourites. I doubt I will manage to do it regularly every week, but here goes 🙂

Today’s theme is quite obviously red and black, two of my favourite colours.

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday

  1. Vivien red glitter hoop earrings, Bow & Crossbones
  2. 1950s rose embroidery patchwork dress, Retro Stage
  3. Juliet wine harness bra, Playful Promises
  4. ‘Berrie’ burgundy bomber jacket, Lindy Bop
  5. 50’s blossom bow top in deep red, TopVintage
  6. Black t-bar heels, Deichmann

My 5 Favourite Retro Bloggers Right Now

Because I am interested in basically everything retro, it’s natural that I read as much as I can on the subject – and I look for inspiration from other retro bloggers!

Check out this list of my 5 favourite retro bloggers I’m following now and tell me if you knew them before or if you’ve just discovered them! Do you have your favourite retro blogs? Let me know in the comments!

B is For Brittany

I found Brittany on Instagram and immediately fell in love with her style. Her blog isn’t as active as her Instagram account but I still highly recommend it to everyone interested in early 20th century retro fashion!


Gracefully Vintage

Kayla is an Australian vintage fashion blogger with some very enviable wardrobe! I like her consistency, elegant outfits and pretty pretty pictures.


Flashback Summer

Oh man. This girl’s style is everything I love. Emileigh is serious goals for me. Hair goals (#straighthairproblems), outfit goals, and most importantly, sewing goals. That’s right! This girl sews almost everything she wears!


Vintage Gal

This blog is a MAJOR inspiration for me. Cate is another blogger who prefers the style of 1930s and 1940s with enviable wardrobe and sewing skills. She also writes about vintage lifestyle, movies & books, art, designs, and provides fashion roundups. Wow! Her blog is basically what I want my blog to grow into.


Curve Creation’s Closet

Missi’s presence on this list may surprise some since she is very much into 1940s and 1950s looks which are not really my cup of tea. While stylistically I tend to lean more towards 1920s and 1930s, I sincerely admire Missi’s dedication to her blog, her openness about her lifestyle and quite simply, the girl’s character. Her social media posts inspire me to do better, and to do it while looking FABULOUS

And that’s my favourite 5 retro bloggers right now! Would you like to see more of my favourites? Drop me a comment and let me know 🙂

January Sale – roundup

January sales are going to be the death of me. In the midst of New Year’s resolutions to keep my budget reasonable I am flooded by pretty dresses on sale. I seriously regret not being a graduate because I would have SO MANY GOOD OPTIONS for my prom. So suffer with me as I share with you a few of my favourites!

Rules: No more than 50$ for a piece. Must be available in various sizes.

You can click through for the link to product (no affiliate links = I don’t profit from this because I’m not that kind of fancy blogger. YET.)

Unique Vintage

Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & Ivory Bombshell Stretch Wiggle Dress

1950s Style Black & Ivory Bombshell Stretch Wiggle Dress

Iconic by UV 1930s Style Ivory Floral Chiffon Ziegfeld Gown

Iconic by UV 1930s Style Ivory Floral Chiffon Ziegfeld Gown

Silver Speakeasy Tiered Fringe Flapper Dress

Iconic by UV Silver Speakesy Tiered Fringe Flapper Dress

Top Vintage

Collectif Clothing 50s Patricia Woodland Bloom Blouse in Black

Lindy Bop

‘Madison’ Glamorous 50’s Peach Vintage Style Prom Party Cocktail Dress

‘Vampira’ Leopart Print Velvet Wiggle Dress

‘Myrtle’ Midnight Blue Halter Neck Swing Dress


What Katie Did

What Katie Did Glamour Corselette

What Katie Did Cabaret Torsolette

Party like a flapper!


party like a flapper

While window-shopping before Christmas, I had a reflection. In mainstream fashion, it seems that New Year’s Eve is the only occasion when wearing sequins is à la mode.

Personally I like to add a little sparkle to all my outfits (and end up unintentionally doing so more often than not… kids, glitter is impossible to get rid of).

The end of the year seems the perfect occasion to go a little decadent – and what’s more decadent than a Great Gatsby-inspired, 1920s-themed outfit? Here you have some inspiration to help you channel your inner flapper:

Rule 1. Show those legs!
Rule 2. Loose waist hides the post-Christmas happy belly (not that it needs to be hidden!)
Rule 3. Make it sparkle!
Rule 4. Sensible heels mean you can dance all night!
Rule 5. Reuse Christmas tree decorations for a fun outfit!

party like a flapper

  1. 1920s Style Paprika & Gold Seven Voyages Beaded Reproduction Flapper Dress, Unique Vintage
  2. 1920s Style Black & Silver Deco Beaded Forster Flapper Dress, Unique Vintage
  3. 1920s Style Blush Geometric Sequin Deco Beaded Flapper Dress, Unique Vintage
  4. Black and Gold Gatsby Art Deco Style Evening Clutch Bag, Vintage Peppercorn, Etsy (basically you need a clutch which is a) sparkly, b) tasseled or c) both)
  5. Ruby Shoo 20s Belle Pumps in Platinum, Top Vintage (these are going to my personal wishlist, too!)
  6. Long Pearl Effect Rope Necklace, Claire’s (hint: you can use faux pearl bead Christmas tree garlands – I do!)
  7. Turban, Partybox (other colors also available but isn’t this silver amazing?!)
  8. 1920s vintage inspired wedding flapper headband, Gatsby Lady, Etsy
  9. Charleston Art Deco Headdress N83, Star Crossed Beauty, Etsy


Need some music for your stylish party? Why of course I have some suggestions!

And remember, have fun!

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pink bows

(via Allegro)

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perfume miniatures

(Chloé, Acqua by Roberto Cavalli, via Glossybox)

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sky blue petticoat

(via Allegro)

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100 fans on FB!


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Lots of inspiration from a new book

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Lots of bracelets

(cupcake: Lemon Lovely, star & clover: Lilou, red cat’s eye: Bijou Brigitte)

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A cupcake handbag from a very cool lady

 (Karolin paskudzi)

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Red nails

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Lillies of the valley!