Dressing for the Decade: The Shifting Influence of 1940s Fashion

The 1940s were a perfect example of fashion reflecting the issues of the decade. Styles adapt to the society they’re worn in. There were two different types 1940s fashion that divided the decade, both centered around World War II.

Katherine Hepburn on the set of "The Philadelphia Story" in 1940.

Katherine Hepburn on the set of “The Philadelphia Story” in 1940.

The first came about during World War II. Women’s fashion was geared towards utility during wartime. Squared shoulders and skirts that came up to the knee were popular. Women were encouraged to make their own clothing, especially because of the wartime rationing. The focus of fashion switched from Paris to New York, with many embracing the “American Look” that made use of fabrics that weren’t in demand by the military. Pants became a popular choice for women at this time, a trend that would carry over to later decades. Though much of the fashion of the early 1940s encouraged repurposing older styles, women were still able to DIY their own chic outfits in this wartime period.

Christian Dior's "New Look", a dramatic shift from  the WWII Utility Style

Christian Dior’s “New Look”, a dramatic shift from the WWII Utility Style

After World War II, the emphasis on conservation and utility began to fade in favor a new, feminine look. Rounded shoulders replaced the utility style’s squared version. Instead of straight skirts that ended before the knee, women embraced a full, billowing skirt in this new feminine style.

When trying to channel the 1940s, there are so many options. Pick your look and dress for the decade!

For more inspiration, check out Back In Style selection of 1940s fashion!

Trend Alert: Mad for Mod in Valentino Fall 2014

Valentino brought the ’60s back in a big way this fall. The vintage vibe of set is a trend to look out for this fall. The collection features many must-have mod dresses that any vintage fashionista would love!

Valentino Fall 2014

Valentino Fall 2014

Channel your inner Twiggy with Valentino’s variety of collared mini-dresses. The minimalist monochrome looks are a chic way to subtly recall sixties style. The collection is full of fun and flirty dresses, with the short hemlines balanced by their mod collars. The A-line styles and shift dresses are funky but still sophisticated. The mod collection also featured more vibrantly colored pieces, with psychedelic, circular prints.

Looking to add more mod styles to your closet? Browse Back In Style’s collection of mod, vintage clothing for your own take on the Valentino Fall 2014 collection!


Styling on a Budget: How to make an ordinary outfit look expensive

Want to make your clothes look more expensive without a huge strain on your wallet? Look no further! Here’s a quick and easy guide to expensive styling on a budget:

Leopard Pony Hair and Chain Belt from Back In Style! A great way to add your personal touch to an outfit.

Leopard Pony Hair and Chain Belt from Back In Style! A great way to add your personal touch to an outfit.

Befriend the belt.

Like buttons, belts are also an indicator of the price tag of an piece of clothing. But luckily, belts are another item that can be changed easily. For example, remove the belt that came with a dress and add your own for your own personal touch. Not only will the dress look nicer, but it will also reflect more of your own style.

Invest in a steamer.

A crisp, wrinkle-free shirt will look higher quality than the same shirt with wrinkles. You’ll look more professional and put together in the matter of minutes by steaming your clothing. Its an easy and frugal way to polish your look without breaking your budget.

Theory Black Cotton Jersey V Neck Top! Simple, yet elegant.

Theory Black Cotton Jersey V Neck Top! Simple, yet elegant.

Stay simple.

Sometimes the most stylish and budget friendly looks are not so intricate. Simple basics won’t break the bank, but will keep you looking chic. Best of all, you can wear more simple clothing in many different ways and the opportunities are endless for accessorizing.

Swap buttons.

A tell tale sign of a cheap item of clothing are its buttons. Instead of sticking with the provided cheap, plastic buttons, find nicer ones that fit in your budget. Not only will you be able to personalize your clothing, but you can also practice your sewing skills.

What are your tips for looking stylish on a budget? Comment below!


Magazine Monday: Timeless in Tweed

Us Weekly's Who Wore it Best

Us Weekly’s Who Wore it Best

The fabulous Duchess Kate Middleton proves that you can never go wrong with tweed. Its an elegant and timeless fabric that can give a conservative outfit a fashionable flair. While Kate Middleton wins this round of Us Weekly’s “Who Wore It Best?”, Emma Roberts definitely puts a young twist on tweed. The pairing of the navy tweed Rebecca Taylor jacket with her red purse creates an easy and edgy weekend look. Both women show how you can take the same clothing and create a completely different outfit with some awesome accessories.

Bigio Navy Blue Tweed Skirt Suit

Bigio Navy Blue Tweed Skirt Suit

Looking for your own take on tweed? Back in Style has a similar style to the Rebecca Taylor skirt suit. The Bigio Navy Blue Tweed Skirt Suit is perfect for a polished and ladylike outfit like Kate Middleton’s. The allover crochet of the skirt suit gives it a vintage vibe. For a more casual look, follow Emma Roberts’ lead and just wear the jacket for a sophisticated weekend outfit. Don’t forget a funky bag to complete the look!

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: High Heels

Do you know about the origins of your favorite shoe? The High Heel wasn’t always just for women. In fact, high heels were originally worn by both men and women. The lengthened heel gave men more stability when riding horses by keeping their feet securely in their stirrups. In the 18th century, everyone was on board with this famous style, even children.

King Louis XIV and his famous red heels

King Louis XIV and his famous red heels

Love red high heels? Well, France in the 1670s would not have been your ideal place. Louis XIV made a law that only members of the royal court could wear red heels. This was his way of separating commoners from royalty.

Good thing we don’t live in 17th century France or Christian Louboutin lovers would be out of luck!

Dressing for the Decade: 1930s

Even in a time of economic crisis, fashion continued to evolve in the 1930s. The focus of style of this era was on more conservative, feminine fashion. Whereas in the 1920s, curves were hidden with loose styles of dress and the popularity of the drop waist, fashion of the 1930s began to emphasize again women’s natural form, but with unrestrictive fabrics for free movement.

Greta Garbo, 1930s Style Inspiration

Greta Garbo, 1930s Style Inspiration

With the Depression, women were unable to buy new clothing often, so they had to rework their existing clothing in new ways. Another change of the 1930s was a shift of the influence of fashion. Rather than looking to Paris for inspiration, American women were more strongly influenced by the fashion of Hollywood actresses.

So how do you dress for this decade?

The flapper look of the 1920s was ditched for a long and sleek style. Women wanted to look sophisticated, despite the circumstances of the decade. Muted colors were popular, with the occasional geometric or abstract print. Ruffles were popular on skirts or sleeves to add a feminine touch.

A Vintage Ad from 1935

A Vintage Ad from 1935

Hats were a popular accessory in the 1930s. Brimmed hats and pillbox hats were especially popular at this time. Gloves were also a must-have accessory for the decade, for both daytime and evening wear. The go-to shoes for women of the 1930s were sling-back heels and and peep-toe shoes.

The final touch to any 1930s outfit was red lipstick and lots of mascara. Dress for the decade at BackInStyle.com!

Fall Fashion Forecast

Happy Labor Day! Now that the end of summer is here, what fall trends should fashionistas be on the lookout for? Here’s your Fall Fashion Forecast!

Vintage 1970s Brown Leather Stacked Heel Boots

Vintage 1970s Brown Leather Stacked Heel Boots

Boots, boots, boots!

From riding boots, to booties, this trend is here to stay! Boots are a valuable addition to any fashionista’s closet and can be worn in so many different ways. Pair a warm sweater with skinny jeans tucked into riding boots for an easy weekend outfit. Pick a metallic pair of short boots for a fun going out look. The possibilities are endless for this fall fashion trend!

The A-Line Dress

This style of dress is definitely making a comeback this fall. Good news for fashionistas because it is a particularly flattering style! Another popular item is the skater skirt, which also features an A-line cut, but in a young and hip way. The A-Line Dress can be worn with bare legs, or tights as the weather gets chillier.

Royal Knitwear cream and teal chunky knit alpaca cowl neck sweater

Royal Knitwear cream and teal chunky knit alpaca cowl neck sweater

Chunky Wool Knits

For readers who aren’t in Florida, this trend will come as good news! This season’s designer trends lean towards chunky wool knits in a variety of forms. You can go with the classic sweater, or switch it up with a sweater dress, scarf, or even leggings. Either way, you can’t go wrong staying warm and chic.


Sneakers are not just for the gym anymore. Models and celebrities, like Rihanna and Cara Delevigne, have made this look popular for the girl on the go. Brands, ranging from Christian Louboutin to Nike, have embraced this urban-chic look. You can find these shoes in materials like suede and leather to add some flair to the basic sneaker look.

Vintage 1960s Pink & White Sheath Dress

Vintage 1960s Pink & White Sheath Dress

1960’s Flashback

Many designers clearly had the 60’s in mind when designing their Fall 2014 lines, from YSL to Valentino. Be on the look out for mini skirts, patent Mary-Janes, and lots of pastel as a tribute to the era.

Head over to BackInStyle.com to get your fall fashion fix!


$10 Showroom Sale & Happy Hour This Friday!

August 29th Showroom Clearance Sale!

TGIF!  Celebrate with drinks and discounts!

This Friday, in-store for only 4 hours we are having an epic clearance sale! Hundreds of items will be marked down to just $10!

August 29th 2014, 6-10pm

Little Havana Showroom: 2209 SW 10 St, 33135

What can $10 buy you?  Anything you see in any of these photos!

$10 Accessories$10 Clothing

Style Icon: Jane Birkin

Love breezy bohemian style? Then Jane Birkin is your style icon! The British actress and singer not only inspired the fashion world with her 70s style, but also has her very own Hermes bag. Here’s an easy guide to dressing like Jane Birkin:


Love your jeans.

Jane Birkin was the queen of denim. She embodied an effortless bohemian look with the help of her favorite jeans. Avoid pants with elaborate embroidery. Instead, stick to a comfortable, yet chic, pair for your every day look.


Wear simple jewelry.

Jane Birkin was notorious for wearing delicate gold necklaces. She kept her jewelry choices simple and quirky, like the rest of her style. This type of jewelry is making a quite a comeback! Brands, like Dogeared Jewelry, have a ton of great pieces to get you started!


Have fun with your style.

Jane Birkin loved wearing a chunky sweater or flowy blouses. She wore a tshirt and high-waisted jeans or miniskirt and turtleneck. Before she had an Hermes bag named after her, she famously carried around a straw basket as her go-to purse. An important lesson from this style icon is to wear what you like and don’t be afraid to break style rules. Jane Birkin always had fun with her style, and you should too!

Don’t miss this Friday’s TGIF event at the Back In Style showroom and shop vintage accessories and clothing for your own Jane Birkin look!



Stylist Secret: Cross Body Bags

Remember when huge purses were everywhere? The bigger the purse, the better! Well fashion is changing right before your eyes, as fashionistas are choosing smaller, stylish bags. A favorite is the cross body bag- small and versatile, this bag carries your essentials while adding a subtle flair to your look!

Vintage Gucci Black Leather Handbag

Vintage Gucci Black Leather Handbag

The cross body bag can be worn on all occasions. You can make your cross body bag a bold statement piece or go for a more subdued look. Either way, the key to pulling off this look is to find a bag that sits well on your frame. Go for a shorter chain to avoid the awkward placement of a bag with a long chain. If the bag has too long of a chain, it will create a disproportionate silhouette.

Black & Silver Beaded Cross Body Bag

Black & Silver Beaded Cross Body Bag

If you need another reason to try out this fashionable trend, then you will be excited to learn that cross body bags may even be good for your health! The switch from a large purse to a cross body bag can give women a sense of freedom while walking. A simple fashion choice can do wonders for your overall wellness, as a weight will literally be lifted off your shoulders.

Vintage Brahmin Black & Navy Croc-Embossed Top Handled Bag

Vintage Brahmin Black & Navy Croc-Embossed Top Handled Bag

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, a Manhattan chiropractor, Dr. Karen Erickson, explained the “cross crawl” pattern that people normal adopt while walking. This involves moving an arm and the opposite foot forward at the same time. This causes both sides of the brain to synchronize and will induce a more relaxed state. When wearing a large purse, the cross crawl pattern of walking is interrupted. So embrace the cross body bag as your go-to purse choice for every occasion!

Check out more cross body bags, as well as other purses, at BackInStyle.com!





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