Springtime Hats, Where is my Easter Bonnet?

Easter Bonnets, Hats for Easter.

The Origin of the Easter Bonnet

Like all fashionable women, I will use any excuse to go shopping. Apparently this is nothing new. Easter Bonnets became a popular tradition as an excuse to buy something new and luxurious for two reasons:

First, women wanted to celebrate the end of lent, a time usually associated with sacrifice or withholding with a splurge and indulgence. What better splurge than to purchase a new hat from the local milliner?

Secondly, wearing a new item of clothing at Easter represented the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual redemption. So the Easter hat or bonnet in this case is a 2 for 1!

The Easter Bonnet’s status was forever cemented into American culture with Irving Berlin’s song “Easter Parade”, about a festive walkabout in New York City that made its way down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The lyrics are:

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.

Easter Bonnets

 


A Vintage Hat for Easter

Vintage Hats make especially good Easter Bonnets because of their excellent craftsmanship and unique styling, not to mention their affordable price tag. The hat itself went out of favor as more women entered the workforce, but is making a comeback as of late with pop culture icons such as Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Windsor wearing them back into the limelight.In addition to it being a fashionable accessory, the hat is coming back in style because it is a practical way to protect your skin from the sun. Wider brims make bigger statements and give you a portable source of shade! For extra style, look for exotic feathers, colorful ribbons, or any other eye-catching “fascinator.”

Shop our entire Vintage Hat Collection and for more inspiration look at our Easter Bonnet Pinterest Board where we have hand selected our favorites for this year.

Time For A Miss Vintage USA?

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MrnMsVintageLast month, Holly Foster hit the headlines in the UK for her comments about vintage fashion’s link to respect and propriety while contrasting it with Miley Cyrus. While most people concentrated on her comments, it raised awareness of something more interesting to readers of Back In Style, the existence of an official Miss Vintage UK. That’s the title Holly Foster won last August at the Twinwood Festival and the reason for her coverage. Thinking about great, vintage fashion, isn’t it time we had a Miss Vintage USA? And a Mr Vintage USA too!

The Twinwood Festival

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For the last 13 years, the Twinwood festival in Bedfordshire, has been celebrating both the music and fashion of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Set in an old RAF airbase, the festival includes Vintage clothing stalls, museums, music venues, and accommodation. Everything is authentic and only music in the style of those decades is allowed. This includes, for 2015, acts like The Jive Aces, The Downtown Daddyo’s and The Swing Museum. The festival takes place over three days at the end of August and is one of many British vintage festivals including Goodwood Revival, Atomic Festival and Rhythm Riot.

Miss Vintage UK

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In 2014, it was decided that the festival should host its first Mr Vintage and Miss Vintage UK competition. 10 ladies entered to become Miss Vintage, while 4 men vied to be Mr Vintage. The judging panel, including Head Judge Lola Lamour. Foster won the inaugural contest and will hold the title until this August, when there will be another. She shot to prominence in February, however, when she said that dressing in such attire was “the only way to demand respect from men.” She went on to say that modern fashion left girls feeling vulnerable and that it encouraged them to dress in such ways in order to find fame and fortune.

mrvintageDoes Holly Foster have a point? The fashion people wear may change the opinion others have of them, but it should not really. What a person chooses to wear should not define their personality and availability in such simplistic terms. This feeds into the idea that people, especially women, need to fit certain criteria. Foster may have a point about aspiring to be like idols who set bad examples, but more of a problem is that such idols, who are often photoshopped, set bad precedents for body image and health. They have been linked, along with unrealistic dolls like Barbie, with eating disorders in girls of all ages including first graders. That should be of more concern. Vintage fashion like at Twinwood is about embracing who you are and how you want to dress. Personal choice is a great thing, if it’s a free one.

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The Twinwood festival runs at the end of August and you can find out more information here.

 

Spring is Here! Stand out in Pucci Resort Wear

It is almost spring break and you are longing for warmer weather. The Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers (EPFR) label was originally intended to be a lingerie line, but we think it is better as Emilio Pucci for Resorts (still EPFR!).  Get ready to pack your bags (including your vintage Pucci resort wear) and read on to find out why.

So, Why Emilio Pucci for Resorts?

Emilio Pucci began in fashion by designing the uniforms for the Reed College skiing team.  The durable, colorful printed fabrics paved the way for his travel friendly designs in the 1960s and 1970s.  He also ventured into lingerie under the Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers label. Today, the Emilo Pucci label stays true to the bright colors and bold prints.  Pucci’s designs made for excellent travel and resort wear for several reasons:

  • Fabrics were lightweight and unstructured so they didn’t weigh down your suitcase and you could pack lots of them!
  • Fabrics breathed so you could stay cool in warmer climes or layer over the piece to warm up.
  • Pucci EPFR items were usually made of Nylon which doesn’t wrinkle and is machine washable.
  • Pucci prints were bright and colorful, and often inspired by the ocean

Make Any Outfit More Interesting with a Pucci Scarf

You can take any simple, comfortable outfit and make it come alive with a Pucci Scarf.  The broad color palettes and bright patterns mean that you can match several outfits with only one or two scarves in complementary colors.  The patterns also make great accent pieces to draw people’s attention, and add some unique style to any look.

We have seen these scarves used as everything from belts, to bandanas, even used as artwork! These works of art are easy to travel with as they take up very little space, and are so versatile.  A vintage pucci scarf is a practical must have on your packing list!

Simplify your Vacation by Wearing a Vintage EPFR Dress (as a Coverup!)

As mentioned above, Pucci made the ultimate pieces for travel, not only because of their light weight fabrics, but also because of their versatility.  A vintage EPFR slip dress makes a great coverup when getting out of the pool, heading to the spa, or enjoying a cocktail at the cabana.

Bonus! It also works well for sight seeing or in the evening while dining “al fresco”.  For daytime, throw on a slip dress over shorts and your bikini top or swimsuit.  For evening wear a vintage EPFR robe unbuttoned as a tunic over slacks and a tank.  An EPFR Slip dress or robe when styled correctly can be a great outfit, just make sure to be appropriately covered up!

Vintage Pucci looks so Modern

Although they are vintage, Pucci resort wear prints look very current.  Style.com breaks down the Spring 2015 Pucci ready to wear lineup and you can see the vintage influence in the contemporary designs.  Need more inspiration, head over to our Vintage Pucci Pinterest Page.  Not yet convinced?  Check out some of our example polyvore sets below.

Cruise Collection by Emilio Pucci

 

Cruise Collection by Emilio Pucci

 


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Vintage clip on earrings
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Vintage glasses
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New York Fashion Week 2015: That 70s Show

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New York’s Fashion Week is well underway and the new trends are, well, trending.  Social media, and TV alike are buzzing about several designer collections that were inspired by the 1970s, and many influential style icons who were dresses in the Boho Chic look.

Olivia Palermo’s Seventies Look

Olivia Palermo 1970's StyleCelebrity and Socialite Olivia Palermo showed off a very 1970s styled wardrobe throughout the week.  Here her long wide leg pants, and ethnic print jacket are create a look that is very boho chic.  Olivia is often considered an early adopter of trends, if not a trend-setter in her own right, so we should all keep a watchful eye on what she is wearing.  Notice how long her legs look in all of the photos in Vogue’s NYFW Street Style Post!

Boho Chic Takes Over New York

Rebecca Minkoff's 1970s Inspired Runway Collection NYFW 2015Besides Olivia, the bohemian theme was very strong this year as you can see from the above snapshot of Rebecca Minkoff’s Runway.  Vintage Chic Boho dresses in particular were on display everywhere from Anna Sui to Tory Burch, and we are really happy about that. We have often felt that Boho style was under-appreciated as it is so much fun and easy to wear.  Loose fitting shapes with lots of movement allow for creativity and whimsy.  And with so many options from wide leg pants, and flowing maxi dresses, to cropped tops, and floppy hats, the trend is flattering on everyone.  Shop all 1970s Vintage Clothing here.

A New York Fashion Week First

No fashion week would be complete with some firsts.  Our favorite of this year is Jamie Brewer becoming the first model with Down syndrome to walk at NYFW. Brewer modeled as part of Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign, wearing an original design by Hammer. Check out the whole article on People.com.

Learn More About 1970s Fashion

Now that you are ready embrace your inner 70’s girl. Be sure to check out our 1970s Fashion post from our Dressing for the Decades Series

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: Valentines Day

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Who knew that the holiday of love has a fashionable history? Though Valentines Day didn’t become an official holiday until the early 20th century, the traditions that come with the holiday began in the Middle Ages. Did you know that the phrase “Wear your heart on your sleeve” began as a Valentines Day tradition?

The Middle Age Valentines Day celebration included young men and women pulling out paper hearts from a bowl. The paper hearts had a name written on it. They would wear this heart pinned on their sleeves for a week heart and claim that person as their Valentine.

Valentines Day traditions have definitely changed a lot from this early tradition. Today, this one holiday is an industry in itself, with a dramatic $19 billion spent on the holiday. But the spirit of the holiday is the same, though people don’t literally wear their hearts on their sleeves anymore.

Red Carpet Recap: Grammys Style 2015

The 2015 Grammys Awards Show was an exciting event last night, with many shocks and surprises. Of course, the Vintage Fashionistas’ favorite part was the red carpet glam of Grammys style. Here are some of our favorite and most talked about looks from the red carpet:

The Best of 2015’s Grammys Style…

AFP / Getty Images VALERIE MACON

AFP / Getty Images VALERIE MACON

Beyonce always stuns on the red carpet, but we were initially surprised by her choice this year. For this year’s Grammys, she opted for a Proenze Schouler gown. The dress seemed like the standard all black attire of the red carpet, but at a closer glance, the beading and embroidery of the semi-sheer dress were captivating. Her beachy waves almost hid a pair of emerald chandelier earrings that added even more glam to her fierce look.

To get a similar look, check out Back In Style’s vintage pick: A Vintage 1980’s Pantagis Black Jersey Dress. The sequined waist is reminiscent of Beyonce’s Grammys look, as well as the silhouette, cinching at the waist for the coveted hourglass figure silhouette and including a similar plunging neckline for the daring fashionista. The jersey material makes this vintage 1980s cocktail dress a comfortable option for your next formal occasion, without sacrificing Beyonce’s signature chic red carpet glam.

Getty Images for NARAS Larry Busacca

Getty Images for NARAS Larry Busacca

Taylor Swift wore Ellie Saab to this year’s Grammy Awards show. We love the playful coloring of the dress. The blues and teals are a fun and sophisticated option in a sea of black dresses. The silhouette of the dress was unique but suited to Swift, who loves a leggy but classy look. The balance of a reserved neckline with the surprise hem make it a classy but sassy look. We love the extra pop of color of her fuchsia shoes. Swift is becoming a fashion icon to look out for, especially for young, vintage lovers.

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Chrissy Teigen wore Pucci to this years award show. Her Grammys style took a subtle silhouette and added a fun flair with the cutouts of the gown. The loosely stitched cut-outs made this Pucci dress the perfect amount of wild for the Grammys, which is known for its quirky red carpet looks. Her beachy, natural waves were the perfect complement to the dress, showing that red carpet glam doesn’t always need to be overdone to be stylish.

…And the Worst

Getty Images for NARAS Larry Busacca

Getty Images for NARAS Larry Busacca

Madonna never fails to surprise us with her red carpet style. She chose to wear Givenchy Haute Couture, to channel her “Living for Love” music video. But while this material girl shocked the red carpet, it wasn’t the most flattering option. While we admire Madonna’s ability to wear such an ensemble at 56, we don’t think the dominatrix/matador look was the best choice for the red carpet and should be reserved just for her stage act.

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KEVIN MAZUR/WIREIMAGE

While we applaud Kim Kardashian for always trying to be chic, this Jean Paul Gaultier felt more like a robe than a Grammys gown. The gold and beading of the dress, while impressive, seemed a bit excessive. While the artists are competing for a Grammy award, she should not be trying to compete with the physical gold award itself.

What were your favorite Grammys red carpet looks?

 

Celebrity Style: Nicole Richie’s LAX Look

 

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Mastering a chic airport look is no easy task. Nicole Richie takes her own style to the skies with her LAX look. She was spotted on Sunday wearing this relaxed yet whimsical look.

In addition to the go-to leggings and top look underneath her faux fur coat, Richie tops off the look with a vintage Pucci scarf.The bright style of the scarf and her fun hair color make an ordinary airport outfit exciting.

Get your own Pucci accessories at Back in Style!

Trend Alert: Return of the Ugg-ly Shoe

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Picture Credit: Rex Features

Fashion has noticeably embraced some questionable footwear lately. From Birkenstock’s to Bean Boots, there has been a revival in the fashion community of many quirky footwear options. But the revival of Uggs, a notoriously “ugg-ly shoe”, is a trend that has the fashion community talking!

Vogue, what many fashionistas consider the authority on all fashion matters, recently declared that uggs were back. This came at no surprise to college girls and women in the north, where the trend never really died. Ugg boots are cozy and comfortable, but admittedly, not the chicest pair in your closet.

With this Ugg revival, take note of how you choose to sport your pair. Rather than using the boots as an addition to a sloppy Saturday morning look, try to channel a cool, bohemian look for a “throwback, grungy San Francisco look”. Try one of Back in Style’s many vintage dresses or a chunky knit to wear your Uggs in style!

Miami Blogger shares tips on Fiercely Thirftin’

Veronica in a Vintage Fur Coat and Thigh High Boots

We invited Miami fashion blogger Veronica Canales (Fiercly Thriftin’) over for some fun! Veronica is an avid thrifter and has a true passion for fashion. We played dress up and hung out while chatting about blogging, Miami Fashion, and style. Her love for vintage, fur, and costume jewelry gives this blogger a slightly different edge than the rest: she’s an old soul. As Veronica browsed our showroom of fur coats, vintage and designer gowns; we couldn’t help but giggle as she would yell out “This is fierce!” and “This is killing the game!” Scroll down to see more pics and what tips she has for you when thrifting.

Walls of Vintage Shoes and a Little Bling Veronica's Vintage Outfit, getting her hair just right :-) Miami Cool, Fiercly Posin'

Hittin' the streets in a Vintage Fascinator, vintage sunglasses, and a vintage cocktail dress.

BIS: Where would you say you get your style inspiration from? 

FiercelyThiftin': I would probably say Street Style.

BIS: Why and when did you start blogging?

FiercelyThiftin': I started blogging January 1, 2012. I started because I went to a high school that was filled with very wealthy students. I guess because of my age I was a little envious. So, I would just go to thrift stores and buy a bunch of clothing to try to look like them. They would buy a pair of Steve Madden sandals that would cost $180, and I would have to work like nine hours to be able to afford that. So once I graduated, I kind of got over it and came up with the idea of starting a blog for people who can’t really afford things like that but love to dress up. I started blogging about thrift stores, since I had been thrifting from the age of 11 and 12. My mom would take us. And I just started to do it because I was broke.

BIS: That’s cool! So you’re kind of like a budget fashionista.

FiercelyThiftin': Yeah, its budget fashionista. I think it’s really relatable. I know not everyone focuses on dressing well, or on their exterior, but I care about it. I like to dress up, because that’s how I feel good about myself. I also think that it helps with self esteem! You don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money to dress well. If you have the funds go for it! But if you don’t, it’s cool to see blogs that can give you inspiration on $5 outfits.

BIS: Do you have any advice for fellow thrifters?

FiercelyThiftin': If you go to Goodwill and Salvation Army they have fitting rooms so you’re fine. If you visit Red, White, and Blue or garage sales always wear very fitted workout shorts or leggings because there will be no fitting rooms and you’ll have to try things over your clothes. Always check clothes inside and out! (Pit stains!) Check purses and shoes well inside!

 

Veronica is wearing the following items that can be found on our website:

Vintage 1960s Christian Dior Black Mini Dress

Vintage Dark Mink Fur Capelet

Calvin Klein Black Leather Thigh High Boots

Vintage Jacques Fath Green Oversized Round Sunglasses

St. John Vintage 1980s Black Dress with Feather & Sequin Collar (she styled the belt as a choker!)

1960s Off Black Textured Handbag

How to style: Vintage Cardigans

Although wearing vintage is both fabulous and fun, many times it can seem challenging. See below as our Style Consultant Janessa shows us how to style a vintage cardigan for a modern look.

Transcript from Video:

Hi everyone my name is Janessa and I’m the style consultant here at Back In Style.

Today we’re going to talk a little bit about how to style a vintage cardigan.

How often do we find vintage pieces that we just can’t figure out how to style in a modern way? Style bloggers and fashionistas alike love vintage cardigans. There’s something about wearing that dated knit, crochet, wool, or fur collar that really make you feel fabulous.

In our showroom we have a variety of vintage pieces that we’d love to show you how to style with pieces that you probably already own.

So a great way to wear a vintage cardigan is as a casual throw-over. You can wear it with some jeans, a neutral boots, printed pants, cropped jeans, and even some sneakers.

Another great way to wear these vintage cardigans is to use them as an insulating layer. Throw it under for cold weather as a layering piece.  For example, you can wear this 1950s cashmere and fur collar cardigan that we have here in our showroom as a layering piece under a great coat (Dusty Blue Cashmere Coat). Pop the collar out for a different look!

Style these great vintage pieces as a business casual look. Throw it over a dress or a nice top and slacks to give you some classic style. Use it to cover up exposed shoulders during an important meeting.

And my personal favorite is to use these vintage pieces for a night out on the town. Pick out a sequined cardigan and pair it with any evening look. Put it under a biker jacket and add a pencil skirt. Or how about over a slip dress and some cool combat boots? Also, pair these cardigans with a midi skirt and heels!

All these tips will surely keep you on trend when wearing vintage. Visit our website at http://www.backinstyle.com for more vintage and designer pieces you can incorporate into your wardrobe. Stay tuned for our next “How To” video, and if you have any suggestions on things you want to see or want us to touch on, please e-mail me at Janessa@backinstyle.com. Thanks for watching!

 

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