Fun Fashion Fact Friday: The Origin of Perfume

Women all over the world love their perfume. Nowadays, there’s such a variety of different scents, making it very easy to have your own personal scent. But what about the origin of perfume? When did we start creating and using this liquid that is now turned into a $28.95 billion global business?

Vintage Chanel No. 5 Ad

Vintage Chanel No. 5 Ad

We can thank the ancient Egyptians for the origin of perfume! Though they applied it slightly differently, the ancient Egyptians started this trend that is still going strong today. In ancient Egypt, perfume was only for the wealthiest women. They would place scented grease cones on their heads. During the course of the day, the grease cone would melt, distributing an oil fragrance all over.

The perfume industry has come a long way since the days of the ancient Egyptians! The modern era of perfume began in 1921. This was the year that Chanel launched Chanel No. 5. Arguably one of the most popular fragrances, Chanel No. 5 is an exotic floral blend. Unlike most perfumes, Chanel No.5 has never been changed since its creation in 1921. Its estimated that a bottle of this perfume is sold every 55 seconds. Thankfully, we can buy and apply this great scent easily, unlike the ancient Egyptian forerunners of perfume!

 

Dressing for the Decade: The Swinging Sixties

1960’s fashion saw a shift from the conservative, feminine silhouettes of the 1950’s to psychedelic, youthful look at the end of the decade. Major social shifts fueled this shift in fashion.

Twiggy, 1960s Fashion Icon

Twiggy, 1960s Fashion Icon

Youth culture was taking over, clearly reflected in the attire towards the end of the decade. Designers like Pucci and Oscar de la Renta made a splash in the fashion scene during the swinging sixties. From funky mod styles to groovy hippie apparel, 1960’s fashion was a fun and quirky period of American fashion.

Mod London Look

This style, that emerged from Great Britain during the 1960s, emphasized bright, bold patterns and colors and shorter skirts and women’s hairstyles. The mod look focuses on sleek lines and silhouettes. The fashion was connected to designers like Mary Quant, who popularized the mini skirt and style icon, Twiggy. Think short skirts or dresses and bright, fun prints to dress in this 1960’s style.

Style from different eras are recycled in modern fashion. This is true of the mod style. Valentino’s Fall 2014 collection is proof of a mod revival, with its fun and funky shift dresses.

The Hippie Style

Psychedelic Pucci Prints

Psychedelic Pucci Prints

The hippie movement spread around the U.S. in the mid-sixties and would be popular until about the mid-seventies. The fashion rebelled against the main stream consumerism and sought out clothing and accessories that were handmade or recycled.

Popular clothing of the time featured maxi skirts, bell-bottomed jeans, and flowing peasant blouses. Popular prints of the counter culture included paisleys, florals, and tie-dyes as well as Indian and Native American influenced prints. Sandals were the preferred footwear. Both men and women wore their hair long and demonstrated a more natural look than the mainstream culture.

For more 1960’s fashion inspiration, head to BackInStyle.com!

 

A Very Vintage Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween? Its just around the corner, so get your costumes ready. Whether you’re trick or treating with the kids or going to a ghoulish gala, take a look at some inspiration for vintage Halloween costumes from Back in Style!

1920s Flapper

The swinging twenties are all the rage these days with the success of movies like “The Great Gatsby”. A 1920’s Flapper is a very easy option for a vintage Halloween costume! Pick a sparkly dress with a bit of fringe, like this Black Flapper Cocktail Dress. Look for dresses with dropped waist for a true roaring twenties costume. Be sure to accent your costume with a strand of pearls and a feathery headpiece for the full flapper effect. If you’re living in a colder climate, you can add stockings and gloves to this costume for a bit more warmth. For a makeup look thats the bee’s knees, go for a big doe-eyed look, with dark, smudgy eyeshadow and lots of mascara. Finish your makeup look with red lipstick! As for hair, bobs and finger rolls were very popular in the 1920s!

 

A Very Vintage Halloween- 1920s Flapper
A Very Vintage Halloween- 1920s Flapper 

Silent Film Star

For an original vintage Halloween look, dress as a silent film star! While the costume itself is pretty easy, the challenge is the gray scale makeup to make a black & white film star come to life. Carry around a black and white screen card with writing and keep quiet for an authentic silent film star costume. If you like this costume idea, take a look at this blog post for more inspiration! For Back in Style’s take on the silent film star costume, go for a complete black and white get-up with this vintage Rodier Black and White Knit Sweater Dress, a 1940s Black Scarf Style Hat, and a Whiting and Davis Vintage White Mesh Purse.

A Very Vintage Halloween- Silent Film Star

 A Very Vintage Halloween- Silent Film Star

Bonnie from “Bonnie and Clyde”

This would be a great costume idea for couples! The infamous duo is an easy last-minute costume if you’ve put of your costume search until the last minute. For Clyde, men should wear a pinstriped suit and a fedora. Channel your inner 1930s outlaw with this sweater and skirt combination from Back in Style. Top off the look with a scarf and beret for the ultimate vintage Halloween costume. Hair and makeup are minimal for this costume. Just wear your hair straight underneath your stylish beret. What a glamorous take on America’s most infamous outlaws!

 

A Very Vintage Halloween- Bonnie and Clyde

A Very Vintage Halloween- Bonnie and Clyde

’80s Prom Queen

 

A Very Vintage Halloween- '80s Prom Queen

 A Very Vintage Halloween- ’80s Prom Queen

For a totally rad vintage Halloween costume, dress up as a 1980’s Prom Queen! All you need is an ’80s party dress, like this Victor Costa Teal Blue Ruched Cotton Cocktail Dress with 1980’s Bow. Top off your vintage Halloween look with a tiara, white gloves, and this vintage Barbara Bolan White Leather Handbag. For 80’s hair and makeup, go big or go home! Think big, ’80s hair and bright makeup for a fresh 80’s prom queen look!

Find these looks and more at BackInStyle.com! What will you be wearing this Halloween?

The Vintage Fashionista’s Guide to Shopping for Vintage Homecoming Dresses

Homecoming season is here! Whether or not you’re in high school or college, there’s always a reason to shop for new dresses. A great cocktail dress will last a long time and be appropriate for many occasions. This year, standout from the crowd with a few different vintage homecoming dresses from Back in Style!

Vintage 1980s Francais Floral Strapless Cocktail Dress

Vintage 1980s Francais Floral Strapless Cocktail Dress

This vintage 1980s Francais Floral Strapless Cocktail Dress is a fun take on the Little Black Dress. The asymmetrical bodice and sweetheart neckline add a youthful vibe to this vintage find. The combination of the bright, floral print with the black bodice make it a good choice to subtly transition into the darker tones of fall. The large bow is a fun addition to a totally rad 1980s dress!

1960s Mint Green Silk Cocktail Dress

1960s Mint Green Silk Cocktail Dress

If this 1980’s vintage homecoming dress isn’t your cup of tea, then check out a dress from an earlier era! This 1960s Mint Green Cocktail Dress is a perfect choice for the “Mad Men” lover or someone looking for a ladylike look. The color combination of apple and kelly green make it a signature 1960s piece. The belt helps create an hourglass figure, especially with the full skirt. For those vintage fashionistas living in colder climates, you’ll be happy to know that this vintage homecoming dress comes with a matching jacket!

1950s Vintage Salmon Cocktail Dress with Crystal Beading

1950s Vintage Salmon Cocktail Dress with Crystal Beading

The final vintage homecoming dress pick is a fabulous find from the 1950s. Channel this feminine era in a 1950s Vintage Salmon Cocktail Dress with Crystal Beading. This unique dress is sure to make your homecoming especially memorable! The semi A-line of the dress makes it a flattering option for most body types. The embellishment of this vintage homecoming dress with beads, sequins, and crystals are pleasantly surprising in a crowd of pretty similar homecoming dresses. If you’re looking to standout with a unique dress at any social event, this is the way to go. Not only will you look like a glamorous 1950s star, but you’ll also stay classy and sophisticated with the cut and sleeveless silhouette of this dress.

These are just three of many potential vintage homecoming dresses found at Back in Style! There are so many different options from many different decades. When looking for a dress, remember to keep in mind the occasion, the season, and your own personal style. Happy homecoming!

 

 

 

 

 

Magazine Monday: Street Style & Vintage Gucci Bags

Lucky Magazine Spotlights Fashion Blogger Alexandra Spencer's street style. Check out that fabulous Gucci clutch!

Lucky Magazine Spotlights Fashion Blogger Alexandra Spencer’s street style. Check out that fabulous Gucci clutch!

Lucky Magazine recently included a spotlight on fashion blogger Alexandra Spencer’s street style. While her “boy-meets-girl cool” is definitely a covetable style, her Gucci clutch takes center stage. If you’re on the lookout for gorgeous vintage Gucci bags, the Vintage Fashionistas have found the perfect clutch!

When shopping for vintage purses, versatility is always a plus! Back in Style has stumbled upon the perfect versatile addition to any fashionista’s street style look. This Vintage Gucci Blue Logo Clutch & Cross Body Bag can work as both a convenient cross body bag or a chic clutch, depending on your mood or preference. Its a great way to transition your look from daytime to evening.

Vintage Gucci Blue Logo Clutch & Cross Body Bag

Vintage Gucci Blue Logo Clutch & Cross Body Bag

This 1980s vintage Gucci bag will set you apart in street style and more formal affairs. What’s great about buying vintage is that you know you’ll standout with your purchases. Even with a well known brand like Gucci, investing in vintage Gucci bags will give you that street style edge that every fashionista wants.

If you’re looking for even more vintage Gucci, be sure to swing by Back In Style’s website for a diverse selection of vintage purses, shoes, and accessories for the ultimate “cool girl” look!

Fun Fashion Fact Friday: Chanel Costume Jewelry

With Halloween just around the corner, many vintage fashionistas may be on the lookout for costume jewelry to jazz up their costumes or even just add a little flair to everyday outfits. Did you know that Coco Chanel invented the idea of costume jewelry?

Costume Jewelry from Back In Style!

Costume Jewelry from Back In Style!

Her designs mixed real and fake stones and pearls to create Chanel costume jewelry. Chanel was introducing this idea around the time of the Great Depression, so fashionistas of the time were eager to find a more affordable type of jewelry other than the expensive investment pieces they were accustomed to.

In the early 20th century, “costume” referred to an “outfit”, so our perception of what is costume jewelry may differ a bit from what Chanel envisioned. Today, every time you put on a piece of fun jewelry, you are wearing what Chanel considered to be costume jewelry.

To complete your own “costume”, take a look at Back In Style’s jewelry section for tons a fabulous finds! From earrings to brooches, there is something for everyone!

Dressing for the Decades: Feminine 1950s Fashion

A Lana Lobell Catalog selling fashionable dresses in the 1950s

A Lana Lobell Catalog selling fashionable dresses in the 1950s

1950s fashion signaled a return to embracing femininity. Christian Dior’s “New Look” that came about in the late 1940s, took off at this time. The war time mentality of rationing was gone, replaced by the flirty fun of dresses with cinched waists and full skirts.

The pencil skirt became popular in the 1950s too. What fashion concentrated on was the hourglass figure that clothing conveyed. The mood of 1950s fashion shifted from previous decades in that people were more willing to break fashion barriers, especially in comparison to the subdued wartime looks of the 1940s.

1950s fashion had a youthful approach. In fact, teenagers were starting to have more of an impact on pop culture in general. 1950s fashion played with fresh colors and different fabrics that diverged from prior fashion. The 1950s also saw an emergence of bright prints. From stripes to bold florals, prints were definitely a must-have for any chic outfit.

Style Icon Audrey Hepburn

Style Icon Audrey Hepburn

Gloves and hats were a popular accessory in the 1950s. While there were larger hats available, a smaller style prevailed. Gloves were generally worn year round, except for the most casual occasions. The length of the glove generally varied based on weather. As for jewelry, most women chose simple, subdued pieces. Pearls were a popular choice. Women favored small, simple watches and shied away from flashy rings and earrings.

The fashion icons of the era were Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Both Hollywood actresses inspired the popular fashion designers of the 1950s. Hepburn was a muse of Givenchy. Hermes designed the famous “Kelly” bag to help Grace Kelly conceal her baby bump from the press. Both actresses were known for their simple, elegant styles. They are both revered as chic fashion icons even today.

To get even more 1950s inspiration, or to just stock up on fabulous vintage finds, head to BackInStyle.com!

Fall Closet Update: Styling A Chambray Shirt

As the weather gets chillier, it can be difficult to wear some of your favorite summer pieces into fall. But, the versatile chambray shirt can still be your go-to shirt in the fall. Here’s an easy guide for styling a chambray shirt to fit the changing seasons:

Vintage 1970s Floral Velvet Blazer- A chic blazer to pair with your favorite chambray shirt!

Vintage 1970s Floral Velvet Blazer- A chic blazer to pair with your favorite chambray shirt!

Pair with darker colors.

Instead of wearing a chambray shirt with bright pants, pick muted colors, like hunter green. You can even switch up the wash of your shirt, and opt for a darker wash instead of a lighter, more summery shirt. Even just sticking to darker denim jeans will give your look a fall vibe.

Style a chambray shirt with a blazer.

Not only will you look more polished and put together, but you’ll also be much warmer. Its a win-win situation! A chambray shirt is so versatile, you probably already own a blazer that would look great with it.

Play with scarves.

Hermes Chasse En Inde Silk Scarf

Hermes Chasse En Inde Silk Scarf- Wear with a darker wash chambray shirt and boots for a stylish fall look!

Scarves are such an easy way to add more warmth and bring an outfit into fall. They add your own personal flair to an outfit. Think about style a chambray shirt with a chunky, knit scarf or go for a silky, vintage Hermes choice. The possibilities are endless!

Layer your chambray shirt under a sweater.

Pick your favorite sweater and wear it over your chambray shirt for a classic, preppy look. Complete the outfit with a pair of riding boots, for a cute and comfy look thats ready for all fall’s activities.

Styling a chambray shirt for fall just got a lot easier! You can wear this wardrobe staple with so many different outfits. Though the weather is getting colder, you can still keep wearing some of your favorite summer clothing.

Designer Spotlight: Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent is a name known worldwide. The French fashion designer built an empire for himself and will forever be one of the greatest designers of fashion history. He was a major influence on the modern woman’s wardrobe and paved the way for ready to wear clothing.

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent always had a passion for fashion. At 13, he was designing dresses for his mother and sister to wear. In 1955, he began working for Christian Dior, the biggest name in fashion at the time. In 1958, Saint Laurent made his first big splash into fashion by introducing his trapeze dresses. This style removed all the stuffiness of corsets and shoulder pads for a playful silhouette that hung freely.

In the 1960s, Saint Laurent was the “bad boy” of French fashion. He went against the grain and designed with wild prints and fresh shapes. His women’s trouser suits and sheer chiffon blouses were exciting yet scandalous when he introduced these designs. By 1980, Saint Laurent was an icon.

YSL Black Wrap Style Dress at Back in Style!

1970s YSL Black Wrap Style Dress at Back in Style!

He was the first fashion designer to have his own exhibit of his work in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. He is known for his signature style of feminine sophistication. His designs were fresh spins on classic style.

Saint Laurent’s final show was in January 2002, where he showed off more than 350 of his classic pieces and 40 new gowns. He died in 2008, but will always be one of fashion’s greatest icons.

To get even more of this iconic French fashion designer, check out not one, but two, biopics about him released this year: St. Laurent and Yves St. Laurent.

For more vintage Yves Saint Laurent, be sure to check out Back in Style!

 

Magazine Monday: Totally ’80s Fashion Throwback in Chiffon

Us Magazine took to the streets of New York City to figure out which of these glamorous celebrities wore this Michael Kors dress best. Who do you think wore the dress best?

Us Magazine's Who Wore it Best

Us Magazine’s Who Wore it Best

 

All three looked incredible, but Heidi Klum came out on top of this stylish competition. The cut and material of the Michael Kors dress make it a soft and feminine piece. The faux-leather belt adds an extra edge to this ladylike dress. Though a modern piece, the dress has a bit of an ’80s fashion flair. So, of course a vintage fashionista would find its ’80s fashion twin.

Vintage Wayne Clark Black Chiffon Asian Motif Cocktail Dress

Vintage Wayne Clark Black Chiffon Asian Motif Cocktail Dress

For a similar look, Back In Style discovered this amazing vintage Wayne Clark Black Chiffon Asian Motif Cocktail Dress. The 1980’s dress has a similar silhouette to the Michael Kor’s dress in Us Magazine.

It cinches at the waist with its wide horizontally ribbed silk satin belt, reminiscent of an obi belt. The long sheer chiffon sleeves are cuffed at the ends similar to the featured celebrity dress. What’s great about the Wayne Clark dress is its unique gracefulness.

The chiffon material allows for dramatic, graceful movement. The Vintage Wayne Clark dress is an effortlessly feminine dress that is sure to stun on any occasion. Its a totally rad throwback to the best parts of 1980s fashion!

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