Walking with style

In decades past, taking a walk on Easter weekend would have involved much more than deciding clothing to match the British weather. Style would have been at the forefront of decisions to promenade. Dior led the way in epitomising style, and many followed creating their own versions of the looks they aspired to emulate.

The grandma by the sea blog is divided into the many different parts of “being me”. I share my love of being a grandma, being a wife,being a mum, being by the sea and being me.

When simply being me; a love everything vintage. The fashion and style of eras from 1920 – 1980 fascinate and inspire me. I love to mix cherished vintage finds with modern pieces. This love of eclectic time travel has always been a huge part of being me. As a reflection of this, in the being me category of this blog I intend to share some of my vintage finds, both online and off and I look forward to swapping discoveries with other vintage addicts.

To begin I am going to share one iconic image that demonstrates vintage style at its best. A style that many believe is no longer accessible today. Piece by piece I will look at the style choices which combined to create this moment:

Beginning with the eye liner and eyebrow. The heaver dark eye liner swept up at the edge of the eye is still in style and worn by many today. Although I cannot see the colour of the lipstick, I can see that it is rich and dark in colour – perhaps a vibrant shade of red. The eye brows, shaped to perfection, mirroring the sweep of the eyeliner again are clearly defined and dark. Perhaps eye brow pencil has been used. The hair style gentle waves, pulled loosely back from the face, in what appears to be a French pleat, but the same look could be achieved with short hair.

Earrings most likely clip on or screw adding a touch of glamour. 1950s-Fashion-dior 2

Long elbow evening gloves cover the hands.

Sculptured tight waist, flared dress with off shoulder detail and large loose cowl neckline.

Topper hat, trimmed with an imitation peony in perhaps blush ivory.

Hat pin simple but secure.

Large plume of what may be ostrich feathers curving back and completing the sculptured profile image captured in black and white.

Could this daring look or something similar be achieved today?

Lets take a look online and see what could be purchased today if you wished to recreate this look for a vintage photograph:

1950s Retro Vintage Style Ruched Black Cocktail Dress £55.00 on ebay (available at this cost the time of posting)rouched 1950vintage evening gloves1950 earrings

This lovely black evening dress is pinch waisted and would create a couture appearance if photographed.  is short sleeved and would require the addition of long elbow balck eveing gloves. preferably buttoned.

To recreate the sleeves and cowl neckline an evening jacket or stole might add therequisite drapery

1950 hatFor the hatEarly 1950’s True Vintage Evening Topper   available on ebay at the time of this post for £35.00

Earrings Vintage Ladies 1950’s Clip Silver Tone Aurora borealis Earrings (£9.99 at the time of this post)



On the dress discovered the neckline was not off the shoulder, and to create the cowl / stole siluete, perhaps a faux fur (not a real one ) would enhance the shoulder line. If draped across both shoulders both slightly lower at the shoulder closest to the camera, the asymmetrical line would add glamour.faux fur stole

It is possible for you to recreate the iconic images of the past.

With a little thought and vintage sleuthing, you can discover how you would look and time travel back to 1950 and the world of Dior.

Many do just that, and at festivals such as the Atomic Festival at the end of April and the beginning of May 2016 will become 1950 once again

I love to explore vintage fairs such as the vintage Hammersmith Fair and would love to hear about any you have experienced and recommend