April 13th, 2012
Wearing a dress from the ’80s doesn’t mean you have to look like Molly Ringwald from Pretty and Pink or a glam-trash version of Madonna from the beginnings of her career.
The 1980s was an era of excessive energy and showstopping style that while at first glance may seem intimidating, has a time and place for the modern girls’ wardrobe of today. So when I began brainstorming looks for my personal retrospect of ’80s dresses I love, I wanted to showcase the vintage style that spoke to the decade’s trends but were 100 percent wearable for 2012, too.
In my search for the perfect ’80s dresses I discovered Very Olive’s Vintage, a women’s trendy vintage boutique stocked with a gorgeous vintage collection from the turn of the century through the ’90s.
Olive’s owner Jen welcomed me into her warm, cozy store to check her racks for great ’80s dresses to model on the streets of Carroll Gardens, the adorable Brooklyn neighborhood her shop has called home for 11 years.
After much deliberation, I chose 5 dresses from Olive’s that speak to wearable trends from the ’80s. Keep reading after the jump to see the dresses I chose to model, and to learn more about the style ethos of this like totally awesome era!
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April 9th, 2012
While known as the unofficial uniform of the classic housewife, today’s girl isn’t wearing her ’50s shirtwaist dress to fulfill archaic ideas of feminine fulfillment. To show how to wear a shirtwaist dress without looking like a housewife, I asked Elegant Musings to style one with modern day funk for looks that are still functional for day, just like the dress was invented to be.
April 5th, 2012
By sticking to a thrift shopping strategy, it’s more likely you’ll leave the thrift store victorious because you executed a game plan for the best performance possible. Keep reading after the jump for five tips to thrifting like a pro that’ll have you shopping the racks and scoring stylish steals like the MVT (most talented thrifter!) you have the potential to be.
April 2nd, 2012
Caitlin of Wore Out, a Burlington, Vermont-based style blog, purchased this paisley print turban circa the ’20s so that she could “step outside of her fashion comfort zone,” she says. For ideas on how to incorporate ’20s style into your own contemporary wardrobe, keep reading after the jump to see how Caitlin rocked her vintage turban four unique ways for versatile, classic, boho and All-American preppy looks!
March 29th, 2012
From pillbox hats to leopard print and minis, these were the styles that rocked a woman’s wardrobe in the ‘60s because they were such must-have pieces among mainstream America. Keep reading after the jump for pictures of fashion from Mad Men depicting 6 of the most exciting breakout trends of ’60s clothing, and to learn the fashion history behind why these styles were so popular for their time!
March 27th, 2012
While the masculine look was a trend for women in the 1980s, not all of the era’s collections were designed for the androgynous girl. Goodwill Huntingg proves that you don’t have to feel like a wide-shouldered football player wearing an ’80s vintage blazer.
Keep reading after the jump to see how she styled her ’80s Greek key design blazer in four unique ways for spring!