Vintage-inspired trends this summer

In just a couple of weeks, it will be officially summer. However with this weather we have been having in Vancouver lately, it feels as if it’s already been here for awhile. We have already broken out all our favourite summer dresses and shorts along with our wallets to get some of the latest summer trends.

After browsing too many stores longingly, a few vintage-inspired looks have caught my eye. Here are a few that I noticed:

Wide-legged trousers

Although these are more of a spring look, I happen to have seen them everywhere on runways and in magazines. These pants first hit popularity with help from Charlie’s Angels, but have now managed to sneak their way back into our wardrobes. I love the look, however for someone of my height (5″2), I wouldn’t recommend them for myself or others of the same stature.

These trousers can be found at Devil May Wear on Main st for $145. Photo courtesy of Devil May Wear

These trousers can be found at Devil May Wear on Main st for $145. Photo courtesy of Devil May Wear

Shift Blouse

Although similar to a tunic, they are usually much shorter and can be classified as a T-shirt. It was originally popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s with the hippy look. With its boxy shape, this is more popularly paired with a straight skirt this season.

White Blouses

This isn’t exactly a vintage-inspired look, but it’s a classic I have been seeing everywhere lately. What seems to be most popular are loose sleeveless blouses. I’ve been keeping my eye on a particular chemise one in H&M.

Shiny fabric

This isn’t one of my most favourite trends, however, dresses and skirts in metallic fabrics have become a must on the runways. A lot of looks this season are inspired by the 1970’s and this too, is no exception. Shiny attire could be seen everywhere, particularly on the dance floor in the disco-era.

Tea-length skirts

And to save the best for last, I present the tea-length skirt. There is no specific measurements that come along with the term “tea-length,” but it usually refers to about mid-calf length. Although it may not be recommended for someone of a shorter stature, I insist on wearing them myself simply for the femininity of it. It was most popular during Hollywood’s Golden Age in the 1920’s. They are now often worn with blouses tucked into the high-waisted skirt and come in a variety of patterns and colours.


Retro swim suits for this summer

It may be half-way through July, but there are still plenty of beach days ahead of us. If you still haven’t found the perfect swim suit yet, than look no further than the past. Many of this year’s trends are fit for any body shape and take after some of the most well-loved and scandalous styles of the past.

We have come a long way since the first official bikini in the 1940’s and the days before when women wore dresses and thick stockings to the beach. Although women may be seen wearing a lot less these days, many are clamouring for the high-waisted bottoms of the 1930’s to the ’50’s.

The first bikini in 1946 modeled by Michele Barnardini. Courtesy of

The first bikini in 1946 modeled by Michele Barnardini. Courtesy of

As both sunbathing and athletic swimming became a recreation in the 1930’s, swim suits costumed themselves to more form-fitting and breathable pieces. The v-shaped back was revealed along with cut outs in the suit. Some women even bought swim suits that exposed their midriff. This was the birth of the high-waisted bottoms.

Ava Gardener made the two-piece sexy in the 1930s Photo courtesy of

Ava Gardener made the two-piece sexy in the 1930s
Photo courtesy of

In the 1940’s the two-piece became more acceptable with fabric shortages during wartimes. Louis Reard introduced the first official bikini in Paris 1946. By the end of the decade, they could be seen on every beach.

They were often worn in generic colours, but today, they can be found in nearly every colour and pattern including floral, polka dots, stripes and animal prints. The popular retro-style site ModCloth features high-waisted bikini bottoms with a pin-up girl sprawled across the top.

The high-waisted bikini can be found in nearly every store in Vancouver including Forever 21, H&M, Change and local boutique Cuche.

Cuche bikinis.  Photo by Johann Wall

Cuche bikinis. Photo by Johann Wall

Another popular pin up style, which has found its way into our beach bags this summer, is the 1950’s one-piece which we remember best on Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe Photo  courtesy of

Marilyn Monroe Photo
courtesy of

The beauty of this swim suit (aside from the obvious) is that it fits any body shape.
Designers of the time needed a look for women of all shapes to hide any “faults” that they may have. They often came with detachable straps and are the equivalent of what we may consider a “beach corset” as described on

These swimsuits were made with boning to cinch in the waists, pop out the busts and to flatten the stomach. It sounds like much more work than needed for a day at the beach, but the look was simply undeniable. Who wouldn’t want to look like Marilyn Monroe?

Luckily, today no such boning is required. The popular colours and patterns are much the same as today’s high-waisted bottoms. In this day, you could find it in any colour or design.

For my personal favourite place with a small but great collection of retro style bathing suits, check out Change lingerie.

From Change lingerie $79.95.   Photo courtesy of

From Change lingerie $79.95.
Photo courtesy of

When it comes to swim suits for me, all I’m after is polka dots or a nautical theme, but that’s just me! What style catches your eye this year at the beach?

Sixties make up trends this spring

With the retro bags, clothes and accessories hitting stores this year, it is no wonder that make up and hair are set to match.
The 1960’s have been showing up everywhere this year with heavy mascara, dark eyebrows and bold eyes.

Bright and pastel eye shadows

Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix.  Provided by Revlon

Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix. Provided by Revlon

The pastel colours have been everywhere, including this look from Revlon in New York Fashion Week.

As interviewed on Mile High Style, make up artist Gucci Westman says, “I wanted to create a look that [was] playful with strong references to the 1960’s,” he says. “I focused on the eyes and went for something retro.”

Designer Del Castillo says of the bold eye shadow, “This season we were applying strong washes of colour on the eyelid…one shade all over the lid and contoured into the eye socket.”


Long and thick eyelashes on both top and bottom have been partnering with thick eye liner for every runway model.

Cara Delevingne by Louis Vuitton Photo courtesy of

Cara Delevingne by Louis Vuitton
Photo courtesy of

The look originates from Twiggy of the 1960’s whose thick eye liner, dark eye shadow at the creases and big eyelashes made her famous.

Twiggy was known as “The face of 1966” by The Daily Express. She was known for her large eyes, long lashes and short hair.
There are actually so many sites such as this WikiHow page that tell one how to get “The Twiggy Look.”

Once the Cleopatra film with Elizabeth Taylor was released in 1963, women saw the emphases of the eyes and tried to do the same.

While false eye lashes were the big accessory of the ‘60’s, modern days simply call for a really great mascara that does the same as the fake stuff!
West Edmonton Style Blog has some tips on the best brands to buy to complete the look for eyes and lips!

Harper’s Bazaar also has a list of what they consider the best mascaras.

Eye brows this year are all modeled to be thick and dark this spring.

Jason Wu Photo courtesy of

Jason Wu Photo courtesy of

Although eye brow pencils were the only solution in the 1960’s for defined brows, MAC offers us modernists Brow Fluidlines, as shown on The Beauty Mark.
An eyebrow gel goes on much smoother and creates a cleaner line than an eyebrow pencil.

For an era that was ruled by youth for the first time, make up for women in the 1960’s was meant to look like a doll with thick lashes and a solid colour spread across the eyes lids.
As described on Confessions of a Make up Fiend, “The 1960’s marked a very big transition between ladylike manner and looks of the 50’s and the free-spirited glamour of the 60’s.”

While the 1960’s was a major transition from the the lady-like times of the ’50’s, today we are simply a Monet of all the eras.
The best bet may just be to choose one or two or these trends and mix it however you please.
So the question for today is, what trend will you be putting on next?