When I was about thirteen, I started saving clippings from fashion magazines- correction- at that time it was actually the Sears catalogue, but you get the idea. Ever since then, I’ve saved clippings of any kind of pictures that appeal to me in some way. Some have been from fashion magazines I’ve found at the thrift store, or newspaper advertisements, or even home decorating magazines.
Over time, my style has evolved, but there are still some constants. Earthy colours, nature and florals are all still present. Vintage styles are a more recent addition- I started changing my style to vintage in 2012. Before that I was very into eclectic boho romantic, which is reflected in the pictures from that time period. I saved some of these because the clothing, or the style appealed to me- others because of the photography or atmosphere is unique or interesting. Anyways, I was looking through the scrapbook the other day, and thought I would share some of these images. Maybe you’ll find them as interesting and inspiring as I do!
Well, now that it is almost the end of September, it’s a perfect time for a round up featuring all the #myvintagecover contributions. . . from August. . . this is so late it’s embarrassing 🙁 But better late than never- and I really couldn’t not share this years covers, because they were SO GOOD. We had 22 covers created by 15 participants (including myself) and several of the participants created more than one cover! Some of the images were “inspired by”, some of the women sewed garments specifically for the cover and others created an image so similar that you had to double check to see which was the original. The creativity of the photos was truly inspiring! I hope you enjoy taking a look at them!
Tanith Rowan– the creator of the #myvintagecover challenge- did a superb job recreating this cover from 1958. This was the perfect cover for her to recreate as she is a milliner and the hats in her image are her own designs! Check out her Instagram for more lovely hats!
I have been wanting someone to recreate this cover, but never expected than anyone would do it. When I saw that Eliza of @vintagerosegirl had chosen this cover I actually gasped out loud- because I thought her image was the original and had to do a double take!
Next up are these three fun covers from Margaret of @denisebrain_vintage. She put in such attention to detail and some serious photo editing skills! And, seriously, how cool is it that she actually had the same dress from that first cover!?!?!
Christine of @foggydayvintage chose three iconic images to recreate, and she did an amazing job on them! (How perfect is that first one based on Grace Kelly’s stunning gown?!?) Take a look back through her Instagram feed- she has several other recreations of images of Marilyn Monroe too!
Another fabulous image by @auntieestablishment this year! How did she get that pose so perfectly in place? And furthermore- how did she hold it long enough to get the photo?!?
This image by @feelingfamousstudios was inspired by vintage covers and really captures the feeling of old fashion magazines, with a touch of Old Hollywood Glamour, I think!
The veil! The yellow gloves! The fur! The brooch! The navy jacket! Kelsey of @irreverantvintagegirl did such a good job of getting all of the pieces together for this cover! I love how it turned out.
I love this fun cover by Hannah of @nooneknows_itsyou_missjackson and how the neckline of her top is the same as the original image. Choosing a vintage Coca-Cola ad was such a good idea- and it’s even better because you can still get retro Coke bottles to finish it off perfectly!
A picture of a silent film star is a great idea! @missziggyshortcrust captured the feeling of this image of Australian silent film star Sylvia Breamer. Her felt hat, shaggy sweater, collared blouse, tie and film-style 20’s lipstick look great!
Lindsay of @odettenoir sewed these two lovely garments and took the opportunity to pose like the pattern illustrations. Not only was she able to take part in the #myvintagecover challenge, but she also has two lovely new garments to add to her wardrobe!
I love how Rhiannon of @parlour_duck got this pose so incredibly correct! Even the angle of the hat is spot on! Illustrated covers are always tricky to replicate because they aren’t true to life- but she definitely succeeded with this great recreation!
Here is another cover featuring a garment made specifically for the cover challenge. @petersilieundco embroidered those circles onto the fabric in order to create this skirt! I love how it turned out!
I love the wit of Lydia’s “Vague” cover, and I can’t believe I never thought of that before! The model on the original cover really does look like she is vaguely confused. And, I love seeing another illustration come to life. Thanks @wereallyareromantic for two great covers!
Bianca of selbstdiefrau blog submitted this cover via email. She took the opportunity to sew up a vintage pattern- and it looks like the perfect piece for summer!
And last, though you’ve already seen them here on the blog, I’ve included the two covers that I did, since it’s fun seeing them side by side like this!
Well, there’s another year of #myvintagecover come and gone! I loved seeing all of these cover recreations- and it’s so exciting to see our little challenge growing! I am so glad we had so many wonderful participants, and some new participants this year. Thanks to everyone who joined in this year- I can’t wait until next August!
Melodrama in Mexico: Follow along as an American power broker conquers the jungles of Mexico and might also be involved in seducing someone else’s wife, in this Jazz Age tale of Big Business.
That is all I could find out about this novel Tampico, by Joseph Hergesheimer, and it all sounds quite tedious. The novel was also apparently made into the movie “The Woman I Stole“. Considering that no one has ever heard of this film either, I am going to guess it wasn’t a blockbuster hit.
Terrible sounding story aside, it made for a great cover to replicate for #myvintagecover! My friend Chantelle was visiting for a few days, and we decided that we wanted to make a cover together. Finding a magazine cover that had two people in it, proved more difficult than we thought it would be, though. After diving into the depths of google, we eventually found this 1920’s cover art by Erte, and decided that it wouldn’t be “too” difficult.
Why we decided to wear fur and wool hats on the hottest day of the year (it actually was the hottest day we’ve had all summer!) who knows- but after the debacle involving a forgotten camera (it was sitting at home on the desk), a hot and grumpy person (oh- that would be me) and a background that required being completely photoshopped in the end- it actually turned out rather well. Part way through photo editing, I realized that this was not going to be a simple crop and splice sort of editing job, and it took quite a while to get the pictures lined up, the background edited and the colours correct, but I’m glad I persevered, as it is definitely one of the most fun covers I’ve ever done!
There’s still a week left of August- do you think you’ll be joining in with the challenge? There are some pretty great covers over on Instagram- make sure to go and check out the hashtag!
Now that it’s the Christmas season, it is time to start dressing for the occasion. (OK, it’s been the Christmas season for a while, I’m just kind of late at getting a holiday post up). But how do you dress for the holidays when when you don’t own “Christmas” clothing, or you just don’t like wearing novelty prints of Christmas trees? I’m all for a festively, kitschy holiday outfit. . . on other vintage loving gals, but it’s just not for me. However, I do love to dress for the season. So how do you dress for the season, when you don’t want to wear poinsettia dresses, red is not your best colour, or you don’t want a wardrobe full of themed items that can only be worn at certain times of the year?
My go-to solution for dressing for the holidays, whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, or Family Day (wait- no- you don’t really dress up for Family Day. . . ) is to take a regular outfit, add different accessories to it, and thus turn it into a holiday outfit. For example, at Christmastime, take a whole bunch of gold bling and sparkly jewellery, and voila! With a few changes, it’s suddenly a holiday outfit!
I wore this exact same outfit last week, minus all the gold, and it looked like a regular old unholidayish dress. But taking the same basic pieces: a striped dress, a black bolero, black tights and black pumps and then restyling them with a gold belt and clutch, metallic gold nail polish, sparkly eyeshadow, and sparkly rhinestone jewellery made it suddenly seem more festive. Making those few changes made it the perfect thing to wear to the Christmas lunch at our church.
I’ve also worn this dress in the springtime, here, and the accessories I paired that time made it look the farthest thing from Christmas you could think of. Imagine if I had paired this dress with spider jewellery, a veiled hat, and a velvet jacket- suddenly it would look perfect for Halloween. Accessories really are a girl’s best friend- a few key pieces can completely change the look of your outfit to suit whichever holiday you are going for.
So, if you aren’t into outfits that scream “CHRISTMAS!!!!”, but you do want to add a bit of a festive touch, accessories are where it’s at.
Here are some more ways to add a bit of holiday cheer to your outfit:
Wear a bow in your hair. It’s like dressing up as a present. . . only more subtle. 😉
Plaid is the perfect Christmas material because it has nothing to do with Christmas, and yet it looks so festive when worn this time of year. And you can wear it any other season, and it looks lovely- I’m all for fabrics that do double duty.
Wear darker hued shades of “Christmas colours”. Instead of wearing bright red and green, try jewel tones like burgundy and emerald. Rich colours like navy blue can look very winter appropriate too, with some silver jewellery added, for example.
Christmas jewellery adds a festive touch, but is a bit more understated than a Christmas dress. And, it doesn’t take up tons of space, so collecting Christmas earrings and brooches doesn’t take up your entire wardrobe, but adds a nice festive touch.
‘Tis the season for rich and sumptuous fabrics like velvet and taffeta. They are great for both Christmas, and also New Years, and as most people don’t get the opportunity to wear them year round, it’s time to bust them out of the closet!
As I said before: gold and sparkles is where it’s at. In a society where people are more likely to have ugly sweater parties, I say- bring on the glam and the glitz! Any excuse to break out the cocktail dresses is good by me.
So, do you like going all out dressing for the season? Or do you like your Christmas outfits to be a bit more subtle? Or maybe you don’t dress for the holidays at all? Do you have any other holiday outfit tips?
ps. This is the same vintage Laura Ashley bolero from last week– and here you can see the fabric better!