How to create a modern vintage outfit look inspired by 50's fashion

Full Skirts and Feminine Shapes

The post-war era gave way to some of the most flattering silhouettes of the past century. Once textile factories and fashion houses re-opened, the re-discovery of haute-couture led to the rise of Christian Dior and the classic shape created by the brand that is now synonymous of the 1950's. Feminine shapes, nipped in waists, soft rounded shoulders and flattering necklines meant that the boxy, masculine look of war-time uniform was well and truly gone.  This classic shape is one of the most flattering and easiest of looks to pull off no matter what your body shape. We adore this full skirted silhouette brought up to date with a metallic gold midi skirt by Msgm and silky tee by Reiss. Finish with the VS Geneva earrings inspired by 1950's jewellery and a pair of sky high courts with an ankle strap for an extra nod to the 50's. This look can be worn with a box clutch or a small tote like this one by Stella McCartney for a more 1950's feel. Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 16.07.53 Take inspiration from..... Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 15.55.30 Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 15.54.51  

The Classic pencil dress

To us, nothing screams class like a demure pencil dress. Women loved this figure hugging, feminine shape in 1950's and accessorized with pearls and cute gloves for added girly appeal. To re-create this look in an up-to-date way, try a pencil dress with a leather panel such as this by Alexander McQueen and add a pop of subtle colour with heeled courts in a textured snakeskin fabric. Keep true to the era with a splash of ivory pearls and add a thin belt for an accented waist. We've added a full brimmed hat for a wedding or races look.   Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 16.26.18 Heels by CASADEI, Belt by L K Bennett,  pearl earrings and May clutch bag by Vintage Styler, hat by Morgan & Taylor Take inspiration from.....   Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 16.14.31

Off-Duty style

At VS, we love to style up glamorous outfits for big nights out and special occasions, but we couldn't resist adding this relaxed look for a weekend lunch with friends or a casual work look. Patterned cigarette trousers were popular in the 1950's, after Marilyn Monroe and Sandra Dee began to wear them. Team these Ted Baker ones with flat pointed ballet pumps  (we adore these by Jimmy Choo)and a simple short sleeved top, and add an extra nod to the 50's with a simple ASOS headscarf and our Mitzi statement necklace. Don't forget the cat eye sunglasses for the finishing 1950's touch! Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 16.37.33 Take inspiration from.... Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 16.29.02Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 16.39.42 Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 16.40.21 Share your 1950s look using #StyleMeVS x

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