Sunday, January 3, 2016

Previews, Inspiration & Vintage Style Tips

Inspiration & Vintage Style Tips 
My favorite task in running 2 vintage clothing stores on etsy is styling the models for their fashion shoots. I've been lucky to find some really lovely local ladies, young and of 'that certain age' to model the clothes. Each has their own natural style and finesse but has graciously succumbed to my ideas about how to wear 'Vintage Fashion'; the HATS, the GLOVES, the VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY, how to style their HAIR and MAKEUP.
Here are some photographs of Sarah in her first fashion shoot, for your inspiration and a preview of the new clothes offered on
#VintageStyleTips Below
1)Stunning Forest Green Wool Dress from the 1950's
Purchase here. #vintagefashion

2) Retro Hot Tomato Red 80's does Flirty 30's Power Dress
Purchase here. #retrostyle

3) Late 1940's 'New Look' Changeant Lavender Silk Party Dress
Purchase here. #40sVintageDress

4) Retro Peachy Pink 80's does 30's/40's Tea Dress
Purchase here. #vintageboutique

You'll notice that I blend accessories from different vintage eras to accomplish a put together look in both color, design elements and casual day to evening party style choices. 
1) In the first photo I used a divine 60's huge, fall-tone rhinestone mandala brooch to amp up the elegant lines of the dress, matching green 50's nylon gloves and a swanky 40s tilt beret with green & brown beading and soutache cording.
 2) In photo # 2 the over-all style tone was the Power of Red with matching 50's gloves, a large garnet red 50's brooch and a silly fun 50's pillbox hat of rainbow colored velvet fruits and vegetables. Whenever possible to enhance the look we used Sarah's fabulous waist length hair as a 'prop'.
 3) At Luminous Lady Vintage we like to enhance the luminosity of our clients using stunning fabrics such as this changeant lavender with silvery fushia overtones tissue silk dress, with another huge sparkly Eisenberg brooch, black gloves, shoes and lacy slip peaking our the neckline and a blue satin pillbox hat with iridescent beaded dragonflies from that extremely creative era of 50's embellished hats. 
4) So feminine and pretty, this retro mixed-era peachy pink dress has a unique waistline I found on a similar dress in a book on the 1940's, with a 30's cape ruffle collar, 40's shoulder pads and raglan sleeves. Another huge 50's rhinestone & art stone mandala brooch from my collection accents the center bodice, white 50's gloves, sweet pink 40's straw tilt hat with plaid taffeta ribbon and raffia flowers. The accompanying straw island tote adds fun and traveler mystery to this spring outfit. 

 I love this Alice in Wonderland dress in sky blue and white dotted swiss fabric. I kept the accessories to the minimum; traditional 50's white gloves, necklace and iridescent blue beaded evening bag. Here Sara is the 'real charismatic beauty' element in this photo.
So there's a little style inspiration for you vintage gals out there! #VintageFashionStylist 

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