The start of a new year is always exhilarating; it’s a chance to revamp your existing wardrobe and debut looks never seen before. With these transitions, a few challenges can pose style dilemmas: Which brooch works best with which styled dress or corset perhaps? Which style millinery goes best with which ensemble? Can I really wear that? This year I’ll be providing my readers with vintage know-how, covering not only the historical implications of an era gone by, but also how the modern day woman can garnish herself with these styles of yesteryear.The 1940’s ladylike silhouette, millinery, and handbags have always inspired me to devote my personal style aesthetic to its alluring feminine genre. While Audrey Hepburn has been declared an official style icon, perhaps it’s from her core wardrobe of staples ranging from the “LBD,” gloves of all kinds, and an envious assortment of hats, earrings, and accouterments. All of these particular sartorial pieces exist in our day-to-day wardrobes, including belts of all sizes and materials; cinched in the middle of a dress, belts easily create a lovely shape and will give any figure a slimmer shape if worn properly at your natural waist not at the hips. I find myself wearing classic, black patent belts of two sizes: skinny and wide (as seen above). I typically will wear belts with a variety of sleek sheaths or wiggle dresses and at times, with a mock neck sweater which overlaps a slim pencil skirt or tailored ankle pants, while it enhances an hour glass figure.
When it comes to vintage-inspired accessories, there is real no wrong way to garnish yourself; vintage rhinestone earrings paired with a miniature pearl and diamond encrusted brooch that’s pinned from the upper shoulder can make all the difference in creating a classic ensemble. With vintage-inspired brooches on trend, there is no simpler way to dress up your style than with Corsettery’s Old Hollywood Couture Collection. You can decorate your corsets, day coats, blouses, and lady-like winter scarfs with their line of brooches (as seen above). As you all know I adore the chance of garnishing my attire with any form of vintage history, especially brooches.
Prada Round Baroque Sunglasses // Bitter Root Vintage ‘Through a Glass Darkly Dress‘ // c/o Corsettery Crystal Encrusted Pearl Brooch // Vintage day-wear Gloves Vintage Rhinestone Earrings (as seen in the San Francisco Chronicle) // BCBG Faux-Fur Stole (sold out, similar here, here & here) // Black Patent Handbag & Belt // Nordstrom ‘Sheer Gloss‘ Pantyhose // Kate Spade ‘Licorice too’ Pumps MAC Lipstick ‘Ruby Woo’