|(November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985)|
Louise Brooks was American born but had great success in Europe following a move to London at seventeen. A wonderful dancer and an all round bit of a character, who was declared bankrupt in 1932, she liked to splash the cash that's for certain. Perhaps it was following her bankruptcy that she gave the famous quote:
Black shoes BHS £25 Blue shoes ASOS £18 (sale)
Just a few accessories can really vintage up your look. You don't have look like an original twenties flapper to carry off the look. Little hints back to another era are a really workable way of adding a sprinkle of vintage style to your look.
With snow possibly on the way, what better time to brighten up your wardrobe with a hat. Also perfect for bad or just can't be bothered hair days! You may be familiar with cloche hats? A simple shaped hat popular that was a popular style in the twenties. Still a very popular style today.
Red hat Topshop £25 Black hat George £8 Grey hat BHS £12.60 (sale)
If you've been into vintage for ages or if it's something you might just be starting, may be you are just at the thinking stage? My advice would be don't worry too much about eras and looking authentic. Vintage in such an interesting sub culture of fashion because many of us are not purists and we do mix and match the eras. For me that's part of the fun. One day I could be sporting a 1940's wartime sweetheart look, the next I might be feeling in the mood to put on a pencil skirt and look more 1950's. It's all about just finding out what you like.
You also don't need to ditch your existing wardrobe either! You may be surprised to know what vintage inspired looks you can put together with a pair of trousers and a blouse, or a pencil skirt and a t shirt. You can see me chat more about this in a previous post I wrote called 'Getting that vintage look'.
If you want a look at fashion through the decades then I currently have a competition running this week and there is still time to enter! Courtesy of Carlton Books ,I have 5 books by Sarah Kennedy called Vintage Style, featuring Elizabeth Taylor as one of 25 icons of fashion. Carlton books have been having fashion week on Twitter with vintage inspired tweets as well as give aways, if you're on twitter but you haven't been following them yet then you have missed some fab tweet. Do pop over and follow them for the final day. If you're on twitter and you have seen the hashtag #VINTAGEWEEK this is why!
If you haven't entered the give away then don't worry, you can enter up until midnight 27 Jan 2012. Just click here to read the book review, the competition rules and details of how to enter.
Vintage Style by Sarah Kennedy, published by Carlton Books, £20, is available in all good book shops and online now.