My Vintage Spring/Summer 2011 Vintage Trend Report

My Vintage Spring/Summer 2011 Vintage Trend Report

As London Fashion Week draws to a close and New York seems a distant memory, we give you all the best tips for dressing on trend the vintage way…

70’s Chic

This season, the catwalk is full of seventies inspired designs – and we love it! But this revival is less disco and boho secretaries are sexier. Imagine thin and smooth pussybow blouses paired with long pants or high waisted shorts. Large floppy hats and hippy dresses will certainly be a summer staple and maxi dresses are here to stay. Another recent resurgence trend is a jumpsuit that will be bigger than this year. And don’t let us forget wedge heels – summer footwear must!

Bold color

Black is good and good but we are very happy to see the bright and bold colors return to the runway! Especially orange, yellow, blue and pink beams! There are some great vintage findings in bright colors. For oranges and yellows, the best era is the swinging sixties era and the electric pink and blue colors are no more than eighties and separate cocktail dresses. Take color and experiment – the brave will conquer this summer!

Elegant bare

To get a finer trend in 2011, being naked and sheer is a must. If you are pale-skinned, then stick to creamy white nudes, tanned and olive-skinned girls should turn toward peach-skinned nudes and mixed races and dark skin color should be used to bare with golden color. Think of light chiffon, thin silk and thin satin for true glamor and style.

Club Tropicana

Moving on from the common flower trends last spring / summer, this season’s floral prints are bolder, brash, and tropical! Bright shades, big palms and a sense of hoola are a must! Look for a fitting fifties dress, vintage pencil skirt and vintage silk scarf to create a tropical trend.

Into the blue

Maybe the upcoming Royal Marriage has excited us, but the only color that really matters this spring / summer is bright blue. Elegant, tight dresses, matching jackets, thick heels and light blouse – all in this amazing color. Look carefully at all eras because there are gems to be found!

And stay with us from last season …

Lace

Think vintage and you very often think lace – so there has never been a better time to embrace the old school style. Lace has been seen everywhere this season, skirts, leggings, tops, dresses, gloves and even body suits. When shopping vintage go for feminine pastels, feminine fifties or dramatic black Madonna-esque eighties. And don’t be afraid to mix and match several pieces of lace in one ensemble.

Animal instincts

Fall and go out of fashion but there is always great pleasure when we can dig up animal prints once again! Designers are going crazy for big cats this season, especially holding on to black, gold and brown. Finish with a leopardskin print dress or dip your toes in water with a bag or a cute scarf. Mix with …

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Vintage Wedding Ring – Where to Buy and What to Look For

Vintage Wedding Ring - Where to Buy and What to Look For

As more and more people are choosing a vintage wedding ring, the sellers are getting increasingly greedy.

Of course there are some traders out there is who are honest and are not trying to rip you off. However, this cannot be said for all of them.

Because more people want to find a vintage wedding ring, more people want to sell them. The problem here is that some of these people do not know as much as we would like to think about the products.

Where to buy your vintage wedding ring

If you are visiting markets for your vintage wedding ring – be very careful. Some traders at markets will have retail outlets as well, these are the most reputable of the traders and you should not buy your wedding band from anyone who is just a stall holder.

If you are going to buy your ring from a shop, then there are two types of shops. There are vintage or antique shops and there are jewellery shops. Jewellery shops will have standards and experience in all types of jewellery. Vintage shops are not going to have experienced jewellers working their, the staff in these places will probably have less knowledge than you.

The best place to buy your vintage wedding ring is at a retail out let where the jeweller has a specific interest in the era you are looking for. You may think that these people will be hard to find. But they are worth the effort of finding, because they will have the best selection and they will be selling the best quality for the right price.

A word of caution

Just because a ring has survived along time it doesn’t mean that it is sturdy. Before buying your vintage wedding ring it is worth giving the structure as well as the design a good look. Look for places where it has been repaired. Check that all the stones are firmly in place and that they match. It is important to look at any jewellery containing stones in natural light as well, as they can look different and imperfections can sometimes be seen which would otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Overall, don’t rush into buying what you are not sure about and be absolutely sure about the person you are buying from; with these simple aspects covered I am sure that you will find the perfect vintage wedding ring.…

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