Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dressing like a Lady

Evelyn Tripp 1952

I can't resist images of pretty vintage dresses. Flowing full skirted styles in swishy fabrics with tiny waists, there isn't anything more lady-like. Pencil skirt suiting, swing coats with generous shawl collars, wide brim or pillbox hats with netting....... it all gets my attention.

Jacques Heim 1953

I've always adored the ultra feminine and opulent fashions that are now labeled as 'Vintage'. By the time I was born in the late 50's, styles were beginning to be pared down and I've often thought I might have been born in the wrong era.

I feel much more confident and comfortable dressed up than dressed casual. This is coming from a woman who spends many days in leggings, a tunic sweater and riding boots - but my life is currently requesting a more casual wardrobe.

Along the road, women's fashion's have become increasingly 'liberating'; but it has been at the expense of forfeiting some of the demure and feminine styling. In the last half dozen years there has been a shift back to more feminine women's fashions. Designers like Elie Saab are proving the allure of ladylike dressing is what we are truly craving. 

The runways and fashion magazines highlight styles that designers think will grab our interest, but tucked in the online image journals of Pinterest the truth is told. Pinterest brings the opportunity to gather images of what we really captures our attention, and glamourous vintage fashion is high on the list of fashion pins. Along with the Pin dream closets being filled with vintage, women are gravitating towards the feminine styles that designers are revisiting.

Dressing like a lady is suddenly in style again. 

Chanel - forever classic and elegant.


Ralph and Russo - blush pink....... one of my favourite shades.

Zuhair Murad

Elie Saab

For additional fashion inspiration visit my 
Vintage Love pinterest board
Fashion Plate pinterest board


  1. Beautifully elegant...I love the black and white shots!
    Have a good day xx

  2. Beautiful post! It's fun to see these classic styles. Enjoy your day!

  3. Those were the days! I love those ladylike elegant feminine lovely clothes. I wish the designers would have them today, from the budget to the couture…
    Princess Diana always did this style so well. Kate Middleton only does it occasionally.

  4. I feel the same way about living in the wrong era K. I would have loved to have worn some of the beautiful styles my mother wore. I always thought she looked so elegant. I was born in '55 and loved the beautiful dresses that she had in her wardrobe . We lived in the city until I was 9 and then we moved to a small acreage which was always my mom's dream. That's the first time I ever saw her in pants other than when we would picnic in the mountains. Boy, have times ever changed. I am rarely ever out of jeans.
    I adore the first dress you shared here. So elegant!
    sending hugs...