Belstaff Inspiration

 
Belstaff head designer took inspiration from vintage suitcases and the romanticism they evoke- that time when moving from one point to another was all about pure luxury. No budget airlines then, I love vintage suitcases and the stickers they have on them from all the places their owners have been, a little piece of history.
 
I have been inspired into researching travel beginning in the 1920’s to the 70’s. I love the excitement you can see in the posters and the photos. International travel was restricted to the rich though because of the high prices, travel in and around the UK was done mainly on trains as they were seen as competitive on price as well as luxurious. A bit different from now hey.
 
Christmas in the air 1920.
 
Passenger cabin 1920-1929.
 
Meal service 1930-1939
 
 

1950-1959
 
BOAC Air Stewardess
 
How glamorous is this photo! I love it.
 
1950’s 1959
 
A bit cheesy but I love it.
 
 
1960-1969
 
 
British Airways female uniform 1977-1985 (Designer: Baccarat Wetherall)


20’s Hair and Hats…

When I think of the 20’s I think flapper fashion, cute short hair styles and even cuter hats! The 20’s have to be one of my favourite eras of fashion. They were seen as rebellious, women defiantly applied make-up in public and danced into the night, something that we take for granted every day/weekend.
The 20’s saw the 1st short hair cut, the Eton Crop was the most popular and was seen on designer Coco Chanel!



Marion Davies- Finger Waves


Hats

The 1920s was a period when milliners got their inspiration from nations all corners of the globe. Inspiration was taken from Egypt, China, Japan and Russia. Headdresses including turbans, toques, kokoshniks and tiaras were all reinvented by designers.
Both the couture houses of Molyneux and Lanvin had atelier shops attached to them so buyers were able to make a hat selection at the same time as buying a dress or suit to complete the outfit perfectly. Accessories were an important feature of fashion for women as well as men.  Caroline Reboux was a designer of hats in Paris who invented the Cloche Hat which sold like wildfire around the globe.



 



The last two images are my favourites; you would get admiring glances wearing either today. The penultimate image, the whole outfit is amazing and could easily wear it now; I love how the bracelets are worn over the sleeve.


 

Vintage Romance

I love vintage and the main reason I wear it every day is to create an individual look. I don’t want to be wearing the same as someone else when I go out, so if your thinking of tying the knot then why not consider a Vintage Wedding Dress? Your guaranteed something original, beautiful and well made. If I can’t convince you with words check out the photos below…

This lucky lady, above, found her dress, matching veil & shoes in a charity shop for less than a fiver! Now you have to have patience and time to look and find something like this but it is possible. If you don’t have the time then I offer a vintage finding service, your local charity shops usually have dedicated sections for Wedding Dresses. Oxfam has dedicated shops which you can buy online, there are also dedicated vintage bridal wear shops, be warned though if you choose the latter option they are just as expensive as new ones, but much more beautiful.