So you’ve got your favourite 1950s sundress on but you still don’t feel pin up perfect? No need to worry, doll. Just read this easy guide to summer accessorising, vintage style.
Cat eye sunglasses are the most iconic fifties shape. You can channel the Pink Ladies in these supergirly shades from Deadly Is The Female. Or if, like me, you’re worried that cat eyes don’t suit your human features, look for oversized frames like this selection from Bow And Crossbones. I love them because they’re very old Hollywood glam plus they conveniently minimise the visible surface area of my big round face.
This classic but quirky style will go with all your summer outfits. Mine is vintage but there are lots of adorable reproductions I’m lusting after online. The boxier baskets are from Miss Bamboo and Deadly Is The Female and these cute little clutches can be found at Collectif and Bow And Crossbones.
Make your life more like a luau with some fabulous jewellery. Either bedeck yourself with bamboo bangles or, if you want to really kitsch it up, check out these awesome novelty earrings from Lady Luck’s Boutique.
I am currently obsessed with corsages and summer is a brilliant excuse to bring the party to your hair. Even if you lack the time or hand-eye coordination to commit to a full on vintage ‘do, wearing one of these is an easy way to add some old-fashioned charm to your barnet. Choose a colour that lifs your complexion for the most flattering effect. The widest and most affordable range I’ve found is from Bow And Crossbones.
I live in these on holiday. They look sweet, stop your scalp getting sunburnt and pull focus from bad hair days. These fifties-print reversible ones from Vicky Cee give you two looks for the price (and suitcase space) of one.
P.S. I love parasols
Just the ticket if you’re anxious to preserve a porcelain complexion.
Make like Dita and carry a ladylike parasol. As well as looking fabulous it will stop your immaculate vintage make-up sliding straight off your shiny, sweaty, sun-snogged face.
Now all you need to do is practice your pout and wait for a passing photographer to capture all your delightful cheekiness. Happy posing, pin up queens!