I was very excited when Oxfam invited me to take part in their #VintageFaceAndStyle competition. They’re searching for a blogger who embodies the style of each decade from the 1950s to the 1980s. If I was lucky enough to represent my beloved 1950s style for this awesome charity, I’d be as happy as Lorelei Lee in a diamond mine.
Throughout my teens I tried desperately to squeeze my unruly curves into mainstream fashion and it just left me feeling frumpy and self conscious. I’ve always been obsessed with Old Hollywood film stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Russell. These silver screen goddesses had a body shape I could relate to and a glamour I could aspire to.
When I discovered the flattering powers of nipped in wiggle dresses, pencil skirts and one-piece retro swimwear, it was an epiphany for my wardrobe and my self confidence. I realised that I didn’t have to wear modern clothes that made me feel like a failure. Since then I’ve exclusively worn 1950s style. The super feminine look celebrates my curves and makes me feel good about things that modern fashion makes me feel insecure about.
Now I wear seamed stockings and red lipstick everyday and share my outfits on Instagram. I love seeing other women on social media who have embraced the pinup aesthetic, looking confident and fabulous. 1950s style has done wonders for me. I’d be honoured to repay the favour by showcasing it for Oxfam.