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Retro Styling…

Personally I love to look at and borrow from styles of yesteryear. Fashion tends to be the same way taking old ideas and recycling them. To wit you often hear some self-appointed¬†aficionado¬†herald that the [insert proper era here] is back. Only to have that same person six months later say something completely different. Mainly because fashion seasons are basically Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer with the resort season squeezed in (yeah, I am not certain about that one either). They are also planned out a season ahead and dictated to us with the threat that ignorance and noncompliance would mean that you not on trend. This dictatorship has led to the rise of the plebeians namely in the role of fashion bloggers and lead to a decrease in authority/power of magazines, or maybe it’s just a shift in power to another group? It may be a sort of fashion republic, where we find fashionista bloggers and become fans/followers/commenters which may reflect our desired personal style. I think there are so many fashion bloggers out there that it makes fashion feel fun again, and some of them are even popular enough to influence fashion designers.

However I noticed something reading my Lucky September Issue (y’all know September is the big fashion month). The styles featured are quite varied. I saw fashions from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. There were bell bottoms, midi skirts, bowed shirts, vintage dresses, and kiss lock bags just to name a few. A lot of the fashions featured in the Nordstrom Fall Sale (which is an indicator of the direction fashion merchandisers are heading) were distinctly 70s, and they showcase a lot of designers with 70s styled pieces. Too me this swingy midi dress has a bit of a Halston feel to it.

MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Michaela' Silk Dress

It’s like a time capsule. ASOS is filled with retro-wear also. This mod little salmon pink shift with the peter pan collar is just one example and totally sixties. There is something very “That Girl” about it.

River Island Peter Pan Collar Shift Dress at ASOS

Front of Tupelo Dress from Maple by Some Odd Rubies for sale at Anthropologie

Tupelo Dress back...click to buy at Anthropologie

Anthropologie never disappoints me when I feel like finding some retro gem. This dress makes me think of the movie Picnic. I can picture the utterly beautiful Kim Novak wearing this dress making the most of the sweetheart neckline. The best part is walking away coyly displaying a bit of your back while your hair is twisted in a chignon. Would you really get tired of being liked because you’re pretty? (Too much like a J. Peterman catalogue?)

This is just a small selection of what is available. I am so excited to see all these fun pieces becoming available to us. Lately I have felt in a style rut. It’s been too much SoCal dressed down for me. I miss the theatrics of fun dressing. Friends I love a good outfit. Oh and the accessories are just also too fab. I have so many pocketbooks (handbags/purses whatever you call them) that will just flatter the look. With so many options to choose from there is something liberating about fashion lately. I hope that a variety will be the new status quo, rather than a stranger trying to force me into an outfit I don’t like all. I don’t want to hear X is the new black, unless you say freedom of style is the new black.

Is anyone else inspired by the new offerings? If so, which ones?