How vintage clothes take inspiration from even earlier vintage fashion

With the 1940s, 1950s and prior often being the most emulated vintage styles in modern day society, it’s no wonder that people have trouble in sourcing these original vintage items to create an authentic vintage look.

Not only as everybody else is after these unique items, but because if you think about it, these vintage garments are at least sixty years old and therefore may not even be in wearable condition making the search for the perfect 1950s cotton day dress even harder! Therefore, you can get, for example, a 1950s look with a 1970s polka dot skirt or dress.

The Art Deco period of the 1920s in particular is a favourite with vintage lovers: embellished dresses made from fine, delicate materials, a fitted fur coat and cute T-bar dolly shoes give a truly easy to wear, feminine silhouette which doesn’t look out of place in modern day society, but who in their right mind would or could wear a 1920s original in day to day life?

You may feel that it’s always the High Street ripping off vintage styles and prints, and yes, you would be correct, but ‘taking inspiration’ from bygone eras is actually nothing new! In this blog post, our aim is to show you how to create your favourite vintage looks, not with poor quality modern copies, but with vintage originals who have also taken their inspiration from days gone by!

You can see from the photos on the left how the 1980s copied the 1920s with their geometric art deco prints and the 1940s with their novelty print jumpers. The 1970s took inspiration from the 1920s with T-Bar shoes, as well as copying the polka dot dresses and skirts of the 1950s and classic tea dresses from the 1930s and 40s. 1940s peplum jackets were copied in the 1980s as were full 1950s day and prom dresses! You can browse our range of 80s vintage novelty print jumpers here. Coats with big fur collars in the 1960s and 1970s were copied from 1920s fashion and 1960s drop-waist dresses were also copied from the 1920s.

If you want to try dressing like a certain era, you can browse our website via the ‘Shop by era’ button. This will just show the items within that decade, making your search a lot easier!