5 Vintage Nail Art Designs You'll Love

You've got the right dress with a crinoline for some added bounce and flair, an eye-catching hairstyle with victory rolls, a flattering pair of vintage style shoes and matching accessories to complete your retro ensemble, but it still lacks something.

Hmm... that's right - the nails!

We've handpicked our top 5 most loved vintage nail art designs that we feel will add the perfect finishing touch to your retro getup. But what if you're totally new to nail art? Well, fret not because these designs come complete with handy step by step tutorials. We've made sure of that.

1. Paulina's Passions - We love Paulina's blog simply because she comes up with the most creative designs and her floral motives are to die for. We specifically selected this design because of its simplicity (doesn't require any special tools apart from either a toothpick or a pen) but looks absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for beginners!


2. Wondrously Polished - This website has some of the most impressive looking vintage floral nail art designs. But out of all the designs, we absolutely could not say no to this cute looking pineapple nail art. Did you know that this design was actually inspired by a pineapple bikini? Cute, eh? Check out the simple step by step tutorial here.


3. Follow That Way - Annabel Lee from Follow That Way has some pretty amazing vintage nail art designs on her YouTube channel here. Here's a quaint vintage floral nail art design that we simply adore. It's something about the clever color combinations and borders with a tinge of rust (so to speak) that makes this design so unique. It does however require some level of skill and patience, but the end result is so worth it!

4. So Nailicious - This blog is probably one of the most comprehensive nail niche blogs we've ever come across; with the ability to even filter designs by occasion. And since we're suckers for lace, this black lace nail art was too hard to resist. Although the trickiest part of this design would be the lace itself, you'll probably nail it (no pun intended, promise!) by just copying the design exactly from the tutorial here.

5. The Crafty Ninja - The reason why we love this site is for its cute, whimsical nail art designs. And for you vintage lovers out there, it doesn't get any more retro than this. Oh yes, we're talking about gingham prints and cherry motives. Check out the YouTube video tutorial here.

So go on, give these a try and let us know which one you fancy! :)


Vintage Style Dresses For You This Autumn

We've rounded up our favorite vintage style dresses this autumn. Which one will you take home with you?

Pretty In Lace

Is there such a thing as too much lace? Not in our books! We love how lace dresses present such elegance and sophistication effortlessly, making it perfect for evening dinners, parties or even prom. And just because the season is getting chillier does not mean you have to forgo all sex appeal, opt for these long sleeved formal lace dresses that will have you looking like a million bucks as you strut your stuff.

Deep V Long Sleeves Tea Length Dress, US$169 Black Long Sleeves Vintage Style Prom Dress, US$76.90

Flower Power

Floral prints are timeless pieces that never go out of style. Not only are these retro dresses comfortable to wear, they'll keep you warm and stylish as you welcome the cool autumn breeze. These versatile selections are great for work or play or even a night out with the girls.

Retro Rose Print Swing Dress, US$57.90 Floral Retro Button Up Swing Dress, US$64.90 Black and White Floral Retro Dress, US$57.90

Dotty About Dots

No vintage wardrobe is complete without a polka dot dress, don't you think? Whether you're into big and bold polka dot prints or gunning for a more subtle retro flair for work, we've got you covered this season.

Black and White Polka Dot Dress, US$69.90 Long Sleeves Formal Polka Dot Dress, US$72.90

So ladies, whether it's for a casual, semi formal or formal occasion, there's no excuse for not going vintage or retro this season! ;)


1950s Vintage Prom Dresses

Today, we feature a guest post from Alexandru Tanase. Alex, for short, is a freelance professional writer who loves writing about anything under the sun. Enjoy!

The 1950s was a great time for fashion, as the style during that era was focused on consumerism, bringing in a better body image and fashion, which until the 1950s was mostly for the elite. During the 1950s fashion became more accessible and common, with more and more women finding new ways to express themselves. This also translated to proms as well, with girls from all over the world having the opportunity to impress everyone via their one of a kind formal and evening dresses.

Types of Vintage Prom Dresses Popular in the 50s

Most of the prom dresses from the 50s have a formal appeal, and some of them did include V-necks which was still something new for that era. Many of these dresses were either off-shoulder, which was considered daring at the time or they went with some simple necklines, something that became very popular in time. Necklines were a symbol of the 60s and 70s, with the 50s being an era of seriousness so less daring dresses were created at this time.

When it comes to prom dress lengths, they were designed with a floor length or tea length skirt, although you can also find some knee length dresses.

Grace Kelly's black and white tea length dress in Rear Window (1954)

Grace Kelly in a blue knee length dress in High Society (1956)

Color-wise, the vintage prom dresses were known for a variety of nuances. Black was very popular at that time, but white, blue, pink, green and red were some of the common alternatives as well.

The fabric used for vintage prom dresses was usually lace, but you could also find some made out of cotton and other materials such as satin, silk, linen and others. Usually the ones made out of lace tend to be the most valuable and quite durable.

Many of these dresses had prints and a colorful appeal that was used as a means to express and stand out. The 50s were known for not being too extravagant and the prom dresses maintained this type of appeal. They did integrate colors, but not multiple ones, instead they were more about blending white with floral patterns or prints. Usually the combination of colors was between white and another color such as blue, red, black or green, among other nuances.

Grace Kelly in a floral print floor length dress

1950s Style Icons

What made vintage prom dresses famous in the 1950s was definitely the fact that they were worn by fashion icons and female celebrities.

There were quite a lot of celebrities that wore this type of dresses as it was quite common at the time, with the list including names such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Ineko Rima, Bibi Andersson, Gloria Grahame, Simone Signoret, Elizabeth Taylor, Carolyn Jones and many others.

These women wore a wide range of vintage dresses and certainly brought in a way for women to stand out for themselves, showcasing the need for style, passion and a great appeal. The best thing about these amazing vintage dresses is that they were very easy to wear and quickly became fashionable, something that definitely translated into the fashion world and led to the evolution of the industry as we know it.

Even if their time might seem like long gone, the 1950s vintage prom dresses are coming back in style so you should totally give them a shot, they will definitely impress you with the value and uniqueness that they provide!

References: Vintage Dancer


5 Must Watch Vintage Romantic Movies

Love is in the air, isn't it? :)

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the occasion than to highlight some of the best romantic movies and rom-coms from the good ol' days?

Yes, I am such a hopeless romantic. Well anyway, enjoy!

Roman Holiday (1953)

Well, the list has to start off with Audrey Hepburn, doesn't it? For sure!

Roman Holiday, with a glowing 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes, is a must watch for all you Hepburn fans. Audrey Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress in this film, and there's a good reason why. The story tells about a princess, Ann (Audrey Hepburn) who escapes her royal duties to tour Rome instead. She then meets an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) who soon uncovers her true identity. Joe bets his editor that he can secure an exclusive interview with her, but love soon gets in the way. This movie just makes you want to explore Rome in a Vespa, no less! :)

Roman Holiday, 1953

Sabrina (1954)

You may have watched the 1995 film, Sabrina which starred Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford, but did you know that it was a remake of the original 1954 film, Sabrina?

Yup, the 1954 Billy Wilder version of Sabrina featured Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina, William Holden as David and Humphrey Bogart as Linus. Sabrina, the daughter of a chauffeur, returns home from Paris with a complete makeover but still harbors feelings for her playboy crush, David. Linus, the business-minded brother does not consent to the relationship, as it may potentially jeopardize the family business. Little does he know, he too begins to develop feelings for Sabrina.

Sabrina, 1954

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

The movie, as the title suggests centers around 3 women who want to marry a millionaire. Schatze Page, Loco Dempsey and Pola Debevoise (played by Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe accordingly) set out on their mission by renting a luxurious penthouse in hopes of attracting rich men and eventually marrying them. Unfortunately, as it turns out, dating New York City's elite may not be exactly what they had envisioned it to be. Will a life of luxury or true love prevail?

The film is a fun and witty rom-com featuring 3 of Hollywood's prime female actresses at the time with the female lead being Lauren Bacall. Nominated for Best Costume Design, the movie showcases some of the most exquisite frocks and evening dresses that are absolutely to die for.

How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953

To Have and Have Not (1944)

Based loosely on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, this film is perfect for those who love romance and a little bit of war and adventure in the mix. Lauren Bacall made her debut in this film as Marie Browning, opposite her co-star Humphrey Bogart who plays Harry Morgan.

Although Lauren Bacall was only 19 at the time of filming, she does a very convincing portrayal of a wandering American girl who falls in love with Humphrey Bogart's character. Their chemistry was off the charts in the movie and needless to say, the costumes were the epitome of class and elegance.

To Have and Not Have (1944)

Gilda (1946)

Gilda? Really?

Yes, Gilda is no rom-com but the only reason it made the list is because I love film noir. There, I said it. :) If you enjoy film noir, then Gilda is next on your must watch list. Touted as Rita Hayworth's signature role, she plays the title character Gilda, a femme fatale caught in a deadly love triangle with two other men - her husband, Ballin Mundson (George Macready) and her ex-lover, Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford). Oooo, spicy!

Just so you know, The Guardian gave this movie a 4/5 star rating with an accompanying comment of "A real 1940s Hollywood treat." Even if you don't like film noir, you've got to love Rita Hayworth's iconic black satin gown in the "Put The Blame On Mame" striptease scene. Oh, and not to mention, that incredibly flawless looking hair.

Gilda, 1946

For what it's worth, we hope you have a romantic Valentine's Day! xoxo

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