Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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Usually, when I do an...

If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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* Stare at the computer...

A girl who just love polka dots! Also, you can see the *bad* dyed job I did when I thought it would be rock and roll to go blue. Haha ⠀
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From Fashion To Back Again

I went through a phrase in my teen years of raiding my mum’s wardrobe for old clothes; I wanted to look different from all the other girls in my school and of course for this I was often ridiculed, but I still felt good about myself and knew I was making a personal statement. Now I’m in my 20s, wearing my mum’s old clothes doesn’t seem like such a silly idea. Wearing clothes of a past generation is now considered ‘cool’,‘trendy’ and ‘hip’. I thought it was uncool, untrendy to wear your mum old clothes. Has fashion finally caught itself in a ‘groundhog’ situation? Continuing loops of past generation trends that keep getting reinvented?

Are the current climates so depressing that by wearing your mum’s old clothes you can somehow time-travel back to that era?

Many young people go through a phrase of raiding their mum’s   wardrobe for old clothes, wanting to look different from all the other girls in school – even facing ridicule. However, whether or not these young girls know they are making a personal statement, they feel good about themselves and that’s what counts. As they get older, wearing their mum’s old clothes doesn’t seem like such a silly idea. Wearing clothes of a past generation is now considered ‘cool’, ‘trendy’ and ‘hip’. I thought it was uncool, untrendy to wear your mum old clothes. Has fashion finally caught itself in a ‘groundhog’ situation? Continuing loops of past generation trends that keep getting reinvented? Are the current climates so depressing that by wearing your mum’s old clothes you can somehow time-travel back to that era?

Vintage fashion in many ways is second-hand garments that originally belonged to a past generation. The word
‘vintage’ originates from wine terminology, an elegant expression for ‘old’. The public demand for affordable attire has in the past lead to charity shops selling second-hand clothes. However, since the 1990s and the invention of internet-based auction sites, any embarrassment associated with buying ‘used’ has dramatically decreased. With websites such as eBay and Etsy.com, auction sites where you can buy and sell pretty much everything, a newer more updated version of raiding your parent’s wardrobe has come about, but this time in complete privacy. For fashion collectors, what these online marketplaces offer is an Aladdin’s cave of fashion, within an instant you can get last season’s Dior collection or an outfit that your trendy aunt use to wear to revert you back to a ’60s childhood you never experienced.

The ’60s was all about cool Britannia and swinging London was at the heart of the action. Bold clothes and bold statements. We’ve seen the images, the movies and stories from our parent’s generation. Now we want to live like them. Bring back the first mini skirt designs by Mary Quant and the bold dresses. Could this need for a piece of the Swinging Sixties be the reason why in recent years the streets of London, especially Kings Cross and Carnaby Street, have seen the rise of the vintage boutique shop opening up? The public can feel comfortable entering a vintage shop and not have the embarrassment attached to other second-hand shops. Orsini vintage shop is one example, tucked away in Kensington Earls Court – a sweet little shop that guarantees to cure every fashionista’s appetite for
vintage fashion. By posing the question ‘is fashion is in a continuing loop of trends?’ to a dressmaker who work within the shop, she agreed by saying: “I have noticed that fashion is repeating trends and nothing is really original
any more, like for example the gladiator sandal keeps coming back to mainstream fashion every 5-8 years and the hippie sway skirt as well.”

She goes on to explain to me how to define vintage fashion as opposed to second hand clothes: “Vintage fashion has to have story, a history. Often we get people bringing in hand-me-down clothes that a past relative has worn in their lifetime, secondhand fashion could mean anything from last week’s Topshop dress being giving to some-one else after wearing it once. An era of vintage fashion is clothes dating back from the ’20s to the ’70s.” When asking her how she feels about high-street shops in today’s present time, she looked grim. “What make vintage fashion so unique – and I suppose this is why people today love vintage fashion – is that everything was almost hand-made, no big factory or some poor child in India working in slavery, this is why I hate Primark, mass-produced and poor quality, there’s no care or effort, no real ideas – it’s all about the money.

What with the high-street fashion being so mass-produced and not original, how can the younger generation know any different? “What surprises me the most is the range of ages of the consumers we get visiting this shop – from the young teenagers to the older generation. Whatever age the consumers are, they want decent quality clothes to wear. I personally think they can tell the difference and can spot an original unique piece that will last for a future generation.” Vintage shops online are a faster approach for consumers to view vintage fashion without leaving the house, how does she feel about this? “With site such as eBay, yes it a great way for people to viewed vintage fashion but the difference is when you enter a boutique shop such as Orsini – or go to a vintage market fair – you get to learn the clothes history, talk to the people and get a real feel for that certain era.

ChemiseDressIs this vintage fashion in danger of being over exposed or has it been commercialised already? Surely the market for vintage finds could never be over exposed – wasn’t there always going to be a little niche market for finding second-hand fashion? What of the next generation of fashion lovers – would they want our current trends to wear later on as ‘vintage’? If fashion is in a ‘groundhog’ situation, then surely trends are still going around in circles? How can we get out of this continuing loop?

When I posed the question to the dressmaker at orsini about if fashion will ever stop being creative and will run out of idea. ‘’Fashion will never stop being creative, sure it may go around in circles or have an added twist–but that’s because it looks to the past for inspiration.” If fashion is always going to be creative and isn’t in a ‘groundhog’ situation, why is vintage on the top of any young fashionista’s list?


To find out more about Orsini then please visit their website.

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(This was an old article I wrote when I studied Fashion Media at London College Of Fashion.) 

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