I suppose it’s possible there could be regular readers of this blog who don’t know that I’m a big Harry Potter fan, but following this post that won’t be likely. Because after at least a year of having this idea sitting in my drafts folder, I’ve finally carved out the time to create this styling series that was suggested by my good friend Mand; the Hogwarts houses, vintage style.
Once a week for the next four weeks I’ll be creating a vintage style outfit in the theme of each of the Hogwarts houses, and dedicating each post to sharing some of my own Potter story; how I got into the series, the friends I’ve made along the way, how my dad’s death entwined with my love of the books, why these books meant I traveled across the world to attend the wedding of someone I had never met, and, of course, which Hogwarts house I’m in. I’ll also be adding in snippets about my favourite characters, favourite book, and which parts of the story have most touched me.
Today, we’re going to start with Hufflepuff, the house of kindness, patience, hard work, loyalty and fair play. And, kind of more importantly, the house of yellow, because hello mustard!
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of vintage inspired companies in our little vintage-loving corner of the fashion world that produce beautiful designs for us to wear, twirl in, and generally fawn over. As someone who doesn’t have the time, money, accessibility or motivation to search out true vintage in my size, I am vastly grateful for and fond of these companies that produce modern examples of vintage styled beauty all over the world for likewise ladies who can’t have or don’t want closets full of true vintage.
One of my favourite such companies producing modern takes on vintage gems is Retrospec’d. Founded and run by two sisters, Sharon and Teena, they were inspired by their vast collection of true vintage to produce fabulous dresses for all woman, regardless of size or age. Retrospec’d produces high quality items that are made in Australia, all painstakingly and lovingly designed by that dynamic sisterly duo, right down to the perfection of every print and pattern. The result is gorgeous dresses that feel the most authentically vintage of any other reproduction company currently sharing the market.
This particular dress, the Enchanted Fleur Gigi, is a dress of that exact ilk, stopping my thumb in mid-scroll the first time I ever saw it because I couldn’t believe it wasn’t a true vintage piece. Despite my immediate love for it, it took me months and months before I finally got my eager little hands on it, but I’m so glad I did. Enchanted indeed!
We all have our favourite liquid lipstick, typically as a result of having tried and tested about 15 formulas that provided varying degrees of successful wear. They all usually promise the same thing, long-lasting highly pigmented colour, which is what we all want and need to finish off our vintage look with a red lip that won’t need touching up every other hour. Whether your favourite liquid lipstick is high end or drugstore, there’s one thing I can guarantee it doesn’t give you that Lola Von Rose lipsticks do; your old favourite definitely isn’t providing you with this level of glamorous vintage-look packaging.
If you haven’t come across eShakti before, they’re a custom-make company that offer a wide array of clothing that can be customised to your tastes by selecting the neckline, sleeve style and skirt length you most prefer for each design. Everything can also be ordered either in standard sizes or customised to your own measurements, and in some cases you can even have the item of your choice made in the fabric of your choice in their new Fabric Customization feature. They regularly host sales and provide discount offers, a recent example of the latter spurring me on to order this chambray belted beauty made perfectly for simple, stylish summertime wear.
I’ve often featured cute vintage inspired heels here on the blog, but every time I do I hear from women who can’t wear heels, whether for health reasons or for lack of balance and will to torture oneself just to appear a little taller. I often feel most stylish when I’m able to finish off an outfit with a great pair of heels, but for practical reasons these days I feel the inclination to do that less and less socially. As such, I’ve been on a slightly obsessive hunt the last few months to find as many interesting pairs of flats as I can so that I can complete my outfits in both comfort and style without feeling I’m sacrificing any of the latter by sidestepping my heels.
I’m not usually one for lobster motifs. These little red critters are a popular novelty feature in the vintage realm, but the reasoning behind that has always flummoxed me. Who would want a crimson crustacean featured on their clothes? I wondered, confused, as my Instagram feed filled each summer with beautiful modern pinups buying item after item in lobster print. I just don’t get it.
…And then, as always, I found the one dress that made me finally understand something I hadn’t previously, and now I’m like ‘lobsters? How cute!‘ So to whom do I owe the credit of this bending of my previously steadfast opinion? Collectif, step right up!