Words by Laura Miucci
Clothing photos by Jake Baldwin Photography.
Make-up by Laura Miucci.
For time away in the sun or for simply enjoying the sunny days England has to offer, I’ve created an easy but versatile vintage wardrobe. Here are a few of my favourite outfits ready for your vintage summer.
1: I don’t often wear maxi-dresses or maxi-skirts, but I love them this year! I find them a great outfit to bridge the gap between daytime and evening. Wear for a casual look (or over swimwear!) then as a sophisticated night look with some statement jewellery pieces and wedged sandals. Team this with another recurring trend – patterns: bright, bold, and beautiful. There’s no better way to channel a 70s vibe than with flower patterns and flowing material. I like the different hues of blue on offer in the high street this summer, as they go with most other colours with ease.
2: A casual look for the beach, or poolside attire. Wear your hair in loose curls or ‘beach waves’ – I find curl-rejuvenating spray really helps with this! Dark-coloured shift dresses with simple flowery patterns are an effortless way to complement your outfit with almost any swimwear underneath! Pair with a neutral lip, waterproof mascara, and oversized sunglasses to channel your inner Audrey.
3: Another day look, I cannot get enough of mid-thigh length dresses, preferably with patterns! Oriental patterns seem to be popular at the moment, such as tigers or elephants. I like the delicate detailing of the flowery straps and the lace cut out back. This dress is so intricate; it doesn’t need any major embellishments, so team it with a high ponytail or a plait, bronzer (or natural tan!), a natural shade of eye-shadow and a pale pink lip.
4: I think the 70s, and late 60s, found the perfect balance between comfort and style; as shown in this outfit. The 70s inspiration brings flower patterns, bell sleeves, and wide shorts to the table. I like yellow because I think it is the perfect summer colour – very cheerful! With a modern-day twist, it’s cut out around the waist, with a knot in the front and back. I would team this with comfy brown sandals and a high ponytail for a relaxed look. Shorts also make for a hardier outfit for the more active holiday. I would then make this an evening outfit with thin black tights, brown wedges, and a long brown tasselled waistcoat (even more 70s), with a classic red lip.
5: For a look more elegant than energetic however, I would opt for a maxi-skirt every time. I find any striking-coloured skirts to be a staple to any wardrobe, and I currently love rust (Only the colour of course)! I like the added femininity of the bow and this skirt looks great paired with a patterned top. I like sticking to black and white a lot of the time, as then you can go bigger and bolder with the patterns you wear or the colour of skirt you choose. I try to combine no more than five different colours into the same outfit, as it brings everything together nicely, simply and stylishly when clashing colours are kept to a minimum. Statement 60s! Add black tights or leggings for combating the evening breeze, and black sandals. I would complement the simplicity of the outfit with minimal make-up, with signature vintage red-lips. And in contrast, a beautiful braided bun, or French plait.
Here is just a small slice of my summer Vintage attire, and a sure-fire way to not only wear a versatile holiday wardrobe, but also to easily maintain vintage looks wherever you go. Have an enjoyable summer to all, and explore the vintage lifestyle in style!