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I’m thinking of going on a crusade to bring ladies’ hats back into mainstream fashion.  Why did we ever stop wearing them in the first place?  They added so much glamor and style to a look, and they got to wear them every day.  Imagine looking glamorous on a daily basis!  Now, I know you have a Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone With the Wind” image in your head.  Erase it.  That’s not what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about looking chic, not ridiculous.  Here are a few examples:

Ingrid Burgman in 1942’s “Casablanca.”
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They even had it going on in Japan.
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Nicole Kidman in “Austrailia.”  Just imagine wearing that to a party today.
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1930’s style cloche.  Isn’t it gorgeous?
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1920’s flapper style.  The hat just makes it so much more glamorous!
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1950’s couture.  Yowza!
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I feel like I could put one of those hats on and walk out the door feeling like the most stunning woman alive.  And then everyone would look at me like I’m crazy and my dream would be shattered, right?  Wrong!  Remember, we can wear anything if we wear it with confidence.  So, lets bring hats back!  Who’s with me?

Here’s an example of how you can do it:

My latest creation.  Get it here.

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I realize that vintage clothing is not for everyone, but I really do think there are many people out there who can and should wear vintage that don’t simply because they are not sure how and they’re intimidated.  Let’s face it, few, if any of us, want to wear all vintage all the time.  That is a quick way to look pretty silly, though I have seen it work on some people.  However, for most of us, the trick is to find just the right touch of vintage.  Maybe it’s a vintage blouse with jeans and modern accessories.  Perhaps it’s a vintage dress with new shoes and jewelry. Those are fine options and I do them both regularly.  However, I would like to let you in on a style secret that will keep you looking great and keep money in your wallet:

Buy neutral clothing and stock up on accessories…in this case, vintage accessories.

Take my outfit today for example:

You’ll have to excuse my robotic face.  That’s what I get for using the 10 second timer…

Anyway, I’m wearing a plain white tee that I bought in a pack of 5 for about 10 bucks.  They are men’s undershirts…I just sew up the sides and…voila…cut little tee for me.  I have accessorized with a cute beaded necklace from the 50’s and a pretty little cameo brooch (I l-o-v-e cameos!).  Now I have a nice little touch of the 50’s that is by no means over the top.  Had I paired these accessories with a 50’s dress and pumps?  I’d look like I had just walked out of an episode of I Love Lucy…not cool.

Now this can be done in literally hundreds of different ways using the same white t-shirt.

I could have done it with this pin: And these earrings:

Or I could have tied this around my neck:

The possibilities are endless.  Go ahead, give it a shot.  You’ll look great.

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Ok.  I’m being totally honest here.  I have cringed as I have watched the 80’s trends creeping back into fashion.  I was a little girl in the 80’s.  All I can think of when I see those styles are my older cousins and their BIG hair.  I mean, a little bit here and there has always been fun, but when I look around me and feel like I’ve gone through a time warp…yikes!

At least that’s what I used to think.  In shopping for my Etsy shop, I have found myself mysteriously drawn to 80’s things.  For example, this unicorn bracelet:

Isn’t it awesome?  It doesn’t get much cooler than that.  Still, even though I found myself liking items such as this, I thought, “I’m still not giving into it.  A little 80’s flair is one thing, but the entire look?  No way.”

Then, along came yesterday.  I had picked up a little sweater that I thought I might 8o something fun with…maybe cut it up and make something out of it…who knows?  Well, then I got the bright idea to just try it on and see.  Here’s what I came up with:

As a sit here writing this, I am still shocked.  It looks good.  It looks really good.  So, I guess I have officially given in to the 80’s trend.  When done correctly, 80’s fashion can look really, really good.

To celebrate, my Ode to the 80’s–Done Right:

Geometric Blouse from Zachary’s Smile

80’s Strapless Party Dress from Zachary’s Smile

Vintage Andy Warhol Paint Splatter Tunic from Regal Vintage

Vintage 80’s Purple Leather Pumps from Classic Girl Vintage

*Sweater coming soon to The Funky Lamp Etsy Shop!

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