Archive of ‘Your Vintage Wardrobe’ category

vintage beaded purse bag Play Purse on Kate Beavis

My Vintage Play Purse

Remember those beaded little purses in the 1970s, that you spent hours picking the beads from? My daughter has two and they bring back so many memories. Well imagine if us grown ups could have one. Hell yeah, it turns out we can! Play Purse have created a Play Purse big enough for you  to […] Read more…

orla kiely 1970s style shoes from Clarks

The Vintage Edit

Here’s what has been rocking my world in this week’s Vintage Edit. 1. Possibly the best modern platform shoe I have seen of late and perfect for wearing with your 1970s flares. Designed by Orla Kiely and sold through Clarks. 2. I have fallen in love with the 1950s elegant feel of this Lisha dress […] Read more…

1950s vintage blouse by Kate Beavis

5 Reasons to buy vintage

I am often asked by non-loving vintage friends why I want to fill my home with “second-hand stuff”. Well in fact there are so many reasons why I choose to style my home and indeed my life with vintage but here are my top 5. 1. IT’S QUALITY Just think, that 1950s dress or that […] Read more…

Marks and Spencer vintage retro inspired clothing on Kate Beavis blog

Marks and Spencer’s 1960s Vintage Revival

It feels like everyone is embracing the 1960s right now. When I heard that Marks and Spencer had a 1960s Revival range I rushed online to check it out. There are some great key pieces that have the vibe, but you do need to search for them. On my phone I found the collection really […] Read more…

Little Bird by Jools Oliver for Mothercare kids clothing by Kate Beavis

Children’s Vintage Style Clothing by Mothercare

Anyone who has young children and loves all things vintage will truly love the clothing called Little Bird Clothing. Designed by Jools Oliver for Mothercare, this children’s vintage range reminds me of the 1970s – the decade when I was a young child (showing my age huh?). The A/W range is bright and fun, filled […] Read more…

Orla Kiely’s vintage style shoes

Who out there loves a vintage shoe? But how hard is it to find them in your size especially those that are not worn down within an inch of their lives? There are more brands popping up designing great vintage style shoes such as Miss L Fire and Agnes and Norman but all are very […] Read more…

1940s vintage fashion book from Your Vintage Life by Kate Beavis

Fashion in the 1940s

Recently we were sent a new book to read called Fashion in the 1940s, written by Jayne Shrimpton and published by Osprey.It takes the reader through all the fashions of the time, from wartime utility styles to the New Look designed by Christian Dior. You can clearly see how fashions evolved in a time of […] Read more…

A Guide to Antique Jewellery

‘Vintage’ is a cover all term used to describe jewellery from many different eras. This is mainly for jewellery from the 1940s onwards, however for the avid admirer of all things antique, here’s a quick guide to jewellery styles from the 1700s all the way through to war-ravaged 1914. Georgian Georgian jewellery hails from the […] Read more…

Freddies of Pinewood vintage style jeans featured by Your Vintage Life by Kate Beavis

Me and My Freddies

Back in the 1940s and 50s, Americans knew how to wear jeans. To be fair they probably still do, but at a time when we were still living through austerity, the US wore their jeans with style. They wore them high, the wore them turned up, they wore them dark and they wore them wide. […] Read more…

Monsoon: Vintage Style

I have to admit that I love Monsoon. I worked for them throughout the 90s and have recently rediscovered  them due to spending more time at St Pancras station due to my consultancy work. I love their boho style which is something I am embracing more and more as I find myself mixing modern and vintage […] Read more…

Everything’s Rosy

Today it is our little girl’s 4th birthday. It appears she has only been bought pink things…not an issue as she loves it all but it has been a bit of a pink overload. (Let’s campaign for alternative colours please!) So to celebrate the colour pink here are our favourite things available on Etsy right now, so […] Read more…

Fabulous 5: Vintage Festival Fashion

As so many people are off to Glastonbury tomorrow (we are not jealous at all…much!) we thought we would continue this weeks festival style theme. With so many great acts playing – from Caro Emerald to Arcade Fire, to De La Soul to the fabulous Dolly Parton, it will be an amazing weekend. So quickly […] Read more…

Hats off to Royal Ascot

To celebrate Royal Ascot this week today we are sharing some of our favourite vintage hats available to buy on Etsy right now. Click on the links to find out more 1. Rosebud pink veil 2. Snood pattern 3. Turquoise ruffle hat 4. Lemon raffia hat 5. Green sisal hat 6. Coral sisal hat 7. […] Read more…

Mr & Miss Vintage UK

Fancy being voted as Miss or Mr Vintage UK? Now in its 13th year, Twinwood Festival is the original and best festival celebrating the style and music of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. And this year, for the very first time, they are looking for the most stylish vintage guy or gal in the UK. […] Read more…

We Love…Vintage Lingerie

Although grouped under the banner of ‘vintage,’ lingerie styles changed considerably between the 1920’s and the 1950’s. In the 1920’s it was the flapper style; in the 30’s art deco reigned supreme; by the 40’s cotton satin and silk were the preferred materials and in the late 40’s nylon was the new kid on the […] Read more…

Get The Look: Dawn O’Porter

We are hugely excited to share with you our interview with Dawn O’Porter. Dawn has become the face of vintage recently, having written a book called This Old Thing which was released earlier this month and appearing on 2 vintage magazine covers. With a Channel 4 show to accompany it hot on it’s heels, this summer […] Read more…

Get The Look: Love ur Look

This week we present to you the fabulous vintage 1950s style from LoveurLook. We caught up with the founder to find out more about the business, the inspirations and the recent collection. YVL: What inspired you to start your business? Starting my own brand had always been a life dream of mine. With my love […] Read more…

S: Swatch

We totally fell in love with Swatch while writing the book last year. It totally sums up the 1980s style with it’s bright colours and fun design. “In 1983, a revolution in watches hit our high streets called Swatch. Designed to be your second watch, they were plastic, colourful and affordable. They quickly became a […] Read more…

Meet Our Sponsor: Splendid Vintage

Today we meet one of Your Vintage Life’s  sponsors: Kirsty from Splendid Vintage. She has sponsored us for a little while now and she is also one of our graduates from Vintage Academy. YVL: Hello Kirsty, Tell our readers a little about yourself? My name is Kirsty and I am addicted to vintage, its been a […] Read more…

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