Posts Tagged ‘1940s’

100 years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman

100 years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman

100 Years of Fashion Illustration is a new book, published by Laurence King Publishing written by Cally Blackman. It is a fantastic reference for any vintage fashion fan, sharing 400 illustrations from the Edwardian era through to the noughties which highlight to the reader how fashions have changed over 100 years. We are used to […] Read more…

10 reasons to go to a vintage festival

10 reasons to go to a vintage festival

For many of us in the vintage world we know all about a vintage festival, and in fact go to them regularly. But for many, it is totally new and people can be unsure what to expect, what to wear and how to choose which one to go to! Here are just some reasons to […] Read more…

1950s vintage fashion as photographed by Mark Newton as featured on Kate Beavis Vintage Home blog (for Festival of Vintage)

Vintage Fashion at the Festival of Vintage

The Festival of Vintage is back next weekend at York Racecourse and I am so excited to share that I will be there on the Saturday. And not selling or just shopping (although I bet I will be definitely doing the latter!) but helping to write an article for Vintage Life magazine. I will be […] Read more…

Vintage G Plan fresco desk dressing table as seen in Kate Beavis Vintage Home blog

A Flat Pack Backlash: Choose Vintage Furniture!

I wrote this article for Vintage Life magazine many moons ago and it still feels relevant today. Don’t get me wrong, I love stores like IKEA especially some of their reproductions of their original designs form the 1950s and 1960s but there is just something wonderful about the craftmanship in vintage furniture. Time for a […] Read more…

Vintage orange 1960s three tiered cake tin as featured on Kate Beavis Vintage Home blog

A 1960s vintage cake tin based on a 1940s design

Last weekend I bought this three tiered vintage cake tin by Johnson Bros. I haven’t seen a tiered cake tin with a 1960s flower power design on for a long time, as usually you see the 1930s/40s version by brands such as Tala. While the earlier ones are truly fabulous, they don’t quite match my kitchen. […] Read more…

Heaton hall Farm vintage wedding venue

Get The Look: Vintage Wedding Ideas

As you may know  I run the National Vintage Wedding Fair as well as the new venture, Unique Bride Club, focusing on providing all the vintage styling, dresses, music and more for your wedding day. Creating an elegant, vintage look has become, over the last few years, one of the most popular and increasingly common ways to […] Read more…

Freddies of Pinewood's Grease Monkey denim junp suit reviewed by Kate Beavis

Vintage style denim: Freddies of Pinewood

I have admired the Freddies of Pinewood’s Grease Monkey denim jump suit for some time. To be honest, when gifted a pair last year I didn’t feel confident to wear them. Silly really, as let’s face it, women of all shapes and sizes look great in their vintage style Freddies jeans. They are super flattering, […] Read more…

Sarah Maguire's Vintage Eclectic Retro Upcucled Home shared by Kate Beavis

Get The Look: A colourful vintage home

I love Instagram, I literally cannot stop looking at the wonderful photos that vintage loving people have taken all over the world. On one of my regular visits, a beautiful, colourful home caught my eye and I knew in an instant that I wanted to share it with you all. What is interesting about this […] Read more…

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

Fashion in the 1940s by Jayne Shrimpton

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…

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…

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…

U: Utility China

“In the 1940s china production in the UK continued but anything ornate was exported abroad. If anyone bought these styles they were usually factory seconds. Utility tableware was plain, nicely glazed, came in pretty pastel colours and was the choice of millions of Brits. Woods Ware made the classic pale green Beryl which was the […] Read more…

Get the Look: The 1940s style

It feels like everyone is finally realising how suave and sexy fashion actually was in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Women embraced their feminine charm and curvaceous bodies, and now the modern woman is starting to appreciate classic dresses that accentuate a her hips and thighs. They love wearing stunning hats that can’t help but attract positive attention. […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

Boy has this week been a busy one! Yes, I know I say this most weeks but I can genuinely say I am shattered after last week! Last Friday we set up Twinwood festival and then rushed back to celebrate a family members 40th birthday. We missed night one of the festival but it was such […] Read more…

vintage 50s halloween

Happy Vintage Halloween

Happy Halloween my vintage readers! My children are spending the whole day in costumes, their aim is to scare everyone from the postman to the lady in the post office when we post the parcels! I will go off spooking with them..in the mean time here are some great vintage Halloween images. Lets start with […] Read more…

My Favourite Era: Retro Chick

Our latest interview in the series called “My Favourite Era” is with Gemma, the lady behind the successful blog, Retro Chick. We have been reading this blog for what seems like forever and have long since admired her mix of vintage fashion with her love of getting a bargain, as well as all the other […] Read more…

OOTD: MK’s 1940s weekend

Today was a fab day! The whole family downed tools and went out for the day (literally…Mr YVL put down his spade and I closed the laptop). We went to Milton Keynes museum who are hosting a 1940s weekend today and tomorrow. Read all about it on our sister site here. Not only was it […] Read more…

Dating Vintage

We bought an interesting dress last week. Interesting not because it is lovely, but because dating it was more important than I thought. We are often asked how we date things especially clothing. So we thought we would show you one of our latest finds. It’s a lovely dusky pink dress which looks very 1940s. […] Read more…

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