At Cats Like Us we often get questions about 'how-to' dress in retro styles, often with people being a bit shy or embarassed as they don't know where to start. While it can be intimidating, there is nothing to fear with wanting to express yourself with retro styled clothing. Whether you're interested in infusing a few pieces into your current wardrobe or are looking for a complete style overhaul, have no fear-Cats Like Us is here!
A few things to ask yourself are; what attracts you to the retro vintage clothing styles and/or lifestyle? Is there a specific person past or present who's style you admire? Is there a certain hair style you like and would like to try? What era do you like the; 1940s, 1950s or 1960s? Are you interested in a 50s greaser look, a vampy femme fatale, or a sexy pin up style, or for a fun circle skirt to twirl around on the dance floor? You don't neccessarily have to know all the answers, but thinking about these questions may help to guide you in your ideal fashion goal.
Here are some great references to learn more about the clothing from each decade:
1940s For the Modern Gal by our own Julie Ann
1940s Makeup Styles by Glamour Daze
1950s Fashion by Molly's Emporium
1950s Makeup Styles by Glamour Daze
1960s Fashion by Molly's Emporium
Though you may like a certain decade and style the best, it's good to identify your body type and what clothing styles from that particular era will suit and flatter your figure. Retro clothing styles emulate vintage clothing but with modern sizing and fabrics, so it makes it a lot easier to accommodate a variety of sizes compared to shopping for vintage clothing. Many clothing companies like Trashy Diva, Heartbreaker Clothing, Bettie Page Clothing and Nicole Katherine Designs create modern vintage-inspired garments for the modern woman.
If I haven't completely scared you away or if you want to ease more into retro style, give your hand at styling your hair into a vintage-inspired style and hair accessories. Some great references are here on the Cats Like Us blog, check out the articles:
Phew! That's a lot of useful info, yet it's best to remember that dressing in retro vintage styles are fun! Enjoy yourself and we're always here to help you find "Styles to please!"