I am embarrassed at how long it took me to write this post. I'll admit it, I am a procrastinator. Although, it does throw a glitch in one's life when you go through an out-of-state move (I now live back in Arizona). Since it has been such a while from Part I of “Retro – How to Look the Part,” you might want to read it again before you read Part II. Here goes...
No matter what category of style you associate with, these tips and tricks apply to all. Based on my own journey to becoming a full-blown retro gal, I'd say the following are good ways to get started.
Research - Use the internet (oh, the irony!), encyclopedias, library books, movies, and anything else you can find to determine what era's fashion you most enjoy. Then study those same resources to discover what people wore, how they did their hair, how women wore make-up, etc.
Hairstyles – Changing your hair is one of the easiest ways to transform your look to another time. That goes for both men and women. I'll be honest with you, retro hair takes some fiddling with to get it how you want, but it is possible and worth the effort if you love the look. Depending on your level of enthusiasm, you may decide to dress they way they did but keep your hair up to date.
Accessories – Accessories are to retro style what ornaments are to a Christmas tree. Here are some of my favorites:
- Old presidential campaign buttons
- Non-prescription glasses
- Scarves (for ladies)
Get creative! The possibilities are endless, and this is a sure way to display your passion for yesteryear.
There are a hundred ways to look retro, but above all:
Make it Practical - I simply adore the look of hoop skirts and lace-up boots. I'm nuts about hats from the 1910's and so many other things that would be impractical in today's world and rather hard to come by, too. Retro looks best, though, when it's livable. I don't mind looking a little different from today's crowd with my circa 1950's style. I would even be all right with dressing from the 1920's (not as a flapper, mind you). But a corset would certainly hinder from my daily activities, as I'm sure many other vintage articles of clothing would. Keep it practical and I can guarantee a more receptive audience.
So what era are you most drawn to? Do you have any tips to share with those who prefer styles of the past? Comment below and let us know!