Vintage – the new old look

Want to look glamourous and care about the enviroment? Well, Vintage may be the trend for you!

What is Vintage? Vintage Fashion and Beauty is about the look of previous eras. This look can be achieved by finding pre-loved clothing and/or buying modern inspired pieces. Hair and make-up also play a big part. For inspiration Chloe Sevigny and Dita von Teese are just two of many celebs who emulate this trend.

The Vintage trend is also for those interested in environmental sustainability in terms of reusing, recycling and repairing rather than throwing things away.

Interested but not sure where to start? We have books on how to buy and style clothing, how to achieve that special hair do or makeup trick, and we haven’t forgotten the men:

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage hair : easy step-by-step techniques for creating classic hairstyle / Belinda Hay.
“Owner of the Painted Lady salon in London, Hay here introduces readers to some of the most iconic hairstyles of the past, from finger waves and pin curls worn by flappers in the 1920s to the Barbarella style made famous by Jane Fonda in the late 1960s. Each style includes step-by-step instructions and photographs of the finished look on models fully styled in period makeup and wardrobe. They are also shown as contemporary looks on celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson. The instructional aspect of the book could have been improved with fewer full-page photographs and more pictures of the steps. Readers looking for more variations on these hairstyles may prefer Lauren Rennells’s Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques. A companion title from Pavilion, Katie Reynolds’s Style Me Vintage: Make Up, will be released in the United States in November. Verdict Fun, informative, and beautifully designed, this is an inspiring introduction to classic hairstyles.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage : make-up : easy step-by-step techniques for creating classic looks / Katie Reynolds.
“Step-by-step instructions in a beautiful retro-glam package provide everything needed to create authentic vintage looks-whether you want to look like Louise Brooks, Marilyn Monroe, or Madonna Filled with fantastically inspiring images, tips on the best makeup techniques and accessories, and easy-to-follow instructions, this resource provides everything a fashionista needs to create vintage looks from the 1920s to the 1980s. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with style icons like Scarlett Johansson to Dita Von Teese indulging in retro glamour. Whether the aim is a look that can be worn day-to-day or one for a special outing or occasion, this must-have book has all the instructions and inspiration needed to recreate the decadence and fun of vintage styles.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage: clothes: a guide to sourcing and creating retro looks
“The newest Style Me Vintage, in a beautiful retro-glam package, clearly details how to create authentic vintage clothing looks from the 1920s to the 1980s. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with everyone from major stars to teens on the street looking to indulge in retro glamour. Whether a reader is looking to completely over haul their look, go for complete vintage glam, or just introduce a few key vintage pieces into their day-to-day wardrobe, this book will teach them how. It is packed with tips on how to find unique, one-off items that fit any budget, look fabulous, and will retain their value, and also details what to look for, when to part with one’s cash, and what to avoid. Readers will learn how to determine which era fits their shape, how to build a retro look from the base up, and how to make retro styles work with modern accessories. Filled with fun, detailed photographs showing classic looks from the 1920s to the 1980s, this is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to introduce vintage into their wardrobe, but felt unsure where to start.” – (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking vintage jewellery : 25 original designs, from earrings to corsages / Emma Brennan.
“The vintage look is hot. Beginning jewelers can update their own collections with these timeless, handmade pieces that bring individual flair to even the most basic outfit. There is a chapter here on every decade from the refined elegance of the 1910s through the chic glamour of the 1950s, and 25 inspiring projects to explore each one. An art nouveau flower choker, trellis cluster earrings, Egyptian disc necklace: the wealth of styles and endless color possibilities make this collection of sophisticated designs truly extraordinary. There is also a comprehensive techniques section with lavish photography to guide the novice through all the basics, from working with wire to sewing on sequins.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage menswear : a collection from the Vintage Showroom.
“Curated by connoisseurs of vintage clothing, the “Vintage Showroom” is a vast collection of rare 20th-century pieces that fashion designers and stylists pay to view, using the cut and detailing of individual garments as inspiration for their own work. Offering one-of-a-kind access, “The Vintage Showroom Menswear” now makes this unique resource available in book form. Featuring 130 of the most influential examples of 20th-century and earlier European, American and Asian utilitarian tailoring and design, the book is divided into three sections of sportswear, militaria and workwear, covering everything from 1940s flying jackets and polar exploration suits to vintage French denims. Stunning full-page bleeds and front and back views showcase ground-breaking designs in concept, shape and cut. Providing over 300 lavishly illustrated pages of rare, must-see designs, “The Vintage Showroom Menswear” is the essential choice of 20th-century vintage tailoring and detailing and an inspirational resource for students and menswear fashion designers and stylists.” – (adapted from Fishpond summary)

Syndetics book coverWearable vintage fashion / Jo Waterhouse & Clare Bridge.
“Wearable Vintage Fashion presents desirable, affordable and accessible vintage clothing and accessories in a new and fun format. Covering the looks of the twentieth century from the 20s to the 80s, this insider’s guide will feature the clothing, accessories and styling to recreate the looks of each decade. By presenting timeless, classic vintage pieces, the items will always be stylish regardless of the era they came from or the fashion trend of the moment. The book will, therefore, serve as a visual reference guide to collecting as well as to wearing classic vintage clothing. Vintage dressing is very much a current fashion trend with lots of people shopping for affordable vintage clothing and trying to recreate vintage looks by mixing new and old. The authors show the reader how to put the clothing and accessories together to create that period look whether for daywear or eveningwear. In addition to interviews with collectors and the story behind their collections, the authors look at vintage street fashion from around the world: showing members of the public combining vintage with, and as, their everyday fashion.” – (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverViva vintage : find it, wear it, love it / Trudie Bamford.
“Whether you’re looking for a knock-out dress for a special occasion or some one-off separates to liven up your existing wardrobe, nothing says style quite like an original. And now, guided by an experienced vintage seller with a passion for great fashion, you will discover how easy it is to find, choose, wear and care for the best twentieth-century clothing and accessories.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMinxy vintage : how to customise and wear vintage clothing / Kelly Doust.
“Crafter, fashionista and vintage vixen Kelly Doust delves through her wardrobe and scours flea markets far and wide to bring together a fabulous collection of delectable vintage finds.This is not just a book about loving vintage fashion: it’s about seeing the wonderful possibilities for updating all old clothes, and how to look fabulous doing so, no matter what your age, location or budget.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)