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| CLASSIC FASHION| shorts. Wear a flattering 1940s tea dress (great for all figures) with a pair of wedged sandals. Think pea coats, swing coats, bolero jackets – the list of mix’n’match gear is endless. And because vintage style is so popular right now – thanks in part to the huge success of cult TV show Mad Men – many high street stores are packed with vintage-inspired pieces. Head for Topshop for dresses, Next for jumpsuits and River Island for a peek at their retro Chelsea Girl line. Even fashion label Biba, a quintessential 1960s name, is going back to its high street roots, with model and party girl Daisy Lowe as the face of the brand. The new Biba collection, available at House of Fraser, features faux-fur coats and marabou jackets plus limited edition evening dresses. BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BUYING VINTAGE Location, location, location! Consider heading for charity shops in affluent neighbourhoods where vintage designer labels should be aplenty! Get up early! Most vintage treasures are snapped up within minutes at car boot and jumble sales so be first in line and keep your eyes peeled for the goodies! Check local newspapers. Vintage fairs often crop up at short notice, so keep an eye on local events to ensure you don’t miss out. Don’t just think designer labels… Make sure the piece has a timeless sense of style and is wearable. Start out by buying lower priced items until you’re more confident at knowing what to buy and what suits you. You’ll soon discover which era best suits your body shape by trying on lots of different styles. Think about sizing carefully as the old systems of sizing often differ from the modern ones. If an item doesn’t fit very well, think about having it altered so that a one-of-akind tailored piece looks like it was made for you. Make sure you thoroughly check the condition of the piece… Look at the quality of fabric, the seaming for rips and tears, missing buttons and any staining, and remember that not all marks will come out in the wash. Consider storage… If you hang a heavily beaded 1920s evening dress in the wardrobe, for example, over time the weight of the beads could weaken or tear the delicate silk and ruin a unique item. ✱ Lorraine says... ‘I’ve Charlotte Ryan, 34 Moved from the UK to north California, USA, seven months ago with husband Noel and her two sons, Brogan, seven, and Willem, ve ‘I’ve been fascinated by the 1940s for as long as I can remember – the clothes, hair and accessories. And in the last ve years I’ve developed a more signi cant interest in mid-20th century vintage fashion and lifestyle. Now my wardrobe is abundant with vintage pieces that I wear frequently, alongside reproduction vintage and more modern pieces. I have dresses, skirts, tops, coats, jewellery (mainly pearls), broaches, handbags and shoes. It’s so hard to say which style I admire the most but I love shirt-waister dresses and wellies – that whole domestic lady look! ‘Dressing in vintage allows me to express my femininity and indulge my desire to look and be glamorous, something I can rarely achieve with contemporary fashion. The pieces are often unique too, ensuring that I never look the same as anyone else and I am able to retain my individual style. ‘I get a lot of compliments. People are intrigued, especially here in the States where the majority live in gym gear! A lady in a dress is unique. Now I spend a great deal of time sorting out people’s wardrobes, advising on how to thrift (buy secondhand) and how to buy and care for vintage. My husband’s a fan too. He often comments that I look lovely even when I’m dressed up in simple vintage-inspired headscarf and turn-up jeans! ‘Buying and wearing vintage is such an adventure. I buy my pieces via the internet, mainly through Etsy and eBay, and from charity shops, vintage stores, ea markets and car boot sales. But it’s important to know the history of fashion, particularly now that vintage has become commercialised. Knowledge helps ensure you buy a piece for the appropriate price or, better still, pick up a bargain because someone doesn’t know what they’re selling. For me, part of the joy of buying vintage is learning about mid-century fashions. Wearing a garment with history makes me daydream.’ Charlotte’s top tip ‘If you’re a rst-time vintage buyer make sure you know your individual measurements, primarily chest, hips and waist. Clothing sizes of today are not the always the same as those of previous periods and knowing these measurements is essential to be able to ensure the right t.’ For a taste of the vintage life, check out Charlotte’s blog: kept a few pieces back from the 1980s when I worked at TV-am – a bright yellow Yves St Laurent suit and a shocking pink Caroline Charles dress, but I don’t think I’ll ever wear them again. I just can’t bear to give those two pieces away though, but all the rest have gone to charity shops over the years. I think vintage can work really well, but you need to be careful you don’t look as though you are wearing fancy dress.’ JUNE 2011 | 055

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011

Editor’s letter
Hello from Lorraine
Notebook news
Update your calendar
Mum’s the word
In the shade
Beach baggage
Pick a straw
Foot fever
Be bold
Beach chic
Vintage veterans
Celebrity style
Up close and personal
Steal Lorraine's style
Lorraine and friends
Happy hiker
Birth order
Going the distance
Intimacy in numbers
Tales of triumph
Breaking up
Splits in the spotlight
Skill savvy
Bucket list
Serious saving
Big days
Notorious nuptials
In the know
Treat your feet
Drink up
Time of the month
Conception made clear
Manage your menopause
The big C
Battling the blues
Skinny stars
Health hotlist
The new atkins
Sumptuous Summer
Stop fussing
Gym bunny
Hot to trot
Crystal clear
Stop the clock
Dimple doom
Forever young
Make-up made easy
Polish perfect
Luscious locks
Fix it
Dental dos
Banish that blemish
Shopping for baby
Size 20 at seven
Indian spice
Exotic Indonesia
Lone traveller
Offshore weddings
Summer makeover
Room revamp
Keep cosy
Feeling board?
Coming soon
Craft savvy
Guilty pleasure
Rock that frock
Book corner
Final countdown
TRAVEL - Celeb campers
TRAVEL - Camp it up
TRAVEL - We love it
TRAVEL - Little britain
TRAVEL - Holiday lodges
TRAVEL - Quirky places to stay
TRAVEL - Transport yourself
TRAVEL - Best days out
TRAVEL - A brit special
PETS - Star pooches
PETS - Pet products
PETS - Make the right choice
PETS - Caring for your animal
PETS - Feeding time
PETS - When pets get poorly
PETS - time to shift some weight
PETS - Me and my beloved pet
PETS - Animal rescue
PETS - What a picture!
CAREERS - Lorraine's career path
CAREERS - Beauty and brains
CAREERS - C'est chic
CAREERS - Girls at work
CAREERS - Just the job!
CAREERS - Go out and get it
CAREERS - Pick and choose

AT Home with Lorraine Kelly - June 2011