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Bestdays: A vintage Adventure

Ramblings for team Best Days as we embark on our vintage adventure

Guest Edit: Goldy Loxx. 50s Fashion made easy.

Matthew Hurdle

Shots taken at our Eld Lane store in Colchester. 

Hello there guys and dolls, you might have spotted that I am not a denim-clad indie boy - congratulations, your observational skills are second to none.  I'm your friendly local pin-up, Goldy Loxx, and I'm here to talk to you about 1950s fashion.  
Most vintage shops don't stock a lot of original mid century clothes as they are generally either a little worse for wear or too expensive to sell on the high street.  This being said, there are many ways to create the look for less, using a mixture of current fashions, reproduction items and vintage pieces.  Thanks to films like Grease and Cry Baby, there was a lot of rockabilly revival in the eighties so you can often pick up '80s does 50s' at a fraction of the price of original items too.  
I always find accessories are the trick to really tying a look together.  You can't go wrong with a hair flower or a chiffon scarf (I like to co-ordinate with my shoes and handbag), some bamboo bangles and a lush pair of cat-eye sunglasses.  Make up is simple too - a nice flick of liquid eyeliner and some falsies, plus some bright red lipstick to do the trick.  Getting the hair right might take a little more training - don't forget the hairspray and heated rollers!

LOOK 1

James Dean's girl high-waisted dark jeans with turn ups, converses and a leather jacket make a simple daywear look.  For laziness I stuck my hair in a hairnet (they're not just for grannies, you know) and wrapped a nice chiffon scarf around it all.  I have teamed this up with one of Best Days' lush cropped Hawaiian shirts. 

 
 

LOOK 2:

Going Loco down in Acapulco, my look of the summer has been full skirts - I love the way they billow around you!  I snapped up this rainbow bright number from Best Days for only £10, and teamed it with a handmade cropped top to really get into the summer spirit.  

 
 

LOOK 3

Tiger tiger, this dress was a tenner from a market stall - hopefully you can't tell! The 'off the shoulder' Bardot shapes are great for the 50s look.  I have amped up my vamp with a jaunty beret from Best Days, a great accessory to see us through into the Autumn.  

 
 


Fabulous - I hope this has given you some ideas! If you would like to chat, then feel free to drop me a message on Twitter @GoldyLoxxx or on Facebook www.facebook.com/missgoldyloxx

Now that you have the look down, why not stick on some tunes to get you really in the rockabilly mood?  Here's a little playlist of some of my favourite tunes - and see you down the hop!
LISTEN HERE