Once on very dark, frosty evening on the night of October 11th a miraculous thing happened. Out in the garden of number 12 Old Avenue a genius inventor was out in his back shed, unbeknown to the world working on a secret. He had spent hours pioneering at his invention and now he was finished. He shouted “GREAT SCOTT! I’VE FINALLY DONE IT! I’VE INVENTED A TIME MACHINE!”
Now the first look that proves to be mega popular in the vintage world is the 40s era. The 40s look was all about being fashion frugal as well as feminine. A hard challenge for the previous generation of women in Great Britain. Nevertheless they pulled out all the stops to make sure they faced those rationing cues in style!
- Start by having slight side parting
- Simply back comb the roots of the front part of your hair (the hair closest to your forehead.)
- Apply a generous amount of hairspray.
- Take your cardboard toilet roll holders and wrap your hair around it (the same as you would with a hair roller.)
- Repeat this on the other side
- Place the metal clips to keep the holder in place.
- Leave for 10 minutes whist curling the rest of your hair
- Gently take out the metal clips and slide out the cardboard toilet role holders. Whilst keeping the hair roll in place.
- Gently brush the hair to smooth at the roots.
- Secure the rolls in place with hair grips.
- Pin up the hair either side of each role.
- Re apply another generous amount of hairspray.
- Find an established Vintage Shop.
- Get to know the staff that work there.
- Understand your body shape and what style looks best for you.
- Try on different clothes and seek an honest opinion.
- Take a trusted sidekick with you who can act as an extra pair of eyes. Vintage shops can be a maze, so it’s always advisable to go with someone else.
- Either invest or use a talking colour detector, you’ll be able to know a lot from what colour it is.
- Use your senses, feel and smell the material in order to get an understanding of its quality. If it feels heavy and doesn’t smell of mothballs, you’re in business.
- Try eBay and online sites if you don’t have a vintage shop in close proximity to you. eBay sellers will usually post more information if you request it.
- Why not visit your local boot fair? You never know what you may find.
- Try finding out where the nearest vintage fair is to you, you are more likely to find something you like (be warned you wont go home empty handed like they did in the war.)
Some of these photos were taken in the shop 360 degrees Vintage.