Whilst there’s a lot of hype in the media about there being a limited choice for plus size women, I think we often forget the lack of options out there for men. That’s why I’m pleased to see the new Boohoo Big and Tall range.
September is a funny time of the year, isn’t it? Whilst summer is definitely over and it’s not warm enough to risk leaving your house without a jacket, it’s not that cold that you can get away with wearing a full-on coat.
This blazer from VOLD Fashion might be the perfect solution.
Whilst I’d love to say that my boyfriend shares my passion for flamboyant fashions from the past, Aaron prefers more of a classic, contemporary look. His wardrobe mainly consists of denim jeans, plain t-shirts, checked flannels and the odd polo shirt or two.
I don’t think we’re going to catch him in a funky pineapple print blazer anytime soon!
Still, whilst his style may seem simple, it can still be quite difficult to find the perfect fit.
If you’re new here, you may have seen a couple of the other interviews in my For the Love of Vintage series. Firstly, I interviewed The Vintage Beauty Spot on her passion for historic style and then I said a few words about what vintage means to me. Last time, Kariss from Shy, Strange Manic spoke about her love for 50’s clothing.
This week, we have Marianna, a self-confessed vintageholic and blogger.
Although I still love the world of vintage, it’s not something I write about often on this blog anymore. I know quite a few retro bloggers out there, so thought it would be great to feature them on my blog, asking them a few simple questions about what vintage style means to them.
If you’re a vintage or retro blogger (or just love style from the past) get in touch via Twitter, leave a comment below or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and you could see your beautiful face here.
This week, I interviewed Megan from The Vintage Beauty Spot.
I absolutely love her blog, because it’s something a bit different y’ano? From Cleopatra tutorials, DIY corsets, historical places and philosophical questions about vintage beauty, her blog is full of unique ideas and inspiring articles that are right up my street.
So, without further ado, I’ll let Megan do the talking.
When did you first get into vintage clothing?
Megan: I think it was just after sixth form. I became overwhelmed with the fashion’s expectations and all the new trends, which I wasn’t really a fan of. I think the vintage love honestly came from trailing through Pinterest and I fell in love with the elegance of the different styles and how fashions changed. I then started researching different styles in more detail and began going into charity shops and antique places and it slowly built up!
I think it was around the same time for me actually, what exactly is it about vintage or style from the past that interests you?
M: I love the story behind the clothes. Getting a ‘new’ vintage piece always makes me wonder who owned it previously, who were they, what were they like?
Me, too! This is why I want a vintage wedding dress (if ever I get married).
M: Most clothes were handmade or bought and adapted to keep up with the times or ‘refresh’ limited clothes. The skills people had in doing this fascinates me. Especially in the 30s and 40s when all of society were limited with their resources – but always managed to look amazing.
I know, it’s incredible. And here’s me barely managing a messy bun and leggings on a Monday morning! What’s your favourite era then?
M: I like all eras from the 1800s all the way up to the 60s. I like incorporating different elements into my looks, like the 1940s hair with the 50’s polka dots or a modern yet 60s inspired A-line skirt.
I think I probably have a soft spot for the 1930s, the simple dresses and floral tones make them easy to wear all year round.
Lastly, what does vintage mean to you and your identity?
M: I feel more comfortable wearing a vintage style – I think it reflects my passion for history and how values of the past shape experiences of today.
In the meantime, do you have a passion for retro and vintage? You don’t have to be a blogger, just get in touch either on Twitter or via my email (email@example.com) and you could be featured.
Plus size retro reproduction boutique Graciously Voluptuous popped up on Princes Avenue a few months ago. But at that point in my life I was burdened with deadlines and a very tight student budget, so didn’t tempt myself by entering.
Nevertheless, now I’ve got a little bit of spare cash, as well as a lot more free time, I thought I’d pop in and have a gander. Gracie and I got chatting and I was in my element discussing all things retro as well as the issue of body confidence and the word ‘plus size’.