Loni Venti, the Senior Beauty Editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine, recently explored what it would be to live as her idol Marilyn Monroe for one week. And in the course of stepping into her idol’s shoes, she came to the experts on modern vintage style at Stop Staring to achieve her look. With our “MISTY” dress she successfully achieved her look to become Marilyn for the image above. She discovered things about herself and her idol that turned into an unexpected week of soul searching that you can read all about by clicking HERE. For all who have that sincere reverence for the past and hold vintage near and dear to their heart we at Stop Staring Clothing are here to help you achieve all the glamorous looks you desire. Find this and many more vintage inspired looks by visiting us at:
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When it comes to weddings, brides tend to steal the spotlight thanks to their luxurious dresses and ethereal hair and makeup. But what about the groom? Don’t ignore your fiance’s wedding day attire – after all, it can perfectly complement your own vintage bridal look! Style a dapper groom by following these helpful guidelines that help achieve that vintage style you both love.
The simplest way to transform a modern man’s look into a blast from the past is with one easy addition: a vest! This single item makes a huge difference when paired with a suit, and it hearkens back to a day and time when men really dressed up for special occasions. Three-piece suits have largely been replaced in today’s world with basic jackets and slacks, so adding a vest to your groom’s look is a great way to achieve a vintage aesthetic.
Suspender straps are wonderfully reminiscent of the Jazz Age, which makes them an excellent choice for vintage style. Commonly referred to as “braces” in the world of vintage fashion, suspenders are an easy addition to a basic white button-down and trousers, and they look especially good when planning a rustic-themed wedding.
Certain fabrics just stand out from the rest. Tweed, checkered houndstooth prints and velvet are all opulent choices for a handsome groom as well as his well-styled groomsmen.
Collars are an aspect of men’s vintage fashion that doesn’t receive a lot of attention, but they’ve certainly changed throughout the years. Paying attention to these small transformations can work wonders in achieving an authentic look of vintage menswear. Shirt collars used to be more circular, so look for rounded styles to mimic shirts of days past. Wing collars are another vintage alternative, while collar pins are a great addition to fasten collar tips underneath a necktie.
Accessories can take a modern suit into vintage territory with ease. Instead of a traditional tie, opt for a bow tie at the neckline. Pocket watches make cute boutonnieres, while cuff links, cravats and hats can top off a look with ample charm.
On a final note, doing your homework on vintage groom style doesn’t have to be boring. Turn to period movies like Gone with the Wind, The Notebook, Moulin Rouge and Pride and Prejudice for some helpful cues on men’s vintage styles throughout the decades. Pop some popcorn and grab your sweetie for some good old-fashioned movie nights!
Your groom’s suiting is a major part of your vintage-themed wedding, so dress him accordingly! He’ll enjoy taking a step back in time as he prepares to take that walk down the aisle.
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Beloved style icon Iris Apfel once said, “If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything.” She makes a good point – your hairstyle is a major component of your style that directly affects how you feel on a daily basis. Great hair days have come in numerous forms throughout the years, and we’re stepping back in time to take a look at some of the most iconic and influential looks associated with each decade. Get ready for some serious hair inspiration, ladies!
The Roaring Twenties
Recreate classic 1920s flapper style with the decade’s signature bob. This chin-length style was worn by film stars such as Tallulah Bankhead, Louise Brooks, Myrna Loy and Clara Bow. If you’re too afraid to make the cut, simply opt for a faux bob by tucking your hair under and securing it in place with bobby pins. The ‘20s are also known for Signature Marcel finger waves and embellished headbands. This decade known for its decadence is represented well in films such as The Great Gatsby, so study Carey Mulligan and Mia Farrow for style inspiration.
The Turbulent Thirties
In the 1930s, hairstyles on average got a little longer with looser curls and slightly undone updos. An emphasis was placed on the nape of the neck for a romantic twist that looked softer and more lived-in. Actresses like Fay Wray, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford all embody iconic ‘30s style with their gentle curls and neck-grazing cuts.
The Flying Forties
The 1940s saw the rise of Rockabilly style as well as glamorous, cascading waves. Best known for its unique take on bangs, this decade gave us Lena Horne’s iconic forward rolling bangs (also called victory rolls) and Bettie Page’s super short baby bangs. Fluff bangs were also popular among ‘40s babes, while pompadours, pin curls and pin-back styles took center stage. Veronica Lake’s flowing waves and Rosie the Riveter’s scarf updo held their own, as well.
The Fabulous Fifties
You know their names, and you covet their timeless looks. The 1950s introduced us to some of the most iconic Hollywood bombshells in history, and their hairdos were just as impressive. From Marilyn’s platinum waves and Audrey’s polished pixie to Elizabeth Taylor’s Italian cut, these styles helped define this fabulous decade. To capture the essence of the ‘50s, pull long hair back into a high ponytail or chignon. For ladies with shorter hair, flip the ends of your bob out a la Jackie O., or brush them under to mimic Grace Kelly’s Hitchcock-blonde locks.
The Swinging Sixties
Who doesn’t love ‘60s hair? Free-spirited and bold, the hairstyles of this decade are effortlessly feminine and range from the shortest pixies to the longest tousled waves. Mia Farrow’s pixie cut for Rosemary’s Baby is still the source of modern haircutting inspiration, while Jean Shrimpton’s hot roller curls have the perfect amount of body. As any Pinterest girl can report, Brigitte Bardot’s flaxen bouffant and peekaboo bangs are still as lust-worthy and relevant as ever.
The Disco Seventies
The disco era brought us more than the Bee Gees and “Stayin’ Alive.” It also gave way to some incredible hairstyles that ranged from minimally chic to wild and free. Think Farrah Fawcett’s wispy wings, Peggy Lipton’s stick-straight strands and Cher’s soft perm. Center parts took precedence with straight styles, while the pageboy offered a new take on short cuts.
Which of these vintage hairstyles is your personal favorite? Tell us which decade you love in the comments section below!
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Actress Charlotte Ross on the red carpet premier of Disney’s “The Finest Hours” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on January 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Eileen Davidson from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as the Young and The Restless, was spotted looking amazing for her audiences in both our ivory JOLIE halter dress and our LINDSEY dress in peacock blue! Shop where the celebrities do and visit Stop Staring today! Find Celebrity dresses, cocktail dresses, fitted dresses, plus size dresses and much more!
Planning your wedding day takes a lot of preparation, creativity and patience. There are so many components to consider, and it can at times feel overwhelming to make sure that every little detail is planned to perfection. Cut yourself some slack and focus on how these little details can actually be incredibly fun! If you’re hoping for a vintage-themed walk down the aisle, we’re offering up some helpful tips for your wedding day inspiration.
Part of what makes a wedding feel vintage-inspired is its finishing touches, but these can get pricey depending on the look you’re after. A rustic theme is a great alternative to elaborate styles, and it can look absolutely stunning in its simplicity. Think of burlap accents, outdoor scenery, baby’s breath, mason jars and reclaimed wood accents. The look is timeless, modest and ethereal with a light color palette of earthy hues.
Dishing Out Antiques
Add elegance to your guests’ dining tables with antique dishes and serving sets. Spongeware, silver-plated trays and decorative matching sets look effortlessly polished and fancy. For an unexpected twist, place flower arrangements inside vintage teapots, or tuck them inside glass cloches or metal birdcages.
The Case for Lace
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When it comes to vintage weddings, nothing is as important as lace. Whether you go all-out or simply include a few small lace accents, this is the one must-have to ensure that your wedding captures that vintage mood you crave. Lace is easily incorporated into your big day through your wedding dress or veil. To continue the theme, drape lace cloths atop tables or attach lace bows to the back of guests’ chairs. From the invitations to the baking cups, lace is the perfect way to capture vintage style.
The accessories you choose for yourself, the groom and the entire wedding party can go a long way in achieving a vintage look, as well. Pearl necklaces, parasols, unexpected boutonnieres and decorative hair accessories all add to the overall theme.
Knot Your Average Cake
Besides the bride’s dress, all eyes are sure to be on the cake! Take that opportunity to further your decorative ambitions with vintage embellishments. From pearls and lace to hand-painted florals and metallic shimmer, your cake can make a vintage statement with the right accents.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate vintage style into your wedding décor is through your chosen color palette. You can alter color schemes based on your personal preferences or use specific styles to guide you. Rustic themes typically consist of rust-colored coppers and earth tones such as brown, green and ivory. The trick is to mimic nature with simple flowers and basic décor. Shabby chic decorations generally include pastels and floral prints in colors like soft pink, sage and Tiffany Blue. If you’re feeling bold, saturated Victorian shades of burgundy, emerald and sapphire look regal when paired with decadent fabrics like velvet.
Are you personally planning a vintage-inspired wedding? Tell us your design details in the comments section below!
Fashion blogger and vintage aficionado Rachel Jensen is bringing major style to the Windy City, and we’re lusting after the aesthetic she features on her Chicago Chic blog.
Like a flaxen-haired Dita Von Teese, Jensen knows how to dress her enviable hourglass figure in the flattering designs of the ‘40s and ‘50s, and her era-specific finishing touches are pure perfection. Known for her vintage-inspired outfits set against the backdrop of beautiful Chicago, Jensen’s cinched-waist looks are stylishly combined with elegant accessories such as lace gloves, back-seamed stockings and coordinated hats. A modern day muse for Old Hollywood glamour, this platinum blonde with porcelain skin looks as if she just stepped out of an Alfred Hitchcock production. Sigh.
The admiration appears mutual, as Jensen regularly features Stop Staring! designs throughout her blog posts. She recently styled our metallic Alexis dress with eye-catching turquoise accents and black faux fur accessories, and she looked pretty in pink in our fitted Paige dress with a halter neckline, sweetheart bust and peplum detailing along the waist.
We’re honored to help this gorgeous fashion blogger curate her wardrobe, and if you’re equally impressed with her signature sense of style, check out her Chicago Chic blog for a steady stream of vintage inspiration. We think you’ll be glad you did!