Looking for some fashion inspiration but don’t know where to start? Feel you’ve searched high and low but nothing seems to match the criteria? ‘Stylish, on trend AND comfortable, it simply doesn’t exist!’ Well, if this is the predicament you find yourself in then you clearly haven’t discovered American retro yet. Whether it’s combining an oversized tee with your favourite leggings or investing in a classic leather jacket, there are so many ways in which you can achieve this timeless style. Here’s just a few of our favourites.
Keep it casual
American’s love to keep it laidback, so why not make the most of it? The key is to make your style seem effortless, as though you’ve just thrown an amazing outfit together by chance. One way to guarantee this, is to find yourself a good old pair of jeans (the older, the better!) Nothing screams retro more than used- look denim, so be sure to find a place for it in your wardrobe. Couple this with a printed t-shirt and some tennis shoes, and voila, you’ve found your retro style; it’s a simple as that! As you can imagine, there’s lots of scope with this trend, for instance Curvissa has plus size clothes available online, so make the most of it!
If the causal style is too unkempt for your likings, then why not try the 1950s look? Fantastically feminine, this decade is all about pretty patterned dresses and polka dots. Think knee length and floral detail; tasteful and elegant pieces that leave your friends in envy every time. And the beauty of this look is, you can be as bold or as refined as you like. You could even combine contemporary designs with 50s fashion, opting for a sleeveless polka dot blouse with some denim leggings and a pair of peep toe wedges, very retro!
Although America is famously relaxed and easy going, it’s also admired for its celebrity glamour. Complementing your 1950s choices quite nicely, why not also add a bit of sparkle to your wardrobe though the purchase of an evening dress or two? People say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, however a lady’s style is equally important to creating that wow-factor. Emerald green is a shade which is very on trend at the moment; the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a floor length number wouldn’t you say?
It doesn’t seem very long ago that I was thinking about clothes for Autumn and Winter but the weekend sunshine has got me hopeful about Spring! It’s so lovely to wake up to sunshine and we’ve seen plenty of snowdrops and daffodils on our weekend away. The sunshine has been deceiving as it’s still really cold but I’ve been busy planning.
I’m currently on a mission to make me look a little less mum-sy with a new wardrobe and hair cut. I seem to have settled into wearing a very boring mum-sy uniform of jeans and tops and totally lost my identity since becoming a stay at home mum.
My goal is to look more individual and stylish come the Summer when, fingers crossed, we’ll have moved and the toddler will start at Nursery. I don’t feel very confident in my appearance since having children and I’m feeling sad that there are hardly any photographs of me with them. I take photos every day but the lack of photos of me makes me feel invisible!
Summer feels a while away but I know the next few months will go quickly. I also thought it would be fun to start shopping sooner rather than later and I’ve been negotiating with the husband for time off for good behaviour (mine, definitely not the children’s).
Anyway, I’ve been searching for dresses online and already found some lovely items for my wish list. I also need new jeans, skirts, tops, jumpers, shoes and lots of accessories. My search will be confined to the high street but I’m hoping my budget will allow me to mix and match some key trends with classic charity shop finds. Wish me luck!
Mother’s Day always seems to come round quickly and before you’ve realised, you’ve forgotten about it and your only option is to pick up flowers from the forecourt and choose a card from an ill-fitting selection of ‘Get Well Soon’ and ‘Happy Birthday to my Nephew’.
This year don’t be caught out. Instead read on for a selection of thoughtful, alternative gift ideas that your mum is bound to love.
A New Wardrobe
As we enter the new season, it’s a great time to treat yourself to some staple wardrobe essentials. A statement scarf, new handbag or blazer are all great options. But if you are picking ladies clothing for older women and don’t have the first idea about what your mum would like – buy her some vouchers instead (she’ll thank you for it!)
I.O.U. Cheque Books
You can pick these up fairly cheaply from novelty gift shops, the idea being that a blank cheque can be given to the recipient on which they can ask for (demand) favours and so on. Why not have a go at making your own with photos and so on to give it a more of a personal feel? Examples of I.O.U’s could be – ‘I promise to do the ironing for you this week’, ‘I’ll cook you your favourite meal’ – you get the idea. Just don’t blame us once the demands start rolling in!
Cook or book a meal
It might sound like something you’d do for an anniversary or on Valentine’s Day but why not treat your mum to a good old fashioned meal. Just you and her, no siblings, no partners or friends. Just some quality time for the two of you.
A Day at the Races
If your mum likes getting dressed up and looking glamorous, how about tickets to a day at the races? Ascot, Ladies Day and other horse racing events are a great day out. You could organise for a group of your mum’s friends to go, and depending on cash, pay for a few of them to go and have a ball!
Your mum is sure to be a fan of a few of these ideas, what do you think?