The Jubilee has made me very nostalgic for fashions of times gone by. All of those images of the Queen looking so stylish – different colours and styles all beautifully accessorised with wonderful hats, jewellery and bags. Even as recently as this weekend, she was still miles ahead of anyone else in the style stakes and if anything, the outfits she has worn in recent years have been more stunning than ever.
I was flicking through my favourite Vintage Fashion book earlier when I saw this look, which I haven’t yet tried. What do you reckon? This number was created by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto in 1971 and I think that we could definitely call it a statement outfit.
The coat below was designed by Osssie Clark and Celia Birtwell in 1971. I love this design. Do you remember the collaboration that Celia Birtwell did with Topshop several years ago? I bought a lovely dress with a very similar print which I adored. The trouble was that the quality wasn’t great so it had to go.
This is a beautiful bell shaped Rose print 1950’s coat by Nina Ricci. The Peter Pan collar and soft gathers from the shoulderline made it perfect over over full skirted shirt dresses, although today I think that we would be more likely to see it over skinny jeans.
Finally, this outfit of a floral halterneck top and and striped skirt was designed by Texan Tom Brigance in 1952. His ethos was to make clothes “appropriate” for the American woman’s mode of living.
What I love about these outfits is that, possibly other than the first one, all of them could be worn today and they would look as fresh and stylish as they did all of those decades ago. Which just goes to prove that it’s not all about the latest trends, fads and disposable fashion. Perhaps we should all have a route around in the wardrobes of our Mums, Grandmas or Aunties and see what we can find.
Do any of the above outfits bring back memories for you and what did you think of the Queen’s outfits this weekend?