On the Run – It must be the effects of the Jubilee : Vintage Fashion – as stylish and relevant as the day it was made.

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?



  1. Ekaterina
    June 5, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    Hi!Personally i don't understand all this obsession with everything vintage…I do like style of 50s or 60s…but not when it turns into wearing 'vintage; just for the sake of it! i think that the piece by kansai is simply horrible. Interesting, yes…but who and why would wear it? That, apart if you want to get rid of an annoying date???by the way, i love your blog and looking foward everyday to read it!

    • StyleGuile
      June 6, 2012 / 7:23 pm

      Hi Ekaterina, I think that some vintage pieces are amazing but only if they are true "vintage" as opposed to how the term is commonly used. My inclusion of the first piece was tongue in cheek – I don't find it horrible, just hilarious! Glad that you like the blog!

  2. Lottie Schmidt
    June 6, 2012 / 7:24 am

    Not a huge fan of the Yamamoto, I'm afraid. Rather ugly. As for the Queen….she is always well turned out….if in a rather predictable, Queeny way. V smart. I don't think her hat designs always do anything for her. Sophie Winkleman looked good throughout, as did Kate Middleton. Zara's hat for the St Pauls was a bit too Beatrice and Eugenie for me (not a good thing!). Bea and Eugenie looked like cabin crew as usual. Sorry….what was your question??!! x

    • StyleGuile
      June 6, 2012 / 7:27 pm

      Yamamoto – shame as I was going to wear mine next time I saw you. Maybe I will save it for another occasion. I saw very little of the Jubilee on TV, other than the odd shot of the Queen but no doubt "Hello" will sort me out on that one.

  3. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    I thought the Queen looked fantastic all weekend. Did you know the cape she wore to watch the Concert was from 1960 – Im sure that must qualify it as vintage!!Not too sure about the first outfit from your vintage selection but love the others. Watched an Elvis film over the weekend and was thinking you could wear any of their outfits today and they wouldnt look out of place.Only just found your blog but love it – thank you.

    • StyleGuile
      June 6, 2012 / 7:28 pm

      Hello and thank you – I am pleased that you like the blog and I can imagine what you mean about the outfits in the Elvis film. I'm not sure at all about the first outfit – it just made me laugh!

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