Satin Sarongs from Vivien of Holloway | 1950s Dresses from Vivien of Holloway
by Ida Hsiang
Vintage pieces and an overall vintage look has been all the rage these last few seasons. And while we love the romantically nonchalant look, what exactly makes a piece vintage and not just 'used'? Wearing a vintage or vintage inspired look is all about showing your individual style, but here are a few quick tips and must-have pieces to get the vintage look just right! Then click the slideshow to see some of our fave vintage and vintage-inspired pieces!Get The Era Right - Think of style details from the 1920's to 1970's. That neon spandex with the exaggerated shoulders? Very 80's, but not so vintage. Look for muted tones, knee-grazing lengths and soft cotton fabrics. Lace detailing and filigree designs are also the epitome of vintage style. The Dress/ Skirt - Styles can vary greatly, but a few key details give this piece a decidedly vintage vibe. Look for lace or lace detailing, soft floral patterns and a cotton fabric. Covered buttons and a knee length hem or high-waist cut add to the vintage appeal. Pair with a worn leather belt or knit knee-highs!The Vintage Shoe - Whether it's a heel or a flat, a good vintage shoe is usually make of quality leather. A neutral and versatile color like brown, black or cream are safe bets, while red and deep violets are also a good way to show vintage style. An oxford or mary-jane design, laces and grommet details add to the vintage look. For heels, look for something no more than 3 inches high and with a chunkier heel!Keeping Warm - Good vintage outerwear can range anything from a classic wool coat to a structured blazer style. Look for timeless cuts and silhouettes that will still be in style for years to come. A knee length trench is extremely luxe, while a hem height that hits at the hips is perfect for any style! Opt for black, cream or neutral tones, or if you're looking to pack a punch, try a saturated jewel tone!Vintage Add-Ons - Worn leather satchels and hobos make the perfect vintage bag! Knee socks, braided belts, leather driving gloves and panama hats also make great style points. And a silk scarf is every vintage loving gals' best friend! Use it as a head wrap, a hair ribbon, or tie it loosely around your neck for instant vintage cred!Accessorize It - Vintage and vintage inspired jewelry is distinct. Look for tarnished brass, ornate details, creamy stones like opal, jade and ivory-like pieces, as well as fun animal shapes like cats, owls and other birds. Victorian style cameo brooches and strings of pearls are always a great vintage choice!
by Ida Hsiang
Every female wants to ooze classic sex-appeal, but sultry sophistication can so easily take a wrong turn. It's easy to over-step the boundary from sexy to trashy or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, stuffy and matronly (God forbid!). With David Meister and his collection of sensually sophisticated cocktail dresses, you'll always look seductively appropriate! A sheath dress is always classic with it's feminine silhouette and longer hemline, but a plain black sheath is something we've all seen a million times. David Meister cleverly takes this favorite shape and adds interesting necklines and enticing details like off-shoulder looks and flattering ruching. Sumptious fabrics and eye-catching colors and prints only add to the va-va-voom factor. These dresses are perfect for any evening event and are quickly becoming a celebrity favorite, guaranteeing heads turning in your direction and looks of envy all night long! But don't just take my word for it! Click on the slideshow to see some of my favorite sexy and sophisticated cocktail dresses by David Meister!