For today’s Interview on Ethical Fashion Bloggers, I was lucky enough to be able to find out a little bit more about Lady Cherry and her love of vintage clothes and styles. Lady Cherry’s blog Vintage Goddess in Training is full of fabulous tips, ideas and inspiration including baking, sewing, hairstyles, beauty and shopping.
How would you describe your blog and why did you start writing it?
Vintage Goddess in Training is a personal journal about building my vintage lifestyle. Except it’s not private; I choose to share it with everyone, in the hope that they might get some inspiration, or find some information that makes their lives easier. I started blogging just about my baking adventures when I was on sick leave with a chest infection and infernally bored of daytime tv. I realised that there were all these vintage gals in the blogosphere that looked how I have wanted to look since I was 18. And away I went! No one is born knowing how to ‘be vintage’ – knowing what to wear, or how to do their hair. So I hope my blog will help to de-mystify some of that for people just dipping their toe in, and provide some reading for full time vintage gals.
What is it about vintage styles that you love?
Glamour. Elegance. Making it look effortless. Feminity. Clothes that were made to fit a woman’s body. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for a pair of tracksuit bottoms and a shapeless t-shirt… it’s called ‘the gym’. Alot of what is on offer on the high street today doesn’t much pay attention to the fact that a woman has curves. Oh I forgot, according to a bunch of fashion designers I have never met, we aren’t supposed to have curves….
Which is your favourite decade for fashion?
Forties. Forties, forties, forties. I love the cut of the fabrics, and after the war years, the pleating in evening dresses, the sumptuous fabrics. It it simple, timeless elegance. It is also the time that women really came into their own. Rosie Rivetts could look glamourous and hold down a job and a family. Women really got to show the men what they were made of.
Why do you think vintage clothing and way of life are so popular at the moment?
I think people are hankering back to a time when they thought life was maybe simpler. It probably was, in some ways – because you were lucky if you had a tv, and kids would spend long balmy summer days playing outside. People are quick to forget that life was far from simple though – can you imagine trying to clean a carpet without a hoover? No thanks!
Where are your favourite places to shop for clothes?
Charity shops, and e bay. I do frequent a few vintage stores, but because of the popularity of it, the clothes tend to be a little pricey for what they are. It is possible to find vintage in charity shops, but it’s rare. There are plenty of vintage style clothing items to be had though…and let’s not forget mismatched china and cocktail glasses, the staple of every vintage gal’s home!
What is your favourite vintage bargain?
My absolute favourite item has to be a 1970s cream summer wrap dress. It could pass for something much older, aside from the fact that the material is that seventies go to, polyester! I fought for it on e bay and won it for about sixteen pounds. I just love it, I always get complimented when I wear it. I also have a pair of fifties navy cotton gloves I bought for a pound – that was a good day!
What are your tips for wearing vintage clothing?
Be confident, and go for it. Accessories and hair can make a look. If I put a cream blouse with a navy calf length skirt on with flat pumps and straight hair, I look like a frump. Add black suede two inch heels, curls or a faux bob and some red lipstick, and you have a complete look. You can certainly mix and match vintage and new items, but jsut bear in mind the perception you want to give off when you are putting outfits together.
You are obviously a big fan of red lipstick, which is your absolute favourite shade and brand?
Just one?? Really??? I love Besame’s ‘Besame Red’, although it looks as though I might have lost the darned thing….but I do have about seventeen others to choose from
Outfit photos - top – eighties dress via ebay, second – M&S dress via charity shop
Thank you to Lady Cherry for taking part in this interview. If you would like to be interviewed for Ethical Fashion Bloggers, please get in touch.
With warmest wishes