Sunday, 18 October 2015

The 15 vintage style blogs you should be following

Never in my time of writing this blog have I ever dedicated a post to some of the fabulous ladies I follow avidly online - in one particular case, for getting on towards ten years! I read blogs constantly and they're a huge source of style inspiration for me. I pretty much don't read fashion magazines these days (after being obsessed with them in my youth) and I really don't miss them - real-life blogger looks are much exciting to me than some outfit that costs £1k+ and doesn't even look good on the model. My style has changed so much over the last few years - for the better, I think - and I know I have many other bloggers to thank for that, not only for sparking my imagination, but in many cases for their support and kind words that cheer me on.

So here's my thank you to some of the ladies who've been inspiring me for the longest - and the odd one or two I've stumbled on more recently who I've already obsessively read every post of. If you like vintage style, you should be reading these blogs, in my opinion! Needless to say 15 is a somewhat arbitrary number and there's yet more blogs I read out there - the internet is full of amazing women, it seems. But if this post had become much longer the only one who would have read it was me, which wasn't really the idea ;)

Some of my regular readers will probably be aware of all or most of those I've featured here, but even if that's the case I hope you all enjoy seeing them in one place like I do! Don't they all look gorgeous together?



Ok, so I definitely have mentioned I'm a ginormous fan of Ulrika's - if there was a club, I'd probably be the president. You've probably guessed, but she's the lady I've been following online forever. I've adored seeing her style evolve and I never, ever tire of her posts. Not only is she a vintage style guru, she's involved in the burlesque scene in Finland and I love seeing all of her glitzy outfits and learning about what showgirl life is like. Her home decor is something to be admired too. She's also the reason I've developed a beret obsession, in case you ever wondered where that came from.

Why you should follow her: classic, feminine style from a whole variety of decades, using a mixture of vintage, repro, modern and self-made pieces. To me, she is the ultimate vintage trend-setter! 

Amber - Forever Amber


Like me, Amber is very much influenced by vintage shapes in her everyday wear, but also like me, she is never seen in head-to-toe vintage and favours modern and repro clothes. I find Amber a huge inspiration in how she puts touches of vintage into outfits and I love the simple elegance of many of her looks. No, her looks usually aren't vintage authentic, but she offers many lessons about working classic style into your wardrobe in a more subtle way. She's also in the UK, in an even colder, windier part, if you'll believe that from my weather ranting - and weather misery loves company...

Why you should follow her: if you love a 50s-style skirt - and who doesn't? - you probably already do follow her and if not, that's a huge oversight that should be corrected immediately! Amber is also a very funny, talented writer and even if swing skirts aren't your thing, it's impossible not to become completely absorbed in her posts. I've snorted with laughter at my office desk many a lunchbreak...

Nora - Nora Finds

© Justin Lee for Nora Finds

Ah, Nora. The smiliest blogger I know! Apart from how radiantly happy Nora looks in every photo, I love her blog because I can't fault her impeccable taste in vintage dresses, nor how she styles them. One of the more 'authentic vintage' bloggers on this list, her looks will always have you swooning. She's also flying the flag for pixie crops everywhere, so you've got to love that. I'm all for diversity in the vintage hair game!

Why you should follow her: gorgeous, authentic vintage outfits in all the colours of the rainbow, shot in beautiful locations. Nora's posts are always a treat for the eye! She's also been posting helpful tutorial-type videos recently, and if you're a newcomer to the vintage look you should especially take a look.

Porcelina - Porcelina's World


Porcelina is one of my oldest blogger friends and a natural beauty who looks great in everything, it always seems to me. I had the pleasure of meeting her earlier this year and she was a complete doll in person too - she even gave me a little goodie bag just because. As well as being an all-round lovely person I'm grateful has come into my life, she's also got a fab sense of style and isn't afraid to try new things out. She also gets to wear all the things I can't wear as a shorty, so I like to live vicariously through her. Or occasionally we own the same thing and it looks like full-length trousers on me and capris on her (yes, that really happened)!

Why you should follow her: a tall Welsh rose, you'll see stunning backdrops and a real mix of vintage inspired outfits. Porcelina mixes vintage with modern and repro and she is the Queen of Thrift - I'm always amazed by her finds!


© Tony Cangiano

Oh, Jessica, where do I even start when trying to explain what an inspiration you are to so many ladies wanting to embrace vintage style! I would imagine many of my readers have come across Jessica before and if you haven't, you must go and read her blog immediately because she is The Oracle on vintage style, as far as I'm concerned. Jessica's outfits are works of art - immaculately constructed and always original. She's also one of the nicest people I know and someone I'm truly proud to count among the friends I've made while running this little blog.

Why you should follow her: Jessica is a true vintage fashionista - largely wearing authentic pieces - and her colour matching is second to none. Outfits are only one small part of what she blogs about too - she is a veritable wealth of information on vintage. There's a reason her blog is so popular, go follow it at once if you're not already.



The beautiful Harlow will have you swooning over every single one of her gorgeous, girly outfits and stunning photography. She kicks off my Australian contingency here - the next two bloggers are also living in much sunnier climes than I am, and have me green with envy when I see them wearing summer dresses in winter (and by that I mean their winter, which is warmer than my summer)! Harlow pretty much exclusively wears reproduction items, largely of the 40s and 50s variety, with the occasional 30s thrown in and I honestly don't think it's possible for anything to look bad on her!

Why you should follow her: just take a look at any one of her blog posts and you'll want to see more! And then you'll want to be her. For summer outfit inspiration of the pretty 50s sundress variety, Harlow's your lady (she's also been rocking casual looks lately too).



I can't express how much I adore Kayla's playful sense of style - one week she'll be wearing a jumpsuit with a dog print on it, the next she'll be in a stunning silk gown. She's had some of my favourite 'bit different' looks recently - her outfits are mostly 40s and 50s flavoured, but she's been featuring some great 60s looks lately too and the odd 20s. Also, she's got fabulous blonde curls and her dogs are often popping up in photos - and we all know how I feel about dogs.

Why you should follow her: if you love the seaside, for a start, you'll love Kayla's nautical looks, of which there's many and they're always picture perfect. For seeing a range of repro with the occasional piece of vintage being worn in many fun ways, under beautiful sunny skies, head over to Kayla's blog right away!



Bonita is the epitome of feminine vintage style and you'll most often find her blogging outfits comprised of vintage and/or self-made pieces, with the odd piece of repro thrown in. Her elegant outfits are always beautifully shot too - I will probably never forget the post this photo is from because it was visually so gorgeous (despite just being on a regular ol' bridge), with Bonita the icing on the cake! 

Why you should follow her: not only does this lady post to-die-for vintage looks, but she also often shares tutorials on making accessories. I have zero skill (or patience) in the crafting department, but if you do you should definitely look up Bonita's guides.

Modern June Cleaver + Amelia Jetson - Junebugs and Georgia Peaches


Now for our first trip across the pond to the US and to these two cuties, known online as June and Amelia. I have such admiration for these ladies - they never have a hair out of place; and the hair itself is always particularly fabulous (case in point, above). Their outfits are meticulously co-ordinated and I say that with the utmost respect - I love a good bit of colour matching, as you all know. I find it hard enough to schedule in my own blog posts, so how they manage this joint effort not living particularly near to each other I've no idea - and it really adds something unique to their gorgeous posts.

Why you should follow them: what's particularly great is seeing how the same brand and similar pieces look on each of them - as June is very petite and Amelia is tall, and they usually both wear pieces by the same label. They do a lot of work with various repro brands and have their finger on the pulse of their latest offerings as a result, so you'll often see things on your wishlist on them first.

Jessica - Zella Maybe


I can never guess what Jessica will be wearing next and I love that about her sense of style. She has so much fun with fashion and I really admire how she embraces so many different trends and makes them her own. Or sometimes posts quirky looks just for the fun of it. She uses a mix of vintage and modern, and she's always experimenting with creative poses, which make her posts such a visual joy!

Why you should follow her: Jessica is quite the style pioneer and her fashion-shoot outfit posts are fun and inspiring. Follow her for a bit of creative genius in action!

Emileigh - Flashback Summer


I don't wear a lot of vintage styles earlier than the 50s myself, but that doesn't mean I don't love to see those who do, like the lovely Emileigh. Typically favouring more around the 40s and 30s mark, her authentic looks are largely drawn from vintage and her self-made pieces. She is a very talented seamstress and I watched in awe recently as she revived and revamped a particularly delicate piece in a way I would never dream was possible!

Why you should follow her: another petite lady like myself, she's inspiring for us shorter ladies and for anyone who wants to recreate looks pre-dating the 50s. She also writes more thought-provoking posts, like a recent one on why vintage is so 'white'...



Back to my neck of the woods now, I've got three English roses for you, starting with Helen here. I love Helen's style - you can see the care she puts into her outfits, which tend to be 40s and 50s looks, although she's also been throwing some steampunk in recently, if that floats your boat! Helen is one of those real classic beauties and clearly the rest of the world has noticed too, as you'll often see some of her vintage modelling photos on her blog.

Why you should follow her: I think Helen is a great example of working vintage into your everyday wardrobe, like the above, and I often find myself coming away with ideas of things I want to try after reading her posts. Like the other ladies I've featured here, her photography is also always top quality, so you're in for another visual treat!



Amy is a gorgeous lady, flying the flag for pin-ups and having curves in all the right places everywhere. As she's also in the UK, I particularly enjoy Amy's outfits because they're usually new buys that I can quickly snap up myself. Amy gives very thorough reviews of the clothes she wears on the blog and is full of advice for budding pin-ups, along with make-up reviews too. And if all of that wasn't enough, either she or one of her fellow British Belles gave me paracetamol at London Edge earlier in the year (er Porcelina asked for me, as I'm a massive introvert, which is why I don't know who it was!).

Why you should follow her: to find out how lots of repro fits and enjoy seeing Amy showing it all off and to benefit from her straight-talking reviews and advice. She's a fount of knowledge for glamorous vintage style.

Amber - Atomic Amber


Amber is also a British Belle and, also like Amy, I found her on Instagram first and fell in love with her cute, happy photos showcasing her awesome (mostly) 50s/pin-up style.  Her blog is an extension of these photos in some respects and also much more besides, as you'll find oodles of style tips among her gorgeous outfits. As well as featuring our usual favourite repro brands, you'll see advice on how to pick up things on the cheap, particularly if you're also living in the UK.

Why you should follow her: again, you'll get even more advice on how repro fits from Amber's blog and oodles of information on where to pick up cute retro buys for less. She's also been rocking some great maternity looks lately and I'm storing lots of style ideas in case I need some inspiration in years to come! 



Amanda's blog is a newer one I've added to my must-read list recently, as she's only been blogging since earlier this year. It took me approximately 30 seconds to fall completely in love with her - not only is she petite like me, she's got a cracking sense of style and talent to boot, as she incorporates her hand-sewn pieces into her outfit posts. In the picture above, for example, she made the crop top. Consequently, her outfits are always unique and usually full of life and colour and I adore everything she does, not least because she's a somewhat similar size to me!

Why you should follow her: Amanda is definitely one to watch and full of fashion surprises - including the most adorable matching homemade couple outfits. Also, her home is to die for. I challenge you not to love her too!

So there we have it, 15 of my favourite blogs and I hope you all do/will love them as much as I do! And if you're a vintage style blogger and you want to leave your details in the comments, please do - I'm always looking for new reads :)


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40 comments:

  1. Utterly and completely awesome, thoughtful, sweet, beautiful post, dear CiCi. You are such a bright spot in blogging world. Your passion for the community is evident in the scores of truly lovely comments you leave for others and of course through posts here like this where you shine the spotlight on some of our peers. Thank you for every last thing that you do, supportive word that you share, and of course for including me in this incredible vintage blogger roundup. To say that I'm honoured would be a serious understatement.

    You rock and so does your blog!!!

    Huge hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Aw Jessica, that's such an amazing comment, I'm super touched :) I feel like through this little online community of ours I've made some amazing friends, and considering how difficult I find that in the real world it makes it all the more amazing. It's the least I can do to give something back! You know how much I appreciate you and this round up wouldn't have been complete without you x

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  2. I love posts like this, a great way to find new blogs! Although i'm familiar with most of these lovely ladies, there are a few new blogs that I haven't come across. I've got some reading to do! x

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    1. Yay, I'm glad to bring some of these ladies to a wider audience as they deserve :) x

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  3. Eeeeppp and I thought I knew everybody in the blogging world! Thanks for including me, but even better you have given me a few new blogs to follow! Can't wait to finally hang out Cici!

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    1. I think it's always nice to know there's more lovely ladies out there! One day very soon!! x

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  4. Oh wow, I can't believe you included me in this amazing line up! Thank you so much Cici for your gorgeous post, I'm so honoured! There are a few blogs here I didn't know about and I'm totally excited to go check them out. This was such a great way to find more lovely ladies to talk too, so thank you! ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Of course I have Bonita! And glad to give you some new blogs to follow :D x

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  5. Oh wow, I'm SO flattered to be included in such great company - thanks so much for including me! Now it looks like I've got an afternoon's worth of blog reading ahead of me ;)

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  6. This is exactly what i need right now! I have been searching for girls with a nice taste in clothes lately. Thanks for sharing!

    www.alexiadahl.com

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    1. Well, you've come to the right place Alexia - all of these girls have impeccable taste!

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  7. I echo the other's thoughts in being very chuffed indeed to be included next to these fabulous vintage-loving ladies - thank you so much!! I was already following everyone's blogs except Atomic Amber, so I've got a new blog to follow to boot. I love how you get inspiration from other bloggers, I do too, and you know that I've been inspired by you in lots of ways (your fab hair-dos to mention just one small thing!). I think the vintage style community is a fab place to be a part of, and I love seeing how everyone's style develops over time - like you I've followed people like Ulrika for quite some years now. I bought a copy of Vogue recently and it was really boring next to all these lovely bloggers!! Much love xxx

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    1. I'm finding it fascinating to see how many blogs everyone was already following - I think you've come the closest to a full house so far! Shucks on the hair-dos... I love this community, it's so inspiring and most of the ladies in it are so supportive. Joining it is one of the best things I ever did :) xx

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  8. They are all so pretty, so perfect! Absolutely great! I have followed all of them, so much for sharing them <3!
    x Angela // missangellane.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad to - they all deserve to be read by everyone! x

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  9. Thank you so much for this post, so many of these lovely blogs have somehow passed me by. Now I have lots of new things to inspire me!

    Kariss

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    1. Yay for finding new blogs to read - it's the best :D

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  10. I enjoyed reading this and have found a few new blogs to look at too!

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    1. Aw, thanks for saying you enjoyed reading the post - as much as finding the new bloggers, I hope :)

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  11. I am tickled pink by your blog post and to be included! Thank you so much for your kind words, as a newer blogger I am so pleased to be a part of your post with all of these amazing ladies whom I admire (and some new ones I look forward to following now!)

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    1. Really, really happy to. I can't wait to see more posts from you :)

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  12. A lot of these are new to me. Going to check them all out, thanks!

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  13. Ok, so of course I knew that you were putting this post together, but still - thank you so much! I was really chuffed (am I using that right?) by what you said, and frankly, it's really nice to find out that someone that you admire also really enjoys what you're putting out into the world. I'm going to have to check out some of those other blogs, there are a few that I haven't seen yet.

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    1. Ha you are definitely using chuffed right - although I didn't realise this was a UK thing!! Very happy to include you and agreed - mutual appreciation is a fabulous thing :)

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  14. Yay new blogs to read! This is a fantastic roundup and I'm looking forward to checking out the blogs I don't already read, especially the other petite bloggers!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! I really love reading blogs by other petite ladies - it's so helpful for working out whether something might look good or bad if I try it!!

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  15. There are so many great blogs out there, it's nice to see some new ones. I don't read many straight style blogs (mostly I prefer lifestyle ones), though I do follow some of those that you've mentioned.

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    1. I guess there's a blurry line between style and lifestyle these days... I definitely read more of the former, but a lot of these women go into aspects of their life and I love those too. I think I enjoy the blogger as much as what they post!

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  16. Thank you so much for featuring me together with some of my favorite and most fantastic bloggers!!!

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    1. You're welcome - I had to include you Harlow! x

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  17. Thank you for including me in such a wonderful post and thank you for the kind words! It is such an honour to be featured on your fabulous blog! x

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    1. Aw Kayla, I'm so pleased to include you! You had to be in there! x

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  18. What a fun list! I follow a handful already and am excited to discover some new gals to admire!! =D

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  19. Such a fun post! Such a great lineup of gorgeous ladies and wonderful style! I see some on your list that I also love and follow and some new ones to check out! <3

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  20. Such a wonderful post honey! It's good to see such camaraderie among bloggers, I love Amber's blog & will be checking out so many of these because I'm vintage at heart! Thanks for sharing <3

    Kisses <3
    http://www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com/

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  21. wow, what a great collection of blogs you have here-- lots of fun reading ahead for me this week, thanks for posting!

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  22. I am flattered! Thanks for including me!!!

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  23. I finally found the time to get caught up with some blog reading (only 109 new posts left to go...) so sorry it's taken me a while to comment! Thanks for the feature and I can't wait to check out the blogs on the list that are new to me.

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