Category Archives: Vintage Fashion Tips

Baby, it’s cold outside

This Arctic start to the new year is perfect weather for the ever gorgeous shearling coat. Black on black, oversized and vintage is the way to go and you just can’t beat the feeling of those natural fibres that keep you oh so warm.

As always, we love providing you with style inspiration. In our latest shoot we paired a vintage shearling from our archive with some statement vintage necklaces. Simplicity at its best.

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What makes the good old sheepskin a die hard wardrobe must-have is that it’s a statement in its own right. It’s the ultimate throw on and upgrades an outfit instantly. When you find something that is the perfect combo of being a practical purchase, comfortable to wear and always stylish, nab it!! Thankfully, when we launch our vintage clothing offering you’ll have your one stop shop for all your fab vintage needs.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Chunky knits

It’s cold outside, ladies and a chunky knit is the order of the day. It’s the perfect throw on that goes with just about everything. We like our knits oversized and this vintage gem from our archive is bang on!

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We added a little glitz and glam for this festive season with an 80′s embellished belt but this knit would still look amazing on its own. It’s just that fabulous.

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An oversized chunky knit is great at creating an effortlessly chic look whether you go for neutral tones or brights like we’ve done with our second vintage look.

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We paired this vintage pretty pink number with a subtly floral vintage silk scarf and our go-to staple, vintage denim.

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All these pieces are from our archive and are just the kinds of one-offs we’ll be bringing you when we launch our clothing offering in 2017.

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In the meantime don’t forget that you can treat yourself to some lovely vintage accessories, like the ones we’ve styled in this shoot, by nabbing one of our Bello Boxes – style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories.

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If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

The Statement Vintage Cape

A cape should definitely have a place in your wardrobe. They are a great way to add a bit of drama to your look. This statement vintage cape is a real star and we love how it looks with denim – just gorgeous.

Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive

It’s another piece from our archive and a fab example of the kind of one-offs we’ll be bringing you when we launch our clothing offering in 2017. So stay tuned for more great shoots and style inspiration.

Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Christmas present inspiration

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s definitely feeling cold enough to be Christmas. Yes, it’s that time of year again and if you’re anything like us you may have already started to pull your hair out trying to find new and original gift ideas for that person that has just about everything. Well we have had our thinking caps on and have some simply lovely gift suggestions to save the day. You can thank us later.

Vintage crockery by Rare and Racy
These guys have the prettiest stall on Portobello Road every Friday and Saturday stocking the coolest vintage china from all of London’s coolest hangouts.

c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a one-off teacup and saucer set from the team whose Instagram profile describes them as all about, ‘Tea, Cake and Girl Power’. You can’t argue with that. AND they do gorgeous cake stands. If you want to get in touch you can find them at @racycharlie on Instagram.

c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram

Luxury gents grooming at Grooming at 93 for the special man in your life
We just couldn’t leave the guys out and to be honest, sometimes they are the most difficult to buy for. So why not give them an unforgettable grooming experience at Grooming at 93?

c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram

Grooming at 93 is a new, luxury, gents salon we discovered on Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London. It’s on the lower ground floor of John Rushton Shoes. Not only do they offer quality tailored haircuts and beard trims but also traditional, hot towel shaves. Divine!

c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram

A quintessentially vintage, British grooming experience for the modern man. If you’re around that part of town then they accept walk-ins so you can easily and spontaneously surprise your Mr. For the organised amongst you then you can make bookings here.

93 Wimpole Street, London, W1, 020 7409 2970 http://www.93wimpolest.com/

Vintage earrings from Clair Green Vintage
Another fab stall on Portobello Road. You’ll find Clair and her divine vintage earrings on a Saturday at the Rogers Gallery, 65 Portobello Road. You can go for original retro beauties such as these art deco clip-ons.

c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram
c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram

However, if you’re not a fan of clip-ons then have no fear. Genius Clair also creates lovely upcycled earrings using authentic vintage beads with new, modern fittings.

c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram
c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram

If you want to snap up some her unique creations then you can find her at @clair_green_vintage on Instagram.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Music: Introducing Smitha

Fashion and music are such natural bedfellows. There are so many new and exciting artists out there ripe for discovery and Smitha is one of those gems. We’ve been tapped into Smitha for a while. She’s a refreshing, talented and seriously authentic (and gorgeous) singer/songwriter from our very own London Town. We were really happy to sit down and find out more about her music, style and inspirations.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

How would you describe your style of music?
Melodic, expressive and heartfelt, incorporating pop, soul and folk.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

What’s your process for song writing? How do you get inspired?
It’s variable! Sometimes I think of a melody or ‘hook’ first and depending on where I am, I’ll frantically sing it into my phone before I forget it and expand on the song when I get home with my guitar. Sometimes it’s the other way round and the chords come first.

I get inspiration from personal experience or at times something that has affected someone else but stirred up an emotion in me. I would like my songs to be real and relatable for others. You feel so much more connected with others then, particularly when playing live. I love it!

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

How would you describe your look?
I do like to mix it up and give a nod to the sixties! I have a few jeans and skirts that I wear frequently. I dress these up or down with T-shirts, laced tops, jumpers and flats or heels depending how fast I need to move! I love interesting prints, pretty details and bold colours. I have some dresses that I love wearing, particularly when the weather is warmer, which are both vintage and new! I absolutely love 60s style make-up with winged eyeliner and nude lips, and this is my go-to make-up. I also like to keep it simple and then I may add in a red lippy.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

How do you decide what to wear for a performance?
It’s important for me to feel comfortable and be able to breathe! My priority is to sound the best that I possibly can but at the same I want to look like I’m performing. This gets me into the mindset that I’m not just ‘Smitha’, I’m Smitha the ‘Artist’. I tend to steer away from wearing very dark colours and for big performances I’ll wear something bold and colourful.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello

What do you love about vintage clothes and accessories?
Where do I start!! I love its uniqueness and knowing that it’s highly unlikely that anyone else will be wearing that same item. I love the quality of the clothing. These items really do stand the test of time. I love the fact that there is a story behind these items and then I imagine I’ve stepped back in time! I love mixing vintage up with newer items of clothing. Actually I have added vintage pieces into my performance wear at gigs, including dresses, scarves and skirts.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

What’s your favourite way to perform? Festivals, small intimate venues, in the studio?
I love all of these venues for different reasons and I think it’s important for me to do them all. Festivals are great for my more up-tempo and groovier tunes, they help to get the crowd interested and engaged. The smaller venues are more intimate and brilliant for the slower songs and trying out new material. I love performing live, but the studio is essential to get the music recorded with a few takes if needed!

Any advice for aspiring musicians?
Practice, perform, practice, write, practice, perform, write, practice, record, write, practice…..you get the idea!! It is really important to know your songs very well, this means that when you do perform them in front of an audience, you’ll be nervous but not a complete wreck and feel confident about them. You’ll mess up sometimes, but that’s ok, everyone does. Get involved with your local music scene. Meet and collaborate with other musicians. I’m learning so much from others and I’m sure I’ll always be learning. Go to open mic nights and try out new material. It’s not all smooth sailing but remind yourself now and again why you are doing this, as sometimes the reason for this can be lost, and keep coming back to it – put a post-it on your bathroom mirror! For most it will be for the pure love and passion for music. Thinking about this has kept me going through any rough patches. Surround yourself with positive people who support and believe in you. Also remember to have fun and enjoy yourself!

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

Where can we next see you performing?
On 10th December, I’ll be performing at Nomad Club in Old Street, London. Then on 15th December, I’m performing with some other acoustic artists as part of the Icarus Club, Pelton Arms, in Greenwich, London. My biggest gig in the diary so far is at Jimmy’s Farm Festival next summer. It’s brilliant fun there and I’ll be performing on the main stage. I’ll also be in the recording studio again in preparation to release my debut EP next year.

Website smithamusic.com Twitter @smithamusic

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Three ways to wear a statement vintage jacket

As you know, in 2017 we’ll be launching a vintage cloting offering. Until then we want to inspire you with just how versatile a vintage wardrobe can be. You can get so many outfits out of one gorgeous piece. Our most recent shoot featured this stand-out, killer of a vintage jacket. It’s from our archive and is just the kind of piece we’ll be bringing you in our edit when we launch.

c/o stylebyportobello.com
c/o stylebyportobello.com

A statement jacket is a wardrobe essential. A VINTAGE statement jackets is even more of a must-have. With a timeless piece such as this one you’ll always be on the best dressed list.

1) With leather: sequins and leather is just such a fabulous combo. These mint condition vintage leather trousers are from our archive and are a favourite. A leather skirt or shorts would look just as stellar.

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c/o stylebyportobello.com

We love mixing vintage with high street purchases as it’s a great way to ensure you don’t look dated or cliched. This divine high street powder blue, crepe top just made those sequins pop and was a great texture contrast to the leather.

2) With demin: ok so we’re a bit biased as we are obsessed with denim and as far as we are concerned, EVERYTHING looks good with denim. These vintage jeans are just the right wash and they tone the outfit down a bit. Sometimes a girl doesn’t want to look like she’s made too much of an effort. Pairing your statement jacket with denim (again a skirt or shorts would work just as well) gives you that ‘just thrown on look’. Having a slightly more casual look also means you can wear a few more accessories. Isn’t this vintage belt just so gorgeous!! Just like denim, the leather wears so well and looks better and better with age.

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c/o stylebyportobello.com

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3) With cashmere: need we say more? This is super luxe yet nicely pared down. This vintage cashmere cardi is so fine in tucks in just perfectly and it’s a bottle green colour that you just don’t see that much nowadays. Again, as this look is more casual you can go harder with the accessories as we’ve done with this vintage bag from our archive.

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c/o stylebyportobello.com

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If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

An Ode to #MumsThatSlay: INTERVIEW WITH STYLE AFTER NINE

One of our favourite bloggers is Yvadney Davis from blog http://styleafternine.com/. She was one of the first bloggers to discover us when we launched. She describes her blog as, ‘a style loving journey through mummyland for mums and kids, because style doesn’t end with motherhood’ and we couldn’t agree more which is why we just had to chat with her about her style, her powerful phrase – Mums that slay – and of course, vintage fashion. We hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as we did.

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c/o Instagram @yvadney, styleafternine.com
c/o Instagram @yvadney, styleafternine.com

Your blog kills it when it comes to inspiration and tips for the life and style of all hip mums out there. Having created your blog, Style After Nine, what do you love most about blogging?

Firstly, I love how it challenges me to keep experimenting with my own style and enjoy it. There’s no point in encouraging other mums to enjoy their style if I’m not taking my own advice.

The biggest thing, however, has been the positive feedback I get from readers who have read a post and felt empowered to throw caution to the wind, regardless of their post-baby bodies and wear the clothes they want to. To know I’ve helped women to look at themselves in a positive way is all I want – it’s all about self loving, not self-loathing.

c/o Yvadney Davis, styleafternine.com
c/o Yvadney Davis, styleafternine.com

One of your straplines is ‘Mums that slay’ which we just love. How does one become a mum that slays?

A mum that slays, is The Queen of her style. She’s not worried about fashion trends or following the pack, instead she oozes confidence and self love, with a mum tum, jiggly boobs, bingo wings, dark circles and obligatory squirming baby under one arm. She owns her “defects” and rocks fashion with all the swag of a supermodel.

c/o Yvadney Davis, styleafternine.com
c/o Yvadney Davis, styleafternine.com

Who are your inspirational ‘Mums that slay’?

Solange Knowles, Gwen Stefani, Erykah Badu and M.I.A

How would you describe your style?

My style is pretty eclectic, I know that’s a bit of a cliche, but I’ve never been one to fit into a certain style posse. My look reflects my story, there are elements of street (giant earrings, trainers & hoodies), ladylike elegance (my appreciation of fashion history is endless) and my Caribbean heritage (lots of colour and prints).

c/o Yvadney Davis, styleafternine.com
c/o Yvadney Davis, styleafternine.com

What are your school run style essentials?

I like things I can throw on, but still have a bit of slaying power. For me, a funky rain coat is essential. My favourite is my metallic Asos jacket, because it’s not only practical when pushing a buggy and catching up with a toddler, but it cheers everyone else up too. I always have practical flats on, because we’re so close to the wire when it comes to the bell. Lastly, red lipstick and statement earrings.

How do you work vintage into your wardrobe?

I’ve been shopping in car boot sales, vintage and charity shops since I was a teenager, so have a real love for a good rummage through a treasure trove. Now that my weight has fluctuated after two pregnancies in the last 4 years, I love vintage accessories the most. Scarves, jaunty hats, jewellery and shoes make such a difference to my look, they add depth and individuality to all my high street clobber. I’m also a fan of vintage jackets, because the construction is always far superior than the mass produced stuff we wear now. My favourite piece is a pink cashmere Austin Reed double breasted blazer.

c/o @yvadney Instagram, styleafternine rocking her Style By Portobello vintage scarves
c/o @yvadney Instagram, styleafternine rocking her Style By Portobello vintage scarves

What’s your favourite decade for vintage fashion?

It has to be the 1930s, which I must add, is the most overlooked style decade. It held a juxtaposition between all the fuss of the twenties and the austerity of the forties, giving women much more choice with their fashion. On the one hand you had lots of fluidity, bias cut tea dresses, midi skirts and oversized ruffled sleeves. On the other you had quite masculine tailoring, with boyish wide legged trousers and cotton shirts.

You can also see it’s influence in 1970s fashion and also current, masculine V feminine, hard V soft.

Who would be your vintage style icon?

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It has to be Katherine Hepburn, her character shone through her fashion choices. She was a style maverick and wore whatever she wanted and could switch between styles in an instant, which kept everyone on their toes. What would she wear next? A suit, full on evening dress, tropical crop top and midi skirt, hair in a top knot or coiffed to perfection?

So take Yvadney’s advice and whether you’re a mum or not, get out there and slay! Don’t forget to join in on her bi-monthly Monday #MumsThatSlay blog link up which is a celebration of mums who are slaying fashion & beauty, regardless of their bodies, breastfeeding, lack of sleep or jam-packed kids’ diaries.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage fashion and vintage style, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Style Inspiration – vintage festival fashion

Fashion has always taken centre stage when it comes to festivals. So in honour of Coachella here’s some vintage style inspiration for your festival style this year.

Whatever your tastes, there’ll be a festival look that speaks to your inner happy camper. So let the festival fashion frenzy begin!

Necklaces – We say, ‘pile ‘em high’. It’s all about the layering. We just love how Jane Birkin did it. Perfection.

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Headgear – Simply put, a festival essential. Whether you go for a scarf headband à la Raquel Welch and Patti Harrison or go full blown flower power like Joni Mitchell and Drew Barrymore, the right head wear will do wonders for your look.

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Top left: Joni Mitchell, top right: Woodstock, bottom: Drew Barrymore
Top left: Joni Mitchell, top right: Woodstock, bottom: Drew Barrymore

Gypsy chic – Festivals and gypsy chic go hand in hand and the style icons of times gone by wore the original look so well. The likes of Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac really made this look their signature style.

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Stevie Nicks
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Stevie Nicks

The tassel – Tassels scream festival and vintage divas such as Chaka Khan and sultry siren Raquel Welch (again) knew how to work them.

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And finally…The crochet dress. These are everywhere right now but the vintage ones are the best. Whether you go for rainbow brights or ethereal white cotton and crochet mix, you can’t go wrong.

 

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We’d love to see how you’re wearing your vintage this festival season so tweet us @stylebybello and we’ll retweet.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage fashion and vintage style, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

 

 

VINTAGE SCARVES – YOUR GO-TO S/S ACCESSORY TREND

Here at Style By Portobello we just love spring. The less we wrap up, the more accessories we get to show off and as we all know, accessories make an outfit. So if you’re looking to add a touch of “je ne sais quoi” to your look, a vintage scarf will make a big statement. 

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There’s the skinny scarf, the square scarf and the neckerchief, the rectangle, and then the fabrics: silk, cotton and acetate to name but a few. The combinations are endless as was shown on the catwalks for S/S 2016.

Photo c/o www.fashionisers.com/
Photo c/o www.fashionisers.com/

Wrapped, knotted or left open, scarves are an essential in any fashionista’s wardrobe; especially vintage  ones as the designs are so unique. Scarves are always a big hit in our Bello Boxes which is why we’ve launched a new offering  - Scarf Sets.

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For £15 you will receive two gorgeously stylish, hand picked vintage scarves from Portobello Road market delivered straight to your door. Our team of stylists work wonders unearthing one-off patterns and designs that will ensure you stand out from the crowd. On top of that, they are super easy to style. So here’s some style inspiration to get your creative fashion juices flowing.

We love how Tatyana from blog, lafotka.com, styled one of the scarves from the scarf set we sent her.

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Then we’ve got Sophia from blog, Brunette Swirls, adding some flair to her outfit with her Style By Portobello vintage scarf whilst on a weekend break in Belgium.

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And we can’t get enough of @lellavictoria’s standout styling, using her Style By Portobello vintage scarf on her bag.

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If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage fashion and vintage style, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter.  To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

 

 

 

 

Vintage style Icon: Madonna

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Madonna has been a fashion icon since the late 70s / early  80s and even to this day (at the age of 57), this singer, songwriter, actress, entertainer and businesswoman refuses to be a wallflower.  And that’s exactly why we love her style so much here at Style By Portobello. To us, she’s a true vintage icon, one whom has left her stamp on the world and one whom isn’t easily forgotten. Throughout her successful career, Madonna has been here to shock her audiences and the controversial lyrical content of her music was what first got her noticed; songs like ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ and ‘Like A Virgin’ really helped to push boundaries in pop music and from daring lyrics to a wild stage presence, Madonna has always been one to stand out from the crowd. Unsurprisingly, her dress sense was no different. And here we take a look through some of our favourite looks throughout the decades. From beauty to fashion, here are some of the most iconic Madonna photos of all time…

The Famous Red Lip

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At the 1984 MTV Awards, Madonna rocked up in a lingerie style bridal dress complete with a “Boy Toy” belt and she finished off her look with her famous red lipstick. She told reporters that she did the makeup herself and was also heard saying, “Red is the sexiest a mouth can ever look.” From then on, Madonna was rarely seen without it.

80s Disco

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This is definitely one of Madonna’s most recognised looks of the 1980s and it features see-through fishnet, messy crimped hair, bright neons and bold jewellery. We love this disco look and nobody rocks it quite like Madge!

Underwear as Fashion

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Madonna was undoubtedly one of the most influential people pioneering this controversial trend. In 1989, the singer performed on stage wearing a lacy corset with men’s baggy trousers for a sexy yet slightly androgynous appeal.

The Madonna Brow

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Cara D may be the bushy browed queen of the catwalk but Madonna was sporting thick, bushy slugs way before anyone else back in the 80s. She embraced her natural assets and let her brows go wild and she completed her look with her infamous red lip and her tomboy hair.

Androgynous Style

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Madonna was always known for her slightly boyish sense of style; from the oversized blazers and heavy leather to dungarees and hip hop style pants, her look was always sexy but androgynous at the same time. This is a still from her 1989 video ‘Express Yourself’, to which she explained: “The message of the song is that people should always say what it is they want. The time I learn how not to edit myself will be the time I consider myself a complete adult.”

Pinup Girl

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Madonna began to channel her inner Marilyn Monroe in the early to mid 90s by cleaning up her look and oozing femininity. Gone was the fishnet and crimps and in came the luscious blond locks and soft brows. But despite her polished Vogue Cover, she was still looking as fierce as ever.

What’s your favourite photo of Madonna? Tweet us your favourite image on Twitter and we will give you a retweet!

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Until next time, SBP Team x