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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

I remember the first time I realised I was a “weird” shape. Except I didn’t really realise it at all at first. It was around 2001, I was shopping for a pair of black trousers and couldn’t get a pair to fit in a single shop. Some wouldn’t go over my thighs at all, and […]
February 28, 2014 58
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Recommended Reading

As I sit here now it sounds pretty nasty out there. The wind is crazy and the carpark across the road appear to have changed it’s life ambition to become a lake, and it’s working really really hard to achieve it. I see lots of people are at home and not travelling due to severe […]
February 5, 2014 10
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100 Happy Days

I’m feeling pretty darn moany at the moment. I’ve had the evil death cold from hell since before New Year, hell, it started in a mild way before Christmas! I had a fabulous time in Las Vegas, but I can’t say 2 transatlantic flights and 2 super hectic days have sped up my recovery, and […]
January 22, 2014 12
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Top of the Retro Chick Pops 2013

As the year winds to a close I always get the urge to look back on what’s happened over the last 12 months. It’s not just me either, every December “year in review” apps pop up onĀ  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we all enjoy reviewing our year, what’s gone well, what hasn’t, and setting […]
December 30, 2013
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Figure “Flaws”, Fashion and Futility

Oh dear, Retro Chick is getting ranty about dress sizes again. I’ve written a lot on the topic of vanity sizing and our relationships with our body size, but this morning I read an article entitled “Would you rather be a ‘Marilyn’ than a size 14″ on the Guardian website and I felt the urge […]
December 11, 2013
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Why I’m Tired of the Good Old Days.

Yesterday I was innocently scrolling through my Facebook feed. It’s a thing I often do when I should be doing actual work. I call it research and tell myself that I work in Social Meeja so, you know, this IS work. Anyway, while doing very important Social Meeja research yesterday I came across a photo […]
October 30, 2013
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That’s Not Very Vintage

Do you think you have a signature style? My personal style has definitely evolved over the 5 or 6 years I’ve been writing this blog and recently I’ve found myself wondering about the idea of a signature style, and if I even have one. I think if I had to define my style I’d say […]
August 21, 2013
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Too Old?

I’ve found myself using this phrase a bit recently. Am I too old for cute? I wondered about this outfit which I thought made me look a bit like I was off to ballet school this weekend. Am I too old to be throwing myself around the floor on my knees I wondered when I […]
June 12, 2013
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The Polyester Vintage Dress Fan Club

Polyester gets a hard rap. Poor old polyester. It can make you sweaty on an unexpectedly warm day, go static if not washed and dried properly and stick to your stockings and give you static shocks when you take off your coat. So perversely I have developed a love of vintage Polyester frocks from the […]
April 29, 2013
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What Makes You Happy?

I never used to be a naturally grumpy person. But as I’ve got older (and busier) I sometimes find myself slipping into grumpiness. I do like a good rant occasionally, and I can be easily irritated by things beyond my control that I should just let wash over me. More seriously I’ve struggled with depression […]
April 10, 2013
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5 Blogs I Love

Today I feel like sharing a little love. So I thought I’d share 5 of the blogs I love to read (semi) regularly. I’m terrible at keeping up with blogs. I have a Google Reader that now is stuffed with so many blogs I don’t read and has so many unread blogs I daren’t look […]
February 22, 2013
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“Real Women” – Is Fashion Warping Our Sense of Reality?

Something of a minor storm in a Champagne coupe has been brewing over the last few weeks. Marks & Spencer have apparently ditched their “too glam” models for a selection of “real women” in sizes 8-16 to promote their new shapewear lingerie range. But apparently these “real women” aren’t “real” enough. So The Sun published […]
November 2, 2012
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On Being “The Best”

I know so many people that can do amazing things. It’s inspirational to read blogs from people who are just fantastic at what they do. They’re experts in vintage fashion history and know every label and collection since the 1920s or have an astonishing ability to knock up new frock in an hour from some […]
September 14, 2012
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The “Vintage” Backlash (Or Why I Won’t be Hanging Up My Petticoats)

Something funny is going on in the happy land of “vintage”. For a long while we were happy with our victory rolls, and maxi skirts, happy to spend an evening mixing and mingling. Ladies with tea dresses chatted with ladies in mini skirts and chaps with moustaches chatting to tattooed rockabilly babes. And, for the […]
June 29, 2012
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The Madness of Measurements

I have a secret. I don’t really understand what an infographic is. I get plenty of emails from people telling me they’ve created them, and to be honest it mostly seems to be what used to be created as a poster, or a flyer. A way of sharing information in graphical form. Oh, I guess […]
May 30, 2012
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The Value of Vintage

So, apparently the 90s are vintage. The Vintage Festival says so, so it must be true, after all, they own vintage now, right? This article has caused a minor storm in some quarters and a re emergence of the debate about what constitutes vintage anyway. I’ve kind of written about this before in 2010, and […]
May 4, 2012