This is an amazing dress, vintage 1980′s bestowing on the wearer the illusion of a tiny waist adorned with black embroidery. The skirt has peplum detailing just below the waist. The way the dress folds around the bust gives a lovely shape to the whole piece. The bust ripples out into classic 80′s batwing sleeves. The back of the waistline is elasticated. The colour is a fabulous shade of jade green. The condition is perfect with absolutely no damage what so over. A really unique one of a kind dress.

This dress is currently for sale on Etsy…

This is a beautifully elegant dress which dates from the time when the much loved Princess Diana was known as Lady Di and this dress could have been worn by the lady herself. It is a perfect little polka dot wrap dress which moves beautifully. It has a lovely shape to it because of the clever folding and draping of the material. The dress is a size 14 but would fit larger as it closes simply with two buttons at an elasticated waist and the bust and hips have plenty of material. This would be a lovely occasion dress perhaps for a wedding. It is truly one of a kind.


bust: free

waist (unstretched): 24″ 62cm

hips: free

length: 54″ 138cm

Label: ‘Cognito’, designed and manufactured in Ireland

If you are a fan of classic 80′s style then this is the suit for you! I could so see this on Cyndi Lauper! This suit has it all, shoulder pads, big sleeves, gilt buttons and it is in remarkable condition, if it was worn it was only a few times. Both skirt and jacket are fully lined and someone has taken the lining up on the skirt a little, it must have been hanging down.
This could be worn so many ways together or separately so you could make tons of use of this classic piece.

Label: ‘Echoes’ by Mariam O’Donovan

I am currently selling this suit on Etsy

This was such a dream of a dress in its day, real Great Gatsby stuff but unfortunately during its long life it has suffered for love and now has quite a bit of shattering on the shoulders and a patch in the front where the buckle was attached so now it is really a study piece. But what a study piece, the amazing beading is in perfect condition on the skirt and I have seen another website where someone turned a dress like this into a skirt which is certainly possible if someone had the skills. The diamanté buckle comes with the dress but is no longer attached, I guess the weight of it was shredding the delicate chiffon of the gown. Even if you only want to hang it somewhere for inspiration, this is truly an incredible dress and the ghosts of more than one long and elegant party night hang around its beaded hemline!

This dress sold on my etsy shop…

This wonderful day dress dates from the 1930′s and is in spectacular condition considering its age. The label is ‘junior guild’ though the dress is an adult British size 10.

The dress is a fabulous russet colour with a cream lace collar which has diamanté beading on it.
I found two places where the stitching has opened a little on the seam but they are easily mended.
This dress is really one of a kind and would make a lovely occasion dress for a party or communion.

I  am selling this dress right now on Etsy…

This beautiful dress is so Betty from Mad men! It is in that early 60′s style which was still very 1950′s new look. It could be worn with a net underskirt. The bodice is elasticated at the back and boned at the front to create a wonderful shape. It is an off the shoulder style with wired draped sleevelets and two thin straps.
The skirt has two hidden side pockets and falls to a graceful calf length. The material is 100% cotton.
This dress is magical and you would be the belle of any ball in this piece!
I am selling this item on etsy right now…

I’m excited to be getting ready to launch the shop end of A Retro life. I have quite a small amount of stock to start off with and each and every piece will be difficult to part with but I am still excited to get started. In a couple of days I have a mannequin arriving so that I can start photographing the stock. As soon as I have some images they will be going up here on the blog, stay tuned!

I have to say that I have a tough time decided on an all time favourite era when it comes to style but I love the vampish image of the 1920′s flapper. I completly lost myself in ‘The great gatsby’ when I read it and have been equally immersed in ‘Tender is the night’ which I started recently.To celebrate this current obsession I thought I would share some handy links I have come across on flapper make up.

1920′s make up tips