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Monday, 16 August 2010

She's a Lady...

1950's retro style is all over the Autumn/Winter catwalks right now. Ladylike looks featuring circle skirts, gloves, blouses and cardigans are the order of the day this upcoming season and even though it's still - technically - summer, I'm looking forward to it.

(The ever stylish ladies - and gents - of Mad Men)

The prim and proper ladies of Louis Vuitton are leading the way with swishing skirts. Prada's printed dresses are cute and very wearable - Miuccia has the Mad Men look down to a fine art (not bad for someone that has apparently never seen the show!) - and ensures that pulling off this look is easy. For those wishing to achieve a more subtle nod to this trend, pencil skirts are also very ladylike and classic. Channel your inner Marilyn and get wiggling. Classic fabrics such as satin, wool and tweed and prints such as florals and checks all feature also feature heavily in this tribute to timeless femininity.

As for accessories, the ladies on the catwalk have made it clear that for this particular look, there are two main footwear teams: pointed toes (championed at Louis Vuitton) or square toes (as featured at Miu Miu). Pick a side. As for me, I'll be rocking my ladylike threads with my trusty brogues for a bit of a twist! Kitten heels are also making a bit of comeback for this one, so girls with platform fatigue can relax for a while.

The modern lady keeps her essentials in a simple and stylish top handle handbag. Some of the best designer offerings so far include Mulberry's Neely, Dolce & Gabbana's Miss Sicily and Louis Vuitton's Neo Speedy. But our high street is offering very stylish, affordable alternatives at Urban Outfitters, Topshop and River Island. Perfect with a cinched-in waist, scarlet lips and a pair of gloves, darling.

(Mulberry's Neely - £650.00)

(River Island's red faux snake print doctors bag - £39.99)

While writing this blog I got to thinking about why I personally love this look so much. I think it's because it appeals to my inner retro-vixen, and it is a chance to champion womanly silhouettes, femininity and as Marc Jacobs has said, "Celebrate the beautiful intrinsic value and the joy of being a woman".

This Autumn/Winter just got flirty, feminine and fun - so enjoy. It's a perfect excuse to dress up and feel glamorous. I know I will be. Elocution lessons optional.

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