A Modern Take On 1950s Style | Blue Pleated Skirt & Vintage Sunglasses

Blue pleated skirt with jade green & Sperrys
Blue pleated skirt with jade green & Sperrys
Vintage orange sunglasses
Blue pleated skirt with jade green & Sperrys
I love many retro styles, and often buy vintage pieces (especially dresses), but the 1950s is one of the easiest retro styles to emulate without the need for actual vintage pieces. This was one of those outfits that ended up being a little bit 1940s/50s – which was not my intention – but I went with it in the end and ended up with a lovely feminine, comfy outfit just right for a day running errands (and twirling πŸ˜‰

I’m still loving all the pleated skirts around at the moment [will retailers please stop making them in every colour under the sun?!!], so I wore my new blue pleated skirt from Asos with an old favourite floral shirt. As soon as I added a jade-green cardigan for the chilly evening (which needed knotting simply because it was too long), I immediately thought “hmm, extra out of Grease”. When these unintentionally themed outfits happen, sometimes I go with them, sometimes I don’t… this time I did. Short of adding white ankle socks and a ponytail, I did add a land girls-style headscarf, my vintage orange sunnies (1970s?) and my Sperry’s.

So unless you are able/want to pull off the total look from a particular era, I’d recommend you mix up the eras just a little bit if you want to simply get a retro vibe. I currently have a full-on 1950s vintage dress waiting to be worn (see it on Facebook here), so I know there’s no getting round the era I’ll be emulating with that one. However, the way I wear it means I’d probably go with straightened hair (so not very 1950s) and shoes… not sure yet.

Any suggestions for styling my new vintage dress I’ve mentioned? And are any of you big fans of 1950s style – let me know in the comments! 

Catherine x
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Shop my look! Items marked* are the actual items, if still available:

Skirt: Asos*, Cardigan: New Look, Shirt: Numph (old), Sunglasses: Vintage, Sperry Top Siders: Zalando*, Headscarf: Thrifted, Watch: Asos, Rings: Asos

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  1. 20 July 2013 / 5:29 pm

    Wonderful colour and pattern combination. Indeed the fifties in a modern jacket. Love how you emphasize your waist.

  2. 18 July 2013 / 4:19 am

    Pretty skirt! This is the second time this week I've noticed deep blue and turquoise together so beautifully. Great idea and interesting companions. You got the era right!

  3. 17 July 2013 / 8:00 pm

    Catharina you look amazing :)Beautiful picture .

  4. 17 July 2013 / 2:36 pm

    This is so pretty! I love the boat shoes with the outfit too!

  5. 17 July 2013 / 1:42 pm

    I love this outfit! I have a similar skirt so thank you for the inspiration. πŸ™‚

    Visiting from the what I wore @ pleated poppy blog hop,
    Rhea @ RheaEtcetera.com

  6. 17 July 2013 / 3:00 am

    Indeed a great modern take on a retro style. I love the skirt.
    -XOXO- Natasha/FreeUrCloset

  7. 16 July 2013 / 11:05 pm

    Love your skirt Catherine, seen a few maxi versions with pleats recently and am loving them!! It a gorgeous shade too! X

  8. 15 July 2013 / 9:58 pm

    I love your skirt! It's so flattering in the sunlight πŸ™‚


  9. 15 July 2013 / 7:13 pm

    really cute! <3


  10. 15 July 2013 / 7:12 pm

    I love a good pleated skirt and yours Catherine is gorgeous, adore the colour! Wonderful look, love your take on 1950s style! πŸ™‚

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  11. 15 July 2013 / 5:55 pm

    I love how this retro inspired outfit looks so perfectly modern! I never wear that length of skirt with flats in fear of looking stumpy…but you look perfect!

  12. 15 July 2013 / 4:53 pm

    Such a cute, simple outfit. I love it.

  13. 15 July 2013 / 4:31 pm

    I think I need a skirt like that πŸ˜‰ Love the style and length and it will be great for autumn too.
    Beautiful colour combination!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  14. 15 July 2013 / 3:07 pm

    I have that same skirt. I loved it so much I bought it in yellow too. Combined it completely differently to you, but I do love your take as well. I should try it sometime.

  15. 15 July 2013 / 2:27 pm

    How do you get the ASOS finder to link up with your blog.
    I have tried, but wont link, ahhhhhhhhh

  16. 15 July 2013 / 2:26 pm

    Fantastic, every single time, dear catherine.
    You will be in my post tomorrow. I say no more, LOL

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