Alexa Chung for Marks & Spencer

As regular readers will already know, I am a massive fan of the M&S Company Archive in Leeds. I visited it in 2014 as part of the research for my Master's dissertation, again in 2015 to research a conference paper on M&S underwear in the 1960s, and I even gave a talk there last November.... Continue Reading →

The return of the bullet bra?

Last Friday, I made a brief appearance on all 40 BBC local radio stations as part of the Georgey Spanswick show. Prompted by a Daily Mail article* by Sandra Howard on the supposed return of the bullet bra - or at least the more pointed shape that was popular in the mid twentieth century -... Continue Reading →

BOB by Dawn O’Porter

When I discovered This Old Thing on Channel 4 in 2014, I was instantly hooked. Watching Dawn O'Porter convert high street clothing addicts to the joys of vintage shopping was an absolute joy to behold, plus her team of experts made some pretty wonderful alterations to viewer's pre-loved treasures. So, when I heard that Dawn... Continue Reading →

Review: Escape Scarves

Earlier this year, I marvelled at the silk escape maps which had been turned into beautiful underwear that was on display at the Imperial War Museum's Fashion on the Ration exhibition. These maps were extremely practical - they didn't fall apart in the rain and could be tucked up very small in a pocket -... Continue Reading →

Topshop Archive Collection

Last week I popped into Topshop at Oxford Circus to buy a gift card as a birthday present for my teenage niece and I spotted some clothing with a delightfully retro label. You can imagine my joy when a closer look revealed that this was a cute mini collection inspired by items from their archive!... Continue Reading →

Review: Style Me Vintage, 1940s

As I mentioned here last month, having already reviewed a couple of titles in the extremely accessible Style Me Vintage book series, I was asked by the publisher if I would like to review a couple more on Rarely Wears Lipstick. Obviously the answer was yes, and the second of the pair - Style Me... Continue Reading →

Lingerie lust list: March

This month's list is an eclectic mix of things that have caught my eye so far in March. There were more items I could have included, but they aren't all necessarily what you would call 'lingerie'... more 'underwear'. I pondered renaming this feature something a bit less femme but, I'm rather fond of the alliteration.... Continue Reading →

Review: Style Me Vintage, Accessories

As anyone who's a regular reader will know, I love vintage clothes. I've always enjoyed finding something amazing that I won't see anyone else wearing, and have often admired the sturdy seams and the obvious love and care of previous owners which have ensured the garment has survived to be worn again by me. I... Continue Reading →

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