Now that I feel that I have a pretty good handle on vintage clothing and 'dressing the part', I'm turning my attention to the other details like hair and makeup. In my opinion these aspects can actually be more important to your overall look than wardrobe, as it's usually the hair and makeup that scream 'vintage' louder than the clothing per se.
Put me in a vintage gown and I look like a modern gal in a vintage gown. Put mid-1930s Ginger Rogers in a nondescript bathrobe and guess what? She still looks 'vintage' because of her hair and makeup.
So - let's talk about hair! Pulling off a real vintage-style hairdo isn't easy at first, but it can be learned with some practice, patience, and the right tools of the trade. I'm still struggling with the basics (before I fell in love with vintage I had very short cropped hair for ages so I've never learned to 'do' hair or how to wield a curling iron).
However, I'm very pleased to turn you over to the hands of a real expert - a lovely and gorgeous vintage gal named Ashley who has the best and most professional vintage hairstyle instruction videos on YouTube. I highly recommend you check out (and subscribe to) her YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/user/LisaFreemontStreet
Here's just one sample to whet your appetite:
In a wonderfully fitting act of universal synchronicity she's just started a new series of vintage hair tutorials called "Diamonds and Dames", in which she'll be taking viewer requests for hairdos from movies. So if you've got a favourite hairstyle from an old film that you've been dying to try out, now's your chance to get the step-by-step instructions from a real expert!
I'll be posting more about hair in the coming weeks, and possibly some 'expert interviews' as well.