This Autumn vintage blogger Jenny takes us through the decades, showcasing her favourite Hotter styles to suit her vintage outfits. In her first post for the season Jenny creates a 1960s inspired look with new style Crimdon…
Continuing with my Style Series from Spring/Summer, here I pick out some key designs from the forthcoming Autumn/Winter season, highlighting which styles are perfect for creating a vintage look. For a casual, yet stylish 1960s inspired style, I selected the Crimdon loafers.
Loafers have been a popular choice of footwear since the 1930s. Due to their understated design, coupled with their enduring practicality, loafers have never really dipped a toe out of fashion since.
When we think of the styles of shoes women wore during the first few decades of the twentieth century; we usually think of heels. Throughout history, women’s shoes have often borrowed details from their masculine counterparts (and vice-versa, indeed the male shoes of the seventeenth century were decidedly feminine in appearance). From the 1930s, this trend became more apparent, with flat shoes gradually becoming more acceptable for women.
By the mid-1940s, American designer Claire McCardell popularised ballet flats, producing them in colours and fabrics to match her collections. This facilitated with the general acceptance of women wearing flat shoes over heels, with loafers considered the more practical counterpart.
The Crimdon loafers are available in Black, Truffle Multi, or the colour I chose – Burgundy Metallic. The patent finish of the burgundy lends a deep, rich tone to the leather. Burgundy is also a very versatile colour, easily matching many shades and tones.
To create a 1960s inspired look, I styled Crimdon with cigarette pants, a vintage Jaeger jumper, and matching scarf and beret. I finished the look with a reversible vintage 1960s cape – thereby doubling my outerwear options!
For a modern take on a 1960s style, pair Crimdon with straight cut trousers, or a mid-century inspired A-line skirt. Crimdon would look great teamed with coloured hosiery, perfect for adding an extra layer of warmth and style to an Autumnal outfit.
Jenny Mearns from vintage fashion blog https://missjennyfrances.wordpress.com/ is a historical fashion consultant, writer and lingerie designer.
Her love of clothing often sees her wearing her own creations and designs. When not in her sewing and design studio, she can be found along the seafront admiring the views of the South coast.