Vintage Style

Do you love the looks of the swing era but don’t know where to find outfits to suit or how to achieve that vintage look? Here is a go-to guide for finding vintage and repro items from the 20s, 30s and 40s, hair make-up tips and visual resources galore.

Compiled by Michelle Turner


Reproduction Vintage Clothing

Australia

Evelyn Wood Vintage Fashion House
Specialising in glamorous, authentic vintage reproductions from the 1930’s and 40’s. Handmade in Australia.

Retrospec’d
Sydney clothing company run by swing dancer Sharon Hanley and her sister. Drawing on their large vintage clothing collection from the 40’s and 50’s for inspiration. Australian made.

UK

Heyday! Vintage Style Clothing
Designing clothing with all the look and feel of authentic vintage, but for modern ladies and gents with modern lifestyles!

Pic: Chloe Hong

20th Century Chap
Purveyors of quality vintage style menswear – made in great britain and inspired by the classic fashions of 1930s and 40s menswear.

Leluxe Clothing Co.
Authentic Repro beaded style gowns from the 1920s as well as daywear.

Morellos
Classic 40s styling reproduction clothing for men and women.

Revival Retro
Revival clothing and shoes are the very best in modern day reproductions and reinterpretations of 1920s, 1930s and 1940s fashions. They stock Remix and Aris Allen dance shoes.

Rock n Romance
Beautiful hand picked Vintage inspired dresses and other garments for the classic 1940’s and 50s look.

The House of Foxy
Beautiful vintage style clothing. From classic vintage 40s style tea dresses and stunning 1930s style evening wear.

Vivien of Holloway
Vintage-style dresses and reproductions of 40s’ and 50s’ fashions for modern women in chic boutique.

What Katie Did
Luxury vintage Inspired lingerie.

USA

Allure Original Style
Owner, Mustumi Gee, uses vintage 30s and 40s patterns and vintage materials, buttons and thread – whenever it is possible. She wants her clothing to look authentic to the era. I had a dress made by her and the attention to detail is stunning.

Dancestore
A swing clothing and shoe store run by dancers FOR dancers. You will see many leads in Perth wearing their wide legged trousers. Suppliers of Aris Allen shoes.

Pic: Jitterbuggin' Clothing

Pic: Jitterbuggin’ Clothing

Jitterbuggin’ Clothing
Fantastic 1940s repro clothing. You will even see some pieces modelled by the lovely Alyce from Perth.

Magnoli Clothiers
Bespoke clothing for men in 30s and 40s styles. Classic back belted 1930s styled jackets and suits are available and several Perth leads have had these made.

Nudee Dudee
LA company making beautiful 30s and 40s style clothing, carefully constructed in deadstock fabrics from vintage patterns.

reVamp Vintage
Clothing inspired by designs from 1910-1950, reVamp offers all the elegance and beauty of bygone eras in clothing for men and women that can be worn comfortably in a contemporary context.

Stop Staring Clothing
Carry a large selection of beautiful cocktail dresses and vintage inspired designs from the 40s and 50s.

Europe

Vecona Vintage
Stunning items for men and women in 30s repro styles.

VinSinn Clothing
Wonderful French site with countless styles for dancers from the 20s, 30s and 40s fro men and women. This shop has a regular stall at the European Swing Dance Championships.

Korea

Chloe Hong
Beautiful vintage style clothing for men and women. The online shop also has a great range of Newsboy caps, trumpet skirts and her reproduction of the ‘Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers’ jacket.

Vintage clothing

Circa Vintage Clothing
One of Australia’s best vintage clothing stores based in Sydney.

Dorothea’s Closet
One of the best online vintage stores on earth. Great visual resource.

Etsy
One the best places to source vintage clothing online. 1000s of sellers.

Taste-t-Vintage
Amazing range of vintage clothing and hair accessories from the 20s to the 40s.

Hair and Makeup

1920s finger waves video
One of the best videos I have ever seen for creating authentic finger waves

1920s face
An authentic 1920s Makeup tutorial using facts and trends directly from the 1920s, applied with modern-day products.

Pic: 1930s French make-up colour chart.

Pic: 1930s French make-up colour chart.

1920s/30s waves
An easier way to set waves from American Duchess

1930s face
Make up guide for creating a 20s face.

1920s and 30s hair Pinterest pages
Michelle Turner has been compiling imagery of vintage hair since 1999. Look though 100s of images all in one place for inspiration.

1940s hairstyles
A great resource on the ‘how tos’ of 1940s and wartime hairstyles

1940s hair tutorial
Very authentic 40s look from The Suwannee Lady. She has some wonderful tutorial and really does get the look ‘right’.

The Vintage Valley
Do you need a vintage hairstyle for a wedding or want to learn to do it yourself? Check out Ally’s page for tips and hints or too book a class. Based in Perth.

Beauty by Bobbi Jo
Need a vintage hairstyle and makeup for an event? Bobbi Jo is your gal and is based in Perth.

Vintage style blogs & resources

Swingfashionista
Articles and photographs about vintage fashion and style written and compiled by local Perth vintage gurus – Michelle Turner and Sharon Davis.

The Vintage Valley
Wonderful blog featuring hair, makeup and fashion by local Perth dancer – Alyse Moschini.

LindyShopper
Great blog that provides swing dancers with resources for swing dance clothing and accessories, new and old, and other items that swing dancers may find useful.

Circa Vintage Clothing blog
Fabulous blog by Nicole Jenkins, owner of Circa Vintage in Sydney.

The Gilded Slipper
Great for 30s and 40s looks and fashion history

Vintage Fashion ads from the 20s, 30s and 40s
Great resource for everyday looks from to 2s, 30s and 40s

Queens of Vintage
Fashion, beauty and top Queens of Vintage from around the globe

Chellzapoppin’s 1920s and 30s Pinterest pages
Michelle Turner has been compiling imagery of vintage fashion since 1999. Look though 1000s of images all in one place for inspiration. She has boards dedicated to hair, fashion, shoes, Art Deco, homewares and design of the 20s and 30s.