Almost without exception there comes a point in a woman’s life when she could just kick herself for having thrown out those treasured items of clothing and accessories which had long since gone out of fashion, because of course they nearly always come back in at some point. It might take a few years and we might not be the same size or shape that we were when we wore them originally, but still our daughters or grand-daughters would have killed for them.
The world of fashion, just like the world of music, has always moved in circles. Whilst the youngsters of the time generally like to think that what they are being offered is something new and innovative, the fact is that there are only so many places to put a seam or ways to cut a piece of fabric and there are only so many colors and themes for patterns that borrowing from yesterday’s styles is totally inevitable.
For some women, retro trends are only of interest when they do actually make it back on to the fashion scene, but for others, retro is their style. In some cases, it might be a particular era which influences their wardrobe, whilst in others it could be snippets from many different times in the past. Perhaps the style is one which particularly suits the individual’s shape, size or overall look, but equally it could be the romance, the glitz, the elegance or the sheer defiance of the fashion that gives it its appeal.
Unless a favorite retro style happens to come back into fashion and the stores are filled with all the various ingredients needed to complete the look, finding clothes and accessories from the right era can be quite a challenge. Charity stores and specialist outlets can though, offer up some really great treasures and often at bargain prices. In many cases, however, achieving a retro style from just about any era can be done with very little effort, simply by the use of the right accessories, and women’s silk scarves and shawls are absolutely ideal for this purpose, especially as they have been worn by women around the world for a great many years.
The 1920s and 30s, for many women, signify the ultimate in style and panache and the look of this particular era is one which can very easily be recreated with the use of stunning and uniquely designed hand painted silk scarves. Simply tie a long scarf around the waist or hips of a simple shift dress and instantly you will look as though you are ready to do the Charleston.
If the 1950s have greater appeal, then all you need is a gorgeous pair of plain-colored Capri pants, a simple blouse or tee-shirt and a long silk scarf to wrap around your head and neck à la Grace Kelly.
Hand dyed shawls or even large square silk scarves folded across the diagonal and tied around the waist or hips, meanwhile, are ideal for creating the soft, layered and incredibly feminine look that was popular during the 60s and 70s. A silk scarf tied around the brim of a large-brimmed hat can add even greater authenticity to this particular look.
Of course, the great thing about women’s silk scarves and shawls is that their enduring appeal and their immense versatility means that you can slip in and out of retro mode at will and always be the height of fashion, style and sophistication.
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