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1930s Defining Silhouette: Bias-cut dress Best For: All body shapes  “The ’30s entirely about the bias cut, the art deco period. The bias-cut dress is designed to spiral around and caress all of the parts of the body that are most womanly. It’s incredibly sexy but it’s much more about a languorous, fluid, and quite louche kind of look. And the best ones are in a really great fine duchesse silk, something that is almost quite velvety but water-like at the same time.”

How to Find the Right Vintage Silhouette for Your Shape

1930s Defining Silhouette: Bias-cut dress Best For: All body shapes “The ’30s entirely about the bias cut, the art deco period. The bias-cut dress is designed to spiral around and caress all of the parts of the body that are most womanly. It’s incredibly sexy but it’s much more about a languorous, fluid, and quite louche kind of look. And the best ones are in a really great fine duchesse silk, something that is almost quite velvety but water-like at the same time.”

What every stylish woman keeps in mind each morning when she gets dressed: How to be stylish.

What every stylish woman keeps in mind each morning when she gets dressed: How to be stylish.

1920s Defining Silhouette: Drop-waist dress Best For: Boyish and athletic shapes  “What you’ll often find with a 1920s piece, whether it’s a flapper shape or a drop waist, is they tend to be sleeveless, by and large, and were cut to give as much of a column form as possible. It is perhaps the one shape that is quite particular to a certain body type, which is very athletic.”  Steer Clear: If you have a big bust. It can be very difficult to wear, as everything hangs in a straight vertical…

How to Find the Right Vintage Silhouette for Your Shape

1920s Defining Silhouette: Drop-waist dress Best For: Boyish and athletic shapes “What you’ll often find with a 1920s piece, whether it’s a flapper shape or a drop waist, is they tend to be sleeveless, by and large, and were cut to give as much of a column form as possible. It is perhaps the one shape that is quite particular to a certain body type, which is very athletic.” Steer Clear: If you have a big bust. It can be very difficult to wear, as everything hangs in a straight vertical…

1960s Defining Silhouette: A-line shift dress Best For: Long, lean, and athletic bodies 60s A-line shift dress, you could work in and drive in and party in. If you have a slightly larger bum, they are fantastic; if you don’t have a defined waist, they are brilliant, because the A-line pretty much hides all thinness. I really think the ’60s are fantastic for the working wardrobe, you’ve got beautiful tailoring that was still fresh and clean. It’s become the universal benchmark for tailoring.”

How to Find the Right Vintage Silhouette for Your Shape

1960s Defining Silhouette: A-line shift dress Best For: Long, lean, and athletic bodies 60s A-line shift dress, you could work in and drive in and party in. If you have a slightly larger bum, they are fantastic; if you don’t have a defined waist, they are brilliant, because the A-line pretty much hides all thinness. I really think the ’60s are fantastic for the working wardrobe, you’ve got beautiful tailoring that was still fresh and clean. It’s become the universal benchmark for tailoring.”

1950s Defining Silhouette: Dior’s New Look Best For: Pear shapes or the very curvaceous  50s LBD is incredibly iconic and an extraordinary silhouette. It’s a very full skirt, so it is literally Keep your hands off me—look, but don’t touch.

How to Find the Right Vintage Silhouette for Your Shape

1950s Defining Silhouette: Dior’s New Look Best For: Pear shapes or the very curvaceous 50s LBD is incredibly iconic and an extraordinary silhouette. It’s a very full skirt, so it is literally Keep your hands off me—look, but don’t touch.

1940s Defining Silhouette: Menswear-inspired tailored separates Best For: All body shapes  “The Second World War had an enormous impact on ’40s fashion, when women were managing businesses. Fancy clothes weren't being made, produced was a very lean, very tailored, quite austere look. If you don’t have waistline, look at a lot of the ’40s coats,more about volume and had a great deal of swing. Where the peplum really worked in the ’40s was it tricked the eye of giving curves"

How to Find the Right Vintage Silhouette for Your Shape

1940s Defining Silhouette: Menswear-inspired tailored separates Best For: All body shapes “The Second World War had an enormous impact on ’40s fashion, when women were managing businesses. Fancy clothes weren't being made, produced was a very lean, very tailored, quite austere look. If you don’t have waistline, look at a lot of the ’40s coats,more about volume and had a great deal of swing. Where the peplum really worked in the ’40s was it tricked the eye of giving curves"

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