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New Year’s predictions 2019

January 1st 2019

It’s the beginning of a New Year, and a good time for creative planning and for taking stock. The High Street shops are full of sales, but fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle are all featuring top ten lists of “what to wear in 2019” .

If you are a vintage clothes lover, it is a good time to assess your own wardrobe and maybe update it with a few pieces that will make you feel fabulous and current, uniquely stylish but on -trend too.

My list of predictions is quite modest, but based on my observations as a vintage clothes seller as well as an eye on what contemporary fashion has on offer in the months ahead. The magazines base their predictions on the New York, London, Paris and Milan catwalk shows, and the filtered down versions of High fashion that hit the shops.

My first prediction is based on the ongoing love affair that we have with 1970s fashion, in particular with long flowing bo-ho and hippy inspired dresses, chiffon layers, “medieval “ sleeves, as well as soft easy to wear high waisted pants, wrap tops and long scarves, in glorious technicolour. Designers that we love include Ossie Clark, Gina Fratini, Frank Usher and Ronald Joyce, and copycats like Ghost and Monsoon. I think we will have more of the same in 2019, particularly in the summer months, when these clothes are so easy to wear, romantic and comfortable.

My second prediction is that classic tailoring, which never really dates, will emerge as a fashion statement, probably with exaggerated jacket shapes and asymmetric pencil skirts. Colours will be bold, red, blue, black and camel. Vintage buyers look for traditional classic labels like Alexon or Jaeger. Choose a pencil skirt and oversized blazer shape ( that can be cinched in with a belt), or a trouser suit with cigarette pants and a fitted jacket. Competent dressmakers can easily customise a skirt or jacket to give a contemporary twist….or keep it classic and dress it up with accessories.

My third prediction for 2019 is a nod to Military clothing. All vintage clothing wearers know that a trenchcoat is a dateless classic. I think that we will see the trench in all its variations this year…as a short version and as a maxi length. Classic labels include Aquascutum and Burberry. I think that we will also see a fair amount of Khaki , nodding to military style with both its colour and metal hardwear, buttons and buckles. This can be a good choice for casual wear, like a lightweight jacket or shirt. I think we will also see quite a lot of camouflage print , in T shirts and crop tops, probably best to avoid unless you are under twelve! As far as accessorizing goes, Army surplus stores will be a source of belts and bags that can introduce a touch of militaria to an outfit.

So, those are my thoughts and predictions for the year to come! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/coolclobber

1970s Vintage, A passion for fashion, frocks & flares.

The 1970s was a great era for the “dedicated follower of fashion”   (thank you Ray Davies) , and plenty of authentic vintage pieces can still be found. Hippie flower power of the mid sixties had given us long flowing dresses  and bell bottomed trousers, and this carried over into the 1970s, but became sharper and more mainstream. 1970s fabric patterns and styles are less whimsical and are generally bolder. Trousers become tight fitting , hipster and flared, shirts become more tailored, often with exaggerated collars and cuffs.  Flared trousers are often combined with platform heeled boots. Fashion and music go hand in hand in the 1970s, and styles reflect the diversity of both….

Abba……Dancing Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Blondie, Rock and pop in all of its various guises…

Key pieces

The maxi dress, flares, platform soles, the jumpsuit, hot pants, halterneck tops, shaggy faux fur jackets, feather boas, big brimmed hats, tight T shirts, big belts worn round the hips, crochet dresses, handkerchief hemlines, Palazzo pants, knee high boots, the wrap dress, prairie dress, fitted velvet blazers, long narrow scarf, tan leather shoulder bags.

60s 70s maxi dress
Pink vintage maxi dress from the early 70s or late 60s

Vintage 1970s Maxi dress
1970s Maxi dress from Coolclobber

Designers to look for:-

Gina Fratini, Laura Ashley, Ozzie Clark,  Zandra Rhodes, Celia Birtwell, Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jessica McClintock, Vivienne Westwood, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Hulanicki (Biba).

Models and Muses:-

Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Iman, Cheryl Tiegs, Marie Helvin, Farrah Fawcett, Joni Mitchell, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Faye Dunaway, Diane Keaton, Charlotte Rampling, Donna Summer, Bo Derek, Debbie Harry.

Lots of :-

Acrylic and synthetic fabrics, wash ‘n wear, non-iron, bold colours, fit and flare, swirling bold patterns.

1970s shoulder bags  from


1970s vintage leather bag
1970s tan leather handbag

1970s vintage leather bag
Vintage 1970s tan leather shoulder bag