Retro Swimsuit Ideas

Woman in polka dot retro swimsuit

Retro swimsuits have made a huge comeback this year, and, with the summer season in full swing, now is the perfect time to invest in one. For those who do not know where to start looking, here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

Polka Dots
Polka dots are fabulously retro, and will always be a showstopper on the beach. For a flattering two-piece swimsuit with polka dots all over, in either black or red, click on over to Modcloth and check out their Esther Williams swimsuit. With a bold print, low-cut legs and ruching at the front, this style is fun and flirty and has just the right amount of retro flair. For polka dots that are slightly more subtle, check out the demi-bikini from American Eagle, which comes in black with tiny white dots, and features a sweetheart neckline with a front keyhole. Alternatively, for a look that will really stop traffic, try on the Pearly King bikini from Johanna Ortiz, which boasts a ruffle at the front that simply exudes a vintage vibe.

Florals
Retro floral prints are beautifully feminine, and Stella McCartney has one that you will not want to miss out on. This two-piece features a tie-back bikini top with a plunging neckline but has adjustable shoulder straps that make it fit like a dream. Old Navy also has a floral style that is equally stunning, with a bandeau-style bikini top, featuring a removable halter strap and molded balconette cups, and high-waisted bottoms. For those who would like some extra coverage around their chest, Adriana Degreas has a floral bikini that features layered straps and a square neckline and has a retro but tropical vibe at the same time.

Woman posing in striped swimsuit on beach

Stripes
Stripes are another print that is never out of place on the beach, and the Brigitte bikini from Solid and Striped is the best place to begin looking. This piece was inspired by styles from the 50’s and features high-waisted bottoms along with a triangle top. Free from wire and padding, this is a swimsuit that will hug your figure and will truly be comfortable to wear. If you would prefer a halter neck, check out the striped bikini from Fendi’s Spring Summer 17 collection, which comes in a striking yellow and beige shade, and would go perfectly with some square-framed retro-inspired sunglasses.

Off-Shoulder
The off-shoulder look is another trend that is so hot this summer, so combining it with a retro-style bikini will leave you with the perfect beach look for 2017. For a fun, carefree, off-shoulder one-piece, head to J Crew, who have one that has been inspired by a vintage top. With a shelf bra for extra support, the bright print was inspired by the southern coast of Spain and is one that will no doubt ensure that all eyes are on you.

Your swimsuit says so much about you, which is why it is important to choose a style that really makes you feel confident. Whether this may be an off-shoulder one-piece or a daring polka dot bikini, there are so many ideas out there to consider when it comes to retro-inspired swimsuits.

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Fashion Subscription Services

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With a package of new and exciting styles arriving at your front door on a regular basis, it is no wonder that fashion subscription services have been rising in popularity, meaning that there are even more to choose from. Whether you opt for a stylist that puts together a customized monthly box based on your own lifestyle, or one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that you would not have been able to find on your own, these fashion subscription boxes ensure that you are always looking chic and stylish.

Tog + Porter
Tog + Porter’s fashion subscription service is truly personalized, and once you have set your monthly price point, which can range anywhere from $250 to $1500, the site will pair you up with your very own personal stylist. You will be able to chat to your stylist one on one using Skype or other video chatting programs, during which your stylist will try to learn as much as possible about your personality and your lifestyle. Following on from this, your stylist will then put together monthly boxes that are filled with clothing that suits you and your personality, and once you have seen or worn each item, you can then follow up with your stylist, sharing your thoughts on the choices and seeking advice on different ways to style certain pieces.

The Style Box
The Style Box offers more of a one size fits all fashion subscription service, focussing more on fashion accessories and lifestyle products that have a wide appeal. Boxes are delivered each month, with each box containing between three and six products.

RX Vintage
Searching for stylish, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces can often be time-consuming, but RX Vintage takes all of the work out of it for you. No matter which subscription plan you opt for, you will be able to receive unique vintage pieces on a monthly basis, with the company ensuring that each piece that they send out is in top condition. The fact that these garments are one-of-a-kind mean that RX Vintage needs to be select about how many subscribers they cater to, which is why customers usually have to wait for a subscription spot to open up, unless they are lucky enough to be referred to the site by a friend.

Wantable
The Wantable subscription box is affordable and delivers monthly statement accessories straight to your door. From bold necklaces to chunky bangles, each item that is delivered is always bang on trend, helping you to mix up your wardrobe with new pieces that you may not have otherwise tried. Wantable also delivers boxes of intimates, which are ideal for those who enjoy trying different styles of delicate lingerie.

Fashion subscription services are a great way to try out new styles and trends without having to make too much of an investment. Most companies will usually offer a range of subscription plans, so that you can choose a monthly price point that works for you, before beginning to receive your goods that are worth so much more in value!

Sustainable Spring Fashion

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The fashion industry has frequently been under attack for having a disregard for the environment, but, in recent years, this has begun to drastically change. This is largely down to consumers themselves, as they increasingly want to know more about the products that they are buying, from where and how it is made to the larger issues that each brand as a whole supports. All of these evolving consumer demands have led to incredible innovations when it comes to sustainable fashion, with experts predicting eco-friendly trends that are truly exciting.

Faux fur jacket

Guilt-Free Fabrics
There is no doubt about the fact that wearing animal products is not at all sustainable, which has led to the development of some beautiful imitation fabrics, often of a much higher quality than the actual original. Faux fur has always been a great alternative to fur, and brands are now experimenting more with these materials, creating faux furs in bright and vibrant spring colors. There are also fantastic arrays of vegetable leathers that look just as spectacular as the real deal. While cotton may not be a fabric that comes from animals, 16% of global insecticide releases come from cotton, making it the opposite of eco-friendly. This, in turn, has led to a growth in organic cotton as well as alternative plant-based fabrics, made from ingredients such as soy, bamboo, wood pulp and corn. Designers and brands are even looking to fruits for fabrics, coming up with products such as Pinatex, which is a fabric made from pineapples.

Vintage
The vintage trend has been around for a while, and it looks like it could be here to stay for even longer. Buying vintage is a great way to decrease your global footprint, while wearing a piece of clothing that has its own unique history. In terms of spring 2016, Victorian-style pieces are going to be extremely popular, whether it be layering a corset into your outfit or picking vintage pieces that feature exquisite florals and feminine details.

Hand bag

Ethical Bags
A bag is often used much more frequently than an item of clothing, which is why bags have received extra attention in terms of being sustainable and ethical. Thanks to the increase of guilt-free fabrics, as mentioned above, there are now some great alternatives to leather, many of which are just as durable and reliable. For those who want to begin making more sustainable fashion choices, bags are one of the best places to start.

Sustainable Online Shopping
In order to truly reach the masses, sustainable fashion needs to be available online, which is something that was previously lacking. There are now a variety of fashion websites out there that make it easy to buy eco-friendly pieces. Zedy and R.E.V focus on ethically made clothes and accessories, while the ASOS website boasts a Green Room that contains any items that have a certain eco-friendly element, be it the way that they were made or the fabrics that they are produced from. Mass market brands, such as H&M, have also been producing more sustainable lines, with their exclusive Conscious Collection already sold out in many places. This is a trend that other brands will soon adopt as H&M’s success is proof that fashion consumers are now much more eco-conscious than they used to be.

In order for sustainable fashion to really become mainstream, consumers today need to do away with “fast fashion”, choosing instead to invest in apparel for the long term, fixing it rather than replacing it if there is a problem. However, these spring trends are great steps forward when it comes to eco-friendly fashion, and it will not be long before even more brands begin to adopt sustainable strategies of their own.

Outfits Inspired by Our Favorite Movie Heroines

When we need some new fashion inspiration, what better place to turn to than the big screen? From the classically stylish Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to the quirky and offbeat Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer, here are some great outfit ideas inspired by some of OROGOLD’s favorite movie heroines.

Woman wearing a beret.

Bonnie and Clyde
The Bonnie and Clyde movie is based on the real-life couple, who were a notorious bank-robbing duo along with their gang. Faye Dunaway played Bonnie, combining her tailored yet glamorous style with her feisty personality. You see Bonnie wearing a beret in several scenes, and this is a great way to add a touch of her character into your look, especially when paired with skinny jeans. One of Bonnie’s other signature looks is her black turtleneck, and there are definitely some ways to make this more relevant for today. OROGOLD recommends pairing it with a high-waisted skirt and a cinching belt, as well as some gladiator-inspired heels to bring a more dramatic edge to your look.

Woman wearing a floral top and high-waisted denim shorts.

(500) Days of Summer
OROGOLD loves the character of Summer Finn, played by Zooey Deschanel, in (500) Days of Summer, mostly because of her offbeat yet totally relatable personality. Throughout the film, Summer is seen in some fantastic vintage outfits. To recreate her style, opt for vintage-inspired separates, such as high-waisted denim shorts paired with a floral top. OROGOLD also loves Summer’s unique take on the Little Black Dress – the Little Blue Dress! This is a cute alternative to the Little Black Dress, and the color makes it much more adaptable to be worn during the day, or in the summer. To bring more of Summer’s style into the dress, choose one that features some vintage elements, such as feminine details, lace or bows.

Woman wearing a black dress with pearl necklace and gloves.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with Audrey Hepburn starring as the main character, is an iconic film when it comes to style, elegance and fashion. The pieces worn by Hepburn are simple but still breathtaking, and are always worn with the most fabulous accessories. Of course, the Little Black Dress features several times in the movie, and this is something that never really goes out of style. OROGOLD suggests updating your dress with some Hepburn-inspired accessories, such as a pearl necklace or a floppy hat, or even some black gloves. Give your dress a more classically sophisticated appeal by pairing them with some black patent slingback pumps. The pearls in that outfit would also look fantastic with a cropped trench coat, one that has been tailored beautifully, and some black fitted jeans, giving you a modern-day Audrey Hepburn look.

There are many different movies with some extremely stylish heroines that we can all take some inspiration from. Even if you don’t recreate their look completely, just bringing some unusual elements from their style into your own outfit can really give your look a completely different dynamic!