In the world of fashion and beauty, we cultivate the new. Before one season is over, our minds are moving to the next. We browse for bikinis in February; consider our knitwear options in August. New, reinvention and style changes are the dominant theme in a relentless industry that never pauses to breathe.
Sometimes, you have to wonder what we have left behind. Being a slave to fashion and convention is nothing new – it’s just the fashions that have changed. It’s worth pondering on whether we should abandon all the old style rules every time the year changes and we switch onto the wares from a new season. Maybe there’s something precious being lost. Could the style tips and fashion thinking of our Gran’s day still have value in the 21st century?
Old Is The New New
Fashion doesn’t exist in a straight line; it’s a circle, always destined to loop back onto itself. While some trends stay very much in the moment (let’s leave the shoulder pads in the 80s, everyone agree?), many loop right back around.
Depending on your age, your Grandma was likely growing up in the 50s or 60s. There’s a plethora of different styles from that time that we have incorporated into so-called “modern” fashion. It applies to beauty regimes, too. For example…
A Skincare Staple: Cold Cream
With the myriad of lotions and potions available to the average skincare addict, it’s easy to overlook the cheap and easy option. Yet there’s plenty of research which suggests that skincare from the 50s actually got it right first time. Sure, we’ve developed better anti-aging remedies since then, but there’s one product you should definitely try: cold cream.
Made most famous by Pond’s, cold cream is a cleanser and moisturizer all in one. It’s inexpensive and works brilliantly as a first cleanse. Apply it all over your face – feel free to be liberal with the application – and massage in, before removing with a hot cloth. Not only will it freshen your skin, but makeup will melt right off.
With your face feeling more positive, it’s time to get dressed…
Accessories Make The Outfit
In the 50s and 60s, accessories were as big a part of completing an outfit as they are today. After the more reserved 40s, fashion began to see an explosion in costume jewelry. Rather than large singular statement pieces, women were encouraged to experiment with different looks for different outfits.
While we all have a few select pieces of jewelry that we wear constantly (an engagement ring or family heirloom, for example), it’s worth trying new things. With the likes of elf925 silver jewelry making jewelry switching more accessible than ever, why not see what surprises you?
Skirts: Big and Billowy
While the mini skirt was a creation of the 60s, there was still a place for large circle skirts. These tended to be hand-sewn and involved huge amounts of fabric, which spun around when twirled, princess-style.
There’s a reason this was popular back then – and why it should be popular now. Circle skirts are flattering on every figure and also have a touch of feminine elegance about them that a mini just can’t capture. Plenty of retro brands are dabbling in this style, so if you fancy trying it, it won’t be hard to find.
Now, how about you? Do you have any beauty or style ideas borrowed from grandma? If so, share them with us in the comments below.
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