Hello, everyone!

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.

As always, thank you for visiting and have a great day!

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  1. Mary
    February 10, 2017 / 9:33 am

    So great tips and ideas! I love them all.

  2. Irina
    February 11, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Great ideas Helene, accessories always make a simple outfit looks much better.

  3. February 15, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Wow….what a amazing post and great tip as always. When I read this article it just remind me not my Grandma but my Mom in law, when I bought something from my fashion, sometime she said that, yes those heels, or coat, or jacket it remind me when I’m a young girl. LOl…:)

    Kisses, XOX Kintan

  4. February 15, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Wonderful tips! It’s true that accessories make the outfit. I usually use huge necklaces or so 😀

  5. February 15, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    If I could go back to any era it would definitely be the 60s but trends do come back around which is great!

  6. February 15, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    None of my grandmothers are alive today, unfortunately. They grew up in the 30s, and back then they wore glamorous, elegant, well-tailored garments. I would definitely borrow something from that epoch.

  7. February 15, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Old is always the new new. Everything will eventually be vintage. Though back in the day they made garments to last, none of this throwaway fashion nonessense.
    Katja xxx

  8. February 16, 2017 / 12:55 am

    Couldn’t agree more – old is definitely the new new 🙂 Fashion is moving in a circle, or rather a spiral so trends do come back. I am so happy with the current ones! Also, I love a puffy big skirt. If only I could pull it off 🙂
    xox Nadia

  9. February 16, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    I love the style tips! Especially the one about the old is the new new, I feel like reinventing trends and older items to combine them in new modern looks is so much fun and I love wearing vintage jewellery with a story 🙂

  10. February 17, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I love all of these tips. I love combining old styles with current. Such a lovely post.

  11. February 27, 2017 / 11:10 am

    Hahaha, the only person came to mind while I read this is my mother in law.
    Thanks for sharing Helene xx

  12. March 5, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Excellent tips! Maybe I should start giving some more attention on accessories. 🙂

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