Wearable Va-Va-Voom Vintage
In the 1980s, the power suit was created. This was a man’s business suit worn by a woman in order to give her authority, a bigger stature and thereby respect. despite a few sneak appearances of women in suits, It wasn’t until the 1980s that the power suit became one of the most iconic silhouettes of 20th century fashion. The padded shoulders, large lapels, sharp and oversized tailoring, thick fabrics and muted colours; was spearheaded by Giorgio Armani. Between 1982 and 1987, the power suit took the focus off a woman’s gender and on to what she could achieve and is a symbol of equality.
Ever since I started Moss & Rose with Hilde, I have opened my eyes to how many amazing second-hand clothes are out there and in absolutely perfect condition! This is not just available to women or adults but there are nowadays many different places to find children’s clothes. The obvious places are charity shops and sites like Shpock, Gumtree or Ebay where you can find some awesome bundles. I recently, discovered Kidclo and have not looked back.
We all have opinions of what denim should look like, and certainly what it shouldn’t look like. Some of us like skinny jeans, some of us like flares. Are you a fan of double denim or do you favour classic denim teamed with an equally timeless piece? Do you prefer traditional blue, or do you go for crazy white? We are all joyously different. Read on to explore what the 80s had to offer!
How did Hilde end up in the vintage fashion industry being a molecular biology research scientist? Why did she chose to abandon her high paced job in corporate science? Here she gives you an idea of what her life used to be like and why she has never regretted her choice.
The 80s was the epitome of loud colours and loud prints and patterns. Ranging from neon to earth tones, polka dots, animal print, floral, geometric, stripes to name but a few... The loud patterns and colours were everywhere not just clothes. I used to rock a fabulous pair of leggings with green squares and pink triangles with a pink jumper with a fuzzy koala on the front. Textures also added so much to the 80s design.
I only joined the converse craze in the early noughties when I was going through my head-to-toe corduroy phase and, therefore, I also bought brown cord high-tops. It is only in the last lock down year that I decided I need comfy and fun shoes and went back to the trusty converse. I was out with the girls riding bikes and just thought you can wear these just as much with trousers as with dresses and skirts. Then I went on my shopping spree – second-hand of course - and am now the proud owner of a gold pair, a turquoise pair, a red pair and a grey pair. But they have quite the history!
I don’t think we quite understand how big of an influencer Princess Diana actually was. Not just within the British Isles, but globally. And she is still, at least I would like to think so, the most popular of the members of the British Royal Family more than 20 years after her untimely death. Hilde explains why Diana stands the test of time and was her number one idol.
How on earth did the bright shell suit get so popular in the 1980s and why was Hilde's mother wearing it every morning? Read on to learn more about the fashion statement that was so ugly it was cool. And Hilde has thrown in some good facts about bomber jackets too, because they are too cool for school!
Hilde has two cats who are both incredibly interested in what she does - working with vintage clothes. They want to be involved in every step of the way from photographing and measuring to uploading items online. Read on to find out how they are managing...