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IT is a trend that’s emerged with red-lipped vengeance from the horror of a fashion era plagued by very-short, very-tight and very-fleshy creations.
Vintage style, from the 1940s and 1950s, is enjoying a resurgence, and it suits Spring Carnival fashion like strawberries and champagne.
Classy, elegant and individual – a vintage outfit offers the perfect solution for the races and a happy replacement for the brazen nightclub dress.
Hairdresser Rianne Moorhouse, from The Last Tangle Hair Company in Albury, said more customers were asking for vintage styles, requesting cat-eye make-up, curls and quiffs.
It is a look they’ll also suggest to clients, knowing it flatters women of all shapes and sizes.
“It’s about being a woman and being proud of who you are, embracing your boobs and all those nobbly bits that men like,” Ms Moorhouse said.
In Yackandandah, Allie Denahy has created a business from an era where dresses were well-tailored, hugged the waist and brushed the knees.
Her High Street store Vintage Alley sells vintage and retro clothing and accessories.
Ms Denahy said yesteryear fashions were ideal for the races because they valued elegance, glamour and class.
They are often much more affordable than buying a new outfit too — most of her dresses sell for below $100.
“You’re also showing innovation by making something old new again,” she said.
“It’s a plus in today’s throwaway society.”