Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 1

We have seen the flowey elegance off Dark Mori, the kooky grace of Dolly Kei, the colours of Pastel Goth, the sweetness of Country Lolita, the unusual combinations of Bittersweet Lolita, the mature grace of Classic Lolita, the demure look of Otome Kei, the elegance of Goth and the playful sexuality of Rockabilly and now it is time for my number one style! Number one combines aspects of quite a few of my top 9 styles, which makes sense since each of these styles contain aspects that I like.

So may I present to you, at long last (way long – bad blogger bad) my number one style – Vintage Chic!

Origin: Unknown – likely Western

Colour Scheme: Up to the wearer

Inspiration: 1900’s fashion styles

Popular Clothing Items: Peter pan collared shirts, printed dresses, circle skirts, beret style has

What: ‘Vintage Chic’, ‘Librarian Chic’, ‘Vintage Hipster’, ‘Nerd Chic’ and even ‘Granny Chic’ are all names used as tags when describing or looking up this style online. Despite the changes in the name, they always describe the same type of style: someone who likes to incorporate vintage style pieces with more readily available items to create a unique look than is inspired by another era.

Most commonly fans of this style seem to lean towards the 1930’s all the way through to the 1960’s, though some people even incorporate Flapper elements into their wardrobe, particularly for evening events. Stores like Modcloth and Unique Vintage have capitalized on this growing fashion trend by offering more and more styles that feature both kischy and more classic styles to suit a wide array of fans.

Common items spotted in this style include:

  • Peter pan collared shirts and dresses
  • Cardigans of any length
  • Full circle skirts, either with or without petticoats and in a variety of lengths
  • Complete freedom in hair as far as colour and style
  • A combination of accessories such as hats, scarves and other pieces

Now that I have graduated school and I am working towards a career, I have been trying to ‘mature’ my wardrobe but without giving up my own unique taste. After a lot of experimenting with a number of different styles, I finally settled on going more Vintage. Not only is this style elegant and mature, but it also helps me express my history obsession in a way that doesn’t  involve running around in a full Victorian Gown.

Not shockingly, for Christmas this year my list contains mostly vintage inspired skirts and dresses since I find it easier to buy tops in mainstream stores where I can try them on and make sure my girls fit.

What I Like:  This is a style for ALL! Anyone can create a Vintage Chic outfit that makes them feel awesome and it shows! Tumblr, Lookbook, Pinterest and Youtube have blown up with outfit ideas that offer up ideas on how to combine a variety of items to make adorable outfits! You will literally find fans of this style in all walks of life with all sorts of interests

Vintage-able (I just made up a word) items are becoming more and more common in

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mainstream fashion, making this style easy to achieve on a low budget, though I must admit if you want to get some really nice staples such as a good vintage inspired dress or certain styles of skirts, you may have to shell out a little more. However, as this style is getting more popular, it is getting easier to find cheaper options.

What I Don’t Like: This isn’t as much of something I do not like as much as just something I have noted and that is that when in this style you have to walk a fine line between remaining elegant and getting kitschy, or even costume-y. To many kitschy patterns and you end up in Rockabilly or even Goth territory while staying TOO vintage in your styling almost puts you into costume territory.

Ultimately it is the creativity, elegance and ease of this style that won me over to this style!

That is it folks! I am now done my top 10 favorite styles! Hmmm … what should I do next for a list.

Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles: 2

I have now returned to finish what I have started – aka the ‘Technikitty’s Top 10 Styles’ list. Ironically, my break from this has given fruit to a new top two! Originally number two was going to be ‘Casual Lolita’ but from my break I have discovered that my number one is actually my number two! Giving way to a whole new number one to be revealed tomorrow!

Without further ado time to rock out with Rockabilly in my number 2 spot!

Origin: USA

Colour Scheme: Black, white and primary colours – this style does not use pastels

Inspiration: The 50’s and 60’s

Popular Clothing Items: Full skirts, pencil skirts, blouses, jeans

What: To really get Rockabilly, you first have to understand its music. Like Goth and Punk, Rockabilly is a very music based subculture that is based around the musical style of the same name. As a genre of music, Rockabilly “is a one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, and emerged in the early-1950’s. The term “rockabilly” is a portmanteau of “rock,” from rock and roll, and “hillbilly”, the latter a reference to the country music”. Taking this into account it can be noted that Rockabilly fashion has both country and rock esthetics with a liberal amount of 1950’s kitsch thrown in.

Rockabilly is a widely popular style throughout the western world with large communities based around beauty pageants, music festivals, car shows and other sorts of festivals making it, like Goth, a very social style.

Common elements seen in Rockabilly fashion include:

  • Low cut tops with halter or sweetheart necklines
  • Red, Blonde or black hair with blunt bangs
  • Dramatic cat eye makeup and red lips
  • Pencil skirts or swing skirts with full petticoats
  • Polka dots, animal print and nautical designs

My closet has a lot of Rockabilly styled clothing in it due to my fondness for online shopping and the fact that in the KW area there is a great rockabilly themed clothing store that has great prices on all of the things my wardrobe adores.

What I Like: Rockabilly is a style that is very figure friendly, meaning that women of all sizes will find an outfit that they feel great in. Like to show a little booty? Wear some short shorts. Like being able to spin like a Princess? Go for a. Not a fan of showing cleavage? Go for a Turtleneck look or try a band t-shirt. Like to show off the girls? Go for a sweetheart neckline or halter! Not a skirt kind of girl? Rockabilly is all about the classic blue jean. There really is something for anyone.

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Another aspect of the Rockabilly style I love is just how social its followers all are! They run blogs, YouTube pages, attend events to share their love of both the fashion and style. They love talking about the fashion and its culture and are very willing to share their information with newbies.

What I Don’t Like: The rockabilly fashion is a very SET look with distinct hairstyles and makeup. Without these items, you fall more into my number one fashion style and because of this Rockabilly can be hard to really get into when you suck at hair styling like my butt does – my hair cannot hold a curl to save its life.

Rockabilly is also a very summery style and though many will include cardigans in cooler weather, it is just not practical for Canadian weather. No shockingly this style is super popular in the southern USA (particularly Vegas and California) as well as in Australia. Canada … not so much.

So that’s Rockabilly in a nutshell – join me tomorrow for the grand finale!