Recycled Florals, Gingham and Midcentury Staples

I’m proud to say that I’ve finally reached a point where I’ve built a pretty solid foundation of vintage and pinup basics within my wardrobe. That being said, I’m substantially lacking in the accessories department compared to most gals. I’ve collected some bangles, earrings, and hair flowers along the way, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted to branch out and explore unknown territory, so when given the opportunity to review these adorable rockabilly headbands from Maple and Oak, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Headbands, or head scarves, have been a staple of women’s fashion for decades, particularly thriving in popularity from the 1920s to the 1960s. Scarves hold the potential to add some color to an otherwise dull outfit, tame those unruly locks, or provide extra warmth, so it’s no wonder they’ve remained so prominent throughout the ages.

During the 1950s, women wore scarves both around their necks and their heads, much like they had during the preceding decades. The difference being that the most popular scarves were often made of chiffon and square in shape. These scarves were often folded into triangles and placed around the neck, or rolled over into one long strip and tied around the head.

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Chiffon tends to be a delicate fabric, so fortunately for us, Maple and Oak emulates these iconic 1950s scarf designs using reclaimed and vintage cotton. Leonie, Maple and Oak’s founder and designer, is committed to reducing textile waste and lessening the overall use of our planet’s natural resources while creating beautiful accessories. And she’s not limited to headbands, either; Leonie has built a gorgeous repertoire of triangle scarves, jewelry, barrettes and bow ties, as well. And if that’s not enough, they also created video tutorials on how to style each of their products!

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Maple and Oak makes all of their goodies in Canada and ships internationally for a flat rate of $7.00! All of their rockabilly scarves are $20.00 and shipping is free if you purchase three or more! If you’re not sure how to pair their lovely designs with your own wardrobe, check out their Facebook and Instagram for inspiration and to keep up with their latest releases.

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First Outfit: Rockabilly Headband c/o Maple and Oak | Top: Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Pink – Pinup Girl Clothing | Pants: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Primark

Second Outfit: Rockabilly Headband c/o Maple and Oak | Top: Deadly Dames Voodoo Vixen Top in White – Pinup Girl Clothing | Pants: Gotta Jet Set Jeans in Red – Modcloth | Shoes: American Apparel
Special thanks to Leonie from Maple and Oak for this wonderful opportunity.

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White and Blue Flowers, Ivy Covered Buildings, and a 1960s Flared Frock

The 1960s was a wild decade, or at least that’s what I’m told, and the fashion of that time certainly matched the rebellious atmosphere of those iconic years. Today, we see modern reproductions consisting of bold colors, psychedelic shapes, and florals of every size, but there was a certain modesty to the 60s, at least at the start.

In the beginning, style icons were more conservatively dressed, similar to what you found in the 50s. The most memorable fashionista of this time would be the ravishing Jackie Kennedy with her classic two-piece suits and perfectly white pearls. By 1963, however, the 1950s pencil dress began to change shape, widening the skirt, and became known as the “shift dress.”

The shift dress was generally reserved for home use, being too short for the public eye. Today, of course, this idea is preposterous and the many modern reproductions of this gown, such as this Charlize Flared 60s Floral Dress from Voodoo Vixen, is anything but scandalous.

The Charlize dress has many similarities to the shift dress, but where it strays from this original design is in the length of the skirt. Shift dresses typically landed above the knee, while the Charlize stays below it, adopting the classic length of a 1950s dress. The fabric, however, is dazzlingly 60s.

There were two shades of blue that were popular during this time: robin’s egg blue and teal blue. Robin’s egg blue was popular during the spring and summer seasons, preferably found on party dresses, sort of an homage to Cinderella’s gown. Teal blue, however, carried over from the 1950s and carried on into the 1970s.

Not only does the Charlize contain both of these shades of blue, but it also incorporates one of the most popular patterns of the 60s: florals. And let’s be honest, ladies, who doesn’t love a good floral dress?

On top of being exceedingly adorable, the Charlize is very comfortable. Made from 97% cotton and 3% elastane, this floral frock provides a good amount of stretch while remaining sturdy and breathable.

Despite it’s ability to stretch, it does run true to size, so be sure to check Voodoo Vixen’s size chart if you’re considering snagging this beauty. All of their dresses are available in sizes S-XL and for reference, I’m wearing a size medium, which is my normal size.

At £33, or roughly $42 USD, this dress is a steal and for U.K. costumers your shipping would be free (delivery is free for any U.K. orders over £20)! For those of you throughout Europe, shipping is £7.50 and my fellow U.S. ladies will pay £8.50 ($11 USD, which is extremely reasonable).

So ladies, if you’re looking for the perfect summer dress to show off your flirty floral side, look no further than the Charlize Flared 60s Floral Dress from Voodoo Vixen. And be sure to check out the rest of their wares! They have countless beauties available on their website. As for me, I’m off to ogle at their jumpsuits!

Dress: Charlize Flared 60s Floral Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen | Shoes: Primark | Hair Flowers: Sophisticated Lady Hair Flowers
Special thanks to Nicki from Voodoo Vixen for this groovy opportunity

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