This is the re­turn to the age of el­e­gance

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SAN­DRA HOWARD

LON­DON: Nos­tal­gia is a funny thing. You can be hap­pily get­ting on with life in the now – tex­ting, tweet­ing, or­der­ing gro­ceries on­line: but noth­ing is pro­tec­tion against dreamy flips down mem­ory lane.

An abun­dance of com­pa­nies has sprung up which are re­mod­elling the de­signs of the For­ties, Fifties and Six­ties – the won­der­ful, el­e­gant styles of my child­hood.

Only these de­signs are made from up-to-date, easy-wash fab­rics and in sizes to fit mod­ern women – so no more trawl­ing through the vin­tage rails in search of some­thing gor­geous. I spent a happy af­ter­noon por­ing over a cou­ple of web­sites, wal­low­ing in nos­tal­gia.

I wish I’d hap­pened on one of them a year ago when a friend had the bril­liant idea of giv­ing a tea dance for her hus­band’s 70th birth­day. She chose a gra­ciously old-fash­ioned ho­tel for the venue and we all spent months find­ing and ad­just­ing our vin­tage frocks for the oc­ca­sion.

The styles were just so flat­ter­ing. It left me think­ing how won­der­ful it would be to bring a lit­tle nos­tal­gia and el­e­gance to ev­ery night out. – Daily Mail

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