Heart of Haute Blog
Are you planning a winter wedding for 2014 or 2015? Do you have a few to attend? Whether you are looking for retro bridesmaid dresses or something to wear as a guest, Heart of Haute has amazing vintage-inspired looks that you actually will wear again. Choosing colors for your wedding can make planning much easier. Wedding color trends can come and go (brown and robin’s egg blue, anyone?), but there are a few classic combinations (and boards) that work perfectly for a winter wedding.
- Ice Blue or Periwinkle and Dark Blue: This sophisticated combination of blues evokes winter without being Christmas-y, and is a great balance of feminine and masculine.
- Red and Black: Winter holds a lot of holidays associated with red – Christmas, Valentine’s Day. Red and black are strong wedding colors that can offer a touch of holiday flavor without going overboard.
- Metallics: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Platinum – these precious metals can add sparkle your ceremony. Make the most of winter lighting options like candles or fairy lights with reflective fabrics and finishes.
- Black and White: A common theme for New Year’s Eve parties, this bold and graphic combination is a striking choice for a retro or modern wedding. This look is particularly strong in polka dots and stripe. Do you dare to dress your bridesmaids in black?
All Heart of Haute dresses are unique and made in the USA for your bridal party. We can custom create dresses in any size, including maternity cuts and children’s sizes for flower girls or other young members of the wedding party.
With Halloween only a month away, we are already planning loads of costume ideas for the vintage-inspired girl. Heart of Haute has attention-getting retro looks that can pull your costume together, but will still be staples in your closet long after Halloween is over.
Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist who found fame in the 1960s pop art scene. His stark, high contrast paintings captured a typically pedestrian form of visual art - the comic strip. In recent years, inventive makeup artists have brought his flat, graphic images to three dimensional life as a striking halloween costume idea. This memorable look can be created with a few inexpensive makeup products combined with what you might already have. Check out this pinterest board of pop art makeup ideas (for girls and guys), or a tutorial. An outfit heavy on the polka dots completes this retro costume idea, and we have tons of options. Whether you need a top, a skirt, or a dress - this pop art costume has a bold vintage look.
Tiki Oasis is one of the biggest and best-known tiki weekenders in America. Every year they have a vintage-appropriate a theme, and in 2014 it was Beatniks. Even if you didn't make it to Tiki Oasis, you can still dig this crazy retro style with Heart of Haute.
Beatniks was the nickname given to those who participated in the subculture based around the Beat Generation, a postwar movement in art and literature. Author Jack Kerouac coined the term Beat Generation in 1948 as a way to describe the new anti-materialistic counter culture groups that were forming around the country. Like most subcultures, it eventually became a stereotype and Halloween costume joke, but not before inspiring many great artists, musicians and writers.
Beatnik style for women might not look that transgressive or exciting to us today, but try to remember what mainstream style was like in the late 1940s and early 1950s. For women, it was full skirts, elaborate details, heavily styled hair and makeup - overall extremely feminine. In contrast to this, the beatnik girl's simple hair, androgynous black and stripes, and flat shoes were very rebellious. If you want to work this lesser-known 1950s style, we have the groovy knits and dark shades that you need, beret not included!
Try our classic Super Spy Dress, the Spy Top, or Trixie top. Put on some iconographic beatnik stripes with our Tara top, Ella Top, Janie Top, or our Cropped Cardigan. Try the Sassy Skirt in black for a sleek, daring look - with no frills! Beat dullsville and stay cool with Heart of Haute!