When it comes to her day-to-day vintage style, actress, dancer and burlesque star Chelsea Dagger (aka Heather Donnelly) is more nice than naughty, with lots of lovely pastel frocks and prom dresses. Jen Barton falls head-over-heels for this modern-day glamour girl's wardrobe...
With her enviable collection of vintage dresses (everything from 1950s figure-hugging Marilyn Monroe frocks to 1970s flowing maxis), Glasgow burlesque queen Chelsea Dagger's vintage style is wonderfully feminine and all about having fun with fashion. The waist-cinching dresses and pretty pastels hang alongside her more risqué stage pieces – Swarovski-studded undergarments, vintage peignoirs and corsets – as well as statement accessories, like her beloved Christian Louboutin heels.
I like to take inspiration from all eras, both modern and vintage. I love old Hollywood glamour goddesses like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, historical characters like Marie Antoinette, fictional characters like Alabama Whitman (from the film True Romance), Dita Von Teese, Lady Gaga, Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss, Laura Bailey... I love anyone with personality and individuality!
Online, vintage shops, charity shops, flea markets... I can't resist a rummage! In Glasgow, I love Circa Vintage, Mr. Ben Retro Clothing and Vintage Guru. Saratoga Trunk is great, too, and I've borrowed a few of their dresses for shows. I think America has the biggest and most varied selection of vintage stores and clothing. I would love to take an empty suitcase and tour the shops over there! eBay, Etsy and ASOS Marketplace are worth checking out, too.
What are some of your tips for styling vintage outfits?
Know what suits your shape and dress to flatter your figure. If you've got a small waist, cinch in dresses with belts. If you've got long, slim legs, show them off in a 1960s mini. Anything goes as long as you wear it with confidence.
I love any excuse to get dressed up but it's not always practical to wear pretty dresses and high heels when you're out and about during the day! So if I'm dressed down I like to inject a bit of glamour with accessories. Whether it's a handbag, headscarf or sparkly brooch, you can cheer up the dullest of outfits with vintage accessories!
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