Vintage-Inspired Writing and Sketching Journals for Women

Old-Fashioned Cream Paper Drawing Book

Enjoy using this 19th-century vintage-themed fashion sketchbook with illustrations of French newspapers showing fashionable Parisian women in their elaborate day dresses. It comes in a convenient square shape and consists of dotted grid and blank drawing canvases printed on cream old-fashioned type paper.

If you are a classic fashion enthusiast, there is a possibility that you’d like this traditional look cream paper that great fashion designers of yesteryears sketched on. If you are a vintage fashion aficionado that needs a journal to write and sketch in, then this is for you. And if you are a fashion designer or fashion design student who just wants something different from the rest, this is it.

Vintage Paris 1893: Old-Fashioned Cream Paper Sketchbook Journal for Fashion Designers

Flapper Style-Inspired Notebook

If you are a vintage fashion and style enthusiast, then you know about the Flapper generation of young women and men of the 1920s. They loved to party, listen to jazz music, and displayed their contempt of what was believed to be acceptable behaviour of the era. They were energetic. They embraced what many considered an offensive lifestyle. Today, they are considered the pioneers of independent individuals that pushed barriers in political and sensual freedom.

1920s Vintage-Inspired Dotted Grid Notebook - A Fun Writing Journal of Flapper Style and Jazz Music
Roaring Twenties Vintage Writing Journal - Of Flapper Style & Jazz Music

Fashion Design Sketchbook

If you are a vintage style fashion designer who prefers some easy-to-whip-out and quick-to-access sketchbook, this is for you. If you need to side add notes to your classic designs and illustrations, you will love this handy and portable sketchbook that is specifically created for both beginners and practicing fashion designers.

Compact Size Fashion Design Sketchbook with Curvy Female Figure Templates - Fashion Designers Style Illustrations and Side Notes Book

7 Famous Fashion Designers of the 1920s
Vintage Fashion Quiz (with Images)

Are Jumpsuits Suitable for Weddings and Special Occasions?

Are jumpsuits suitable for special occasions like weddings? Absolutely. Women no longer HAVE TO wear a dress or gown for special events, and weddings are no exception. Consider a stylish jumpsuit as an alternative to the usual.

Jumpsuits are body-flattering. They are beautiful, comfortable, and non-restrictive, and they give you the flexibility and fluidity to move around effortlessly. Unlike most formal dresses, you do not have to give up your comfort to look chic.

For a wedding, you can easily style-up a jumpsuit to fit a dress code and make it classy. With the right accessories – heels, wraps, stoles, costume jewellery, elegant handbags, headpieces, and eye wear, your silhouette will be runway-worthy. 

Jumpsuit styles vary. They come with tapered, straight, semi-wide, wide, and ultra-wide legs. The designs range from halter-neck, strapless, and off-the-shoulder styles to jumpsuit gowns, bow-bodice suits, and tuxedo jumpsuits, all echoing popular gown details. Sleeve designs include bell, Bishop, cap, and butterfly sleeves. And the popular fabric choice for formal jumpsuits is velvet, brocade, satin, crepe, linen, and silk.

Whether you desire a sleek style, an embellished design, or something fluid and flowy, try a jumpsuit for a change.  We can’t deny the fact that a chic and elegant jumpsuit will make a welcome and refreshing change from the typical style of guest dresses everyone else is wearing.

Posts of Interest

How to Dress Vintage Chic Style in Everyday Clothes

Clothing Styles we will Hate to See Come Back

1920s Inspired Writing Journal with Images of Flapper Swingers 

1920s Inspired Writing Journal with Images of Flapper Swingers

How much of a vintage style enthusiast are you? Which of the fashion eras of the 20th century is your favourite? You will agree with most that the Roaring Twenties was the time when the Western woman decided she’s had enough of the Victorian and Edwardian styles of clothing.

Roaring Twenties Vintage Writing Journal


This era of the Flapper generation had a new breed of young men and women who loved the fresh and ‘swinging’ jazz music. A generation who showed disdain for the so-called acceptable behaviour. They were energetic, and they loved to party. They embraced what many considered as an outrageous lifestyle and are known to be the first generation of independent individuals that pushed barriers in political, economic, and sexual freedom. They are the Flappers of the 1920s.

As a vintage era aficionado, you’ll love this Roaring 20s vintage-inspired 'bujo'. Each lined page comes with images of young Charleston dance ‘swingers’. The book will make a great writing journal for anything from a diary and planner to a ‘brain dump’, a gratitude book, recipe or student’s class notes book. It will also make an awesome gift for the vintage-inspired. 

Further reading

7 Famous Fashion Designers of the 1920s

Vintage Fashion Quiz (with Images)


Vintage-Inspired Cathedral Wedding Veils

A cathedral wedding veil is all about the length. Coming at no less than 9ft long, you will find (or can custom-make) vintage-inspired cathedral veils that come as long as 12ft. but the beauty of the veil is having a long aisle to walk down. There is not much point it wearing veils that long if you are getting married in a small chapel with a short aisle.

If you desire a regal stately look on your wedding day, the Cathedral styled veil is for you. It is a ‘super-size’ vintage-inspired headpiece that makes a bold statement and portrays a wedding that’s not only stylish but elegantly formal as well. They are great for a black-tie wedding at a dramatic venue.

This long sweeping wedding veil that drapes naturally to the ground and trails behind you comes in single, double, or triple layers look beautiful when worn on trumpet-style wedding dresses, ball-style gowns, mermaid gowns, and A-line bridal dresses.

They look absolutely wonderful in the dim light of many traditional churches and cathedrals and ‘come to life’ as the bride walks out into the sunlight under the flash of paparazzi lights.

A vintage-inspired cathedral bridal veil can be worn either on the crown of the head, attached to the hair with heavy combs or hair clips or at the back of the head with a tiara. The tiara will give it an elegant and royal touch.

Further reading:
170 Years of Wedding Veil Styles (Bridal Veils 1800s to 1970s)
Wedding Veil Designs – Types and Styles of Bridal Headpieces
Gothic Bridal Veils for Medieval Inspired Weddings

Vintage-Inspired Edwardian Tops for Plus-Size Women

There is something simple yet romantic about Edwardian tops inspired by the fashion of the first decade of the 20th century. The blouses featured lightweight fabric with large puffy shoulders, frilly details puffed bodice, and bell sleeves. Great styles for plus size women with a curvy silhouette.

Majorly made from delicate lace or chiffon with intricate embroidery, these stylish vintage-inspired Edwardian tops were made famous by the Gibson Girl image, the epitome of the womanly model of physical attractiveness “as portrayed by the pen-and-ink illustrations of artist Charles Dana Gibson”.

During the Edwardian era (1901 to1910), women's fashion took on a stylish opulence with a bit of overindulgence, a trend that was inspired by the pleasure-seeking lifestyle of King Edward VII. It was an era of beautiful clothes and the peak of luxury living for the elites rich and the privileged few.

For fashionable plus size women, these stylish Edwardian tops are vintage chic at its best! Soft, sexy, and cropped blouses, lace camisoles, and puff-sleeve tops, they can all be paired with under-bust corsets and a pair of jeans, worn as is with your exposed midriff, or worn with bustle skirts for that dramatic and irresistible vintage-inspired look that's body-flattering for plus size women.

Further reading:
How to Dress Vintage Chic Style in Everyday Clothes
Slimming Underwear for Plus-Size Brides and Full-Bodied Women

Vintage Style Wedding Shoes (Bridal Footwear)

It is not an easy feat finding authentic vintage style wedding shoes for your vintage-inspired bridal dress. And if you do find one, which is near impossible, they’ll probably be the wrong size, and discoloured with age.

For that flapper style twenties wedding dress, how about finding the right kind of shoes to go with it? For the Gatsby themed wedding party, for instance, there will be a lot of dancing so, what best to wear than a pair of beautiful bridal shoes that’s great for the swinging dances of the roaring twenties.

Satin and lace vintage-inspired white bridal shoe
 (from Shoespie).

Rounded and closed-toe, this pair of satin and lace bridal shoes is the perfect match for vintage 20s wedding dress designs.

A simple, streamlined and elegant Mary Jane style shoe, it comes with a satin ribbon tie, a striking detail that gives it a classic chic touch.

Its medium heels with a slight front rise of 1cm make it one of the most comfortable wedding shoes for any bride that not only demands style but knows that style without comfort can turn to an agonising experience on her important day.

For any bride who is practically on her feet for hours, meaning walking down the aisle, taking photographs, moving round greeting guests at the reception, dancing at the wedding party, etc... You can’t ask for a more comfortable pair of bridal shoes.

Though they are basically wedding shoes, these vintage style wedding footwear can also be worn as bridesmaids and maids-of-honour shoes, prom shoes, and special occasion shoes, and come in white, gold, and ivory colours to match most colours of classic wedding dresses.

Further Reading:
Types and Styles of Bridal Headpieces 
Bridal Veils for Older Brides

Wedding Veil Designs – Types and Styles of Bridal Headpieces

For brides-to-be, finding perfect wedding veil designs that complement their dresses demands a little bit of patience and research.

So, what veil length is best suited for a short wedding dress? For an informal wedding, should the bride wear a veil with lace applique or just a simple blusher bridal veil? And what are the different styles and lengths of wedding veils available?

Beautiful wedding veil design - 1 tier Cathedral veil made from lace tulle fabric in ivory colour.

Blusher Veils

They are simple, yet stylish and cute. Blusher wedding veils are made to cover the eyes and extend down well below-the-chin and are a perfect match with sleeveless high-neck wedding gowns.

A blusher veil with lace and sparkling glitter applique edge.

Shoulder Length Veils

Shoulder veils extend down to the shoulder and measure between 18 and 20 inches long. They are considered informal and work best with knee-length or midi-length classic wedding dresses.

Elbow Veils

These veil types extend down to the elbow area. Elbow veils measure between 24 and 26 inches, depending on the height of the bride-to-be and whether she has long or short arms. They are perfectly suited for ball-gown dress style and end where the fullness in the skirt begins. They are also great for a full-skirted informal dress without ‘overwhelming’ the entire ensemble.

Fingertip Length Veils

The fingertip veil is one of the popular choices of wedding veils. It extends down to the fingertips and measures around 36 inches. This style of bridal veils will work perfectly for most dress styles, as long as it’s around ankle-length.

Chapel Veils

Chapel veils fall down onto the floor and are about 90 inches long. Though they sweep the floor lightly, they are shorter than the Cathedral Veil. The chapel veil is best worn with classic style bridal gowns with long trains.

Cathedral Veils

The Cathedral veil is by far the most formal of all wedding veils. It is the longest type, measuring anything from around 100 inches long to up to 120 inches and are meant to ‘sweep’ the ground way behind the bride. The Cathedral wedding veil works best with full length, classic style gowns.

2-tier white Cathedral bridal veil with lace applique on its edge and body.


Bridal Veils Edging and Trims

A veil will never look complete without an edging or special trim. Whether plain and simple or stylishly vintage-inspired, the edging of bridal headpieces can make or mar the style of a veil.

Different types of edging and trims include the following:
  • Plain cut edging
  • Satin ribbon trimming
  • Cord edging
  • Beading and faux stoning
  • Pearled
  • Sequined
  • Silver or gold pencil edging
  • Scalloped
  • Threaded
  • Lace applique
  • Embroidered
  • Horsehair braiding (Crinoline)
  • Rippled edging

    2-tier wedding veil with lace applique edging - Fingertip length

Wedding Veil Fabrics

Exceptional fabrics for wedding veil designs include the following and are the basic materials used to create wedding veils.

Chiffon - Chiffon veils are best made as single-tier veils because it is weightier than tulle based fabrics. It is non-translucent, fluid, and soft-flowing.

Organza – This fabric is high-end and is a popular choice for top bridal gown designers. Organza is elegant, slightly stiff, and semi-translucent.

Silk tulle – Bridal headpieces made with silk tulle drapes down elegantly. It is a beautiful fabric but is not commonly used for making wedding veils because of its delicate nature. It is made of pure silk, available in several textures, and is virtually the most expensive veil.

Illusion tulle - This is the most commonly used fabric for most wedding veils and is made of 100% nylon of varying textures. Bridal illusion tulle is soft to the touch and is available in a good number of colours.

English net – This fabric is a favourite of many brides-to-be. It is made of polyester nylon, has a very soft texture and is transparent. Best made into single-tiered bridal veils, English net drapes down in a similar way to chiffon, but weightier because of its polyester blend.

Point D’Esprit – This material is patterned yet translucent with or without a criss-cross dotted pattern. It is a popular veil fabric for brides who desire a lace ornate wedding dress.

Swiss Dot – Veils made using Swiss dot fabric have become increasingly popular. The fabric is made of bridal illusion and features small felt dots throughout the fabric.

Most Popular Bridal Veil Colours

The colour of your veil will be majorly determined by the colour of your wedding dress. Colours of choice are white, ivory, and champagne. However, depending on the theme of the wedding, some brides opt for silver, black, and red.

For instance, black or red veils are the perfect colour choices for Gothic themed weddings.

Black wedding veil design for the Medieval style inspired bride-to-be.

To make the right choice of wedding veil designs, it helps if you understand all the different styles, fabrics, and designs available out there.
So, whether you are a younger bride or older bride, knowing the differences before choosing a veil for your special day gives a much better idea on how to get a bridal veil style that works best for your dress.

Further reading: 
170 Years of Wedding Veil Styles (Bridal Veils 1800s to 1970s)
Vintage-Inspired Cathedral Wedding Veils
Gothic Bridal Veils for Medieval Inspired Weddings
Vintage Cloche Wedding Veils (Bridal Headpiece for Young Brides)