Lessons in Elegance from Vintage Fashion from The Proper Lady


An Education.
I was very honored when asked to write a guest post for Va-Voom Vintage, a great blog that I recently discovered on vintage clothing.

For those of you who don't yet know, I'm quite a bit fan of vintage clothing and accessories, and that's probably one of the reasons why I adore the TV show Mad Men and the movie An Education. I just love to look at the beautiful fashion! So it's no surprise that I'd fall right in love with Va-Voom Vintage as soon as I saw it.

For those of you who aren't familiar with my website, TheProperLady.what I do on my site is I write posts and create products that seek to help women reach their goals of being elegant, classy, feminine, ladylike, and 100% lovely. My goal for my site is for it to serve as a resource for women who desire to become ladies.

As someone studying femininity and elegance, I find that I adore vintage more and more. I just find the fashion and style of the 50's and 60's to be so much more feminine and elegant.

Go out into public today and take a look around at the women. Chances are, you'll see a lot of dark colors, baggy sweat clothes, and worn and torn jeans. You'll also see many women in tight clothes that show a lot of skin and cleavage.

In the 50's and 60's, women showed off their figures and their natural beauty without showing skin. There was just an elegant and natural femininity to them. They didn't feel the need to show off their breasts or thighs to be sexy. They could be tastefully sensual by just wearing tailored and colorful clothing.

Today, we're almost dumb in our quest for sexiness. We think sexiness is about an innuendo, a thigh, and some well-revealed cleavage. We've taken away the mystery of it all.

In the 50's and 60's, a woman could be just as sexy (most likely even more sexy) by wearing a non-revealing dress that was tailored to show off her beautiful waist, that had low straps designed to show off the delicate bone structure of her shoulders, and was short-sleeved to show off her great arms. A woman with pale skin and rosy cheeks could be sexy and alluring by wearing a dress in soft baby pink to bring out her cheeks. A woman with a darker coloring could wear jewel tones like emerald green and sapphire blue to pop against her hair.

I think that vintage time periods have a lot to tell us about femininity and what it truly means to be sexy.

Sexy isn't about how much skin you show, but it's about the way that you carry yourself, a natural sensuality, a sense of humor, and showing off what you've got without giving up the mystery of it all.

The women of vintage times balanced this out and I think that any woman seeking to become a high-quality feminine and elegant woman can benefit from taking inspiration from them.

This article was written by Nina Pundarik-Dossin, writer of The Proper Lady, a site that seeks to give women the resources that they need if they want to become elegant, feminine, and lovely ladies. To learn more about her work, her e-course First Steps to Femininity, and also about her as a person, visit her at her website  or contact her at 


  1. Love this post, makes me see modesty in a different light and plan to do it with Scarlett and me.

  2. Great post! My grandmother who helped raise me taught me that what was sexy on a women was showing her curves without showing her skin. She was so right. My daughter is being raised with those old traditions and being taught to be a lady just as I was taught! xox

  3. Your absolutely right, I went to a wine tasting event not to long ago, and there was a lot of risque clothing there. I wore a vintage halter dress with matching bolero and got tons of compliments, all from ladies too. It is better to conceal than reveal.

  4. OH!!!! I'm absolutly what I think and it's why I chose to live in a vintage style more than 10 years ago!!!!
    Moreover I think that a lot of people are aware of pre 60's fashion was more elegant because I'm stopped in the street about every day to tell me how elegant I can be with my vintage outfits!!!!

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    Thanks for sharing Brittany!

  5. So so true.. A very wonderful blog post.. I will be sure to check out your blog.. thankyou for sharing.

  6. Terrific guest post which I found myself nodding in agreement with throughout. I've never felt overly comfortable showing (too) much skin or plastering skin tight garments on my petite, curvy body. Even as a little girl, I was uncomfortable in many modern fashions, and it wasn't until I got a bit older and could start wearing (40s and 50s) vintage all the time that I finally found I could feel confident, comfortable, and happy with what I was putting on each morning.

    ♥ Jessica

  7. Ha! That photo with the straw hat is almost the exact outfit I've been wearing all over France and Scotland (though my waist isn't nearly so small.)


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