Nora Finds Style

Nora Finds is a Sydney-based vintage stylist and blogger. Her favourite fashion eras are the 40’s and 50’s. She has been snapped by Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Vogue Germany, and her styling has featured in Photo Vogue and Fashionising to mention a few. Nora will be styling for the Vintage & Retro Fair catwalk parade in Sydney on September 27 – 29.


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“Hello! My name is Nora and I’m a vintage stylist. My love of all things vintage is a combination of my passion for history and my love of dressing-up. My favourite era has to be the 1940s and ‘50’s but there’s nothing like channelling a bit of Anna May Wong in ‘20’s ensembles every now and then. As stylist for the upcoming Vintage & Retro Fair fashion parades, I am excited about being able to show you some of my favourite vintage pieces here as we gear up for the Fair and the warmer weather.

When I’m putting together a vintage outfit I generally apply five rules:

  1. First start with a statement piece: a beautiful vintage dress or a printed circle skirt;
  2. Play with colors: vintage outfits are all about layering so have fun and include colors (2 or 3 different ones);
  3. Accessories are a must. When wearing vintage, consider a fascinator or a hat, plus a beaded bag;
  4. Finish with a red lipstick. Red lips are the epitome of vintage makeup and a great way to brighten up your face;
  5. And finally, as Mademoiselle Chanel said “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory”.
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Tartan has to be one of the most popular patterns in history. I have a few tartan pieces in my vintage wardrobe and just love this wool dress for winter. I paired it with my black velvet bolero when it gets extra chilly. Don’t be afraid to wear your vintage with modern pieces – wearing vintage is about having fun. For example, I wear my 1950s bed jacket as a top and pair it with high waisted denim. Break the rules and have fun. Vintage day dresses are my favorite pieces. This 1940s salmon dress is made of lightweight cotton, perfect for my day-to-day. The color is complimented by the sweet round collars and faux hip pockets.

I am really excited about the Fair – roaming from one stall to another, admiring all the visitors in their best vintage attire and having all that vintage glory in one place. Have you heard about the Best Dressed competition? It will be held on Friday night so I hope you’ve got your outfit sorted.

What’s particularly special about the Vintage & Retro Fair is the fact that it showcases apparel as well as furniture and homewares and there’s even some workshops and stunning displays. Of course this just means there really is something for everyone!

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As a stylist I mostly focus on vintage clothing and how to wear it. My favourite vintage pieces would have to be cotton dresses and novelty skirts. I believe in building your vintage wardrobe by starting with the basics. While I really love beautiful vintage prom dresses, I know it is more important to buy every day pieces and vintage separates to mix and match. Sometimes this means buying reproduction pieces to cover all your basics. I hope the following series of pictures paints a thousand words for you! I truly look forward to seeing you at the Fair!”

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Vintage cardigans are perfect for layering in between seasons. Invest in a versatile piece – something in basic colors with little details – to match various pieces in your wardrobe. That way, you will get a lot of wear out of them. Vintage dresses come in many different hemlines and fullness. The cinched waist look was very popular in the 50s, but there are tricks to create the hourglass figure. Wear belts and petticoats to create the Dior New Look, but you can also invest in cinchers or corsets. Vintage separates are not as popular as dresses, but I think they are underrated. Vintage skirts are extremely beautiful and perfect with simple tops, while a vintage sweater top is perfect for that Bettie Page outfit. You can often find separates for bargain prices, too!

Nora will be styling the fashion parades at The Vintage & Retro Fair, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 – 29 PLUS don’t miss the Best Dressed competition on Friday evening, September 27.

See more of Nora’s vintage observations at NORAFINDS


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