Vintage Life magazine - August 2011

Firstly I just wanted to thank you all so much for your empathy and oodles of suggestions for correcting my ill-fated Lonsdale Dress – I’m now confident that after a bit of distance from it, I’ll be able to put it right!

Right, onto business next! After ‘reviewing’ my first ever issue of Vintage Life magazine last month, and not exactly being bowled over by it, I promised I’d give it a second chance. Sadly, my initial thoughts haven’t really changed.

The most promising piece in this month’s issue is a look at some Harvey Berin adverts from the 1950s – you can read more by clicking the image below and you can see some original dresses here on Etsy. It’s just such a shame that it’s so short and lacking in detail. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that a magazine called Vintage Life should carry more pieces like this, am I?

I am, however, happy to have seen this advert though. If you’ve never come across Hello Strumpet, I urge you to have a look at their beautifully designed hats and peter pan collars…so lovely!

This issue also offers a tutorial on how to up-cycle your sun lounger…erm…yeah…

A vintage lover’s guide to Brighton – Brighton folk, did they miss anything out?

And some more inspiration for vintage-style weddings

So once again, a little disappointing and fluffy in content…I wish it would get down and dirty with some fashion history, designers of the past, tips on distinguishing vintage items and so much more. At the moment it just seems like a missed opportunity to me. I may give Vintage Life magazine one last chance - a third time lucky kind of thing if you wish - but no more!


  1. I think they need a few more hardcore enthusiats to be contributors also some articles from vintage traders. The Brighton wedding was lovely.

  2. I totally agree with you Marie, I bought an issue back last year and I wasn't too impressed with it either, I thought it to be quite pricey too!

    It could be a nice little magazine but it just doesn't seem to really push it's self hard enough. Also the issue I bought seemed amateur in places.

  3. I totally agree with you both! They could do so much more with this magazine...