Week 17: Rita Hayworth Is a Babe. 40s Style Goddess.

Pastiche of Rita Hayworth in black skirt and a polka dot shirt. Photos by DCPNYC.

When I received this polka dot top from Shein I tried it on with jeans and denim shorts first, and it looked really fun and cute. But I just knew I had to create a vintage inspired look when I saw how beautiful the top looked paired with my favourite ball gown skirt (similar here).

This outfit combo reminds me of Christian Dior's New Look from the 1940s and of stunning Old Hollywood actresses, especially Rita Hayworth who, in my opinion, deserves more recognition. Therefore, I am dedicating this Theme Week to 40s babe, Rita Hayworth

Dior's 'New Look' in late 40s. Pastiche blog

I first saw Rita in Gilda and she stole my heart. I will talk more about her and her style in one of my posts later this week, but today I am sharing my “40s Style Goddess” outfit inspired by a few of Rita's signature looks. Today’s look was shot in Soho by the amazing photographer DCP New York.

Rita Hayworth new on pastiche.
Beautiful blonde girl in Soho, New York City. Streetstyle
Elegant classy look in black and polka dot. Big hat. Formalwear look by blogger.
Red Wall in Soho. Fashion shoot Ulia Ali.
Amazing elegant classy look worn by NYC blogger Ulia Ali. Pastiche of Old Hollywood star. Ascot inspiration.
Blogger wearing Shein Polka dot top and macaron Kenzo bag
Soho babe
Polka dot trend.
Big black classy hat worn by Ulia Ali from blog.
Ulia Ali in Louboutins
Big black hat
Ulia Ali
Polka dot off shoulder blouse by Shein store. Blogger collaboration. Kenzo macaron bag.

Top - Shein, Skirt - old, but found similar on Shein, shoes - Christian Louboutin, Bag - Kenzo (similar).

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Week 10: Timeless Essentials. Casual Chanel Look

Blogger Ulia Ali wearing Chanel on the streets of NYC.

On my list of wardrobe essentials (you can find it here) I included a Chanel-esque tweed jacket and an IT bag.

Blogger Ulia Ali in NYC.

Today, I wanted to show you a more modern and casual interpretation of a classic Chanel look and incorporate two base items from my closet - a gorgeous Chanel bag and a tweed jacket.  The jacket is actually from the Sheinside online store, but with the help of a Chanel brooch found at Liberty in London, it looks much more expensive than it is.

I really wanted to keep the look modern and simple, therefore I opted for a white Armani tank top and lovely shorts from Walter Baker. I think the look is very chic, but it's still effortlessly casual and easy to pull off. 

Casual Chanel Look
Chanel Blue tweed bag
Tweed jacket. Chanel pearls
Blogger Ulia Ali
Nyc street fashion - Ulia Ali blogger from blog



Week 7: Breakfast at Tiffany's. Audrey Hepburn's Pink Look


Today I am sharing another pastiche of Audrey Hepburn's look in Breakfast at Tiffany's. You can see my first look inspired by the film here.

What do you think about this all-pink look? What other film inspired outfits would you like to see?


Photography: Lisa Pillmore


Week 2: War & Peace. Regency Era White Dress

Pastiche on Regency Era. War & Peace, Russian Regency, Jane Austen fashion inspired

I am very excited to share this 'Regency Era' inspired look with you. I found this beautiful white dress in Walter Baker's new Spring/Summer collection and immediately thought I could use it for the War & Peace Week. It is a perfect modern version of a classic Regency Era day dress you have seen so many times in Tolstoy's War & Peace screen adaptations and of course in all films based on Jane Austen's books.

The Regency Fashion Era (1800-1820s) was heavily influenced by the democratic ideals of the French Republic (French fashion was always à la mode in Europe), and drew inspiration from classical Greece and ancient Rome. Simplicity, purity and elegance were highly praised opposed to multiple layers, complicated styles and heavily decorated fabrics of preceding fashion era during Marie Antoinette's reign.

The most popular style was a high waisted, lightweight, 'columnal' shaped dress called the Empire dress. Inspired by magnificence of white Greco-Roman sculptures, clothes were primarily of the white colour. Pastel dresses and even bold colours later became fashionable in the Empire style as well.

It is interesting to note that despite the fact films often show the Regency Era heroines wearing dresses that reveal arms and bosom during the day time, historically it was proper only in the evenings!

Have a look at the inspiration board for this look, and let me know what do you think about my outfit and my 'Regency hairdo' I managed to create in two minutes.

THE REGENCy Era FASHION in art and films:

Regency Era Fashion in films and art. Sense and Sensibility, War and Peace. Emperial Style White Dress
Regency Era Hair in two minutes. Pastiche on Jane Austen, War & Peace, Regency Era female fashion, white dress and blue ribbon
White dress, lace summer, beauty Regency era inspiration, historical fashion, England, Russian,
beauty English Rose. Jane Austen blogger-actress modern Regency look fashion-history-outfit-white
White Regency Era inspired look
War & Peace inspired week on Regency Era fashion blogger
Young actress, blogger playing the role of Natasha Rostova, white Regency era dress