5 Perfect Dresses for Prom Season!

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If you’re already planning for your prom (or a summer wedding, ball, or other fabulous event) you can’t get much better than a unique and stylish vintage dress.

We’ve gathered together some of our current faves for you to take a look at here, but be sure to click through to our website, or drop into our Teddington shop to take a look a look at even more wonderful dresses.

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1950s Vintage Prom Dress Purple Ivory & Grey Floral Organza £120

If you’re a fan of a statement neckline, this beautiful 1950s organza prom dress could be for you. The shoulder straps and rosette detail draw the eye, but the perfect blue/purple tones keep it demure.

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1950s Vintage Dress Acid Green Satin with Black Roses £180

If you aren’t shy of a pop of colour, try this absolutely stunning acid green satin gown with a design of black roses. A classic 50s cut, with the gathered detail at the hips ensuring the skirt falls in perfect folds.

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1950s Vintage Prom Dress in Pink Floral Nylon £75

For those who prefer their dresses a little on the prettier side, this 1950s nylon prom dress is perfect. It features a two tone pink floral pattern, and a low back to keep it from being too plain. Pair with white accessories for the ultimate vintage look.

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1950s Vintage Prom Dress Blue Lace over Pink Satin £95

Pink or blue for your prom dress? Can’t decide? Never fear! This lovely dress is made of pink satin with a blue lace overlay. The perfect up-to-date sugar-sweet pastel look for a summer prom.

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1940s/50s Vintage New Look Dress in Black Lace with Full Circle Skirt £115

You can’t get more classic than an LBD, and this 1940s/50s new look dress ticks all the vintage boxes. Black lace all over, elbow length sleeves, a V neckline and a wonderful 1950s silhouette – if you want to go full classic vintage for your prom, this is the one for you.

Perfect Pastels

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This spring at Mela Mela we’re going crazy for pastels! These softer shades of our favourite colours are a perfect match for the beautiful spring blossom, and enable us to pile on the colour while keeping our outfits subtle and elegant. Read on to see five exquisite pastel-hued gowns we have in stock at the moment (and browse our website for more spring clothes, accessories and jewellery). 1930s-40s-vintage-dress-pale-aquamarine-water-silk-165-pounds

1930s/40s Vintage Dress in Pale Aquamarine Water Silk £165

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1930s Vintage Dress in Pale Pink/Lilac Lace £175

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1930s/40s Vintage Dress in Lemon Tulle with Pleats & Bow Detail £145

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1950s Vintage Bowling Dress in Pale Blue/Lilac Net £160

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1950s Vintage Gown Pale Turquoise Nylon with Floral Bodice & Ruffle Detail £110

Featured in Richmond Magazine & Sunday Times!

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We were excited this morning to find ourselves mentioned in the April edition of Richmond Magazine! Fiona Adams has penned a wonderful piece on our hometown of Teddington, and a bunch of great local indie business get a shout-out. We were totally chuffed to see ourselves in the Fashion section! Have a read below.richmond magazine

“For something completely different, there is no finer destination than vintage paradise Mela Mela. The shop has been open for around ten years and features about a century’s worth of fashion and accessories, beginning with the Victorian/Edwardian era right up to the 1980s and with something to suit every pocket. Two of its dresses were recently worn by Trixie in the BBC’s Call The Midwife and it has also been visited by the costume departments of the Rose Theatre, Kingston for My Brilliant Friend and The Phantom Thread, a film starring Daniel Day Lewis.”

We seem to be popular with the press this week, as we also spotted ourselves in the Sunday Times! Teddington pops up in their ‘Best Places To Live: London’ feature (and why wouldn’t it, Teddington is a lovely little corner of the city!).

We get a mention along with some of our other favourite local businesses, such as the Fallow Deer and Cavan Bakery.sunday times mention

“The shops have more character than the usual suburban chains. The Fallow Deer, a café and bar, has exposed brick walls and coffee brought in from Brick Lane; Mela Mela, a women’s vintage shop, sells 1950s dresses and deco jewellery; and the family-run Cavan bakery has been going since 1929.”

Thanks for showing some love to our hometown and its many indie businesses, Sunday Times!

10% Off All Handbags Until March 31st + Our Spring Handbag Edit

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Handbags are the ultimate accessory, and vintage handbags even more so! We’ve taken 10% off all of our vintage handbags for the whole of March, so now’s the time to find yourself the perfect accessory for Spring 2017.

See our carefully chosen spring handbag edit below, and keep checking our website as we’re listing more and more bags every day.

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1920s Vintage Evening Bag Multi-Coloured Pastel Silk with Tassel £125 £112.50

This exquisite 1920s evening bag is made of delicately woven pastel coloured silk, and features tiny silk flowers sewn into the lining. A unique addition to any spring wardrobe.

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1950s Vintage Clutch Bag & Gloves Set in Silky Gold Fabric £30 £27

A new addition to our website (and already a firm favourite with the Mela Mela staff) is this silky golden clutch bag with matching gloves – perfect for weddings, garden parties, or just a sunny walk on a spring evening. It’s only £27 in our March sale, so snap it up before one of us does!

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1950s Vintage Clutch Bag with Tapestry Detail £30 £27

We love this 1950s clutch for two reasons: firstly, the floral tapestry detail makes it perfect for spring, and secondly, the tapestry is attached to the bag with press studs, and can be completely removed so that the clutch is plain black. Two bags in one!

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1970s Vintage Handbag Royal Blue with Belt Buckle Detail & Gilt Clasp £45 £40.50

The elegant shape, beautiful royal blue colour, and cute buckle detail make this 1970s bag a classic buy that you’ll use again and again in any season.

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1920s/30s Vintage Bag Ivory with White Pink Green & Lilac £20 £18

This tiny 1920s bag is starting to show its age, but it’s still a beautiful example of early 20th century beading, and its delicate pale pink, green and lilac beads make it the perfect match for spring blossom. A complete steal at only £18 until the end of March!

Vintage Valentines + 10% Off All Jewellery!

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Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, so we’ve taken 10% off all the jewellery on our website to make finding the perfect gift for your loved one (or for yourself!) just that little bit easier.

Take a look at five of our favourites below, and browse our entire collection.

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1920s Vintage Earrings 18 Carat Gold with Seed Pearls & Coral Drop (Pierced) £175 £157.50

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1930s Art Deco Vintage Ring 18 Carat Gold with Diamonds £395 £355

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1960s/70s Vintage Bracelet by Miriam Haskell Faux Pearls with Gold Metal Detail £75 £67.50

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1930s/40s Vintage Cufflinks in Silver Gilt with Ridged Design £35 £31.50

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1940s/50s Vintage Necklace Diamante with Unusual Circle & Crescent Design £40 £36

Featured in a Short Film by Tarryn Meaker

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One of our dresses was featured in this wonderful short film Grace, Love & Alice by the very creative Tarryn Meaker.

Described as a ‘romantic drama with musical tendencies’, Tarryn says:

“This story was an idea for a novel, then it became a screenplay…and then a novel…and finally a very short film with aspirations of growing up into the full length drama it was conceived as!”

A beautiful peach print 1930s cotton dress from Mela Mela Vintage is worn in the film. Take a look at the dress and watch the film below!

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Show-Stopping Vintage Earrings

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One of the easiest ways to add an instant touch of vintage glamour to an outfit is a show-stopping pair of earrings.

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Take inspiration from your favourite vintage celebrities and add a stunning pair of earrings to your jewellery collection today. Click the images below to take a closer look!

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Vintage Style Earrings Silver with Paste Stones Teardrop Pearls & Gold Wire (Pierced) £95.00

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Vintage Style Earrings Art Deco Silver with Paste Stones Green & Black Stone Drop & Gold Wire (Pierced) £120.00

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Vintage Style Earrings Art Deco Silver with Paste Stones Long Diamond Shaped Drops & Gold Wire (Pierced) £95.00

Featured in In Retrospect Magazine!

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One of our dresses was featured recently in a photo shoot for In Retrospect Magazine, worn by our lovely customer Christine Simpson!

Christine says:

“To the lovely ladies at Mela Mela Vintage,

Thank you so much for helping me find my gorgeous long red dress. I wore it for a photo shoot in In Retrospect magazine and it looked wonderful.

All the best, and have a wonderful Christmas break,

Christine.”

You’re welcome Christine, you look absolutely stunning! The dress in question is an absolutely fabulous 1940s number in red crepe with black sequin detail (see below). Be sure to get yourself a copy of In Retrospect and take a look at the rest of the wonderful vintage dresses showcased in the feature ‘A Night on the Tiles’.

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10 Ways to Add a Vintage Touch to Your Wedding

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Planning your wedding, but want to make sure it has a uniquely vintage feel? We’ve come up with ten wonderful ways you can add just a touch of vintage elegance to your day – or combine them all to create a fully vintage experience for you and your guests!

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1. The Vintage Wedding Dress

Of course, the first and foremost way to vintage up your wedding is to wear a vintage wedding dress. These are not nearly as hard to come by as you might think; we have a large collection of them in our Teddington shop spanning all eras and styles, from elegant 1920s/30s bias cut gowns to 1950s prom style dresses to classically cut 1960s/70s shifts. A vintage gown adds an elegance and a history to your wedding day that you just won’t get with a modern dress. Browse our online selection or make an appointment to visit our Teddington shop (e-mail info@melamela.co.uk or call 0208 943 2432) to see our full collection in person (we have an in house seamstress who can help with any alterations).

If you want to go all out with your vintage theme, you could invite your guests to dress in the fashions of a certain decade too!

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2. A Silver Sixpence

Most people know the classic wedding rhyme about lucky clothes and jewellery for the bride: ‘something old. something new, something borrowed, something blue’. But, we tend to forget the next bit: ‘A silver sixpence in her shoe.’ The tradition was for the bride to walk down the aisle with a sixpence in her left shoe to bring luck and prosperity to the marriage. If you want to go full vintage with your wedding, hunt down an old sixpence piece! Tip: to keep it from rolling around in your shoe, or escaping completely, stick it to the inside of your shoe with a piece of tape.

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3. Vintage Headwear

A true vintage bride would never walk down the aisle without the appropriate headwear! Different eras favoured different styles of wedding hats and hair accessories, but we have them all at our Teddington shop, so whether you’re looking for a delicate 1920s wax flower crown, a 1950s diamante tiara, or a classic 1960s pillbox hat, we’re sure to have the perfect thing for you. See a selection online, or drop into our shop to take a look for yourself.

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4. Vintage China Centrepieces

Create your own cute vintage centrepieces by filling vintage china with flowers. There are companies who will hire you china for the day,  but it’s much more fun to collect your own. Our favourite idea is to find a different style of vintage teapot for each table, and stuff them with blooms!

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5. Vintage Fur

Vintage fur can be a wonderful wedding accessory, particularly if you’re having an autumn or winter wedding. Not only does it make you look like the epitome of vintage glamour, a fur cape or stole can do a great job of keeping you warm if your dress has short sleeves or a low back. You can also add fur to your ensemble in a more subtle way by carrying a muff to warm your hands in; the above 1950s white fur muff is a lovely example.

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6. A Vintage Car (or Carriage!)

Add some vintage class to your arrival at the ceremony or the reception by traveling in a classic car, or even a carriage. It’ll be great fun for you and your partner, and you are guaranteed to make a memorable entrance!

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7. Candlelight

A wonderfully elegant way to add a vintage touch to your wedding is through lighting. Once the day turns into night, why not give your reception a romantic old world glow by using candles to light the room? Reminder: make sure to clear this with your venue first to stay within safety regulations!

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8. Polaroid Cameras

Buy some cheap polaroid cameras, stock them up with film, and leave them on the tables for your guests to take their own photos. Have a vintage trunk or vanity case put to one side for guests to add their photos to throughout the day, and these can then form a fun, quirky record of your wedding.

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9. A Vintage Brooch Bouquet

Make sure your bridal bouquet is a showstopper by having one made entirely out of vintage brooches! You can buy these readymade, or make certain that it’s unique to you by making it yourself (or with your bridesmaids). First browse our (very large!) vintage brooch collection for inspiration, then take a look at this great tutorial. If you’ve got your heart set on carrying real flowers, then why not wrap a ribbon around your bouquet and pin one or two brooches onto that? Tip: antique cameos work really well for this.

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10.Vintage Jewellery

For jewellery special enough to wear on your wedding day, you really can’t go wrong with vintage. Adding a few well chosen vintage pieces to your outfit can create a unique and memorable look that will remain timeless in the photographs of your day. Take a look at our specially selected wedding jewellery to find beautiful examples of vintage diamante and pearl accessories.