Friday, 16 January 2015

RETRO CHIC

Although I'm not a personal fan of an entirely vintage look, I love aspects of it.  The trend also moved up in the ranks of favour after my   recent visit to the Southern parts of the Netherlands, where I stumbled onto the aptly named Retro Chic store in the quant city of Maastricht. Vintage gets serious momentum at  the Humana concept stores in Eastern Europe where a multitude of high end fashion items are sold at rock bottom prices, albeit retro, still quite chic. The Humana store found in Vilnius, Lithuania, sports a fabulous array of cashmere tops, brocade dresses and furs in any style and length.  I may not have succumbed to the complete vintage trend yet, but I do embrace a few collectors pieces which originate from my late grandmother's collections of handbags, gloves and fur capes.
 
The Retro Chic store in Maastricht, Netherlands, with it's cobble stone streets in the historical centre, certainly makes a stop in this stylish village or small city worth your while. They host a beautiful collection of jewellery, accessories, clothing and hats. It's the charming entrance of this little store that caught my eye, reminiscent of an era gone by, a cozy little boutique inviting you in with the allure of luxurious window displays....
 
Maastricht reminds me of villages in Burgundy with a little French flair.  Perhaps it's the occupation by the French many years ago that give's it the particular ambience. If the dress on the mannequin was anywhere near my size, it would have been seen here draped over my curvaceous hips..... Maastricht is a gem on it's own and features a very dynamic history, not to mention the shops and stores. Shopping galore I'd say. I could easily have parted with a more handsome figure, had it not been for the fact that we ended up here around old years eve when most stores closed early..... thank heavens. And thanks to luggage weight restrictions, sadly.
 
The store
 
 
 A few scenes from Maastricht, a river runs through it....