To cut a long story short, was watching a '70s crime show earlier and noticed someone carrying an incredibly stylish one of these. So off I went to eBay and searched for vintage AMF bowling bags. The results were even better than expected.
Much of the fifties reproduction fashion available both in the mainstream and from dedicated retro brands leans heavily on a hyper feminine look. But from the decade that truly brought menswear into womens fashion there's plenty of untapped influences to be explored.
This Jet Pocket Shirt from Dorothy Perkins is a great fifties-styled piece that manages to combine a masculine influence with some feminine flair. The use of a bowling/diner style collar and pocket detailing creates an instantly rockabilly mood, with the sleeveless cut and loose fit keeping things just androgynous enough.
It's available from Dorothy Perkins for £20.
With designer bags often pushing towards very modern design, there's little in the way of simple and classic luggage available from many high end brands. Once in a while a gem crops up, though, like this Aurore Leather Bag from Chloé.
With a design that's uncomplicated by too many zips and details, the bowling shape has a great mid-sixties feel. The real tan leather provides a lasting look and sturdy shape, while short top handles and gold hardware keep it classic too. Just masculine enough for a mod look, this is a rare piece with luxury craftsmanship.
Get it now from Net-a-Porter for £1075.