While the fashion industry is obsessed with finding the next best thing, it also keeps its eye firmly on the past too. Vintage clothing continues to excite designers and provides inspiration for their collections. This is often why the same styles and trends continue to return time and time again. Vintage clothing offers a brief glimpse into bygone eras and is often affordable and accessible than designer goods. It also encourages individualism as vintage pieces are generally one of a kind. However, many people overlook vintage clothing because they are unsure how it should be worn.
This guide contains a few insider secrets that will help you style your vintage pieces with ease while still looking fashionable.
Combine new and old
Many people feel that if they wear all vintage, it may look like they are wearing costumes or going to a themed party. This is often what makes them afraid to try it. Rather than buying an entirely vintage outfit, start with a few separates instead. It could be a silk shirt or a sweater for instance. These can then be easily teamed with newer items you have in your wardrobe. You could wear the shirt with a pair of jean or wear the sweater over your favourite dress. This is the perfect way of introducing you to the world of vintage while also building up your confidence to wear it more often.
Choose items that look current
The majority of contemporary fashion design is inspired by vintage clothing. So choosing items which look current shouldn’t be difficult. Do some research into trends to see what silhouettes and patterns are tipped to be big next season. For instance, if colourful florals are in, start looking at vintage blouses and dresses with floral designs. If you’ve seen you favourite actress wearing a sheer black shirt, see if you can find a vintage version online or in a vintage shop. This will ensure your look is relevant and chic, even though it was made decades ago.
Remember that if an item doesn’t fit or needs slight alterations, most vintage shops will offer tailoring services too. So you can give vintage pieces a more modern feel by removing sleeves or raising the hemline if you prefer.
Wear contemporary accessories
To bring vintage clothing right up to date, try teaming it with contemporary accessories. From oversized sunglasses to statement necklaces, this can add a modern twist to your vintage look. You might want to consider wearing vintage dresses with black biker boots for an edgy rock chick look. Or adding acid coloured jewellery to simple vintage blazer and shirt. The possibilities are endless so start experimenting to see what works.
As well as using contemporary accessories, you might also want to consider modern looking hair and makeup too. This will ensure you don’t look like you are wearing a costume and also makes your look interesting.
So rather than shying away from vintage clothing, you now know how to wear it with confidence. Get online or visit your nearest thrift shop to see what treasures you can find.