Sunday, February 13, 2011

How to wear vintage

Why should you buy vintage?

Because every so often fashion trends from that past sneak right back up into the present. When you are on a budget, like I am, it is easier to buy vintage and make your old shirt you just bought from a thrift store for $10 into something that can be interpreted as fashion forward today.

Here are some things to do/not do when you are wearing vintage:

When it comes to accessories, less is more.
You just found some awesome vintage leather bags, scarves, shoes, and jewelry! You wear them all at the same time! DON'T! You want to be able to have that item be a statement in your outfit, not overpowered by everything else. As with modern times, try to be a little modest with the accessorizing. In the end you will get a lot more comments about where you got your scarf, and a lot less epileptic seizures of people spazzing out over your overwhelming outfit.

Do not over do it!

Choose one vintage piece and move on! You do not want to look like you are ready for an 80's party! Or a night in Williamsburg (unless you are from Williamsburg, then go ahead). The point is to pick a vintage piece and make it look relevant today. Although I do sometimes like to mix looks from different era's to "punk" up or "edge" out my outfit. I'm guilty of putting together a ripped up 90's graphic tee and a 70's plaid pencil skirt with 80's pumps. It was cute, but I was going for something funky and the outfit came out to be pretty relevant. Choose one item and pair it with something modern or a different decade.


70's secretary blouse with vintage Levi's cutoffs, modern military boots and a modern moto jacket.

50's tulle skirt with a modern chunky cropped sweater and modern structured wedges

Graphic tee with hi rise 70's plaid skirt and pumps

70's hi rise flares with asymmetrical pattern or color block sheer top with heels and oversized sweater.

The fun never stops!

Don't change for no one

Choose vintage pieces that fit your current style. For example, I may be hitting 30, but I am short and I look way younger than I am so I choose young, edgy and modern looks for my outfitting. If you are a little more modest, than choose pieces that fit your personality. If you pick things that cannot fit into your current looks, than you may look a little costumey on days that you choose to wear your vintage pieces.


If you have a closet full of denim jeans, T-shirts, and sweaters...Than be on the hunt for some cute blazers. They will fit very nicely into your closet

If you are more of a knee length skirt and cardigan type of girl...then be on the lookout for pencil skirts.

The point is to keep true to yourself and find things that compliment your current style!

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