Fashion Wednesday, June 01, 2016
I love vintage clothes but lately I’m less inclined to walk about of the house dressed like an extra on Call the Midwife. But vintage clothes still have a lot of appeal - something that’s lasted so long is likely to outlive anything I can buy on the highstreet. It’s more environmentally friendly too - one fewer thing going to landfill, and cheaper. So here are 5 quick tips for choosing vintage pieces to fit into a modern wardrobe. (And yes I know these photos don’t really do well to illustrate my point - but they’re quite old so let’s roll with it).
Make sure it matches your style
I could tell you to focus only on timeless basics like white shirts and camel trench coats but that’s not what everyone wants. As long as it works with your wardrobe (will you wear it at least 30 times) and it’s a style you feel comfortable in - go for it.
Avoid details that are too dating
Think oversized shoulder pads and peplum ruffles - the sorts of trends that never come back into fashion. Items like pleated skirts in solid colours are pretty timeless whereas a printed nylon skirt suit is less so. Of course take this with a pinch of salt - nothing is truly timeless, what might seem timeless now might look horribly dated in five or ten years time.
All about styling
It can be really tempting to throw on all your vintage at once, I know I have, but when I want to look modern and forward thinking (kill me now) it’s not the best look. To keep things looking current don’t be afraid to mix styles and eras. I’ll combine vintage skirts with casual tees and trainers for a laid-back modern look.
Don’t be afraid to alter
Altering can be a pain and if you’ve never altered clothes and don’t want to pay someone else to do it then maybe this isn’t for you. I’ve come to terms with the fact that the vintage I own will never end up in a museum so I don’t feel obliged to keep it in its original state. I always keep my alternations simple: cutting off/shortening sleeves, shortening the hem, which increases the chances that I’ll actually do it and not put it in the dreaded pile of to-do. Removing shoulder pads is another quick fix but pay attention that the shoulder seam will fit right if you do.
As with new clothes always choose quality over quantity - if it’s worn away at the seams and you don’t/can’t fix it , don’t buy it. This tip saves time and money and it’ll make it easier to develop a personal style if you don’t need new clothes every month.
dress//vintage top//swapped with friend coat//second hand necklace//McKinley and Moth (gift) watch//Withings (gift) shoes//second hand
Photos taken by the lovely Sade