The vintage fashion style has recently been gaining popularity. Take a look at magazine spreads and even on the runway. Vintage is in and it’s definitely here to stay. It’s classy, chic and definitely unexpected. Plus, you don’t only look great, it’s also a great way of saving money on your fashion expenses. Why? Well most vintage clothes and accessories can cost a lot less than investing on newer pieces. Of course, this depends on what sort of vintage clothes you’re looking for. But if they are just basic pieces that you would like to wear, then they can generally be inexpensive. So, how do you style your vintage clothes to make them look modern? |
Generally, there are two ways you can go about it. You may choose to highlight a piece of vintage clothing, say a cute, flapper-style 1920s dress; or you may want to wear a modern piece and simply accessorize it with vintage pieces. Either way can definitely work for you. The key is to make sure that you choose something that you would like to highlight in your outfit. Wearing too much of vintage clothes, like say a full 80s get-up of leggings, oversized shirt and colorful bands will just make you look like you’re ready for a costume party. Focus and subtlety is the key to avoid looking costume-y.
A great way to highlight any piece of vintage clothing or accessory is to simply make it the focal point of your outfit. Especially if that particular garment or piece is quite flashy, you can definitely create a lot of great looks from it. For example, a great way of highlighting a colorful 70s tunic dress is by accessorizing it with contemporary basics, such as pearl earrings, simple heels and a matching purse – perfect for a simple, office wear. For a trendier look, a pair of cute boots and a colorful bangle can create a really fun looking outfit. Or, for guys, you can take a vintage, brightly patterned 80s sweater and pair it with slim-fit pants, simple shirt and loafers, for a cool and casual look. Avoid loading up on too much accessories or adding anything, like belts, that could take away the focus from the garment itself.
Wearing a vintage style is all about knowing the right balance between modern and chic. You don’t want to look like you just crawled straight out of a Jane Austen book! Mix and match your pieces. A great tip to create an effortless and chic look is by pairing a busy, vintage piece with something that is modern and sleek. Flowy tunics with slim pants and pencil skirts or oversized shirts and sweats with skinny or tailored pants, for example. For dresses and lacy bottoms, you can never go wrong with adding a simple sandals or heels.
James Walmsley is a marketing assistant at Phix Clothing, a UK-based online retailer which specialises in trendy and fashionable vintage clothes and retro clothes for men and women. All clothes are shipped worldwide.
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