Without a doubt, I’d say that the clothing that I get the most comments on are my vintage pieces. Why? Because they’re unique. In a day and age where trends are everything and everyone wants the next best thing at their fingertips, we often forget that there’s a whole world of vintage clothing that’s begging to be added to the modern girls wardrobe. Case in point, these adorable snakeskin heels!
Now, I love something new as much as the next gal, but in our pursuit of what’s “new”, it’s easy to lose sight of what it means to have a style that’s uniquely ours. I always feel so accomplished when I find that one of a kind piece! The uniqueness of vintage clothing is the biggest draw for me. It’s funny to me how a piece of clothing that’s decades old can still be relevant and even fashion forward.
One of my favorite vintage pieces is my black Calvin Klein blazer! I’ve styled it with skirt and tee for a street style worthy look as well as with mom jeans and a sweater for a casual weekend look. Vintage clothing can be a bit daunting at times, so I wanted to share 6 easy ways a modern girl can add vintage to her wardrobe. It’s perfect for adding an extra element of style to your looks!
Start With The Basics
Sometimes it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start with vintage because there’s just so much. We already know that I’m all about those quality wardrobe staples. The same thing can be applied to vintage- start with the basics! Some great basics to start with are denim jackets, vintage T’s, leather jackets, and printed silk shirts.
Buy Pieces That Match Your Aesthetic
There’s enough vintage in the world to match everyone’s style! Just because it’s vintage, doesn’t mean that you should throw the wearability factor out the window. Don’t buy a neon sweater if you won’t ever wear it duhhh. Think of your own personal style and what will work for your lifestyle. For me, that means I stick to a neutral palette and look for lots of tailored jackets and coats because I love those one of a kind outerwear pieces.
Mix Old And New Together
Vintage is so much fun, but it can go a bit overboard if you’re dressed in it from head to toe. Mixing modern pieces with vintage, is a great way to keep things unique, yet still feel current. Throw on a pair of your favorite high-waisted skinnies with a vintage band tee and fur coat. Grab that vintage jacket and add a crisp, modern button up and some snakeskin heels ; ) Or update a vintage look with with a modern belt.
Jazz Up Your Accessories
A great way to add a bit of vintage glam to your outfit is to add touches of it through your accessories. There’s nothing like showing off your style with a one-of-a- kind bag or a statement ring from decades past. I went through a major vintage accessories phase a while back! I collected all sorts of beauties for my jewelry box like necklaces, cocktail rings, and bags.
Modernize Vintage With Updated Details
It’s amazing what adding new detail can do for a vintage piece. Even something as simple as adding new buttons to your jacket or top can make something “old” feel like a whole new piece. Plus, it gives it a more personal touch!
Create An Outfit Around One Focal Piece
This time of year, it’s so easy to create an amazing outfit around a statement coat or blazer. I love keeping an outfit neutral and giving it a big pop with my outerwear, it’s kind of my go-to thing. I did it here with my deep red blazer!
My outfit is a great example of some of the tips I shared up above. There’s a mixture of vintage and modern from the vintage blazer, heels, and bag that are styled with a pair of frayed jeans and structured white button for a current touch. The vintage elements are pieces that fit naturally with my minimalistic style. Because they fit my lifestyle as well, I know they’ll get a lot of wear.
To help my blazer to make more of a statement, I added a detailed belt which gives me that defined waist everyone’s raving about this season. I’ll admit, it feels nice to be reminded that I have shape under all those winter layers.
My very favorite part of my outfit are my snakeskin heels! I had my fingers crossed that they’d fit the moment I saw them at a local consignment shop. It felt like a magical cinderella moment when I slipped them on and they were a perfect fit! Tears would’ve definitely been shed if they hadn’t fit. I love the modern square heel and I just adore the ankle straps!
Photography: Diana Elena
I would love to know how you feel about vintage clothing. Do you love it, hate it, or maybe you’ve yet to venture out into it? Tell me all the details!
Shoes: c/o Threads Clothing Exchange
Shirt: All Saints
Bag: c/o Threads Clothing Exchange