Monday, November 8, 2010

How To Wear Vintage Clothing & Look Modern

Don't know where to start when it comes to making vintage clothes your own?
With just these few things in mind, anyone can wear vintage successfully.

Start small
If you've never worn vintage clothes before, it's not advisable to start off wearing a head to toe vintage outfit. It is best to ease yourself into this new world by wearing vintage accessories like scarves, hats, jewelry, handbags, or belts. But only chose one accessory at a time, as with all things, less is more. Your unique vintage accessory will stand out even more if it isn’t competing with a bunch of other baubles.

Vintage is not a costume
Don’t dress entirely in vintage from one trend or decade. If you don’t end up looking like you’re going to a Halloween party, you will look rather dated. The point of vintage is to take the best of what each decade has to offer and make it work today. Mixing one focal vintage item with core pieces of your wardrobe like jeans, a simple blazer, or with a tee shirt will make your look modern instead of looking like you stepped out of a time machine.

Be open minded and try new things
Vintage items may look strange on the hanger, and you may think "I could never wear that!" or "That’s not for me," but try it on anyways. Vintage clothes are often made a lot differently than our clothes today, but for a lot of people they fit better and are more flattering. Don’t forget that vintage is an adventure! You’re looking to add excitement to your wardrobe, and you’ll never get that effect if you play it safe or rule things out with one glance.

Stay true to your style
As is true with any trend or style, it is best to stay true to what you are most comfortable in and what looks best on you. Realistically, a kaleidoscope print silk Pucci jumpsuit is not going to look good on most people no matter how fantastic it would be to find. This is another example of how mixing vintage with your standby wardrobe is essential to a successful ensemble.

If you pride yourself on being fashionable, you may already have figured out that one secret to staying current is actually identifying styles from the past and wearing them in fresh, new ways. In fact, vintage clothing can be valuable source of inspiration. The trick is knowing how to wear vintage clothing right, so you will look modern and hip and never outdated.

Things You'll Need:

  • Vintage tops
  • Skinny pants
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Long skirt
  • Gown / Dress
  • Pants suit
  • Vintage accessories
  • Three-way mirror
  1. Look in your own closet for retired items of clothing that you might be able to wear in new ways. For instance, a shrunken vintage sleeveless T-shirt can be modern when layered over a thin long-sleeve top and paired with skinny jeans, ballet flats and a long scarf wound around your neck
  2. Wear full, taffeta ball skirts with unexpected casual tops and shoes to give them a second life.
  3. Break up vintage pants suits and skirt sets by wearing the pieces separately with other, modern options.
  4. Remove out-dated shoulder pads and replace worn or tacky buttons with high-quality new ones for an instant makeover.
  5. Wear vintage pieces sparingly. Never wear vintage clothing head-to-toe, but use a great vintage item with other newer choices in your closet to achieve just the right balance.
  6. Turn to modern interpretations of vintage styles. New beaded cardigans, pleated skirts, pencil skirts, capris, oxfords and t-strap shoes are all the rage in the stores again now.
  7. Find a vintage purse, shoes or belts in rich textures to add a layer of interest to an all-new outfit.

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