Vintage Style Clothing (Fashion Signature)
Trying to create your own fashion signature in a world that’s virtually filled with fashion enthusiasts isn’t that easy and if you really and truly wish to stand out from the teeming crowd, a great way to do this is to opt for vintage style clothing and fashion accessories.
Nothing quite stands out like being attired in a vintage inspired ensemble. Not necessarily head-to-toe vintage, but creating your own twists with a combination of the classic and the modern.
Have you been to the shops lately? Did you notice that most of the shops carry the same or similar style clothing on their long and filled racks? If you are like many of us who wants a great look without breaking the bank, finding what is unique can sometimes be a daunting task! But it’s not that daunting if you have an idea of what you are looking for.
Many women today are getting on the vintage style bandwagon and are talking about vintage inspired fashion as if the realisation just struck. Even those who’ve never really had an interest in this style are now raving about it!
It’s a good thing that this hasn’t gone unnoticed by today’s fashion designers as many of them are digging into the archives of classic clothing styles to get inspiration . . . even though they may not let you know this.
Vintage Style – Can You Really Pull It Off?
But how many women can successfully pull off those classic looks reminiscent of a glorious past of pure elegance? Well, it’s not that hard!
To look as good as the chic women of past in vintage style clothing, you'll need to possess these 5 attributes:
- An open mind
- To be creative
- Bold enough to go it alone
- Daring enough to be different from the rest
- A degree of dress sense
This isn’t to say that if you decide to create your own fashion signature and carry it off successfully you have to have the qualities of a fashion icon.
Rather, all you need do is be comfortable with deviating from the norm. Only then are you well on your way to having a personal style.
So, how do you develop the style? To begin with, if you are a newbie to classic fashion and need to know more about fashionable women, famous fashion designers, and icons of fashion over the past 100years, you can search online for images of vintage fashion to see the various styles of the 20th Century woman.
How to Develop the Vintage Look
For a look inspired by fashion spanning over three quarters of a century, you’ll need to think about the art of combination.
Going head-to-toe vintage may look like you are dressed for a fancy dress party or a Halloween party in March! You don’t want that! You don’t have to re-live the past in all totality.
Rather wearing different eras of clothing with different periods of accessories will turn out totally chic. Here are a few examples to turn ‘on the tap’ of your creative juices:
- Combine a classic 1950s style dress with modern accessories
- Wear a modern dress and accessorize with vintage style shoes, vintage inspired handbags, and sunglasses
- Wear a vintage tie-neck blouse over a pair of skinny jeans, and enhance the look with antique costume jewelry.
- Combine clothing made with classic fabric patterns like hounds-tooth, plaid, pinstripes, bold stripes, and polka dots with modern shoes, bags, and accessories
Create Your Fashion Signature - Tips and Tricks
- When shopping for vintage styles, invest in the classics if you can. In any case, some will never go out of fashion, always coming back full circle with just the slightest modifications. For instance, boxy Chanel style jackets, of the 20th century and black slacks will last season after season and will always be fashionable, chic, and “forever” in vogue. Investing in a neutral vintage leather handbag, a cameo necklace, or a black wool suit is a great way to start your collection.
- In the 60’s and 70’s, polyester was the rave! And in the 80’s rayon was very popularly used by fashion designers. However, if you are looking for classics made from polyester or rayon, my advice is to avoid them as they come out looking dated and unfashionable! Polyester, rayon and the like have no co-relation with the term 'chic', so it's much better and wiser to consider natural textiles such as cotton, velvet, brocade, silk, satin, damask or wool.
- Look for a pair of black stylish tapered vintage trousers or brown slacks, an A-line or button-down skirt, and a couple of pencil skirts, a Dior jacket and some silk scarves. Have these as wardrobe staples which you can wear several times a week with different blouses, and shirts. A blazer is another important piece you may look out for. Jazz things up on a shirt with a skinny loosely knotted vintage ladies tie.
Authentic Vintage Style Clothing
If you wish to have a few authentic vintage clothing or accessories, as some vintage enthusiasts do, you may find a few at online stores that retail only genuine vintage and antique pieces.
For authentic vintage style clothing and accessories.....
You can buy a few unique items (usually at affordable prices) and add them to your wardrobe. These you can mix and match with your modern collections.
It’s not unusual to find that many of us have a few decade-old clothes, stashed away in some trunk or box. Take a look one lazy afternoon. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll discover. Maybe you’ll find something valuable, previously owned by you parents or grandparents.
Priceless finds? You never know . . . You may find an ‘ancient’ cameo brooch, necklace with a few missing gemstones, hat boxes filled with a couple of classic headpiece, a tie-neck silk blouse, fifties jelly bean bracelet, a musical trinket box with mother of pearl inlay, a Coco Chanel suit, or a pair of over-sized rhinestone clip-on(s).
If any item is broken or a piece of it missing, be creative and have it fixed.
For example, that flapper dress you found in an old trunk of your great aunt may look old, but it will certainly be eye-catching. If it’s too large have it reduced by a professional seamstress then have it dry cleaned. If it’s too small, sell it on eBay.
Some Vintage Apparel Styles [Must-Haves]
Now that you know it’s really fashionable to look old-fashioned chic, if you wish to be a part of the vintage style trend, look out for and purchase some (or all) of the following basic ‘staples’.
WHICH OF THE FASHION ERAS WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS A FAVOURITE?
If you intend to have your own look, whether casual, semi-formal, or formal, consider the following vintage style clothing.
Some should be ‘must haves’!
- Pencil skirts
- Swing skirts
- Cropped jackets
- Side zip pants
- Boxy jackets
- Ski pants
- Halter-neck fitted dresses
- Damask jacket
- Turtle-neck tops (sleeveless)
- Embroidered jacket
- Beaded sweaters
- Bowling shirts
And it is good to have some fashion accessories as well. Items like:
- Vintage inspired jewellry
- Silk scarves
- Cameo brooches and earrings
- Vintage inspired sunglasses
- Embellished bangles
- Chandelier earrings
It is good if these vintage clothing items you get are in solid or neutral colour tones. If they are neutral, they will work well when combined with trendy and modern clothing, accessories, and shoes.
Ensure you choose vibrant bold colours; unique styles and patterns for your vintages inspired accessories.
(Images: Created by Viryabo@Polyvore)