Perfecting the Vintage Look

Shopping for vintage clothing is one of life’s best perks, any fashionista will tell you that. There is something about digging through piles of vintage clothing that sends hearts a flutter with the anticipation of finding an amazing vintage piece like no other. Clothing that represents an era of the past, brings a touch of romance and nostalgia to every outfit. Whether it’s a skirt from the 70’s or a 19th century cameo pin, a vintage piece or two, is enough to bring that extra oomph to any outfit.

VINTAGEHunting for vintage finds is really fun, however it can also get overwhelming. It’s easy to get excited and pile on piece after piece without realizing that they are from various era. Here are some tips to help you choose the right outfit that spells “vintage chic” and not scream “fashion victim.”

  1. Avoid head-to-toe vintage. Unless you are doing a period play or at a 70’s party, don’t wear vintage clothing from top to bottom. For every day wear, choose a vintage piece to accentuate your look. A beautiful 1950’s beaded cardigan will look great with a Forever 21 mini dress and some pumps. Pair your vintage pieces with other simple, low-key pieces to make them shine, look fashionable and wearable at the same time.
  2. Update your vintage pieces. By simply replacing buttons, shortening the hem or having the fit altered your vintage dress can transform from drab to fab. Don’t be afraid to experiment and let your personality shine through.
  3. Mix and match. Turn those boring looking silky secretary blouses into chic statement pieces by simply layering them or pairing them with something current, like an origami skirt. Aim for classic and edgy, throw out the prissy look.
  4. Dress for the occasion. Those Jackie-O dresses look fabulous and flatter most body types. The trick is wearing the right cut and color for the right occasion. Keep the brightly colored sundresses for tea parties and picnics, stick to the subdued tones and conservative cuts for the office. Add newer pieces like a pair of pumps, dark tights and a nice sweater and you’ll be surprised at how many outfits you can have with just one dress.
  5. Watch out for the shoulder pads. While that 70’s disco dress is irresistible, it’s best to ditch the shoulder pads and the plunging V-neckline that goes to the navel. You can tame the look by wearing a tank top underneath and a solid-colored belt for a more put-together, wearable look.

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