The fun in dressing vintage comes from giving new life to styles that have withstood the test of time. However, wearing an outfit that consists purely of vintage pieces can feel like a costume—which can be fun to rock on special occasions but will not be appropriate for everyday wear.
Bringing an old trend back can be a risky balancing act, but when achieved will be aesthetically rewarding. Here’s how to tastefully incorporate vintage into your daily wardrobe!
Stick to single statement pieces
The least overwhelming way to slip your vintage aesthetic into everyday wear is to take one vintage piece a day and make it the focal point of your ensemble. A statement vintage piece can elevate the look of an otherwise ordinary outfit, and modern clothing can tame the costumey look of the vintage item and make it appropriate for day wear.
Dress it down with denim
What gives head-to-toe vintage outfits their strong vibe is the fact that the outfits of yore were meant to be cohesive and occasion-appropriate. This means that individual pieces were usually part of a matched set, and each outfit was intended to be solely for formal or for casual use, with little room for crossover appeal. As a result, even the most informal of vintage getups look very deliberate, and in current times such a look can come across as trying too hard.
Play with prints
Like we said, fashion in years past was all about committing to a look from head to toe. People from decades ago were not afraid to take a swath of fabric in a bold print and sew an entire top-and-bottom set out of it.
Layer right down to your legs
A quick life hack to take your dress or top-and-skirt ensemble back in time is to wear it with tights or stockings.
Take note that since your bottom half will be emphasized, shoe choice is crucial — coordinate with ankle boots, mary janes, or loafers to preserve the vintage appeal.
Accessorize to break the ice
If you’re more the type to dip your toes into the pool than to dive straight into the deep end, start by wearing a modern outfit with vintage accessories. Vintage accessories are an elementary addition to your usual wardrobe, but the possibilities will be endless. Here are some accessory updates you can try to infuse that vintage touch into your day wear:
- Channel Audrey Hepburn with a string of pearls or pearl earrings of an appreciable size.
- Replace your usual belt with one that features a statement buckle, or chuck belts altogether and hold your pants up with a set of suspenders.
- Upgrade your work blazer with vintage cuff links or an intricate brooch.
This article was originally published in The Manila Times on May 19, 2018.