|50s Green Knife Pleated Dress |
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For you women who hesitate to jump into the world of vintage, I have 5 tips on how to wear vintage clothing without feeling like you stepped out of a time capsule.
1. Understand what styles and shapes work best for you. This is number one in assembling any wardrobe, not just vintage. Investigate and experiment with different cuts of clothing to see what works for your body type. Take a honest but kind friend with you shopping and try on, try on, try on! Don't forget - look in that three way mirror and check yourself out from every angle. It may sound exhausting at first, and if you are anything like me you will hate the process, but when you understand what works for you, it simplifies your shopping in the long run.
2. Don't wear the same era from head to toe. This is a surefire way to age you and make you look like you're on your way to a costume party.
|50's Green Knife Pleated Dress|
Macy's Sweater - $15
Vintage School Book Belt - (My pop-pop)
Macy's Faux Bakelite Necklace- $8
4. Purchase classic timeless pieces. The little black dress, the fitted cardigan, black trousers are all basics that you can find from the 40s to today. As added bonus is the fact that many truly vintage items (designed and manufactured prior to the 80s) have a higher level of craftsmanship with superior materials.
5. Keep your hair and makeup current and fresh. Don't buy into every trend and fad, but do update your look every few years. This keeps you looking your best and current, especially if you are wearing vintage.
As an example of how to wear vintage, I have highlighted one of my favorite vintage dresses from my shop. In the upper picture, I am sporting it Grace Kelly style with classic slingbacks and pearls. I personally love this look, but in real life I would probably wear my red patent leather square toe pumps and Indian beaded Bangles.
To the left, you can see that I paired the same dress with my chunky "tweed" sweater and bakelite necklace. I polished the look off with my very vintage belt which in actuality is an old school book belt that belonged to my grandfather as a boy. It is approximately 85 years old. This is a perfect example of how a classic can be funky with a few additions.