How Do You Like Your Vintage? Real-Life Inspiration

Vintage clothing isn’t just for hip millennials, my friends. Wearing a piece or two of vintage is becoming more and more visible at any age, and I gotta say I love it. The definition of “vintage” is fluid, but generally accepted to be clothing made at least 25 years ago. So for old birds like moi, the magical pieces may still be hanging in my closet!

Vintage pieces bring more personality and character to our everyday pieces. The clothing is often better-constructed and lasts longer than fast fashion.

And when we buy pre-loved clothes, we’re recycling and not adding to trash piles. Naturally, you can find serious inspiration from the stylish women at Visible Monday.

Here are a few examples of how to play with vintage to make a uniquely personal look:

Vix is the goddess of vintage; she wears almost nothing else, and makes her living trading it. She always looks like a beautiful honest-to-goodness 1970’s woman.  Her lean frame and striking hair go perfectly with her 70’s maxis. If you choose to go the Vix way, throw yourself into all things authentic, and pile on some classic vint accessories.

Vix is serene and gorgeous in a 1970’s maxi dress (Gunne Sax, maybe?) and of-the-era jewelry.

Sheila dresses almost 100% second-hand and she’s an expert shopper for unusual and designer pieces. Sheila usually mixes her vintage finds in with more current (but still second-hand) clothes. Like this on-trend and structural Karl Lagerfeld 1980’s jacket, big yes!

The trousers are pretty awesome too, with a “wallpaper” print.

Suzanne, like Vix, is an accomplished buyer/seller of vintage clothing and accessories. If you haven’t been to her shop yet, get over there! Here she’s modeling one of the shop’s offerings, a brilliant red sheath from the 80’s. Vintage can be totally easy; you don’t have to accessorize much with a statement dress like this one:

You can get this dress home at a very nice price, too.

Cherie has a fine collection of outerwear, and this pink 1950’s/60’s coat is to die for. Those buttons alone are swoon-y. The rest of her look is modern, with deep-cuffed jeans and a cropped sweater. A stylish combination of old and new.

The dogs are too cute!

Please share your ideas about wearing vintage, and stay fabulous, xo,

Here’s some modern classics to pair with your heirlooms:

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  3. I’ve loved wearing vintage pieces since I was in university and discovered second-hand shopping. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder to find pieces that fit my shape (aside from coats) so I have sold off most of my vintage pieces, and don’t buy very much. It doesn’t mean I don’t love looking at it though, which is why I love the Vintage shows in New York.

  4. Three of these vintage ladies do not need further introduction, as I already know them, but I’ll be checking Cherie out! How divine is that pink coat, and her dogs are just too cute for words! xxx

  5. I consider myself lucky to be acquainted with these talented women. I also wear a great deal of vintage and I like the quality that endures.I also like to keep my carbon footprint as low as possible. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post .

    • Thanks for commenting, Elle. You have a beautiful wardrobe and it’s wonderful that you care about your footprint as well. xox

  6. AW, thanks for including me, Patti! Promoting vintage is such a great way to inject some personality and history in one’s outfit. I’m honoured to be in the company of such awesome ladies! Thank you!

  7. Thanks so much for including me with these other vintage lovin’ ladies, Patti!
    Cherie’s dogs might be the best accessories ever! xxx

  8. Nice to see some of my favourite vintage-clad ladies in this roundup! Gosh Cherie’s pink coat is divine. I have a thing about vintage coats, I stopped counting…

  9. Ah vintage…the allure of the history, quality and the fact that each piece is unique had me at hello.

    I find that vintage coats are especially lovely. I’m going to be listing some fab ones from the 60s similar to Cherie’s soon. The quality is unsurpassed.

    Thanks for the shout-out my friend!


    • I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a part of your vintage coat collection – every one is fab! xox

  10. Patti,

    This makes me wish I had saved my clothes from the 80s. I used to buy vintage clothing as a teenager. I love the pink coat in the photo, those buttons are amazing! I’m going to need to find some places near me that sell vintage items.


    • I bet you got some terrific pieces as a teenager! Check out some great online vintage sellers, too, like Vix and Suzanne in this post. xox

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