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.
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!
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:
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.
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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