Monday, June 15, 2020

Mama Style | How To Style The Perfect Vintage Outfit

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With already far too many new clothes on the planet, it's becoming more and more popular to invest in pre-worn clothing as well as up-cycling old fabrics and of course, loving all things vintage. Whenever you want to dress vintage, whether it’s for a day at the beach, a night on the town or any other activity, there are so many different features that come together to create the perfect look.

A good mix of vintage and modern can work perfectly, making it easier to style whilst creating a look unique to you. Deciding on what to wear to channel the ideal vintage vibe needn’t be as difficult as you might think, as there are a few simple tips and tricks that you can make the most of to revamp your wardrobe appropriately. So, if you want to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best steps that you can follow today...

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What To Wear 

The range of different vintage clothes on offer from every decade is so vast, and this can make it super tricky to decide what to wear. Your outfit can be influenced by many things, from the activity that you’ve planned to the weather outside, so of course you can bear these features in mind when choosing the perfect fit. Flamboyant 80’s vintage wear that’s covered in sequins and glitter is ideal for a night out with friends, whereas a 50's rockabilly style swimsuit is a great match for a sunny day by the sea. It all comes down to your personal taste and era you find appealing. Finding vintage clothes is fairly simple, as thrift and charity stores are usually stocked up with a range of different options for you to explore. Alternatively, many sellers post their items online on auction or fashion sites which can be shipped directly to your door. Vintage clothing can include leather or denim jackets, mom or bootcut style jeans, turtleneck jumpers or halter neck tops and so much more! There are many sources of inspiration to create the perfect outfit, from magazines to online mood boards and social media accounts, so be sure to search around for more ideas. It's also worth keeping an eye out for vintage clothing sales where you pay by the kilo, making it a great option for buying more expensive vintage items like leather jackets and footwear.

Utilise Accessories 

One of the most important features of a vintage outfit is the accessories that you choose, as it’s a great way to express your personality and individuality. Vintage styles often include some kind of hair accessory - bandanas are a go to item, as they can be tied and worn in so many different ways and are just my favourite item for every day wear. There’s a wealth of visual tutorials and instructions that you can follow to achieve each style, and you need nothing more than the bandana itself (and potentially a couple of hair grips too). The 70’s saw a rise in flower power head wear, so accessorising with a floral crown or clip is a great way to add a little vintage flare to your outfit. Earrings varied by the decade but often large hoops and other striking pieces were very popular, so consider them bigger the better’ when it comes to ear accessories. You can even upgrade your eyewear with the perfect vintage style Oakley glasses, so no detail needs to be left out in your quest to achieve the perfect timeless look. Items like rings, anklets and bracelets were popular in almost every decade, and of course there are many different designs for you to explore. It’s a good idea to try and channel one specific style in your outfit, otherwise you may end up looking a little mismatched and jumbled. 

Shoes, Glorious Shoes 

Shoes have been a central part of every fashionista’s life for many a decade, so of course this important feature has to be considered when creating the perfect vintage outfit. Doc Marten style boots go well with any daytime denim look, whilst a pair of cute Mary Jane t bar shoes look fabulous with skirts and dresses. Platform shoes were common throughout many past decades, and these have been manufactured in so many different styles from gladiator sandals, thigh boots to Spice Girls trainers, so don’t be afraid to invest in a pair. They work well in elongating your legs, and they’re comfortable enough to wear all day (and night!). Vintage shoes can be hard to come by, as often the quality is low thanks to years of use. Though it is still possible to find that special true vintage pair of shoes for a price, there are many newer versions that follow the same general style which are obviously far more accessible for the average vintage lover. Mixing styles and ages of clothing is OK too, just wear what makes you happy!

Styling the perfect vintage outfit has never been so simple. Start off by deciding on the perfect clothing, pair them with the most amazing accessories to add those extra little details. Always invest in the best vintage style shoes to finish off your look properly. For inspiration, set up a board on Pinterest and get pinning your favourite looks!