I firmly believe that you don’t have to spend a million dollars to look like a million dollars. You can look really great, at a surprisingly low cost.
There are a few tricks to pulling it off, mainly to be sure that what you are buying really works for you – the colour, the shape, the style – they all need to be flattering on you. But once you know what suits you the best, you can get some great quality pieces and an individual sense of style, all at a great price.
I’m talking about wearing Vintage clothing. Not necessarily head-to-toe, but mixing in a vintage piece of clothing, or a vintage accessory can really add personality and individuality to your look.
Let’s face it; you never want to turn up to a party only to see someone else in the exact same dress as you. It can be funny for a minute, but after the 9th person cracks the joke “Are you two twins?” it’s not so funny anymore. This is why a lot of celebrities opt for vintage. Style, glamour, and a unique look.
Let’s take a closer look at why people wear vintage? There are lots of reasons, including:
1. Great Workmanship
Once upon a time, quality workmanship was the rule. Beautiful linings, elegant closures, finished seams - it was how clothes were made "back in the day." Today you pay extra for beautifully finished apparel.
2. Unique Look
Some people prefer vintage because they feel the old styles best express their personality. Others mix vintage pieces with newer styles for a unique look. Still others want a one-of-a-kind look for a big party or event without the one-of-a-kind price tag that typically goes with it. Vintage helps them do that.
3. Classic Styling
Great styles are great styles whether they were conceived last week or two generations ago. If you like to watch old movies, you'll notice that many of the day suits and evening gowns from the 40's, 50's, and 60's are as chic today as they were when they debuted. Want an easy way to capture some "Old Hollywood" glamour? Wear some Old Hollywood-era pieces.
4. Old-School Accessories
Once upon a time, a woman wasn't properly dressed unless she wore a hat and gloves when she left the house. You could tell she had "married well" if her husband gave her a matching set of jewels, and you knew she traveled frequently if she had a matching set of luggage. Today, few women bother with any of these accessories - which means that those who do really stand out.
5. Cost Effective
Love designer clothes but not the price tag that goes with them? Then look to vintage for your designer fix. You'll get the brand name and the designer look WITHOUT the current season price. Opt for simple lines and classic styling for a timeless look.
6. Going Green
Wearing old styles is one of the easiest ways to get on board with the green movement. Why buy new when you can recycle old?
No. Technically, here's the age breakdown:
Antique - anything prior to 1920. Most antique clothing is bought to display in a collection, not to wear. Antique jewelry can be worn or displayed.
Vintage – generally anything from the 1920 to 1970.
Retro - 1970 to 1980.
Modern or contemporary - anything produced in the last 25 years.
One way to look for great vintage pieces is to surf the 'Net. You can learn about different eras and designers and start to get an idea of what constitutes a "great" deal. Here are some places to look:
I always try things on before I buy, especially if there is no return policy. So I personally prefer to go straight to vintage shops and have a good hunt, rather than buy online.
Vintage clothing is great way to get a unique look, often for a fraction of modern day one-of-a-kind items. With a little persistence and an eye towards the classics, you can find great looks at great prices. Remember: value never goes out of style.
Like I mentioned earlier, to get items that truly look great on you, you need to get colours, shapes and styles that really suit you.
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