Karen James Welton aka the Fabulous Miss K gives us her tips on how to make vintage part of your everyday wardrobe.
Vintage is having a bit of a moment – with pop up shops on every corner and websites selling ‘old stuff’!
Years ago it was students and those into an alternative lifestyle that embraced vintage clothes but it has become more mainstream. With a whole host of fashionista’s such as Kate Moss, Olivia Wilde and Alexa Chung wearing second hand clothes it has become another way of dressing. And with a growing concern for ethical shopping, charity shops where old clothes once went to die are now the “go to” shopping destination.
Mixing old and new gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and have your own individual style with the added bonus that you will never turn up at an event in the same dress as anyone else.
Vintage items are just clothes at the end of the day and can be worn in exactly the same way as a piece you would buy from a high street store – just because they are old makes it no difference to where and how you can wear them.
Vintage Dresses – a 60’s shift dress worn with opaque tights and boots is perfect work wear, find a fabulous 70’s maxi, mix it with strappy sandals for summer or layer it with a polo neck underneath for winter
Scarves – a simple and easy way to add some colour into your outfits – wrap a small square around the handle of your bag or wrist as a novel bracelet, use a long scarf as an alternative to a belt around your waist.
Jackets – throw a faded denim over your summer dress or find a Chanel style one and mix it with your jeans. An 80’s sequin jacket (absolutely festival fashion 2018) will dress up your outfit for an evening out.
Jewellery – build up a collection of costume pieces that will add instant bling to an outfit – brooches can be worn high on the shoulder to bring light to the face, wrap a cardigan around your waist and fasten with a big stone or add one to the waist of a dress or to a simple wool hat. Cuffs are great to add a statement to any outfit – buy them in lots of colours and styles and wear a few together. Vintage necklaces too add impact to a simple white shirt or polo neck sweater.
Skirts – the 80’s pleated skirt is everywhere from high street to designer so grab an original. 70’s A line skirts work on any body shape so pick them up in plain and prints – wear them with a simple shirt or sweater or add a pussy bow blouse for a cool take on the latest trend.
Blouses – wear an oversize print shirt over your jeans or a pussy bow blouse with your work wear to glam it up a bit. Try one in lurex or sparkles for some bling at night.
And finally why carry the latest “it bag” when a cool vintage one is so much better made and individual.
Check out Miss K’s website and vintage styling/personal shopping service for lots more great shopping tips and advice on all things vintage!