Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How do you wear vintage?

Any time you read an article from a mainstream magazine or fashion website about vintage clothing, you can be sure it will contain a tip about mixing vintage pieces in with contemporary clothes. Here are a few examples:

  • Glamour lists "Don't wear vintage head to toe" as its No. 1 tip.
  • Fashion guru Tim Gunn gives the same advice to a young fashionista.  
  • Who What Wear's video on the subject reminds viewers that they have to "update the look a little bit" with modern accessories. 

Thing is, I don't know that I agree. All you have to do is take a look at a vintage-fashion blogger like Solanah of Vixen Vintage to see that head-to-toe vintage can look pretty darned awesome. (Be sure to check out her inspiring post on being true to one's own fashion sense).

While it's true that I do usually mix my vintage clothes in with contemporary pieces, I've realized I often still do it in a way that evokes a vintage feel. I got married in a vintage dress with modern shoes - but the shoes were round-toe spectator pumps, so it's not like they gave my outfit a "contemporary look."



Would you ever go head-to-toe vintage? Or do you use vintage pieces as accents, to add that special touch to an outfit?

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