I’ve had numerous people remark on my style throughout the years, often expressing admiration or an inability to “wear vintage” Often women make comments such as, “I can’t put outfits together” or “I don’t look retro enough to wear vintage”.
Vintage is for EVERYONE. It truly is. Perhaps you look at some of the beautiful women that dress in pinup style with perfectly coiffed retro-styled hair and shoes, makeup, and accessories straight from another era, and you’re intimidated by the effort that goes into it or by how well put together they are. I LOVE that style and I admire women that can pull it off…. but it’s not for everyone. Me? I’m hopeless at hair. Any attempt I’ve ever made at a retro hairstyle has been a hilarious flop. I couldn’t be a pinup if i had an team working on me every day. I’m too lazy and impatient for all of that. I still love vintage clothing and I wear it nearly every day!
The key to wearing and loving vintage? Don’t change your style to do so! Make the vintage work for you! You can update any vintage item to work with your existing wardrobe. The most important thing to remember is to be comfortable and to only wear it if you love it!
Personally, my favorite go-to wardrobe item is a 50’s style day dress. I know that the cut fits my figure well. I can throw on a cardigan and a plain pair of flats and viola! my lazy ass doesn’t have to put any effort into matching or putting together an outfit.
Today’s outfit illustrates how you can update vintage items fairly easily and without the outfit looking old or outdated. The skirt I’m wearing is a 90’s skirt (we sure loved our floral prints in the 90’s) that I’ve had for years and years. Because I love mixing patterns, I’m wearing a striped top with it but really any plain top would work. I think this outfit looks fairly modern and you can’t really tell that I’m wearing a skirt that I bought at a thrift shop for $3 nearly 15 years ago!
Don’t be intimidated by vintage. I believe that there’s a vintage style that will look great on anyone – you just have to find your style. Don’t be afraid to mix vintage and modern. Don’t be scared of prints. And for heavens sake, don’t be discouraged because you don’t look like someone you saw in a magazine! HAVE FUN!!