One of the main concerns for many people about wearing vintage is that they will look as though they’ve stepped out of a film set – or even worse – attending a costume party. There’s nothing worse than purchasing gorgeous vintage clothing and not having the confidence to wear the pieces. We’re going to give you some tips and tricks on how to dress in the vintage style without going overboard.
Choose pieces that remind you of modern-day trends
If you’re new to vintage, one of the ways to initially try out the style is to choose an item of clothing that could easily have been made today. What you may not realise, is that many modern brands base their ideas on styles from the past and are practically just reincarnations of what has already been done before.
Here at Brick Vintage, we offer pieces from the 1950s through to the 1990’s, so with five decades to browse through, you’ll hopefully find something that jumps out at you.
Pair with modern clothing
Dressing full-out vintage may alarm you at first and can often look costumey if the outfit isn’t put together tastefully. Therefore, you may choose to coordinate your vintage piece with modern separates. For example, pairing your 80’s top with a pair of skinny jeans and ballet flats, or your 80’s Levi jeans with a modern day top. Mix and matching your clothing is destined to keep your look fresh and contemporary. If dressing head to toe in vintage is your thing however and you just can’t stand modern clothing, you may wish to keep your hair and make-up simple and chic.
Choose pieces that fit your body shape
Determining which era is for you will definitely depend on your body shape. You don’t want to dress in a particular style if the item of clothing is unflattering and quite simply, doesn’t do you any favours.
If you wish to hide your hips, an A-line 60’s shift dress would be right up your street, or if you wish to show off your curves, why not opt for a 1950’s hourglass dress? We’re so lucky these days to be able to choose which era of clothing suits us best so we can make the most of our body shape.
If clothing doesn’t seem to fit you upon arrival, another option to consider is that you can always get it taken in by the tailors.
Most importantly – be yourself!
There’s no point purchasing an item of clothing to try and be ‘out there’ because when you’ve worn it a few times, the novelty will soon wear off. Not only this, but it may look great on the hanger and when it comes to putting it on, you may feel like a character rather than just yourself. The last thing you want to be is unconfident.
Check out our previous blog post – What are the benefits of upcycling?