5 Golden Rules for Wearing Vintage Fashion

A guest post by Poppy Jones

Switching from fast fashion to vintage may seem difficult to some, but have you ever been curious about vintage stores that are bursting with amazing treasures and uniqueness? There are so many reasons to love vintage clothing: from the individual designs and quality fabrics to the historical value and sustainability. Understandably, incorporating these one-off vintage pieces into your wardrobe can be a challenge: how do you wear vintage clothes and still look current and stylish?

Here are the 5 golden rules to remember when it comes to wearing vintage fashion;

  1. Dress Around One Centrepiece

Just like a work of art, you want to create a focal point that draws the eye in or around your outfit, without it being cluttered. Pick a piece you want to showcase and work around it, mixing or layering pieces without covering up the focal point. The star of your show may be a hat, novelty pin or a purse. Whatever it is, be sure to allow it to stand out against the backdrop of your outfit. This gives you the chance to make a vintage statement and still look fashion forward.

  1. Don’t Go Head to Toe in Vintage

Like the rule that forbids you to wear all denim, you should also avoid wearing all vintage, unless that’s the look you are going for. Try pairing your vintage find with new modern pieces to help you avoid looking like you are in a costume. Pair your beautiful vintage dress or super cool 70s jeans with some modern accessories for a super chic and fashion forward look that incorporates the old with the new. A delicate silver chain belt around the waist of a vibrant vintage dress is the perfect way to break up bold colours, as well as accentuating the waistline.

  1. Your Vintage Pieces Must Be Vintage

Understanding what looks vintage and what actually is vintage is very important. Transparency of information is key when it comes to making the right vintage shopping choices. Have knowledge of your designer, the era and the retailer. Be sure to check the tag and check with the staff if you have any questions.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid of the Frump

What may now be considered as frumpy, was fashionable at the time. The trick to wearing vintage clothing and not looking frumpy is understanding the style, era and how to wear the frumpy vintage clothing. There are many tweedy two-piece suits that can be very fashionable; the trick is not to wear the skirt or the jacket together. Separate them into their own unique pieces and pair with a modern top or bottoms.

  1. Remember to Accessorise with Vintage

A true vintage outfit incorporates vintage accessories which are often made better than any modern pieces you find in today’s high-streets, plus they tend to be less expensive. Pairing vintage accessories with your vintage outfits can take your vintage styling to the next level. No matter the decade of your outfit, don’t be afraid to add a vintage bag or a braided leather belt. Top off your new look with a vintage hat and add a pair of vintage glasses to transport you back in time, whilst still looking super chic.