Vintage Clothes For Unique Style ChoicesJanuary 27, 2017
Vintage clothes have fast becoming a must have in everyone’s wardrobe. The demand for unique and individual style is overtaking the necessity to follow the crowd and stick with the latest trends. Retro fashion gives the wearer the ultimate decision in how to style and create a distinct look whilst embracing fashion from yesteryear.
Vintage clothes have become a popular choice for many fashionistas and well-known celebrities are seen gracing the red carpet in designer vintage gowns and jewellery.
Vintage clothes – a love of unique style
Vintage and retro fashion incorporates many genres and eras of renowned fashionable styles, designer names and iconic collections. Everyone can at least name something memorable from fashion history and this has shaped the fashion world into the intuitive and evolving multi million industry it is today.
Unique style and creative thinking has catapulted vintage fashion in the past few years as individuals recreate looks from a specific period or mix modern trends with a vintage twist. Each era carries an iconic trait or hidden gem and inventing your own style alongside these inspirational pieces can create a totally distinctive and attention-grabbing style that is all yours.
Vintage clothes – trends
Trends are always changing and as the industry has developed it has taken a natural course of looking back at previous decades to enhance designs and evolve current and future fashions. In recent years many collections have seen vintage inspirations including bygone colours, cuts and designs. Well-known Irish designer Orla Kiely created her signature style using colours, patterns and texture with a 60’s twist and many other clothing designers are following suit.
Individuals are drawn to beautiful styles and vintage fashion provides intrigue into the history and story behind what we are wearing, something that throwaway fashion does not. Vintage and retro clothing gives a sense of style credit-ability as the wearer has decided to be creative with their look and take the time and effort to choose what and how to style their pieces. Most vintage items are unique and although some styles are similar, you are guaranteed to have a one off piece with all its little quirks.
Buying vintage clothes
Preloved fashion can be purchased on many different platforms for example charity shops, car boots, online websites for example Ebay, and specialised preloved or vintage boutiques to name a few. It’s a great way to get fabulous and unique pieces, more often than not at a bargain price.
Some people may think this type of shopping is not entirely for them but upcycling and recycling is very trendy and helps you do your bit for the environment. We can all go to the local high street and pick up a bulk item from our bargain multinationals but locating a one-off unique piece has its rewards tenfold.
Finding something unique
Fashionista’s can find many unique and on trend vintage clothing pieces whilst rummaging through rails of odds and ends in their local vintage shops and if you are looking for formal wear, pre loved clothing is perfect for saving the pennies on usually expensive evening or wedding outfits.
There are a few key things to look out for when buying pre loved and these include checking hems, zips and obvious signs of wear and tear but overall as vintage clothes becomes more popular everyone can enjoy unique items whilst saving money.
As key vintage trends are coming into the spotlight once again, visiting a local vintage boutique, can help you find some unique and original items from a range of eras.
Affordable vintage clothing
So for many of us, our shopping habits are determined by our budget. So what do you think look out for when hunting for the latest trends? Are you a serial bargain hunter looking for that special cut price piece or would shopping at a vintage fair fill you with dread. The cost of fashion is major factor when determining our wardrobe buys and rightly so due to our ever tightening bank balances.
The beauty of preloved fashion is that it can be really affordable and if you want to browse the vintage shops and boutiques, you are doing your bit for an independent retailer too.
The vintage buzz
Vintage has a wonderful way of making you feel special and shopping for vintage clothes is far more fun than your normal high street buys. Hunting out pieces that are perfect for you and not the masses gives an instant buzz whilst creating the perfect addition to any wardrobe.
1950 Fashion Layout, Holiday Party Dates Dressing, Cowl-Neck Jersey Blouse with Plaid Taffeta Skirt, published in Family Circle magazine, November 1950, Vol. 37 No. 5, image credit: Classic Film (Flickr CC)
Vintage 1958 DIY Fashion Ad, image credit: Classic Film (Flickr CC)
Vintage shopping, image credit mgstanton (Flickr CC)
1950 Sally Forth Advertisement, image credit: Bess Georgette (Flickr CC)