So you want to be a vintage style queen? It seems so at least, as I have started to receive new messages weekly about how to start wearing vintage full time. So here are my tips on how I started to wear vintage full time.
- Make sure you own at least a needle and thread. Vintage clothing sometimes can be like a part time job with the mending involved so expect to resew a button or seem here and there.
- Invest in some good vintage soap, I recommend Retro Clean’s Retrowash for hand washing all my vintage
- Wearing slips with vintage dresses is not only a good way to keep warm in the cold and look more period, but it is also a great way to prevent having to wash or dry clean your dresses after a single wear. Which is good for your budget and general care of old garments. If you don’t have a large vintage wardrobe, feel free to buy modern ones, you can always find these super cheap at thrift shops or goodwill.
- Buy vintage because you love it and it fits your style. In the long run its better to invest in pieces you will wear all the time, instead of cheap vintage that you may wear once or twice. This one is especially hard as it is easy to in the beginning want to amass a huge collection. If you are on the hunt for vintage besides thrift shops and antique stores, check out eBay and Instagram as is sales. If you aren’t comfortable identifying if items are vintage or not, make sure to follow shops with items you are interested in. Even if these items aren’t in your budget the description, condition and pricing will give you a good idea about what to look for in similar garments and what items are worth.
- Your preference for periods will change overtime and most vintage lovers I know, start wearing one period and end up in a totally new one. So allow yourself to change and grow. I thought I would be a 40s gal, turns out the 20s,30s, and 70s suit me the most.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself. This is a good motto for life and one I struggle with, but in regards to wearing vintage allow yourself to make mistakes. Alot of alternative clothing communities loose people who don’t allow themselves freedom from the lifestyle. No one says you need to wear vintage 100% of the time, so if you want to wear Beyonce’s latest gear, have at it. Feel free to mix your vintage wardrobe with your modern. Mix your eras (Don’t let anyone tell you different). Wear what makes you feel good about yourself.
- Vintage Hair is a great way to amp up your look. On the blog over the next month I will be talking more about hair sets, techniques and my personal products I use. A good vintage hairstyle can really transform your look and take it to a new level.
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- Take your modern wardrobe loves and make them vintage. Meaning if you aren’t into wearing dresses, then don’t assume you need to wear dresses to be a vintage lady. Brands such as Pinup Girl Clothing, Vecona Vintage, Freddies of Pinwood, Viven of Holloway, and Modcloth make great vintage reproduction pants so any size can own a pair. I personally have found my vintage pairs hard to come by but vintage sellers I often see with ones up for sale are Dethrose Vintage, Flowers of the Meadow, Small Earth Vintage, Stutterinmama, and Roslyn VTG Trading Co. *pants pictured above from Flowers of the Meadow, below from Stutterinmama
- You don’t need an excuse for why you are wearing vintage or a new style. I never encourage anyone to place expectations on others. If you don’t want people to judge you on what you are dressing make sure to stop placing judgement on others. Its easy for people to criticize you for dressing so fancy, but make sure that doesn’t make you bitter about their sweatpants. I always tell people that I dress for myself and when people ask me where I am going dressed up I always respond with : I dress up for life, isn’t that reason enough. *sourced off Pinterest
- Take it day by day. Start wearing one vintage piece at a time, and slowly build it up. Jewelry, handbags, hats and separates are a great way to slowly incorporating vintage style elements into your wardrobe. It also gets coworkers, friends and family use to you in vintage style clothing. It also gives you time to get use to people looking at you. Then when the time comes for you to be in head to toe vintage, it won’t be such a shock to yourself and everyone else in your life