I'm a big fan of old stuff. I work in a museum, I love vintage clothing and reading blogs about vintage-related things. I'm about to make my first foray into sewing using proper vintage patterns, but I haven't chosen my fabric yet as I'm still a bit nervous about how to integrate a vintage element into my everyday wardrobe. Currently, when I wear vintage clothing, it tends to be a dress that I'm wearing for a special occasion. I'm keen to bring an element of this into my everyday clothing, but how?
I thought I would look at some ways to wear vintage from some of the blogs I follow - the three I have chosen are probably the ones I've followed for the longest;
2. Diary of a Vintage Girl
In the Heyday. Like Vixen Vintage, Diary of a Vintage Girl is very much about head to toe vintage. Personally, I don't think I could be bothered to look so perfectly turned out every day! The thing I love about the dress above in particular is that it has a great classic vintage look without being too over the top 'vintage'. I'm not loving the price as it's £80, but it's definitely an item you could wear without feeling like you were dressing up, and despite my love of colour and pattern, it reminds me that plain fabrics can look great too, especially with considered use of detailing.
3. Dear Golden Vintage
One of my absolute favourites, I love Lauren's way of wearing vintage. She selects and wears clothing from the 1920s to the 1970s and finds some absolutely exquisite pieces. Despite wearing clothing from a range of eras, her approach is to make a beautiful and unique item of clothing absolutely her own and make it look like part of her own style. She has an Etsy store in which she sells clothing too.
So, what conclusions can I draw from this? Well, as much as I love reading blogs about looking and dressing fully vintage, it's not for me. I don't want to recreate a specific era or feel like I'm dressing up. I am hoping that using vintage patterns will allow me to create a vintage-influenced look that is affordable, wearable and customised to my own taste.
What are your thoughts on wearing vintage? How do you incorporate it into your wardrobe?