Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Year's resolution: Wear vintage, stage 5

How to wear vintage

For the past month and a half I've been writing about wearing vintage for the novice, including details of fit, quality and value. These are big subjects, and I think it's time to have a little fun with the subject of how to wear vintage. Do you wear head-to-toe 1960s Mod? Or do you wear just a 50s sweater with otherwise modern clothes?

This is really up to you, and both can look great. I often see dos and don'ts columns where the head-to-toe approach is treated as a big mistake. All I can say is, if you want to dress like Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina from top to bottom, you have my respect and admiration. Do what makes you look and feel good.

The other basic approach does appear to be favored, from a survey of 50 vintage wearers that I recently conducted. 80% responded that they mainly wear a piece or two of vintage mixed in with more modern clothing, 14% wear head-to-toe vintage of mixed eras, and 6% said they wear head-to-toe vintage, as much as possible all from a single era at one time.

62% of the respondents like dresses the best, with strong showings for jewelry, coats, bags and sweaters. I love dresses most of all too, but if you like vintage jeans, kimonos or 50s novelty print skirts best (as did three respondents), great! Vintage really frees people to create looks all their own, with their favorite components. My first blog in this series suggested wearing a vintage brooch as a vintage starter piece. If all you ever wear over 25 years old are brooches, fine!

Personally? I usually wear 1-2 vintage items every day
Next time: Some vintage-wearing inspiration


Second Hand Roze said...

I'm thrilled to find you have a blog, since I'm one of your biggest fans for Vintage resale. (This girl has an eye for clothes and sells at amazing prices)!

I'm a firm believer in mixing eras until you have that style that's all your own. Wear that 20's cloche hat anf flapper's satuoir with that boxy 80's jacket and that killer 50's skirt with 3 crinolins under it. And don't forget to add some 40's costume jewelry!

Just love the way you do what you do! xoxoxo!

Claire AKA Second Hand Roze

GypsySweet said...

I recently bought this hat at an antique fair and I have no idea how to wear it! Any suggestions?

denisebrain said...

That second photo makes your hat really recognizable as a late 40s or (more likely) 50s hat. The bow would go towards the back, and the rest would go over the top of your head and slightly over the front. Move the hat around until it seems to fit best, and that is where it was intended to be.

denisebrain said...

Hi Claire! Thanks for your wonderful words and sense of style...I'd love to see that outfit you describe!