|1950s Tulle dress, custom. Sarara Vintage, Shary Connella- rights reserved.|
Whether one is on a budget or not, these rules can be applied with success. We have all known people whose fashion sense was a mess because they had too much money with no direction (looking like a designer walking billboard) or didn't invest at all. Some of the most successful closets out there belong to the famous and not so famous as they say. They are a blend of individuality, taste (which in some of their cases is natural-think Chloe Sevigny), quality (this is where vintage can come in, if you're not shopping the latest Chanel collection), and a sense of self. One reason Chloe and other fashion icons become icons is that they stay true to the look and self. They get it wrong sometimes but no one can accuse Chloe of not being authentic to her style. That brings me to step one:
|Chloe in Vogue Russia, Feb 2002.|
|Vintage weight gain ad-http://www.wstudies.pitt.edu|
|Vintage YSL pin. $28 on Etsy via this shop.|
|Vintage pile, image Sarara Vintage.|
|Accessocraft 1970s necklace. Not inexpensive. Type in Accessocraft on ebay or etsy for some bargains!|
|1960s Trifari necklace, available via my etsy shop $70. Trifari available on etsy from $10.|
7. Check a fashion magazine and see what look is in this season. Look for similar vintage pieces. This works especially well for those new to vintage. I've been wearing vintage for years and years, so I tend to keep some basic styles like large vintage 70s jewelry -which is a staple that I wear often no matter what the trend as well.
|Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 1960 or 2013?|
9. Create a vintage mood board. Include cut outs and print looks from online. Include both past and present styles that appeal to you. Your fashion icons, vintage photographs of eras, colors, designers, everything that you feel represent a great look regardless of price. Then edit that down to some looks to start your vintage search.
10. Sit down and make a list of the decades, finishes, fabrics, designs and colors that you admire. Keep them in mind while trying to find the best of those eras for your closet, whether they were a steal or not.
|Sarara Vintage scan, Vogue April 1956 image.|
11. Buy some vintage fashion magazines or photographs really look at them.
12. Educate yourself about the designers of the past and those still working that appeal to you. While the closet should not be just designers- they are celebrated for a reason. Focus and snag the ones that appeal to your style. I love a good Bonnie Cashin coat for instance. I also love Yves Saint Laurent.
13. Wear a vintage statement piece! You need to own a few of those, just in your face larger pieces of jewelry or interesting patterns. For instance, maybe you own one Paganne, Mr. Dino, Pucci, or non designer print dress.
|1960s-70s Mod Paganne dress.|
14. Go into stores you admire whether you can totally afford them or not. Get some inspiration for your vintage shopping spree.
15. Enjoy the hunt, revel in the find of that perfect fit and one of a kind piece. We should have fun with vintage. One well known fashion icon/model once said to me, "I like vintage because I don't have to worry about designer and making sure I say their name on the red carpet-it's vintage!" That's part of the positive and fun for her.
This leads me to putting together a vintage friendly closet- Start by including:
1-2 Vintage dresses in the styles you gravitate towards based on your vintage magazine research.
4-5 Vintage pieces of jewelry that can be worn together or alone.
1 Great vintage coat in the iconic style of your favorite decade or by a designer you love.
2 Statement pieces that can be worn with basics: a large 70s necklace, a bold print with simple shoes and accessories, huge cuff, or interesting bag. My look is really built on this idea- I mostly use jewelry to do this or a cool vest/ jacket with a basic palette underneath. Interesting jewelry maybe the only thing I besides basic colors that I wear during a day. Maybe 4 stacked bracelets and a ring on the same hand/wrist and a neutral tee and jeans.
|April 1956 Vogue image, scan Sarara Vintage.|
In the end your wardrobe must fit you and your lifestyle. That said have a piece in that closet which represents your dream day or night. Even if you don't wear it as much as your vintage cowboy boots! If you are invited to events and such -own it. Vintage is a great way to do that. Halston, Oscar de La Renta, Dior, as well as amazing 1920s-30s seamstress made dresses offer an amazing red carpet look. Hopefully, this list helps to get admirers of vintage on track or give one a better place to start. I honestly wear something vintage almost everyday-usually in the form of an old piece of jewelry. It is part of my long love affair with the history of fashion. I find pieces that make me happy at a variety of prices. If you are on a budget the reality is, it takes more time to find those perfect pieces because you have to stick to a plan. However, I know it is very possible with a little effort. In our society many times we are judged on what we wear. In the end Scarlet, I just don't give a#&@^ that sometimes I get it right and other times wrong, as long I get it.