Vintage fashion has come back into the scene with the many different kinds of styles emerging in our era. Simple, classy exudes ancient and modern at the same time. Vintage clothing is not only good for costumes on Halloween or special occasions, but everyday wear, streetwear to be precise. Clothing is a way we can express ourselves in any occasion or casual day. Like any vintage pieces, it takes at least 50 years to be considered as vintage, but that’s for true vintage. At least 20 years is fine so let’s dive into how vintage streetwear came to be.
Pick an item, any item, as long as one of these items resembles the style from the 60s, 70s, or even the 80s, then creating a vintage fashion inspired style would be easy for you. Pair a cloche or bucket at with a pair of tattered jeans and a graphic tee with the addition of iconic ankle high socks and you’d look like vintage with a dash of street vibes.
Tip 1: Know your Vintage Era
There are tons of eras to get inspiration from, but the style we call vintage right now and is rampant in every young teenager’s closet is retro. Retro style of clothing was the prelude to vintage taking over the modern scene. Neutrals and class come from the 1900s to 1950s while color and outrageous style came from 1960s up to the early 2000s since we consider something as vintage if it’s existed for 20 years.
Pick the right top, bottom, and shoes and they’ll become your best friend when dressing up for vintage streetwear. Leather jacket with a pair of jeans and white tee plus white socks and sneakers make an adorable vintage set with a hint of edginess.
Tip 2: Mix and Match
Vintage fashion is versatile, as said earlier, ever changing, it has no rules so mix and match. Match your jacket with your shoes or your belt with your shoes. Modernizing vintage is one of the most breath-taking styles, that’s for me anyway. It combines the past with the present, classy with boojee. Take note of your color patterns too. Retro was erratic while the earlier centuries were calm, restrained. Vintage streetwear takes on a life of its own with mix and matching, an expression of rebellion with class.
A 20s, warm tan coat paired with a light pink blouse and jeans and a patterned belt exudes cute, but vintage as well. Pair this with sneakers or heels and you’d either look old-school – which is in by the way – or confident and edgy. Either way when you mix and match, a new kind of fashion is given light.
Tip 3: Thrift, Thrift, Thrift
A ton of online thrift shops in Instagram are selling quality clothes that have aged beautifully and for a reasonable price. Thrifted items are cheaper and have as good of quality as store bought clothes with brands that make you pay enough to make your wallet cry. Buying thrifted clothes gives you a variety of choices that has a vintage feel to them because the clothes tell a story and are extremely cheap. You’re giving the clothes a new home and a new story to tell than their previous owner.
Thrifting these kinds of clothes would cost you about 5 to 10 dollars at most. Keep in mind which era you want to add to your style though since it’s hard to have too many clothes and barely even use them anymore. Pair your thrifted clothes with accessories to complete the look. It’s also eco-friendly since we don’t waste the fabric manufactured before and just give the piece of clothing a new purpose instead of buying new ones.