Sometimes vintage shopping can be a little bit daunting. There’s just so many options out there and most of them might not seem like the right one for you. Even for this vintage shop owner, searching for the perfect vintage find is like finding a needle in a haystack. True, there’s going to be a bit of digging involved—even online, such as on Etsy, you’ll still have to search through listing after listing. It might seem like a lot of hard work, but trust me, it’s totally worth it when you find that diamond in the rough you’ve been looking for all along!
To hopefully help facilitate your searching efforts, I’ve compiled this list of five vintage essentials every vintage fashion lover should have in her closet, as well as where to find them.
For me, vintage is at its best when it makes a statement, after all a vintage find is supposed to be one of a kind so what better way to wear it than loud and proud! Collecting vintage fashion almost seems made for those special occasions when you get to really dress up. Vintage cocktail dresses are my favorite pieces to collect, the detailing and the quality are second to none. If you’re not a dress kind of gal, that’s alright, there are so many unique and fancy vintage tops and jumpsuits out there too.
For less formal events, look for something a bit more classic and chic. It doesn’t get anymore classic than the LBD, but you can try a sophisticated vintage blouse too. I love collecting vintage 1940s blouses, like the one above. I can wear it with so many things in my closet, from a pencil skirt to a pair of jeans.
Vintage bags that are well taken care of can last a lifetime. It’s hard for bags to go out of style too. Even the small boxy ones that look straight out of the 1950s, look quirky and cool against today’s outfits (just check out Alexa Chung carrying this vintage bag). Bloggers have been coveting metal handle bags as of recent so lookout for this trend to blow up sometime soon.
Much like bags, outerwear hasn’t really changed much in style over the years. Vintage trench coats should definitely be a part of anyone’s wardrobe essentials. The fashion-forward design for today’s cocoon coat is straight out of the 1950s stylebook, so why not go authentic. And vintage blazers, especially in a classic pattern like plaid, will always be chic.
Last but not least, you’ve got to have a bit of fun! You might not be able to wear a fun accessory everyday, but trust me, you’ll love it so much, you’ll wear it more often than you think. This vintage Whiting & Davis serpent belt is my fun accessory. I find myself trying to incorporate it into my outfit whenever I can. Even on this blog, I’ve worn it here, here, and here.
What do you think of these vintage essentials? What are yours?
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