This is a better time than most to take advantage of vintage clothing. The London and New York fashion weeks recently revealed the trends for this winter and next. There is a distinctive flavor from past eras. The most important look for the coming months is that of the Hitchcock heroine. Vintage pieces will provide wearers with this exact style.
Some of the easiest and most important items to seek out for the season are Chanel’s fifties handbags. Cream, camel and oatmeal leather with a slight gloss are fashionable. Find tinier sizes that are carried with handles. Design houses have begun to make these items available but less costly shops offer them at a far lower price.
The ideal way to begin building this kind of wardrobe is with a handbag range. It’s also the ideal way to locate the most fashionable bags at decreased prices. Chanel and Gucci can be found if one looks hard enough. The advent of online shops has made this even easier. Haute couture bags from other decades can be purchased for a lower price than that of a restaurant meal.
Wool and tweed pencil skirts are another part of the fifties trend. They end at the knee and taper downwards to follow the leg line. These kinds of garments often come with faded care tags that are impossible to read. It’s important to dry clean wool. Just one washing machine cycle will cause shrinkage.
The blouse to wear in the fifties style is fitted, feminine and delicate. It isn’t extremely detailed. On the contrary, this era was personified by the controlled, refined, collected woman. Blouses are oatmeal, cream or camel. The girlish, feminine A-line skirts that were popular for summer are now gone.
There is a slight touch of the Eighties to be seen in recent collections but it’s extremely subtle. Women need only a hint of it so careful shopping is in order. A simple belt, bag or pair of trousers is sufficient for an outfit. These should preferably have a futuristic style. Blue is the hottest shade here, as long as it’s not powder blue.
The fifties glamor look was not without surprises. There was a touch of Sixties chic added to it. Beehive chignons were worn with high heeled platforms. Keep a look out for neutral, well heeled platforms. They can be as wild as one wishes because the collections were as bold as they have been in previous months. However, platforms themselves are slightly lower than those of the summer months.
Vintage and thrift are not the same things. The former is privately owned and managed like a boutique. A specialist buyer will carefully select the inventory according to trends. The condition of garments will be carefully analyzed and restoration is usually done to give items a new look.
Thrift stores rely on donated garments. People aren’t as likely to leave their Guccis at such stores because their value is unlikely to be appreciated. It’s best to seek out those high fashion brands at a vintage clothing boutique.
It is true that there are more vintage clothes available for women than men. Women, after all were, and still are, observed to be more careful with their clothes and kept them in good condition. Still, although men’s vintage clothing pieces are in inferior number and often have more holes, stains, and all sorts of damages, men can still scour the whole of a vintage store and successfully find vintage garments that can still be worn for many more years.
There are many vintage choices for men that are still in style today. Classic, if we may say. And interestingly, classic pieces look very good on men, whether as casual, office, or evening attires. Vintage stores offer these classic vintage garments, and some of them are the following:
Classic Vintage Clothing
1.) Zoot Suit. Made popular in the 1940’s, zoot suit is composed of slim, high-waisted trousers and long, broad-shouldered jackets. Its bright colors and structure give it a highly stylish appeal, which is why it was mostly worn by teenagers and young men in its heyday.
2.) Eisenhower Jacket. It has short collars and is cinched in the waist. Also appeared in the 1940’s, the jacket took its name from General Dwight Eisenhower who was fond of wearing it.
3.) Buffalo Plaid Shirt. It has a very formal structure, although the checkered print is very casual. It was common in the 1960’s and was worn by older men.
4.) Turtleneck. Another popular item in the 1960’s, turtleneck comes as a basic garment among men as it can be paired with practically everything—jeans, slacks, vest, blazer, or coat.
5.) Nehru Collar. It is a buttoned garment with short, stand up collars, hence the name. It is tight fighting and can be paired with a jacket. Also popular in the 1960’s, nehru collars were worn by The Beatles and other celebrities.
6.) Khaki pants. Khakis are essential in men’s wardrobe, which is why they appear in all eras. Classic in every sense, khaki pants can be paired with any shirt and can add elegance to any wardrobe
7.) Wool Blazer. Another basic item in men’s wardrobe, wool blazer has been around for many decades now. But its lingering presence in the fashion world has given way to many developments in style.
8.) Vintage Shirt. It can be anywhere from concert shirt to sports championship shirt. Many celebrities, particularly music artists, are seen wearing vintage shirts these days.
9.) Fedora. An appealing and masculine accessory, fedora was the most popular hat in the years prior to 1950 and probably of all time. It is usually made of felt and was worn by detectives and gangsters. By 1950’s, however, fedoras began to disappear. But in the modern times, men still wear fedora hats to make a commanding fashion statement.
Men from the earlier eras liked to dress up as much as modern men do. This, therefore, provides vintage-loving men more fashion alternatives. However, there are certain challenges that modern men might face when looking for vintage clothing. The smaller sizes, for instance. People then were much smaller, with 30 inches the average male waistline. As such, the sizes considered large before could only fit small-built men today.
Other garments are also not in very pristine condition because, as mentioned, most men failed to take good care of their clothes. Male teenagers, for example, wore their clothes until they rip apart. Men’s vintage clothing pieces can be fixed, of course, but there are items that may never have its original structure and excellent condition even if repaired.
There is a new trend in fashion that is so old it is new. Vintage clothing is the old and new of fashion and people are becoming more and more aware of the benefits and the rewards that it can give. You can see Hollywood big names very much in to it, you can see common folks trying to make the best of it, you see big names in the fashion industry looking back to it’s possibilities and you can read all over the internet about the its biggest comeback. Perhaps the biggest comeback that vintage clothing has ever made is when people are making more money out of what used to be relief goods.
There is no denying that before the big comeback vintage clothing made, people were ready to discard dad’s old pair of jeans, mom’s old boots and other stuff that used to be the all the rave in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and the 80’s. It was either the trash can or the big boxes that we use to gather clothes at the back of the church for the hurricane victims. That’s right, it was like that before. People found no use for these clothes that are still in good condition just because they were out of date or yesterday’s news. Some people did have the good sense of having a garage sale to make some money out of these clothes that were part of the “Boys don’t cry” era. While some others just held on to it as memorabilia but never to be worn again in public.
But because of the big revival in the fashion industry, vintage clothing was given second life and another chance to make people feel, look and dress good. Some kids started looking for vintage tees and jeans in the attic so they could be more “in” with their circle. These are kids are lucky because their parents couldn’t let go of the past but for some people who do not share their luck there are still places where you can dig up old treasures of the times that passed. Here are a few good places to look for vintage clothing.
Antique stores-Aside from really old furniture and fixtures, antique stores are one of the good places to hunt for vintage clothing. There are a good number of antique stores that carry clothes along with furniture in them, they may have mostly shoes and bags and only a handful of clothing. However, there is nothing bad in trying. Who knows what you might find.
Second hand stores-These places are like vintage heaven. These stores carry a huge selection of clothing ranging from vintage to the modern ones. You may need a great deal of patience though as it takes a little while to find the good items.
Garage sales-It’s amazing how much clutter and junk people can gather in their lifetime but it is also a good place to hunt for vintage clothes.
Surplus stores-Usually these stores have multiple items that are the same. Nonetheless, try your best at looking for the ones that are unique and have good quality.
Specialty shops-There is a number of stores and shops that specialize in vintage clothing nowadays. It wouldn’t be too hard to find what you are looking for here. Remember, vintage clothing is all about where to find and how to find it.