Blouse- Forever 21 (more options) | mom jeans- Topshop | bag- vintage via Swish Vintage | loafers- Zara (similar) | sunnies- Forever 21 | hand earrings- Young Frankk
I've always been a fan of vintage fashion— partly for the historical nod, and partly for the superior construction— but try as I might, putting together full vintage looks just isn't me. I mean sure, I have a couple fun jackets and tops sourced from various thrift shops over the years, but not enough to say that I rock vintage on the regs. The Pretty Secrets is a great example of how to pull off full-on vintage, as is one of my besties back home (what up, Thing Finder!), but if that doesn't quite work for you either, I would suggest getting into vintage accessories.
I picked up this beaded tote from the 1970's during my last visit to Swish Vintage, and although I've previously gravitated towards bags from the 50's, 60's and 80's mostly, I just couldn't leave this piece behind. Something about the design really spoke to me, and with the 70's being such a huge style influence these days, I deemed it perfect. The condition is great, it's far more spacious than 90 per cent of my other bags (sorry Chloe), and the best part? It's not dangling from the arm of everyone else I encounter on the street or while scrolling through Instagram. Making your style unique is pretty hard these days thanks to the ubiquity of fast fashion, so incorporating vintage is always a great way to stand out from the pack.
If you're not sure where to start in terms of working vintage into your wardrobe, think small— bags, jewelry and sunglasses are a great jumping off point, working your way up to shoes, standout outerwear and, of course, vintage t-shirts (my current obsession). Each city will have it's own unique (and hopefully well-curated) selection of vintage and consignment shops to sift through, but the real deals— and depending on what city you live in, treasures— often come from thrifts stores. Case in point? A mint condition, tan leather YSL clutch from the 70's that I found at the bottom of a Salvation Army bin for $4. It doesn't get much better than that!
So tell me: What's your favourite way to style vintage? Any standout pieces you've scored over the years? I'm all ears!
Photos by Anton Atienza