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How to Jazz up your Wardrobe with Vintage Pieces

Do you like wearing vintage clothing? Or are you still trying to figure out if it’s right for you?

Short answer: If you like vintage, you should wear it!

It doesn’t matter your age, and it doesn’t matter what kinds of vintage you like, vintage is for everyone.

Having sold vintage exclusively for over ten years now, vintage clothing and accessories are a huge part of my life. I’ve integrated them into my wardrobe for daily use: whether the entire outfit is true vintage (meaning every piece I’m wearing is legitimately old), or if the whole outfit is new except for the vintage belt I wanted to sport!

But I get asked a lot by folks how to add vintage into their wardrobes and I thought I’d write about it. It’s really not a difficult endeavor to accomplish.

It comes down to figuring out what you already wear, and switching out the new for the old. Here are a few very simple ways to add that perfect vintage piece into your wardrobe that doesn’t cost a fortune and makes you feel as unique as you truly are.

Vintage Belts - I happen to have an obsession with vintage belts. I own over three dozen, sell them at my shop all the time, and essentially, am always sourcing and wearing them. Belts are one very simple piece that can transform your look, and yet still be very understated. While some folks claim not to look good in belts,, I think everyone can wear them! Vintage belts are amazing not only because they’re vintage (duh) but because most vintage belts are made of true quality materials. The leather of old is nothing like the fake “bonded leather” that so many makers use today.

Vintage belts, particularly the leather ones I collect, are quality, thick leather that has withstood five or six decades and looks to withstand another five more. Belts are simple but pack a punch. Visit my shop for more ideas right here. And I’m always looking at new belts, too. There are a few makers out there who use real leather and craft them the way they should be made. This belt by Scottsdale is a modern brand that makes quality hand-crafted, USA-made belts. You can find some good new brands, but they are much harder to find. Either way, belts can complete your outfit in a way you’ve never thought they could.

Bandanas - I’m also super partial to vintage bandanas and scarves. While I regularly sell them in my shop, I also wear them… particularly the bandanas. Vintage bandanas can date back decades. I own about a dozen USA-made bandanas myself. Some are new, like from Levi’s, and others are vintage ‘40s and ‘50s handkerchiefs that people used regularly back in the day. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on us last year, bandanas have become more popular than ever.

Anyone can wear them and the sky’s the limit on what you can do with them. Ladies, wear them in your hair, around your wrist, or add one to your purse. These small but beautiful accents can liven up any look, and give you that edge you’ve been looking for in your wardrobe. Simple but powerful!

Vintage Specific - Another way to add a simple piece of vintage to your modern wardrobe is to pick a specific item of clothing that you love and start there in finding vintage pieces. I happen to adore sweaters and cardigans -- especially men's cardigans -- so I’ve managed to wrack up quite the collection of them. (I also sell a ton of them too!)

But, this is my vintage-specific love. Everyone has a favorite type of clothing. What’s yours? Do you love vests? Maybe vintage blouses are your thing, or guys, maybe you love your vintage selvedge denim? (I don’t blame you!) Pick your favorite and start to add pieces to your wardrobe when you find one you love.

However, you want to go about adding vintage into your wardrobe, acclimating yourself to the world of vintage by going small and going slow is the best way to find out what you like and figure out what makes you YOU!  There’s no wrong way to dress in vintage. That’s the best part about it all. Vintage means being unique. There are enough people out there trying to look like everyone else. Be you, and buy vintage. Make your wardrobe the way you want it and feel great about it because when you look good, you feel good, and that’s the best feeling in the world.


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