When you hear the word vintage, what comes to mind? Musty clothes that remind you of your grandma’s closet and old fashioned pieces you would never buy, let alone wear! I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey. Hopefully I can change your mind and open it to the wonders of vintage fashion. Vintage is unique and fun! Pieces can be utterly fabulous, not to mention a great investment if you nab a designer brand.
Think original Levi jeans, a Calvin Klein 90’s logo tee or a Dior saddle bag. What goes around comes around. Vintage is an item made in the previous decade, or 10 years previous to now. Some typical vintage pieces are sequined tops, satin bedwear, fur coats and leather jackets. So with these 4 vintage beauties in mind, I’ll give you some examples of how you can incorporate them into your existing closet and modernize them for a current look that will most certainly not have you looking like a Nanna!
Sequins: Don’t be scared off by sequins. They are a lot more versatile than you think, as long as they remain your outfits feature piece. Tops and jackets look amazing when dressed down with blue denim jeans, a white tee and sneakers. It’s the dash of dazzle that makes this seemingly simple outfit work and takes it to another style level. The key is to keep it simple and let the sequins do the talking for you.
Bedwear: Satin slips and night robes are one of the cheapest vintage finds, and certainly not for sleeping in. Slip dresses are still a major fashion trend paired with a blazer and heels, biker jacket and boots or with a tee over the top with trainers. Robes act as cool kimono wraps to dress up an evening look (I wore one to a wedding recently!) or to take a casual tank top with jeans up a notch. They can also be a very cool tropical vacay item, at the beach or poolside over swimwear.
Fur Coats: As a vet nurse, and stylist I most certainly am against fur in fashion. However when it comes to vintage fur, where this animal has sadly lost its life decades ago, sometimes before we were even born – then in my opinion to reuse a classic piece like this generations down the line, and not have this animals life mean nothing is something I can accept. They are generally fully lined and add a touch of class and Hollywood glam to an evening dress or funk up a leather pants and rock n roll tee outfit.
Leather Jackets: For street cred there is no better wardrobe staple than a leather biker jacket. Again, real leather is a fashion no-no, but as with vintage fur if we can get longevity out of a piece, then ok. Thrown over a maxi dress or jeans, it literally works well and looks cool with everything! So next time you pass a vintage store or op shop, pop in and take a style risk. You’ll soon discover there actually is no risk at all. No fashion faux pas here, only fashionista faux WOW!
Kimberley Skye is an Australian fashion stylist based in Sydney. She specializes in all things eco-friendly, sustainable, vintage, cruelty free and ethical. A graduate of the Australian Style Institute, she uses her life-long thrifting skills and passion for fashion, to replicate runway looks for less. Aiming to inspire change in the way we look at fashion, she blogs exclusively for DAAMN! Kimberley is Brand Ambassador for various charities and is a Member of Ethical Influencers. To keep up to date on all her latest styles follow her on Insta @_shopportunity, Facebook and be styled by her on the DAAMN! app.