We can all dream of just popping out to the shops and buying a completely new outfit with matching accessories, just for the hell of it, can’t we?
In reality, for me at least, it’s not going to happen – and deep down, I’d feel no guilty pleasure at spending a fortune on loads of new stuff, I’d just feel guilty.
But I enjoy putting looks together, especially on Pinterest, and from that taking a key idea which I’ll bear in mind next time I’m looking for something for a special occasion. Then when I’m buying, I might choose a similar key item sourced from a thrift shop, as in ‘vintage’ or perhaps I’ll style a shop bought garment with vintage accessories from Salvos.
So today I was playing around with red and found a rosy red dress that captured my attention. I love this 1950’s style.
In the collection I’ve created above, I started with the Eloise Dress which features a 1950s style flared skirt, and has a high neck at the front. I think it offers lots of options for different ways to style it in addition to how I’ve chosen in the image.
I’m thinking maybe a little bolero cardigan for autumn in Australia, little red booties, red beret even.
Vintage Style Tips
If you’re buying from a thrift shop, then think about buying a statement piece as “old” and add contemporary more “trendy” pieces from a fashion store – you don’t want to end up looking like you’re going to a fancy dress party.
You could try layering a long, slimline dress over trousers.
Layer chunky statement necklaces over a shirt or jacket for a 60’s inspired look.
For the hippy look, a black floppy hat, preferably felt.
Wear lace-up ankle boots with a floaty, midi boho-style dress.
Contrast a lacy top with a distressed leather jacket.
Vintage has it’s own special retro charm, but too much all at once will make you look like you’re in a Downton Abbey serial.
More vintage style tips I found here on the Huffington Post, How to Wear Vintage Clothing without looking like you’re wearing a costume
What do you think?
Like the look above, love it, got any better ideas of what would go well together?
Scroll on down for where you can buy these items if you want to. As I’m in England at the moment the prices are in Pounds Sterling so to get a guesstimate in AUD$ for instance you need to just about double them. These are Not affiliate links by the way.
Oh gosh, I’m sitting here at Mum’s, and wind and hail has started beating at the window. Reckon I need that red jacket today.
£44 – ladyvlondon.com
£40 – rosegal.com
£8.61 – wetseal.com
£14 – amazon.com
£13 – yesstyle.com
£11 – smile.amazon.com