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Modernly Vintage, Pt. 1

This past weekend at work we held an event that was 1950’s themed, so naturally I dressed up!

I am a lover of vintage fashions. The construction, fit, and textiles are unlike anything you’ll find in a contemporary boutique. I have several pieces in my collection, ranging from 1940’s to 1990’s, and make a stylistic choice to incorporate vintage apparel into my day-to-day wardrobe. Unless you lead a vintage fashion lifestyle (I know a few people who ONLY dress of a certain decade), it is important to know how to wear vintage pieces without looking like you’re about to attend a costume party. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to style your vintage wares for the modern time.

Change the color intensity
Have you ever noticed how pieces from the 1950’s have a faded color quality? Or how clothes from the 70’s are so vibrant they verge on blinding? An easy way to modernize a vintage look is by switching up the color intensity (how bright or muted a hue is). I practiced this trick on the first day of my work event by choosing a vintage-inspired piece found at my favorite local consignment boutique. I discovered the skirt/top set about a week prior to the event, not buying it specifically for that occasion. When I began planning my outfits for the coming weekend, my new ensemble reminded me of the tropical prints popular during the early 50’s summers; however, this time the print was vibrant rather than faded, which made for a fresh take on the old trend. If I were to style a 70‘s look, I would search for pieces that have similar prints (pop florals and swirling paisleys) but in colors so muted they become whispy earth tones. I completed the outfit with vintage, sunshine yellow pumps and an oversized straw clutch which added to the tiki vibe.

 

Evolve the makeup
As I was completing my ensemble, I thought about what makeup I wanted to do for this particular look. My first instinct was to do a black winged liner, but I felt that would be too dramatic and heavy for such a bright look. Instead, I created a thick line of white eyeliner that really made my eyes POP. I complemented this bright look with a vibrant salmon lip color. To avoid looking like a circus performer, I kept the rest of my face very simple with just a touch of bronzer for contouring. The idea is to not go for the expected, but rather evaluate your outfit then choose a makeup style that is inspired-by yet modernized.

 

 

For the sake of keeping things short, I have divided this topic into two posts. Look out for Part 2 later on this week!

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