It is a buzz word now, vintage. It equates to style and glamour of an bygone era whilst also sometimes allowing for clothes which aren’t really vintage but are just old clothes – as in two seasons ago Topshop – be disguised as a vintage find!
I am a big fan of vintage, I love the tailoring and the length of the dresses from the 70s, I love the glitz and glam (mood pending) of the 80s and there is something very beautiful about a 1920s suit.
The question ‘Who are you dressing for?’ applies when wearing vintage. I dress for myself, I love clothes and I love pulling looks together. I do also, however, love a good compliment from other stylish men and women. But I will never be a dresser for men. Take this dress (pictured). I love it. I bought it three years ago at a Thrifty Vintage Market in Galway (Cotton Face Vintage) and loved it instantly. The length, the shoulder pads and the fact I could add my own twist to it, like changing the buttons or wearing it with a belt. My friend Eoin told me I looked like Pauline Fowler heading to meet Dot Cotton down the Laundromat – the male perspective. But every time I wear it, women say, ‘Love that dress’. Funny, right?
The dress is great because it flows with my body, as when you are comfortable in your clothes you naturally hold yourself better. I love its length, just below the knee, which is ideal for daytime dresses that you want to wear to work, a business meeting or an evening get together.
This dress also frames my tallness well. It’s from the 70s and I always say if modern fashion could do one thing- it would be to lower the hem. Shorts and miniskirts fit a certain look and time in your life but from a practical sense, a longer hem just looks great. You can walk, sit down and be yourself without constantly readjusting.
If you are embarking on a new love affair with vintage, then casually mix it into your present wardrobe. Just last week I channelled Melanie Griffith in ‘Working Girl’ with a high collared blouse with a leather trimmed black cross off skirt from H&M and casual leather strapped flats from Penneys. Easy, but it is nice to know that when you head out the door that no one will be wearing what you are. In essence that is what vintage is, it allows you to reflect the individual you are through style.
Dress worn with Office Leopard print lace ups (clash attack) and the very beautiful YSL.