Recent catwalks from Milan, London, New York and Paris, have brought us a whole host of distinct yet wearable trends for the months ahead. World economics have finally filtered through to the fashion industry as we see a more sustainable season with bags more staying power.
And there’s plenty of reason for you to consider these trends from a different angle. Whether you’re feeling the pinch financially, wanting to challenge fast throwaway fashion or are simply striving to be individual yet bang on trend, we’ll show you how to do it the vintage way.
Probably the most fun and accessible area of vintage is accessories. They don’t carry any size, last for years and can easily change or enhance an entire look. And the biggest accessory trend for 2009 has got to be the big, bold, statement necklace. Look for metals, leather, large beads, oversize sequins and neons.
But most of all, make sure it’s larger than life and can be worn with at least two of your favourite outfits! What’s more, vintage costume jewellery isn’t just in vintage shops and boutiques, it can be found in attics, jumble sales, charity shops and car boot sales. Seek and ye shall find.
It may sound simple, but bold block colors have been making quite a name for themselves so far this year. Approach this trend with careful thought – use colors that suit your hair tone and complexion and don’t even think about killer head to toe co-ordination. Mish mash colors and clashing are welcomed – just make sure you keep it clean and bright.
Vintage wise, go for the canary yellows of the sixties and the electric blues of the eighties. Nothing is forbidden within reason, and the odd splash of black or white is still allowed. And we promise you, by Summer you’ll thank us for banishing your grey to the back of the wardrobe!
If you haven’t got one already then why not? The tailored blazer is now officially a fashionista staple. Completely versatile, whether it be with denim and heels or a fabulous one shoulder dress, this is the trend that can transform literally any outfit in an ultra classy way.
Take a dive in the world of vintage and you will find both long and cropped styles in an array of materials and patterns from tweed to tartan and beyond. Feature metallics with traditional buttons in gold or silver and tickle the eighties vibe with power dressing shoulder pads!
The outrageous top
Full artistic license is given with this one. Remember what you feel comfortable in is still the most important factor, but don’t be shy! We’re talking sixties flower power, seventies ruffles and eighties lace – but the general rule of thumb is the more decorative the better.
Whether is be a blouse, singlet, t-shirt, jumper or cami – remember it’s all about the detail and there are definitely no holes barred. Choose wisely, this could be the most important purchase you make all year.
Swoon! We’ve welcomed this trend with open arms and a spring in our step. By far the prettiest and most romantic notion we’ve seen for some time, and the most perfect vintage treasure hunt there is. There are styles that will suit any shape or height – halterneck, micro mini, floaty, fitted, wrap, flared and floor length.
Forties and fifties tea dresses are certainly a favorite but lest we forget the sixties brought us a funkier edge with a flair in colour and cut. The soft glamorous romance of the seventies is truly adorable and of course the eighties brought back rose prints and decoupage.
It’s worth remembering that all these dainty little numbers look just as good with opaque tights and a blazer as they do with bare legs and pumps.
So there we have it, our first vintage led fashion trend guide, of course we’ll keep you updated with new ways to work the trends of the moment and ensure you turn heads for all the right reasons!
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