When I was little, my mom gave me her collection of 1970s and 1980s beaded purses from her college years. I remember tracing their intricate details with my fingers and imagining the glamorous life they must’ve led before my time. When I paired the purses with different outfits, I’d feel as if I was making the glamor of those decades my very own. The right choice of accessories can take an outfit almost anywhere, including back in time.
But choosing the right accessories to channel another era without appearing costumey can be a delicate balance. By carefully selecting accessory pieces that will gracefully combine both old and new fashions, one is guaranteed a vintage-inspired victory. This Fashionista paired her bracelets, a vintage-inspired portrait necklace, ribbon-laced oxford shoes and a floral sundress with a wide-brimmed sunhat, launching herself straight into the ultra-feminine 1940s.
Though her jewelry selection is ripe with antique thrift-store finds, her punchy wide-brimmed sunhat from Forever 21 keeps the look firmly grounded in the present. This Fashionista wasn’t afraid to take a fashion risk either, which was critical to the outfit’s success. Though the hat is a strong stand-out accessory, its unique edge ties the entire outfit together.
Spotted: Marc Jacobs models strutted the fall 2012 ready-to-wear catwalk donning extremely wide-brimmed interpretations of the sunhat trend. The hats were coated in furs and exotic prints, perched whimsically atop the heads of models.