The 1950s and 1960s marked a new era of self-expression for the American teenager. Comforted by an expanding economy, this period enabled more indulgent spending and experimental fashion. Inspired by the classy, chic ‘50s and the groovy ‘60s, this Fashionista put her own modern spin on her favorite vintage looks. This Fashionista — and Penn Fashion Week’s Best Dressed Competition Runner Up — not only proved that vintage can be chic— she perfectly exuded a nostalgic charm that all Fashionistas could learn to embrace.
This week’s Fashionista combined the best of the decades for one colorful look. As an employee at Philly AIDS Thrift, a non-profit thrift store that donates proceeds to local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, it’s no wonder that this Fashionista was so inspired by vintage clothing. She paired high-waisted ‘80s denim capris with a floral button-up oxford shirt for a bright, summery look and accessorized with her favorites from other decades. A pair of Tiffany blue and cream lace-up oxfords added to her retro look, but her accessories up top really enabled this Penn’s Best Dressed competitor to stand out. She topped off her outfit with a Rosie the Riviter-esque headscarf from the ‘40s, and donned a pair of tortoise shell cat-eye glasses like those from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The final touch for this Fashionista’s outfit was her hot pink smile. With that final pop of color, this Fashionista showed how to transform a vintage look into one that is still young and playful.
This week, travel back in time with the fashions from any decade of your choice. While this Fashionista’s overall style was mainly inspired by the fashion of the ‘50s and ‘60s, it is easy to incorporate the trends from any decade into your own wardrobe.