In an era where newer is better in most industries, it may seem a little counterintuitive that vintage fashion is making a comeback in recent years. You might be wondering what exactly does it mean to rock a vintage inspired frock? Vintage refers to pieces derived from the 1920s through the 1980s. This term is all-encompassing, including extravagant flapper dresses and pearls from the Roaring ‘20s (think Carey Mulligan as Daisy in The Great Gatsby) to spandex, scrunchies and geometric prints of the ‘80s (think D.J. Tanner in Full House).
So why the revival of older trends? In the famous words of the ultimate Style Guru, Coco Chanel, “Fashion changes, but style endures.” While there was an array of varying fashion seen from decade to decade, taken collectively, vintage has prospered throughout time.
This week’s Fashionista channels a vintage inspired look akin to other style queens of vintage such as Alexa Chung and Gwen Stefani. She begins her ensemble with an asymmetrical, chiffon polka-dot skirt — light, airy and a must-have for summer 2013. She pairs this with a simple black form-fitting tee and creates a bold contrast, which complements the busy nature of her polka-dot skirt. To complete her outfit, this Fashionista rocks a pair of black oxfords and accessorizes with a two-toned leather satchel purse.
If you would like to add your own twist on this ensemble, the key is to find a vintage inspired dress or skirt and pair this item with flats or oxfords and a leather shoulder bag. You can find such pieces for less at your local thrift store, splurge a little more at a vintage shop or even discover vintage inspired items at more mainstream retail outlets, such as NASTY GAL or Etsy.
The beautiful thing about fashion is that it allows you to visibly communicate your story, represent an era through your choice of clothing and enables you to transform yourself into a moving piece of art. Think about what inspires you and rock a frock that mirrors your personality — after all, our outfits are a silent (yet extremely telling) outward expression of ourselves.