Fashion trends are constantly repeating themselves. While designers look to the future and work to incite new fashion obsessions, they also draw inspiration from the past. From the jumpsuits of the seventies to the florals of the nineties, good trends never die. And it’s so thrilling to rediscover the actual pieces that continue to inspire modern trends in the depths of your mom’s closet or on a rack in a local vintage shop. A vintage piece has character: years, memories, culture and history are attached to it.
Adding in vintage pieces can bring a huge personality to your outfit, as proved by this Fashionista! Her patterned shorts were purchased from Agora, one of the local vintage shops in Athens. They were originally too big, but she said that she took them in a bit on the sides to fit her petite frame better. When it comes to vintage pieces, “knowing how to how to sew and make a few little adjustments can make a big difference in how your clothes fit,” she advises.
She paired a bold orange tee with the shorts, modernizing the vintage cut of the shorts with a splash of neon. Black ballet flats keep the outfit simple and polished. These Free People paper bag shorts are similar to this Fashionista's pair, but that is the beauty of vintage pieces. They will be completely unique and difficult to replicate.
Vintage shops typically abound in college towns. Spend a day exploring and you are bound to stumble across one. However, there are also multiple web options if you would rather skip the process of digging through a brick-and-mortar shop. But the treasure hunting is part of the fun in my opinion! Etsy.com has various little shops with vintage jewelry and clothing and VintageMavens.com specializes in women’s vintage. They provide measurements and detailed descriptions of each item. Modcloth is another great option. While most of the merchandise is new, there is a vintage section with everything from jackets and dresses to kitchenware!