STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Viva La Vintage!

Have you ever looked through your wardrobe and said to yourself, “I have nothing to wear?” I commonly find myself saying this phrase, even though I have enough clothing to last me for months (without doing the laundry, sorry mom). The issue amongst many Fashionistas, including myself, is not a matter of having nothing to wear. It’s a matter of the boredom we face with what we do have, and we constantly thirst for fresh and new items. If you’re like me and spend every dollar you receive on clothing, I have discovered a simple solution to our problem: vintage clothing.

With each new season comes a new style of clothing. However, many of these pieces have actually just cycled back from previous eras. For example, Sonny and Cher rocked their flare (bell-bottom) jeans in the mid 1960s, and today, in 2015, they are back on the streets and on trend. The next time you search your closet for something to wear, go back to the past, grab something old and make it new again. Whether you find Levi Brand Jeans in a thrift store or throw on a fringe jacket from your grandmother’s closet, older pieces ironically freshen up your wardrobe and keep your look unique.

The vintage trend is always taking the streets by storm, and this Fashionisto exemplifies this. His thrifted Mickey Mouse sweatshirt provides his outfit with a preppy flair that gives vintage a cool name. His black skinny jeans allow for his vintage sweater to really pop. He pairs his sweater with rustic boots and Ray-Ban classic wayfarers to give him the ultimate classic look. With his vintage sweater, he draws the eyes of onlookers as they envy how they can never quite find his exact sweater.

Vintage is more than just a term for older clothing and style. Vintage allows people to look unique in a world where fashion is replicated and copied, and it allows people to look stylish without breaking the bank. As British actress Thandie Newton once said, “Vintage clothing is not only glorious and stylish, it’s also the way forward in terms of recycling. Whenever I go into great vintage stores, I wonder why we ever buy new things.” I’m on the same page as you, Newton.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I’m really into wearing vintage because it’s cool and inexpensive. I think vintage clothing is great because it separates your look from everyone else wearing the same stuff.”