No, you didn’t read that wrong. The old and re-purposed is in fact outshining the new, mass-produced apparel. Fashionistas have been turning to vintage retailers, thrift stores, and trading posts for items that are not just unique but also carry character. Thrifting can be tedious and is not your average shopping experience, but good digging calls for great finds. Thrifting can also be a fun, interactive way to spend your next girls day.
The easiest way to begin incorporating vintage into your wardrobe is to mix and match with pieces that you already have in your closet. My favorite vintage item is a band T-shirt, which I throw on with my favorite skirt or pair of denim along with a leather jacket. Sometimes an ’80s-inspired jacket is all you need to make a simple outfit stand out. The look featured includes a vintage T-shirt I scored at an antique shop, re-purposed denim Levi Jeans, and a button-down I found thrifting. I have accessorized with earrings from a vintage jewelry shop, a pair of low rise booties, and the Michael Kors watch you can find on my wrist daily.
The rising trend of vintage clothing can be attributed to the fact that newer items generally have a short life cycle and just don’t feel “special” anymore. Vintage clothing has already been tested by time, which makes purchasing feel less risky, since you know that you will get lasting use of it. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, so a little thrifting could actually increase your personal social responsibility. What I love so much about scoring a re-purposed item is the thought of not knowing exactly where it has been (which can also be kind of frightening), along with the fact that there is some sort of unknown story attached to it.
Take risks, and don’t be afraid to get your vintage on.