10 Essentials For A Killer Vintage Wardrobe
Looking to incorporate vintage pieces into your look but don’t know where to start? Here are ten essentials every vintage collector has in their closet.
Whether you are just beginning your journey into vintage clothing or you’re well on your way and wondering which vintage pieces you should look for as you browse vintage stores or online, here is a guideline of closet essentials from a 25-year vintage collector.
1. A Cool Blazer
Vintage blazers can make a statement. For instance, this country band blazer that I found amongst the racks at Cambridge Antique Market in Boston for $15. I love to pair a contemporary look with a vintage blazer.
Likewise, I love wearing this navy blue, vintage school blazer with jeans. It’s a nice alternative to a black blazer.
2. Band Tee or Sweatshirt
I love a graphic tee whether it is new or old but a worn-in, much-loved vintage tee is perfect for a casual outfit or dressed up under a blazer. I found this vintage AC/DC band tee at Goodwill for $3.00 and reach for it more often than contemporary tees in my dresser.
Similarly, one can find some great vintage sweatshirts that may in fact be one of a kind such as this vintage red sweatshirt from Lucky Vintage in Seattle.
3. Vintage Denim
Denim can be worn in a million different ways. Every vintage collector has a treasured collection of vintage jeans whether they be Levi’s, Wranglers, Lee, Jordache, or no label vintage denim. They are fundamental for any vintage wardrobe.
These vintage Lee jeans are one of my favorite finds of all time. They are thrashed so I try to elevate them for example with this navy blue St. John cardigan and Equipment blouse.
4. A Beaded Something
Thrift shops and vintage stores are packed with the most exquisite beaded, sequined, embellished clothing items, and accessories. Many are priced to sell and some will be priced on the higher end. I love these types of statement pieces to elevate a casual look or to dress up.
I bought this beaded trophy jacket in mint condition at a secondhand shop in London.
Whether you like simple and understated skirts or fancy and over-the-top varieties such as these two, skirts are an excellent way to incorporate vintage into an everyday wardrobe. You’ll find skirts in abundance and very affordable in thrift shops and online.
This vintage skirt is actually a slip that I bought at Brimfield Flea for $20.
There must be enough rails of vintage dresses to circle the earth. The choices are endless considering the many different past decades and styles to choose from as well as prints, patterns, and colors. Modernize a vintage dress by wearing it with trainers or another type of current shoe.
7. Silk Blouse
There is a ton of vintage polyester in the world. I have a few vintage tops in this fabric but I try to avoid it as a rule. If you see a vintage 100% silk blouse in good condition, snag it. You won’t regret it. I got this one new with tags at a flea market.
8. Cowboy Boots
Whether you think of yourself as a country mouse or a city mouse, vintage cowboy boots are a fantastic addition to any vintage lover’s wardrobe. I love these vintage silver and gold cowboy boots as a cool alternative to black boots.
9. Statement Coat or Jacket
Make a statement with vintage outerwear. Look for something formal such as this navy 1950s winter coat or something more casual like a vintage jean jacket or an army jacket.
10. Special Occasion Piece
Have at least one vintage special occasion dress in the closet and you will always be ready for any special event or date. It will save you from the stress of panic shopping. You’ll save money, and you’ll be wearing something uniquely you at your next fancy do.