Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

A Modern Approach to Vintage

Dressing ourselves and decorating our homes are parallel art forms.

So think, for a moment, ¬†about these three approaches to home decor. First, you could go to a big box home store, buy matching new everything, all at once, and have it delivered today. Second, you could collect all vintage pieces from a specific time period, like the 1950’s or the Victorian era. Or, thirdly, you could mix it up by choosing a well made modern couch, and Indian wool rug, a sleek mid century coffee table and a seventies hanging lamp.

The third option, the one that mixes older pieces in with the new, actually reads as more modern than the two all-matching rooms. It’s more playful and creative, which feels newer.

Now apply that approach to dressing. A funny paradox about wearing vintage is that it can look more modern than wearing all new clothing. Matching feels old fashioned but mixing feels new.

Here are a few thoughts about taking the mixed era approach to your clothing.

1.Pair vintage with denim. Jeans or a jean jacket are timeless basics that always contrast nicely with older pieces.

mix vintage with denim

2. Keep hair and makeup natural and minimal when wearing vintage for an instant modern vibe.

wear vintage with modern, natural hair

3. Combine casual and dressy items. In the past, an outfit fit the formality of the occasion head to toe, so mixing it up instantly makes it modern.

mix dressy and casual vintage pieces

4. Wear a vintage coat with contemporary pieces. It will give an edge to your modern basics.

wear a vintage coat

5. Wear a single vintage accessory. Here we have brooches but the same concept would apply to a purse, belt or scarf.

wear a vintage accessory

In sum, adding some vintage to modern outfit or living room makes it fun, playful and modern.

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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