Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

Wearing Vintage


Fast fashion, like fast food, is standardized, cheap, and available globally. There are times when it is just the thing, but a steady diet of either one is ultimately unsatisfying.  Adding vintage clothing and accessories to the mix is a way to deepen the well of resources available  to express your unique self through your clothes.

Here are three ways to do it:

Mixing vintage and new clothing.

This is probably the easiest way of beginning to work vintage into your wardrobe, as well as a simple way of taking a fancier vintage piece and making it more wearable for day. I have a nice selection of pretty, lacy tops in the shop, which customers pair with jeans, creating an outfit that works and is unique.

vintage 40's blouse with modern outfit

Here is a vintage 40’s blouse with a modern outfit

Pairing modern accessories with vintage clothes.

Accessorizing vintage garments with contemporary shoes, bags and sunglasses is an easy way to ground these sometimes fanciful pieces in the modern era.

modern accessories vintage dress

Here. modern accessories are paired with a vintage dress                               Accessorizing with an adorable child is optional.

Mixing eras. Even when wearing head-to-toe vintage,  it is possible to mix it in ways that make your outfit seem more relevant. Mixing eras can, surprisingly, have the same effect as blending new and vintage pieces, because it takes your outfit out of the realm of “costume.”

Wearing vintage clothing, mix of eras

Wearing all vintage: clothing & accessories, mixing eras

head to toe vintage mixed eras

A very modern way of wearing head to toe vintage of mixed eras

Images are from the Huffington Post.

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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