Picture the most straight laced, traditional careers you can imagine. Think of accountants, bankers and lawyers. Can women in these professions wear vintage at work?
I say yes! Let’s look at how one working woman wears vintage on the job. She’s a young corporate lawyer who adheres to a working world dress code yet loves vintage and wears it most every day, as shown in these bathroom selfies. She says she’s “era agnostic” but has a special affinity for the 1970’s.
Here is a by-the-decade look at her take on vintage workwear . Follow along, reader, and see if you judge her outfits to be professional, smart and not costume-y. I believe you’ll find the evidence very convincing.
Exhibit A, these two 1940s frocks:
1940s dresses were very work appropriate in their day and they can be the second time around. Our modern model has paired them with dark hose and shoes and she has kept accessories to a minimum.
Next, I call these 1950s fit-and-flare beauties to the stand:
Paired with simple, modern hair and makeup, these 1950s dresses look professional and classic. Using the same template of wearing minimal accessories and pairing them with dark hose/dark shoes gives all of her outfits a cohesive look. She’s got her own style that transcends era. On the advice of my council, I give this look a vote of confidence.
Our next witnesses are a duo of early 1960s floral dresses:
Same idea, different decade. The judge rules in favor once again.
The jury is still out on these more wildly printed late 60s pieces:
They are a slightly bolder take on the 1960s and might work better for office days than in the courtroom.
Today’s star witnesses are these sleek 70s stunners:
Neat yet edgy, these outfits exceed expectations on all counts. Our legal eagle excels in her use of vintage 1970s workwear.
Are vintage pants too casual for the office? It’s a moot point when the trousers are high waisted treasures like these:
On the left,she has paired 1940s pants with a modern tee. On the right, 1980s pleated trousers with a 1940s top.
Let the record show that our defendant has acquitted herself nicely. Case closed.