Vintage and fashion go hand in hand – in fact, you’d be surprised by just how many elements of vintage fashion cross over into the fashion trends of today. However, as a pillar of true style, vintage fashion in itself is able to stand the ultimate test of time. It’s not always about the money you spend, it’s about the pieces you’re able to put together. There may well be more competition these days in the fashion stakes, but if you’ve got an eye for ‘what works where’, then you’re onto a winner.
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Of course, there are certain events in the social calendar which are keeping the trend alive more than most. Not sure which events truly pay homage to vintage? We’ve got the lowdown. Now all that’s left to do is find what works for you…
A Day at the Races
Not been for a day at the races? Girl, you are seriously missing out! Horse racing forms a staple part of the British social calendar, and has done for many years. No, you don’t need to be obsessed with equestrian matters, and no, to be honest, you don’t even need to like horses at all. However, these days are a bit of a ‘who’s who’ in society, so whether you want to see or BE seen, you’ll want to be there.
Hit up Cheltenham Ladies Day, Aintree Ladies Day or Royal Ascot to be in with a bit of a fashion treat. Whilst there are undeniably those who get it wrong (oh, so wrong…), many women are still getting things very, very right. There are even dress codes to help you!
The most important thing to note with vintage fashion is that whilst it can certainly be experimental, it’s best if it’s timeless. Keeping things civilised on a day which is frequented by those from the highest social circles is advised, lest you become a bit of a laughing stock. Obviously, it’s inherent that you dress the part, but you’ll want to act it, too. The good news is that you can get a bit of practice in beforehand when it comes to betting by going online. A site like Oddschecker will let you see which bookmaker has the most value for money and even offers free bets, so that you’re not losing out. If you’ve seen that scene in Me Before You where Louisa takes Will to the horse racing and he has a giggle at her expense on the one she thinks is a ‘shoo in’ – you’ll see why a little experience will sure go a long way.
At the races, it’s all about looking – and acting – the part, and you’ll fit in fine.
Okay, sure. You might not be getting invited to a premiere anytime soon (and if you are, where’s our invite?!), but any event of the kind calls for bringing out those vintage dresses in their droves. Anyone can head to the shops and pick out the latest trends, but it takes someone with a real keen eye to spot something that’ll have its wear for the long run.
Of course, looking to Hollywood glam is a great source of inspiration, as the stars – and indeed, their stylists – have an abundance of talent when it comes to looking amazing. They have to ensure that they’re upholding their gorgeous, unattainable looks, whilst the rest of us live in hope that we can emulate them.
Lots of celebs opt for the vintage route, and we obviously see the appeal. Many of the hottest stars regularly step out in ensembles from bygone eras, such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and, of course, Zooey Deschanel.
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You can’t talk about Fashion Week without talking about its history, which means you can’t ignore the vintage elements at all. Locations including the coveted Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week respectively all pay homage to their roots. Of course, this can be seen on catwalks, the all-important ‘frow’, and even throughout the rest of the attendees.
If you’re attending any of the world’s events of this nature, planning is essential. It’s a great idea to mix things up a little and have one ‘star of the show’ piece as it were that will really make your ensemble stand out. Try pairing a vintage item such as some boots or a jacket with a more modern collection, for an overall look that is both innovative and in fashion.
If dressing up to have all eyes on you makes you feel just a tad uncomfortable, don’t worry – there are still plenty of events to showcase different decades in your outfits. You don’t need a big bank balance or even a huge social media following to get it right.
In fact, sometimes, vintage appeals to a rather more ‘alternative’ crowd. It’s no secret that the rock world actually embraces such styles, but this is becoming more mainstream every year. Take a look at fast-fashion stores such as Primark. Even they stock the likes of Nirvana and Guns ‘N’ Roses T-shirts – and whilst classic rock and grunge merchandise may well not be as glam as a polka dot dress, everyone who’s everyone owns a T-shirt. Don’t believe us? Check out Kendall Jenner in her Slayer shirt, merging metal music with fashion in a bold statement.
There are even unusual festivals dedicated entirely to different decades. The Parkes Elvis Festival is one such example which lauds over Elvis Presley (as you might imagine from the name). It’s a fun weekend for anyone who loved the singer, but also for anyone who still loves vintage and the decade he’s associated with – many revellers relish the opportunity to don ‘70s garb or even Rockabilly style!
Vintage Is Everywhere!
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Vintage can be applied to almost any key situation, from the sporting world through to the music industry and even the world of work. It makes sense, then, that it’s all over the high street and even at special vintage markets. Whether you’ll be trawling the charity shops for authentic pieces or just going for an all-round retro ‘look’, don’t be afraid to go for something you might think is out of date – in fact, that might be the most up-to-date idea you might imagine!