Modern vintage

Sergeant Bell Sleeve Jacket by Free People

Fashion is always looking to the past for inspiration.

Gillian Dress by Dear Creatures Gillian Dress by Dear Creatures

Just as much as fashion is about innovation, fashion is about connotation – the historical references that bring meaning to the details, shapes, colors and fabrics.

Adorned With Love Colorblocked Dress from Ruche

Vintage maxi dress Vintage Nicole Miller dress

Suki blazer by BB Dakota

Made For Me Tweed Dress from Ruche

What I love about a vintage aesthetic is that it makes these associations and inspirations explicit. When you take a well-chosen piece or a style out of its own time, it looks so unique in its new context.

Vintage Rose Wool Coat by Tulle

The key, I think, is finding vintage or vintage-inspired items that connect with modern fashion.

Charlie Tweed Blazer by Dear Creatures Down The Boulevard Jacket from Ruche

Vintage 90s Long Floral Dress from Ruby Chic Boutique

For authentic vintage clothes, you should stick with the pieces that have aged well. Only wear clothes that are still in good condition and in fabrics that don’t look too dated (some synthetic fabrics, unfortunately, just end up looking low quality and cheap by today’s standards).

Love Is In The Air Open Slit Dress from Ruche

Collective Thoughts Button-Back Blouse from Ruche Meeting Time Pants from Ruche

Haven Beauty Striped Dress from Ruche

From there, it’s a matter of finding those pieces that strike a balance between what was then and what is now. Maybe look for an old silhouette in a modern color scheme or with contemporary details, like graphic horizontal stripes (above).

Mod Perfection Shift Dress from Ruche Late Summer Dreams Cropped Coat by Tulle

Second Chance Striped Dress from Ruche

'Lena' dress by TBA

Maybe look for a classic, like a black dress lace, done in a whole new way…

'Lena' dress by TBA

… or maybe an old black lace dress that just looks surprisingly modern.

Vintage 50s Black Lace Dress from Ruby Chic Boutique

Why do we think lace is “romantic” and bows are “sweet”? And, no matter how you style it, why does a voluminous, A-line skirt that cinches at the waist and ends mid-calf (above) make us think of the 1950s? It’s all an allusion… nerdy pun intended.

Vintage 1940s Striped Cotton Dress by Normay

Romantic Dress by Gold Hawk

Vintage Lace Shorts by Gold Hawk

Dipped in Daisies Blouse from Spotted Moth

Edinburgh Stroll Stand Collar Coat by Tulle Silk Lace Short by Gold Hawk

Path Of Love Top from Ruche

Vienna Waits Open Toe Heels from Ruche Vienna Waits Open Toe Heels from Ruche

Stephanie Lace Blouse by Dolce Vita

Vintage 50s/60s Wiggle Dress in Oatmeal Irish Linen by Carlye Vintage 50s/60s Wiggle Dress in Oatmeal Irish Linen by Carlye

Afternoon Love Dress by Flannel

Eyelet Top from Beyond Vintage 70s Canvas Vegan Vintage Bag from Heirra Vintage

Do you have any vintage clothes or accessories you love to wear? If you do, share them in the comments below. If you don’t, maybe this should be the next book on your reading list, too.

The Little Guide To Vintage Shopping by Melody Fortier

Check out more of my vintage and vintage-inspired finds on my blog and on Pinterest!

About Alison

Artsy-nerdy, fashion and lifestyle blogger. Loving wife, baby sister. Uprooted Texan living in SoCal. Writer, shopper, photographer, reader, listener, drawer - loving the aesthetics and the depth in life.
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2 Responses to Modern vintage

  1. Becca Anne says:

    Okay, my fantastically talented friend. These are super adorable. Want to help me plan the outfits for my engagement pictures? Because I don’t know where you find such fantastic dresses and such.

  2. Alison says:

    Absolutely! This is my kind of project. šŸ™‚ So you’re getting engagement photos taken professionally? Do you have it scheduled yet?

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