Working The Weird And The Wacky Into Your Vintage Wardrobe

February 5, 2011 • Magazine

Working The Weird And The Wacky Into Your Vintage Wardrobe

Working The Weird And The Wacky Into Your Vintage Wardrobe

Sat, 2000-02-05 08:00

Angel Cutsforth

I talk about classic vintage pieces a lot but what do you do when you are drawn to that one bright, loud or outrageous piece when in a store? Here are my tips for before and after buying that special piece.

Before Buying

The first thing you need to ask is will you actually wear it and how it fits in with other things you own. There is no point in getting white go-go boots if you don’t have anywhere or anything to wear them with. However, a psychedelic blouse could easily be paired with neutrals to tone down the look.

The second question you should ask yourself is if the price is worth it because it’s not as versatile as a “classic” piece. For instance, I wouldn’t pay as much for a print dress from the 1950’s as I would a black dress that I will wear twenty times more.

After Buying

Look after the piece: because it’s a bit different it’s better to take a bit of extra care of it so that it stays a special piece in your closet.

If you’ve bought a neon printed shift dress from the 1960’s and you want to wear it, try to tone down the outfit by wearing it with neutrals such as grey and black, which will instantly stop the costume effect and up the chic stakes.

The most important piece of advice I can give is don’t be afraid! I’ve bought an electric blue cocktail dress in the past (which still hangs in my closet with one wear under it’s belt) that I love and even though it’s a bit different for me it is one of my favorites.

1. VintageFree Lance Paris Floral Embroidered Go Go Boots $186
2. Little China Girl Vintage 1960’s Psychedelic Cheongsam Dress Blouse $13
3. Antiquarian Librarian $148
4. 70s Glam Silver Disco Prom Dress $148

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