Spring/Summer 2011 Trends The Vintage Way

April 4, 2011 • Magazine, Vintage

Angel Cutsforth

From a look back at the trends for the 2011 spring/summer season, I saw some truly vintage inspired themes running through the shows. You can easily find a vintage substitute by searching on Ebay, etsy or other vintage shopping websites. Hopefully looking at these new trends and their vintage counterparts you’ll agree.

Bright colors are a huge trend this spring/summer. They were seen on a lot of the catwalks and done in different styles by various designers. Think 1960’s Mod versus Madonna’s Material Girl look. I personally love some of the Mad Men style wiggle dresses in fluorescent pinks.

Non Vintage – Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011 RTW
Vintage – 60s Tangerine Dream Shift Dress by Bleeker Street $25

I’ve written about how on trend lace is before, and I’m about to do it again. All over the catwalks lace took many different shapes and guises; blouses, dresses, skirts, etc. But you can find a lot of the same style online. This trend is perfect for the wannabe flapper among you in the style of BCBG Max Azia.

Non Vintage – BCBG Max Azria Spring 2011 RTW
Vintage – Vintage 1920s Tiered Lace Flapper Wedding Dress With Glass And Pearl Beaded Belt $400

Midi Skirts
This is a trend that I am ecstatic about. Instead of being told my 1950’s dresses are a frumpy length by trend followers who loved maxi and mini skirts, they are now asking me where I got my dresses and skirts. You can easily find midi length clothing on the high street but for that perfect vintage item take a look at clothes from the 1930’s to the 1950’s.

Non Vintage – Chloe Spring 2011 RTW
Vintage – Vintage 1940s Hush Hush Crepe Dress $138

This year we’re seeing more of the florals that we had last year, but this time there’s a connection to the bright colors trend and instead of vintage rose prints we’re seeing abstract watercolour floral prints. The print trend, when it comes to vintage clothing, leaves for a huge amount of options. There are the novelty prints which where hugely popular through the 1930s through to the 1960’s and after that there are the psychedelic prints which where hugely popular through the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

Non Vintage – Isaac Mizrahi Spring 2011 RTW
Vintage – Under The Tuscan Sun Two Piece Cotton Shirtwaist Day Dress $78

I wrote the word white in capital letters for a reason… it’s a huge trend! Think floaty summer dresses in white, or tailored shift dresses and you’re on the right track. This is a great way to use white gypsy skirts that are in your closet from the boho trend a few years back or even a great opportunity to look for Edwardian style dresses which seem to be everywhere.

Non Vintage – Cusnie et Ochs Spring 2011 RTW
Vintage – Vintage 1960s Lorrie Deb Designer Dress $140

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