Fashion can be a lot of fun, especially if you like playing with styles and eras and adding a personal touch to your outfits. The outfits don’t necessarily need to be trendy; famous brands have freshly placed modern pieces on the market.
Vintage pieces can add uniqueness to your combinations only if done right. We certainly want to avoid looking outdated.
Mixing and matching vintage and modern is crucial to keep in mind to avoid looking like you are wearing a costume. Here are seven ways how to mix vintage and modern.
Go Basic Vintage
Focusing on vintage basics is always the safest way to mix and match. Choose plain shirts, delicate sweaters, or an oversized top, match it with high waist skirts or pants, and add a statement coat.
Dress down a thrift skirt with a t-shirt and sneakers, or dress it up with heels and a beautiful silk shirt. Secondhand shops are filled with vintage clothing items that have a basic design or shape and can easily mix and match with trendy pieces to look classy.
Center Around One Vintage Piece
You can not go wrong by centering your modern outfit around one vintage piece. If you have a vintage item that you love but doesn’t fit into the rest of your wardrobe, the best advice is to keep it simple. It may be a piece with a bold print, beads, vibrant colors, ruffles, or whatever the style was ‘in’ at the time.
Tone it by selecting the simplest modern pieces in your wardrobe. You can even purchase some secondhand clothing items. If it’s a vintage shirt, try it with classic jeans, or wear a simple dress underneath that bold jacket you have lying around for decades.
Vintage pieces may look outdated, but when combined with simple, clean, and modern elements, they can make a trendy outfit that everyone will love.
Let Style Icons be an Inspiration
We always look up to famous figures for inspiration on fashion and trends. They are known to make bold combinations by mixing styles and eras and creating new fashion trends. Yes, the pieces they wear are usually designer items and relatively expensive, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have something similar to what they have.
Try their combinations of clothing items with vibrant colors and accessories to create undeniably fashionable outfits. Some style icons are always on the hunt to find unique must-have pieces that will make them stand out in the crowd. They don’t always follow the fashion trend herd.
Accessories Vintage or Modern
Vintage stores are filled with accessories like bags, sunglasses, belts, and more, that you can add to your trendy combinations. You may subtly add some vintage to your modern outfit by adding a vintage scarf or bag.
Vintage bags and sunglasses are used by designers all the time because they add elegance to the combinations. It’s very rare to see this nowadays, so why not be the one to promote it?
Timeless Jewelry Pieces
Jewelry never goes out of style. Whether it’s a classic piece or representing a specific era, earrings, necklaces, rings, or bracelets can work well with your outfit. You can also try playing with antique brooches. They are uncommon and may be added to tops, shirts, a hat, or attached to a material belt.
Shoes and Socks
Vintage shoes can be quite an exciting mix of a modern combination. They have smaller heels than the modern ones, making them more comfortable on your feet.
There’s a negative vibe to wearing sandals with socks, but they can look intriguing when styled in the right way. Mix and match them with clothes from the 1950s or 1990s. Give it a try; the uncommonness of styling might be your thing.
Are you handy with a sewing machine? Find vintage pieces you can refashion and flip them into modern pieces. Turn a loose shirt into a fitted top, or shorten a maxi skirt.
Give an old piece a fresh look and be the only one with such an item. Revive your favorite era through vintage pieces that look fashionable and modern.
Dare To Be Rare
Recycling and refashioning vintage clothing is not new and can be rather fun. If you have an ancestor who was into clothing and accessories, you will find hidden treasures in their closets. Just because a vintage piece of clothing went out of style doesn’t mean the items cannot be given a new life and look.
Whether you mix modern clothing with vintage accessories or vice versa, you’ll create stunning outfits that will be talked about among your friends.