As you know, I love to get creative and customise absolutely everything I own. Vintage is a term used by fashionistas everywhere at the moment, a timeless style ranging from mod rockers to polka dots and dresses. The vintage look is sought after year after year, and with the everlasting effects of the recession it’s the perfect cost saving option. So, without further ado, here are a few tips on how to get the style yourself:
1. Customising clothes gives you the opportunity to make an item your own by putting a personal spin on it. You might find some bargains in your local charity shop and decide it could do with a little personal touch… For example, if you’re lucky enough to come across a vintage pair of Levis jeans, why not customise them? Make sure they fit your waist; the length doesn’t matter, then cut them off at the thigh and turn them up. Voila! A new pair of denim shorts, a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. What’s great about Levis pieces is that they literally are timeless and you can wear them throughout the summer baring all the leg you want, or sport them in Winter with a pair of opaque tights and a jumper.
2. Lipstick! No vintage look is complete without a luscious red lipstick. Red lips were extremely popular throughout the 1940’s and that trend isn’t disappearing anytime soon. Matte lipsticks are most recommended instead of gloss and Mac does a great range of lipsticks in all shades! Secretsalons.com gives great beauty advice on all the latest products and looks to keep you up to date with trends at all time.
3. Leather vintage sandals are the perfect addition to a spring and summer vintage look. You can buy second hand ones from vintage stores, especially in London. Try out charity shops too! If you aren’t keen on wearing second hand shoes you can find vintage look sandals from many high street stores. Don’t forget to add an additional ankle bracelet made by yours truly.
4. Speaking of jewellery and accessories – these are essential to complement any outfit. I sell an array of beautiful pendants necklaces, bracelets and rings. Have a browse and contact me if there is something in particular you are looking for. I am more than happy to help create your perfect piece. Scarves are also a great addition to any outfit as well as brooches on your favourite blazer.
5. Have you heard Macklemore’s song Thrift Shop? If so you’ll know it’s essential to ask your grandparents for their hand-me-downs. You might find some treasures lying in their wardrobes. After all, vintage is all about recycling goods and wearing them with your own style. Even your mum might have some 80’s throwback gear locked away from when she was a cool kid. Remember to keep your old things, even if you won’t wear them again because one day your children and grandchildren might keep the vintage legacy alive!
Lily Smith is a free-lance content writer and fashion designer from London.