Vintage style refers to fashion from pre-1960s, which despite the time gap will remain in style. You can easily find a range of clothing that you like from this period, but then that is not the issue. The challenge is in choosing an ensemble that will suit you and also be in-sync in your wardrobe. Shopping for vintage style accessories, jewelry and clothing is an adventure of its own and requires time and patience, but the result will be worth all the efforts.
To include vintage clothing in your wardrobe, add in tees, jackets, denim, and vests. Vintage biker jackets that show signs of conditioned and aged leather is the perfect choice to being your vintage collection. It may be priced higher as this is a timeless investment and can stay with you for decades. You should be able to get a good quality leather biker jacket from $300 to $2000. Try vintage brands such as Bax, Turtle, Marbury Coats, Leathers of New England and Honda Motor Company. If you are amongst the lucky ones whose dad too was a biker, then you need to look no further. Just dig into his old stuff and you can surely find something worthwhile. Have it professionally cleaned and restored and you can proudly display your heritage.
Denims too are good vintage style clothing. Here too the range is quite wide, jackets, western style shirts, jeans (here you can even find many unique styles, cuts and washes). Check with Levis, Wrangler and Ely for some good old stock.
A tee shirt printed with vintage messages like I Love Lucy or Star Trek can assure you a trip down the memory lane. These will not only make you stand apart in the crowd but in fact will be crowd puller.
Some of the best buys in accessories are cowboy boots, 70’s trainer shoes and hand tooled western style boots. Cut out style boots with filigree can make your style look superior. Brands like Bohlin, Olsen Stelzer and Nacona are the ones to look out for. Adidas may have a few of their 70s bright colored and fun design footwear.
Also search for vintage sunglasses, leather belts and bags even through online stores. You will be surprised to get frames and lenses in their original quality that cannot just be matched in today’s world. . The details of vintage leather bags lie in the shoulder belts and metal buckles.
However when shopping for vintage styles, you need to be careful. Do not overindulge lest it seem like a drama costume. Choose and pick your vintage garments, vintage accessories and vintage jewelry with care and ample time. Read through books or magazines to know the popular styles of that era that may still be in vogue today. This will give you a good idea on what to search. Also do not pick up too many things at once. Vintage style dressing may be a once in a while affair and you may end up with most of the clothes lying in your closet.
If you are unable to find a particular piece to go with the ensemble, you may opt for replica. But do so with care and select a tasteful and quality item that will compliment your whole outfit.