Rock My Vintage founder Beth McShane gives Five Five Fabulous 5 exclusive tips on how to wear vintage.
Pic ‘n’ Mix - choose one vintage piece and mix it with a high street purchase or something really contemporary so that you are not only rocking vintage in your own way but also staying up to date and not looking too nostalgic. For example, if you have a fab one off forties tea dress, add tough ankle boots or a modern cocktail ring to bring it up to date a la Kate Moss on the cover of August’s Vogue. That is exactly what RMV is all about – adding a modern twist to vintage style.
Get your sewing kit out - If you want to wear vintage original pieces be prepared to work for it! As there is only one of what you are looking for chances are it won’t be a perfect fit but, with a nip and tuck here and there, most times you will be able to make it fit! If you aren’t a dab hand with a needle and thread then local dress makers can work wonders for under a fiver.
Be brave - Wearing vintage already means that you like being individual so make the most of it. If you are wearing a twenties inspired dress then how about an amazing cloche hat or adding bright red lippy to your thirties outfit to really stand out? P.s. Twenties are going to be massive for Autumn/Winter so stock up on all things flapper now – we are talking long strands of pearls, low waistlines, art deco clutches and even faux fur stoles (swoon)!
Accessories can save your life - OK, that is a slight exaggeration but they can save your outfit and lift your look by doing something as simple as adding a vintage brooch. Our favourite accessorising tip is adding kooky vintage clip on earrings which carry you from day to night with minimum effort but maximum impact.
You can never have too many handbags - I don’t say this flippantly either but, like with other accessories, a handbag is an easy way to completely change the look of an outfit which in turn saves you money as you re-vamp your wardrobe with a splash of colour or quirky shape from your arm candy. Check out Kate Middleton for an excellent example of working a new look with the same dress using her unbelievable, beautiful collection of bags (not jealous at all).
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