How to Wear Vintage

This week on The Adventures of the VIP, I am going to discuss “How to Wear Vintage”.  Before I get started, let’s take a look at the meaning of “vintage”.  According to “Merriam-Webster” dictionary, it is “a season’s yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard.”  Wait, wait, wait! I am sorry that is not the definition we need.  Hold on.  Let’s keep reading through all these definitions.  Yes, here it is.  “Characterized by excellence, maturing, and enduring appeal; classic.”  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  Enduring appeal and classic!  According to Etsy, an online shopping heaven, an item must be twenty years of age or more to qualify as “vintage”.  To a vintage buff like myself, “vintage” is an item with aged quality and a traceable history.

What is so fabulous about buying and wearing vintage is that with a few standard vintage pieces one can create daring outfits by simply mixing the old with the new.  Vintage tops supercharge jeans, vintage boyfriend blazers harmonize with modern dresses, and vintage jewelry complements any top in the closet.  Now, without further ado, I introduce to you three examples of “How to Wear Vintage”.

To the ribbon cutting ceremony of The Real Story, I sported a bedazzled, stellar, vintage cocktail blouse, my “DIY Dip-Dye Denim” shorts, and darling black heels. This comfortable outfit will definitely catch attention as it shimmers and sparkles with fashionista pride!  The VIP declares vintage cocktail tops as a must have for all for fall.

For my dad’s birthday dinner, I strutted the streets of Louisville, Mississippi in my tomato red, high-waisted shorts, a pitch black Metallica band tee, a distressed jean vest, leopard print belt, and studded toe heels. This flirty and fierce ensemble is a perfect way to leave a forget-me-not impression at a birthday gathering.  The VIP declares band tees a must have for all vintage inspired fashionistas.

A vintage 1970s floral button-up, dark denim jeans rolled at the bottom with a neutral belt and eye- popping orange wedges makes for a dreamy  back to school outfit!   This retro, preppy ensemble delivers all the impact needed to start the school year off fashionably.  The VIP declares vivid, vintage button-ups a must have for the retro closet.

Drum roll, please.  Now, it is time for the famous-well, kind of famous, VIP tips.  This week’s tips are for those vintage-loving fashionistas who are looking for ways to wear and pair those timeless pieces.  Remember when buying vintage clothing, to invest in sturdy pieces that can stand up to everyday life and wear without being damaged.  I have suffered the embarrassing rip from a delicate, classic piece!

VIP Tips on How to Wear Vintage:

  • Pair with Denim:  Vibrant vintage high-waisted shorts or A-Line skirt plays well with a modern or vintage band tee and a jean jacket or vest.  Denim-on-denim is very hot for the fall!  Invest in modern and vintage denim to give your wardrobe a striking combination.
  • Sequins, Sequins, Sequins!:  Vintage cocktail tops pair well with jeans and classic trousers.  For the daring, pair with 80s style miniskirts or leggings!  No need to stress about accessories because the sequins say it all.  “I’m here.  The party can now begin.”
  • Edgy Leather:  A well-loved leather jacket adds a certain sassy, edgy depth to that boxy style vintage dress.  What is even more appealing is leather never goes out of style, my dear fashionistas!   “This year-round classic is totally worth the investment,” says Marie Claire magazine.
  • Boy Meets Girl:  Take the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (of Elizabeth & James and The Row) philosophy when it comes to wearing vintage with modern apparel. “This season, we played a lot with rich textures, layering, and striking a balance between masculine and feminine.”  You can easily pair a sweet, white lace top with a “Grease” style leather jacket for a boy meets girl, daring fashion statement.
  • Let’s Hear It For the Boys! A dashing, vintage top coat layered over an edgy, band tee or preppy sweater works well with jeans or khakis for an absurdly good-looking vibe that will have all the girls singing, “Let’s Hear It for the Boys!” It is the vintage (or modern) article that every ravishing man needs for fall.

According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, “…Expect to pay a fair price to the seller who has found an item, cleaned it, and researched it.” Finding good quality vintage can be hard to do, but when you find it-it is totally worth the investment! The first step of being able to wear vintage is to locate and purchase striking vintage!  Stay tuned to “The Real Story” and my blog “Vintage Inspired Passionista” on tips for locating and buying these enduring, classic pieces.

Be sure to join me next week on The Adventures of the VIP as I take you on another fabulous fashion journey in my fashionista time machine! Wouldn’t it be great if time machines really did exist…

Don’t forget to Like the VIP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista and follow me on Twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @VintagePassionista!

Here are a few more of my FAVORITE vintage ensembles!:)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

 

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Weekly Whistle!

Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby let me know. Cause I’m gonna show you how to do it and you start real slow. You just put yo’ lips together and you come real close. Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle….

Oh…hey lovelies! I guess y’all are wondering what a “Weekly Whistle” is? Well, It is a short blog that I will post once a week of my FAVORITE ensemble! I could go on and on in deep detail about how I came up with the idea of Weekly Whistle and what not but…this is a short blog haha *whistle, whistle, whistle, whistle*

Vest: VIP DIY
Top: The Limited
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Bag: LaBelleMadeleine on Etsy! She has darling handcrafted purses, pouches, cozies, and much more!

Like me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/VintageInspiredPassionista

Twitter: @Abbysauce_

Instagram: @VintagePassionista

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude

This Urban Outfitters skirt is the one I found in the drawer with my DVD player and broken crayons when I cleansed my closet and soul; indeed, it is uber spectacular!

“You know my starter won’t start this mornin’. Boy, my motor won’t even turn. You know my starter won’t start this mornin’. Boy, my motor won’t even turn…..” Man….the Blues is just some amazing music with an interesting history! One of my favorite Blues singers is Lightnin’ Hopkins-that man could sing, buddy! If you don’t listen to the Blues, you should really start…it’s such a relaxing style of music not like all this new fangled techno stuff people are listening to these days…now I sound like my grandparents…Oh, help me… haha;)

Here is a link to one of my favorite Blues songs by Lightnin’ Hopkins! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3SXKLas-ko

To learn more about the history of Blues, check out this WordPress blog: www.musictodiefor.wordpress.com/50-greatest-traditional-blues-songs/

Vest: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: J Crew
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

I have recently been reading Walden by Thoreau….it is both thought provoking and inspiring!

VIP Recommendation:

  • read the masterpiece Walden because it will encourage you to cleanse your closet and cleanse your soul!

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode...” (from “Conclusion” chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

We are wont to forget that the sun looks on our culivated fields and on the prairies and forests without distinction. They all reflect and absorb his rays alike, and the former make but a small part of the glorious picture which he beholds in his daily course. In his view the earth is all equally cultivated like a garden. Therefore we should receive the benefit of his light and heat with a corresponding trust and magnanimity…(from “The Bean-Field” chapter in Walden)…Nature is as welladapted to our weakness as to our strength…none of the brute creation requires more than Food and Shelter. The necessaries of life for man in this climate may, accurately enough, be distributed under the several heads of Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Fuel; for not till we have secured these are we prepared to entertain the true problems of life with freedom and a prospect of success…” (from “Economy” chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

“Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made. Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If  a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” (from “Conclusion” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

 

 

Hat: Charming Charlie (Birmingham, Alabama)
Vest: VIP DIY
Shirt: Thrifted
Jeans: Raspberry Beret Consignment Shop
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Tie: from my Deddy’s closet
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

 

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark…and we’re wearing sunglasses.” “Hit it.” -The Blues Brothers

“It’s 725 miles to Chicago, it’s going to take two and a half tanks of gas, a case of Diet Pepsi, a bag of Doritos, and a Twix…and I’m wearing my sunglasses my dog chewed on…”-The V.I.P.

“One black suit jacket, one pair black suit pants. One hat black. One pair of sunglasses. $23.07. Sign here.” -The Blues Brothers

 

Top: Thrifted (Salvation Army Starkville, MS)
Belt: The Attic
Skirt: Thrifted (Salvation Army Starkville, MS)
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: from my Mom’s jewelry collection (Avon)
Braclet: Personalized ID bracelet handmade by Lisa Hamilton of Bead Soul…I call it my blog bracelet:)
Anklets: Rare Daisy jewelry on Etsy

 

“Our  village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness,– to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough Nature.” ( from “Spring” a chapter in Walden” -Henry David Thoreau

“There is a commonly sufficient space about us. Our horizon is never quite at our elbows. The thick wood is not just as out door, nor the pond, but somewhat is always clearing, familiar and worn by us, appropriated and fenced in some way, and reclaimed from Nature. For what reason have I this vast range and circuit, some square miles of unfrequented forest, for my privacy, abandoned to me by men?…I have my horizon bounded by woods all to myself…There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses still…I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by the sense of solitude…” (from “Solitude” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…” (from “What I Lived For” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.” (from “Economy” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

Walden, The Blues, and denim…could it get any better! After reading Walden, I was inspired to share how much the captivating words of Thoreau affected me! It brought forth the idea of my last blog, “Cleanse the Closet, Cleanse the Soul” and the idea for this blog, “Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude”.

VIP TIP:

  • Denim is one of those pieces that never goes out of style…like the little black dress! Every girl should own at least one pair of superbly fabulous blue jeans and a statement denim jacket or vest!

The following are additional pictures from the “Oh, Mighty Blues and Solitude” photoshoot!

“I should not talk so much about myself is there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by narrowness of my experience…” (from “Economy” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

 

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as two or three, not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail…Simplify, simplify…instead of a hundred dishes, five; and reduce other things in proportion…” (from “What I Lived For” a chapter in Walden) -Henry David Thoreau

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hat.

To have your own handmade custom bracelet…contact Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul! Here is the link to her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadsoul?ref=ss_profile

Also, to get cute summery anklets, visit Rare Daisy’s Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/people/RareDaisyJewelry

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