Since I started maeflowers vintage a little over a year ago, I have been learning so much about what Syracuse woman are comfortable with when it comes to shopping and what they are wearing. I had a false reality about how woman approached shopping from living in NYC for so many years. Almost all the woman in my life in NY loved to shop and RARELY uttered the words “where am I going to wear this?” and “I can’t pull that off.”
I don’t know if it’s the anything goes attitude in NYC but I do know that with a little help we can work together to embrace fashion while still being you.
Vintage fashion is the perfect way to add something different and unique to your wardrobe. Nervous about “pulling it off?” Try these below tricks:
- Avoid the “costume.” Some pieces are meant to stay in the past. These include anything that reminds you of your grandmothers house coat, poodle skirts, and leisure suits. Also, exaggerated collars, too much polyester, and unnecessary neck ruffles should be avoided.
- Look for pieces that have a classic silhouette that feel timeless. Pencil skirts, blazers, tie front blouses, shift and a-line dresses are easy to find in most vintage stores and with never go out of style.
- Embrace the prints! Since your keeping a classic silouhette, take liberty with prints and pattern. Why not wear a full floral blazer? A bright orange and pink striped pencil skirt? The 60’s and 70’s were full of amazing prints. Rock them! You can pull them off.
- Stay modern. In the same vain of picking classic silouhettes and avoiding looking to costumey, pair your vintage pieces back to modern. A pleated midi skirt always goes great with your favorite chambray shirt. The 1960’s floral shift would be lovely layered with a simple blazer, and your go-to white t-shirt is begging to be tucked into your vintage printed pants.
- Find a tailor you trust. Assuming you do not own a sewing machine. It’s time to find a tailor/seamstress you love and trust. Vintage is “one-of-a-kind.” Don’t pass on a print you LOVE just because it’s too big or the sleeves are a tad too short. Most things are fixable when it comes to size. Besides the obvious taking in, a seamstress can add side panels or take out the seams slightly to add a little more room. Also, don’t be afraid to make the look more customized, just by having collars and/or sleeves removed and cheap looking buttons changed you will have a fresh updated, but still charmingly vintage piece. Whether or not you keep the shoulder pads is totally up to you:)
However you decide to add vintage into your wardrobe, just remember to have fun. Maeflowers vintage believes shopping for clothes and getting dressed s a celebration of you and your love for your body. Stop asking the questions “where would I wear that?” and “can I pull that off?” Don’t wait for an occasion to get “dressed.” Throw on that adorable 60’s floral print and have your friends over for champagne!