It's All About Vintage

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Friday, July 27, 2012 | 11:29 PM

Over the last few years, there has been a rise in the popularity of vintage clothing with online retailers and high street stores popping up who specialise in this niche clothing area. The aim of this article is to look at the key trends set be hot this autumn/winter.

Before we start to look at individual items, we need to first define what vintage clothing is. Vintage clothing is typically any item of clothing from the 1920s through to the 1980s. Any items of clothing prior to 1920 are referred to as 'antique clothing' whilst clothing after the 1980s is deemed as 'modern clothing'. It's also important to note that vintage clothing can be either new or second hand garments.

The main reason that vintage is currently in such high demand is that fashion conscious buyers have become bored of more modern clothing, often seeing many people wearing the same items from high street shops. These buyers are now looking for more unique styles which reflect their true personalities. So let's take a look at what they will be wearing this autumn.

The first item which is currently in trend in the vintage fashion arena is the belted vintage dress. Typically the style spans a number of eras so the look is very versatile. Styles from the 1950s include full knee-length skirts and three quarter sleeves to create an elegant silhouette. Vintage dresses with belt detail from the 1960s however are shorter in length conveying the 'mini' style of the era and tend to have either long narrow sleeves or be sleeveless in the style of a pinafore dress. To bring the look up to date, your belted vintage dress should be worn with flat knee high boots for a casual day look. To turn your ensemble into an elegant evening style, wear your belted vintage dress with a pair of high stilettos and loads of vintage jewellery.

In the vintage jewellery arena, pearls are a must for the autumn/winter season. Due to the nature of pearls, they are a timeless jewellery item so will last you many years. As with the current vintage dress style, pearl vintage jewellery is being worn a number of ways too. Long pearl vintage necklaces look great when teamed with an open neck shirt to add a touch of glamour to your office look. For an evening out, a classic short string of vintage pearls will complete any outfit. There is also high demand at the moment for pearl vintage rings with modern, replica styles being seen in high street shops.

A hot office vintage look this autumn is a bright red vintage shirt. Red in one of the core colours for this season, being featured in many catwalk shows. The ideal way to wear your red vintage shirt this autumn is to leave it open at the collar and team with a bold vintage necklace. For those wanting a more dramatic look, several vintage necklaces can be worn at the same time.

The final item set to be hot this autumn is a vintage fur coat. For those wanting true elegance, real fur is a popular vintage style whilst faux fur is just as good for those who don't want to wear real fur. Vintage fur coats are short in style for the winter, typically ending at the waist or hips.

To grab yourself the vintage style must haves this season, check out who specialise in vintage clothing.

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