Welcome to Everyday Vintage, my new weekly-ish roundup of how I incorporate vintage finds into my everyday life.
I love vintage. This is not a surprise. I love vintage so much that I started selling vintage clothing in my Etsy shop to deal with the plethora of vintage finds I just can’t pass up.
A few weeks ago, I realized that I wear something vintage almost every single day. Now, that might sound like I’m one of those people who dress only in period clothing and that I leave the house looking like I’m a member of the I Love Lucy cast.
For me, the most fun part of wearing vintage is finding pieces that fit seamlessly into a modern wardrobe. Trends come and go and then come back around again (and again and again). It’s fun to spot new pieces that are based on a vintage style and then hunt down the originals. It’s also fun to find a truly unique vintage piece and make it work in a new way. (See How to Update Vintage for ideas on how to do this.)
I thought it would be fun to post some of the ways I incorporate vintage in my day-to-day outfits, because I think it can be helpful to get new ideas for putting outfits together. (A few of my favorites for non-vintage outfit inspiration: The Pleated Poppy shares her weekly outfits in her What I Wore posts, Emily of Jones Design Company always has great ideas in her seasonal outfit posts, and I LOVE the Week of Outfits posts on A Cup of Jo.)
So I’m going to start a weekly(ish) roundup of how I wear vintage in my everyday life, highlighting pieces that are easily found at thrift shops or other finds that I come across for my Etsy shop that I just HAVE to give a little test run before I list them.
Because, really, playing dress-up is half the fun of vintage hunting.
I found this homemade dress at a thrift store in Tennessee this summer when we were visiting family. The crossbody bag is a vintage Coach, also thrifted in Tennessee. (Confession: this was not worn this week, but a couple of weeks ago when it was a little warmer. It’s COLD here now in Northern California. Well, cold for us. But I’ll wear this again soon with tights and a cardigan.)
A vintage shirt dress is easy to dress up or down. Here, I paired it with wedge heels and a faux leather moto jacket for church. (Let’s just ignore the clean laundry on the settee in my bedroom – I do. Obviously.)
This striped vintage knit skirt is from an estate sale. I paired it with boots, a turtleneck, and a puffy vest.
Perhaps the best vintage find ever – Frye Campus Boots – paired with skinny jeans, a buffalo check flannel shirt, and a leopard scarf.
I’m curious, do you wear vintage? Does it intimidate you? What would make it easier for you to incorporate vintage into your wardrobe? I’d love to hear.