Hey! How was your weekend? Mine was wonderful, with a family conference, playing piano for Church, and fellowship with the people of God all wrapped up into one beautiful package. With that said, are you all ready for the final installment of the Style Archetypes section of “Finding Your Style”? Let’s begin.
Once again, for each style I will be covering:
1. Who wears it?
2. How it is worn?
3. How I wore it.
4. How you can pull it off yourself.
So now let’s get started with one of my favorite style archetypes:
So, for Vintage “dressed up”, I wore a me-made weskit suit, sewn from a 1950’s teens pattern, along with my black pumps, to go with my black purse, and a red hat. And of course, I just had to put on some red lipstick! I mean, a vintage look isn’t complete without red lipstick! (some of the time)
For Vintage “dressed down”, I wore another me-made, which you all have seen before here: 1950’s Sundress. I just paired it with a simple brown leather belt, wore some matching ballerina wedges, and added a straw hat with a turquoise flower to bring out the blue in the floral print of my dress.
4. How you can pull it off yourself: First off: WEAR MATCHING ACCESSORIES! If there is one thing that will instantly class up your outfit, it is matching, or at least coordinating, accessories: matching purse and shoes, matching gloves & hat, shoes echoing the background color of your printed purse, etc. etc. Another thing, you don’t have to go all out to wear a vintage-y outfit, on some days, I just want my hair to look vintage, and maybe I’ll wear a cardigan that reminds me of the 50’s or what-not. On other days, I would just go all out vintage, wearing a pencil skirt and a blouse, with or without a cropped (i.e. short waisted, not the type that hang all the way down to below your hips) sweater, flats (or heels if I’m so inclined), and of course a matching purse. Of course you have to dress according to your lifestyle. For example, I mostly wear completely vintage-looking outfits to church, since my daily life doesn’t really accommodate such attire on a daily basis, though I will infuse vintage looking pieces into my outfit if I want an everyday vintage look. One more thing: Unless you want to go all out and pull off a complete 40’s look, try not to look dated. The goal is to wear things that you feel comfortable in, but don’t look like you stepped out of a time machine from “a hundred years ago”. Of course… I don’t always follow that advice, and you don’t have to either. 😉
For English Country “dressed up” I decided to take a cue from the Queen and wear a kilt-skirt. Of course if I wore a kilt, I just HAD to wear my Pringle of Scotland cardigan. The ruffled blouse and the oxfords just completed the look.
4. How you can pull it off yourself: As I said before, Wellies, Tweeds and Cable knit sweaters are big features of this style. So, you should definitely infuse those into your closet. But the fact that you are allowed to wear rain boots, doesn’t mean that you get to wear your muck boots out in public. If you really want to wear Wellies in public, get some rain boots meant to be worn in public. Of course, you can wear your muck boots if you’re at home…
Also, oxfords are a good shoe to be worn for this style, as an aside.
When you are getting dressed, or buying something, think more muted earthy tones like burgundy reds, forest greens, periwinkle blues, beige, greige (no, that was not a typo, it is a combination color made up of gray and beige), deep browns. And as far as fiber content goes, you can wear what you want, but if I were you, I would go with more natural fiber content, as opposed to man-mades like Polyester, and Acetate (of course you can’t avoid those in some cases, so if you like that skirt, and it’s comfortable, buy it!)
OH MY! This is the last of the Style Archetypes posts in the “Finding Your Style” series! And guess what that means… We get to move on to our next section: