7 Tips for Wearing Vintage Like a Pro

3. Choose one Piece to Build on



Choose a centerpiece for your outfit and work around that, rather than trying to pair several vintage pieces together in one look. This works especially well for pieces that are bold and stand out, as they can be toned down with other pieces of clothing and accessories without losing flair.

2. Know What Works and What Doesn’t



One of the major rules of vintage clothing is that just because it’s vintage doesn’t mean it works. A prime example of this is shoulder pads, which were a big thing in the 80s and early 90s. Seriously, unless you’re a quarterback or tight end, don’t try to pull off the shoulder pad look. It works for no one. The point is, when shopping for vintage clothes, opt for the items that work with current trends, your wardrobe and your personal style, and leave the shoulder pads behind.

1. Feel Free to DIY



When shopping for vintage clothes, you have to know how to look beyond the garment and see its potential. For example, you may find an 80s dress and love the fabric print but hate the kitsch buttons and shoulder pads (see above). Don’t let a few small details keep you from buying the piece, especially if you’re handy with a sewing machine. You’d be surprised how much new life you can breathe into old garments with a few snips here, a few stitches there and a brand new set of buttons! Don’t be afraid to get crafty and create some pieces you absolutely adore.

Laura uses her extensive background in the beauty industry to pass on invaluable tips and advice to her readers! Find Laura on LinkedIn!

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