You may think that vintage fashion has no place in a modern event. A costume party, maybe. A themed event, probably. But a gala? A formal wedding? A brunch with the ladies? The best lovers of vintage fashion know this – taking that style to the arena (and we do mean a modern event) is the best way to make that fashion accessible. If you’re not sure where to start or you want a little more vintage in your life, start out with these tips to making a dress work in numerous occasions.
Choose a Hybrid
The number one way to add a little vintage fashion to any event is to choose something that has both modern and vintage elements. This may include an empire waistline with a shorter hemline (an alternative to the traditional Gothic dress) or a slightly Edwardian Titanic style such as this ivory tea dress that fits modernity but carries vintage in its essence.
Add a Vintage Hat
Choose a vintage accessory to add to a modern outfit. You wouldn’t believe how this actually works. A formal dress often has elements perfect for adding vintage jewelry, belts, and especially hats! Yes, hats have come back and whether you’re wearing your grandmother’s fascinator or you find the perfect flapper cap, it will take that vintage fashion just where you want it to go.
Choose an Alternative Length
Many dresses have vintage elements but they don’t necessarily stand out. Many gowns and dresses don’t look truly vintage because the hemline has been altered to a modern length. A shorter Victorian dress, a slightly longer flapper style dress, will go far in this era.
Look for Iconic Details
Do you remember certain styles that truly made a dress sing of its original era? Take those details and look for them in a modern dress. They’re there. The empire waist is still popular throughout prom and formal dresses. The dropwaist has become a new vogue fashion. Fifties separates (and even high-waisted jeans) are now big business in the fashion world. Sometimes a style mixed with a print of the era will have everything you need to keep it just the right touch of vintage.
Don’t Be Afraid to Go Glamorous
You may be looking for that dress or outfit for a formal event. This is a perfect time to choose vintage fashion. With a vintage fashioned dress, you get formality with taste. Don’t afraid to take it glamorous. While vintage styles often have proper cut and style, you can choose something extravagant without making it seem too attention-grabbing or sexy. Feel free to look for shorter hems to make it a little more sexy, if you prefer.
You don’t have to choose a fully authentic vintage dress if you aren’t comfortable. But adding vintage elements to dresses and outfits in your wardrobe give you a timeless and iconic style. Take it somewhere dashing, somewhere daring, and never, ever forget to look for new vintage fashion for your closet. We certainly do.