How To Dress Vintage Aesthetic
by Polina Vorobyeva on Jan 25, 2022
One of the most familiar and strong emotions is a feeling of nostalgia. As a response to that sentiment, a particular aesthetic has emerged. For most of it, this style can send us to the fashion trends of the whole XX century and even of the beginning of the XXI century. “Everything was better when we were young and when we will no longer be”. Something sad can be easily turned into something beautiful by including something visual, namely fashion and its elements, into our current everyday lives.
Right now vintage aesthetic trends tend to differ according to our own tastes and style preferences. It can be a produce of more commonly known 1960s or 1970s, 1980s or 1990s fashion. But also many of us would love to wear something related to the 1920s-50s decades of the last century. Any fashion movement, or even a way of life, can elicit new waves of love for clothing. As we know, the reality remains that these retro or antique aesthetics are nostalgic, pleasant, adorable, and thoughtful. All of these terms, as well as a variety of others, can be used to characterize this style, which is based on historical culture and its many variations.
For more casual apparel of a more recent past, we would not need to go too far. Sometimes it`s as easy as peaking into parents or grandparents wardrobes or visiting a flea market. Here, we`ll try to pinpoint some broad and stylish modern features of a Vintage appearance while talking about specific clothing items or any form of accessories.
Generally, vintage clothing of the 70s-80s aesthetic is oversized, knit, washed, and with retro-designed prints. For example, a retro sweater with appropriately to a certain era styled pattern or print. This clothing item can be worn with the same retro aesthetic pieces, like washed denim pants or a long pleated skirt. Or it can be coupled with something modern, like slim jeans or cargo pants which would only add a touch of a more “sophisticated” style, a touch of thought and your interests.
As was previously said, any loose or slender knitted sweater or woollen cardigan can be incorporated into a Vintage aesthetic outfit. It can also be paired with washed mom jeans. Any tiny backpack or even a cute cross-body bag can be worn with this simple style. Cute earrings or an elegant bracelet may complete any style and add a dainty but subtle touch to it. Depending on your preferred style, clothing or accessory parts can be light and pastel-coloured or loud and vibrant.
Let`s talk about some more vintage aesthetic clothes and their combinations. Something from the 70s can easily mix with something from the 90s. For instance, flared pants and colourful casual shirts would go nicely with plastic accessories and jewellery. The composition of a loose sweatshirt and denim overalls with peaking checkered colourful socks and flat-soled sneakers is so cute and fine. The 80s fashion can be wonderfully reproduced through satin material, colourful sporty styled apparel and a whole assortment of denim pieces. Your individuality and personal taste is something so precious you need to listen to them as often as you can.
There is this whole discussion going around grunge aesthetic. Is it “vintage” or not? We would like to share our opinion on this matter. As we see it, grunge has already taken in itself many elements classically attributable to “vintage” style. The entire concept of using thrift stores as the main fashion source, the idea of reusability and remaking. New prints were drawn on an old dad`s t-shirt or mom`s jeans which was worn by them on old photographs of them. In our postpostmodern era anything you could give new meaning to anything, especially to something visual. So, of course, you can try and use some of the grunge style features with something pleasant to your tastes and call this new outcome “vintage”. As long as it`s fun because fashion exists for our self-expression!
By the way, Egirl fashion incorporates certain vintage aesthetic features. There is no harm in repeating ourselves, the vintage style can be associated with any clothing and accessories that inspire a romantic and nostalgic emotion and ambience. It might be completely particular to you and your experiences, or it can be inspired by visuals from an old film, a previous fashion trend, or even music and literature. You are free to interpret this aesthetic and adapt it into your style based on your own vision. Regarding Egirl aesthetic, you can find more ideas or inspiration on our website, where we have another blog post on the subject. Visual codes or vibes can be perceived and accepted in a variety of ways. Only your vintage style may be really unique and deeply personal to you.
Be as «vintage» as you like, from intricate lace blouses to shirts with printed abstract art on them. There is no right or wrong way to integrate retro clothes and vintage aesthetic into your outfits. Every so often all of us need to wear a granny sweater, so dear to our hearts, and forget about anything haters got to say.