Look at the pages of the latest issue of a prominent fashion magazine and you are sure to find it. Look online at the numerous celebrity blogs and you will be sure to find it. Visit your local consignment clothing store and you are absolutely sure to find it.
What is this “it?” The “it” is vintage fashion and it continues to be all the rage in fashion circles year after year. The definitely of vintage, or retro fashion, depends on the person writing about or wearing the artifacts from years gone by.
But one thing in fashion is apparent: fashion comes and goes in cycles and what was in style when you were young will most likely be considered vintage fashion when you grow up and have children of your own.
For several years, vintage fashion boosted artifacts from the 1960s: mini-dresses and knee-high boots. Then it was the 1970’s vintage fashions of afro hairstyles and bell-bottom pants along with wedge heels and flowing disco tops.
Now, look on the pages of fashion magazines or blogs and the newest fashion artifacts are considered fashions from not that long ago: the 1980’s. Slouch socks, neon prints, tons of jewelry, big hair and make-up are coming back into style in stages and it is funny to see fashion writers discuss how this is now vintage fashion. People who were born in the 1980’s are still in their twenties: hardly artifact-type people!
But people have had to deal with fashions coming back in and out since the beginning of clothing. People have always been concerned with being the best dressed and as time passed, ideas for fashion started to wane and styles and ideas were repeated, hence the continued popularity of vintage fashion.
The best way to approach fashion is to mix vintage pieces with other items that are not considered to be artifacts. Mixing the old and the new will show others that you are a fashion-forward type of person who is able to confidently mix up fashions without appearing overly made-up or ridiculous.
Fashions will continue to come in and out of style as long as there are fashion designers and people there to write about and buy the clothes. We will not escape fashion, especially vintage-type fashions, so we might as well embrace it and wear it proudly.
You will not be considered an artifact if you do indeed adopt retro or vintage fashions. Instead, you will be looked at as a fashion-forward person who is continually looking for new ways to push the fashion envelope. Wear the clothes right and you could be considered the newest “it” person on the covers of the magazines and soon be walking the runways of Paris and Milan.
Okay, not really, but it is fun to dream, right? And vintage fashion can help you escape to a time when life was simple. So travel back in time and look good doing it with vintage fashions.