How to Style Vintage: Modernizing your Vintage Pieces

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Photography by: Anna Reagan Photography

It’s been two weeks since I’ve shared a #StyleStory, but I’m back today with something a little bit new. I left you guys with an introduction into my new style journey and I’m still pretty excited about where it will take me. If you haven’t had a chance to dive into it, check it out here. This week, my photographer and I decided to try some in-studio shots. No distraction, no street style or themed photo, just me, my outfit and my poses. TBH shooting like this was definitely more convenient for changing. Not to mention we were in the luxury of ac, so my makeup didn’t melt off my face, but in my opinion, you have to really bring your pictures to life with either a set design or editorial poses. Because you’re working with a blank canvas per se, you are the center of attention and if you’re already uncomfortable taking pictures, this will definitely be an experience for you. I feel like I fell into the new groove and just played around with what felt most natural to me and considering that this was my first time, I think that it all came together pretty nicely.

How to Style Vintage

One of my good friends had an amazing vintage yard sale. I mean pieces that you’re sure to be the only one wearing in a room of Zara’s & H&M’s. No shade to either store, but everyone shops there, so you get me! I walked into her old living room, greeted by some amazing vintage shoppers who were each tucked off on their own hunt of this vintage wonderland and inhaled the large racks that were literally jam-packed full of gems from eras passed. I geeked!! She originally sold vintage pieces online, and when I say that she’s a thrifting Queen, she can li-ter-ally find the most amazing pieces. I’ve never had the thrifting thumb, but if there is one, her thumbs are it, honey! I know that there is a lot of thrifting Queens out there, but she’s the best in my opinion. She’s my friend and I may be jaded, but my statement isn’t up for debate so don’t argue with me about it, lol. If you want to check her out, her name is Jeneatta, but I call her ” J “and we’ve been friends for ages. Her ig is @thatyellowgirl1970. Follow her!

How to Style Vintage

One of my purchases was this floral maxi skirt that was a personal score that she purged from her closet. Can we talk about it? Ok, great let’s talk about it, lol. Beautifully printed large flowers with fresh and feminine hues, nude contrasting piping with matching linear side fringe detail and a lengthening body that just enhances the drama of the skirt. No doubt that the skirt is vintage. It just has that charm that I love and I was extremely excited to add this to my sustainable wardrobe. Vintage is a part of my personal style, but I approach it in a way that allows me to enjoy its beauty but avoid looking like I just walked out of a time machine. When styling a vintage item, I always opt to pair it with a style that’s more current. It offsets the vintage item and creates a juxtaposed look full of intention and creativity.

How to Style Vintage

For this particular item, I originally had a cute mixed print look planned. I found the blouse that I wanted to style it with at the sale and tried it on to make sure that I wanted to wear it this way. Everyone at the sale loved the pairing and complimented me on how perfectly it played together. When I got it home and showed my husband, he wasn’t too fond of the top, so I decided to switch out the look. I don’t wear everything that my husband likes, but this time, I obliged. I then decided to keep it fresh and clean with this white, cropped blouse with statement sleeves, front pockets, and a built-in tie. I liked the way this looked quite a bit, so to elevate the look, I accessorized with nude accessories to play in with the piping. I’ve worn this same earring and belt combo here, but I threw in this beautifully handmade headband by a lovely black-owned brand to really bring the look full circle.

How to Style Vintage

Styling vintage doesn’t have to be hard. I know a lot of people that steer away from it because it can sometimes be intimidating to style, but keep it looking fresh with more modern pieces that work well with your personal style. Consider different details that the vintage piece may have that may pair nicely with an updated style in your wardrobe. You don’t have to overdo it. It just needs to work for you and be something that makes you look and feel good. I felt amazing in this!

Thank you so much for joining me back on the site for this week. I look forward to sharing next week’s look with you. If you haven’t Subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? I have some exciting and new content coming and you want to be a part of the crew to get first look at what’s new! To keep up with me daily, follow me on my social media platforms below. You’ll catch me mostly on ig sharing daily style tips and photos of some of your favorite looks. If you’re looking for a more personalized way to style vintage pieces, visit my Wardrobe Services and pick your package! Until next time, Grab your Garb!

How to Style Vintage

Style Tip of the day

Styling vintage can be taken as an opportunity to channel your favorite fashion era. Pay attention to those details in that more trendy or modern piece. You may realize that those details aren’t so trendy or modern after all. Fashion is just a cycle. Make it work for you!

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Top: Sabo Skirt / Skirt: Vintage / Headband: Emijaa Jaaemil / Earrings & Belt: Asos (Sold out)

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