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How To Mix Modern & Vintage

Rocquelle Porch is a 20-something Southern girl, who’s always loved fashion, and isn’t afraid to stand out in the crowd for the sake of personal style and be comfortable in her own skin.  She writes about fashion and style at Consider Me Lovely.  You can befriend her on Twitter or Facebook.

I love the originality that adding vintage pieces to my wardrobe has created over the last couple of years.  I’d be lying if I told you I’ve been wearing vintage for many many years but I can’t imagine my closet and jewelry table without vintage pieces, so they’re here to stay.  If you’re interested in incorporating vintage into your modern wardrobe or have recently started to, but aren’t quite sure of how to do so, then I’ve compiled a few tips for you!

1.  Throw on a piece (or 2 or 3 or 4 pieces) of jewelry.

Before I ever owned a piece of vintage clothing, I started collecting vintage jewelry from my granny, and the rest was history!  Having on an entirely trendy outfit with vintage jewelry takes your outfit from the everyday fad to one of a kind!  These days everyone loves a good wrist soiree, throw on some vintage bangles/bracelets with bangles/bracelets from Forever 21 or Bauble Bar, for example, and you’ll be smitten.

2.  Add a layering piece.

I love to wear vintage blazers with everything!  They are great to throw on over jeans and a tea or a dress. Vintage sweaters, jackets, dusters, and blazers are great for making a statement.  These layering piece can range from light jackets and sleeveless vest for summer to coats and sweater dusters for Fall.

3.  Start with one vintage item per outfit.

Just as simple as throwing on a piece of vintage jewelry is finding and wearing one vintage piece at a time. You don’t have to think too much about  looking like you’re from a completely different decade.  I adore vintage skirts and blouses, probably because me and my 45″ hips don’t find pants that easy, and they are super simple to style when I am in a time crunch, as well as when I’m not!

4.  Grab some sequins or beading.

Have an event to go to? Just want a little sparkle for the day?  Then vintage sequins and beading  is your friend! While I am drawn to sparkly things when I am out shopping, there is something statement-making about the intricacy of vintage sequins and beaded pieces.  Wear it in daytime if your really want to make a statement.

5.  Accessorize with modern items.

Once you’ve accumulated a few vintage items, you’ll probably end up like me, wearing outfits in which all vintage. These outfits can be updated with your modern shoes, belts, and purses. Adding modern accessories to vintage outfits is a great way to still embrace trends and ensure your look doesn’t appear accidentally outdated.

6.  Play with trends.

Let’s face it; fashion is a continuous cycle.  The platforms and flared jeans you wear now, someone wore in the 70′s.  Those graphic leggings and pants on trend now were super hot in the 80′s.  Y’all get the picture!  Use the mix of vintage and modern to take on trends. Printed pants, midi skirts, graphic trousers, polka dots, etc. can be found in thrift stores and vintage shops all over the world. Throw on some neon, an opposing print, stripes, etc. and you are instantly on trend while still having a style of your own.

As I told y’all in this post, I’m not exactly a thrifter, but I love shopping small business shops like Imperfect Concepts, Lily Kai, or Black Boutique and going on Etsy and entering specifically what I am looking for in the vintage section (I’m hoping to find some floral pants or jeans soon), so I highly recommend them as a place to start, if you’re new to vintage shopping or an old pro.

Do you like to mix modern and vintage?  Or are you more of a modern only kind of girl?  


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