A Guest Post by Flower City Fashionista’s Most-Lovely Intern: Catie Thomson
Part of building a personal style involves taking inspiration from the things around us, and often times that includes the past. It is easy to feel nostalgia for the fashions, the glamour, and the styles of bygone eras. An abundance of style queues can be taken from old Hollywood icons, retro movies and TV shows, or even old photographs of family members in their youth.
Three of my favorite decades that you can easily channel today are the 1920’s, the 1970’s, and the 1990’s. See my tips and picks below so you look effortlessly cool instead of looking like you’re trying out your Halloween costume a few months early.
- Focus on one element. What inspires you from the era? The prints, colors, silhouettes, or embellishments? Focus on what you really love to build your outfit and avoid going overboard. Dressing head to toe in trends from a previous decade can make it look like you’re stuck in the past so mix it up with more modern pieces to complete your look.
- Accessories are a great way to add touches of vintage style to any outfit. Seek out pieces you love at Thrift stores, estate sales, ebay, or raid a family member’s jewelry box (with permission of course). If searching for vintage finds leaves you feeling dazed and confused fear not as there are great stores like Modcloth where you can easily find new retro-inspired pieces.
- Just because a fad from another decade is making its way back doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for you. The key with any trend is to incorporate it into your wardrobe if it makes you look and feel great, if it doesn’t ditch it. Some trends are better off left in the past.
1920’s: The 1920’s trend was in full swing last summer with the premiere of the Great Gatsby, but there are still plenty of 1920‘s glitz popping up in this season’s collections. Opt for more subtle touches of 1920’s glamour with t-strap shoes, beaded accessories, and light-weight chiffon fabrics.
1970’s: Summer festivals and concerts are the perfect time to infuse some 1970’s inspired bohemian looks into your wardrobe rotation. Play up this carefree look with floral prints, platform shoes, flowing layers, and embroidery.
1990’s: 90’s inspired looks are very popular this summer with revitalized trends like crop tops, jelly shoes, baby-doll dresses, and flannel taking over stores. While some of you may be ready to break out your scrunchies for a second round, try playing up the minimalist chic vibe the 90’s were famous for instead.
What are your favorite fashion decades? Will you be incorporating any vintage inspired pieces into your closet this summer?
PS- Jenny will be back on Friday to tell you all about her trip!