Can over 40 (& over 50!) women wear vintage clothing or do we just look dated, or like we’re wearing clothing in our closet we should have gotten rid of a long time ago? I love your blog an enjoy receiving your newsletter.
Thank you, Teri
Vintage has come up before, and it always stirs up a lot of emotion. You either love it and consider vintage clothing gorgeous treasures, or you hate it and think of vintage as old, frumpy apparel that belongs in grandma’s attic.So, deciding to wear vintage makes a strong statement.
I think wearing it after 40 is very tricky, for the reason you mentioned. You don’t want to look like you’ve just been lazy about updating your clothes.
If I can give you any advice on how to wear retro looks after 40 it would be:
1. Don’t wear Vintage Head to Toe
Pair a vintage outfit with modern accessories, or vintage accessories with an outfit that is currently in style. For example, a vintage dress with modern nude heels and an up to date clutch is a great mix. All vintage can make you look like you are wearing a costume.
2. Wear Good Quality Vintage
There’s a big difference between a faded, worn out 50’s sweater that was dumped at the goodwill and a clean, quality vintage one that has been lovingly preserved.
3. Mix Vintage with Modern Styles and Shapes
To soften the contrast between then and now, wear your vintage pieces in new and different ways. Wear a frilly vintage blouse, that may have traditionally been worn with a skirt, with skinny jeans, and equestrian boots. Try a cute vintage dress with your favorite leggings or a modern jacket. Experiment a little and see what bring style and shapes help bring the past more into the present.
4. Don’t switch from Period to Period
Find out which era suits you best and stick with it. Otherwise, you’ll look like a walking time machine.
Finally, know that vintage reflects the messages and values of a certain period
Since clothing communicates a strong, silent message, it’s good to be aware of what your vintage clothing is saying about your personality, your beliefs and your goals.If you like to sew, you can even try making your using old patterns.
In the end, you need to ask yourself is vintage is you or are you just having fun playing dress-up? If it feels authentic for you, then you will look very stylish in vintage, no matter what your age.