We have seen the flowey elegance off Dark Mori, the kooky grace of Dolly Kei, the colours of Pastel Goth, the sweetness of Country Lolita, the unusual combinations of Bittersweet Lolita, the mature grace of Classic Lolita, the demure look of Otome Kei, the elegance of Goth and the playful sexuality of Rockabilly and now it is time for my number one style! Number one combines aspects of quite a few of my top 9 styles, which makes sense since each of these styles contain aspects that I like.
So may I present to you, at long last (way long – bad blogger bad) my number one style – Vintage Chic!
Origin: Unknown – likely Western
Colour Scheme: Up to the wearer
Inspiration: 1900’s fashion styles
Popular Clothing Items: Peter pan collared shirts, printed dresses, circle skirts, beret style has
What: ‘Vintage Chic’, ‘Librarian Chic’, ‘Vintage Hipster’, ‘Nerd Chic’ and even ‘Granny Chic’ are all names used as tags when describing or looking up this style online. Despite the changes in the name, they always describe the same type of style: someone who likes to incorporate vintage style pieces with more readily available items to create a unique look than is inspired by another era.
Most commonly fans of this style seem to lean towards the 1930’s all the way through to the 1960’s, though some people even incorporate Flapper elements into their wardrobe, particularly for evening events. Stores like Modcloth and Unique Vintage have capitalized on this growing fashion trend by offering more and more styles that feature both kischy and more classic styles to suit a wide array of fans.
Common items spotted in this style include:
- Peter pan collared shirts and dresses
- Cardigans of any length
- Full circle skirts, either with or without petticoats and in a variety of lengths
- Complete freedom in hair as far as colour and style
- A combination of accessories such as hats, scarves and other pieces
Now that I have graduated school and I am working towards a career, I have been trying to ‘mature’ my wardrobe but without giving up my own unique taste. After a lot of experimenting with a number of different styles, I finally settled on going more Vintage. Not only is this style elegant and mature, but it also helps me express my history obsession in a way that doesn’t involve running around in a full Victorian Gown.
Not shockingly, for Christmas this year my list contains mostly vintage inspired skirts and dresses since I find it easier to buy tops in mainstream stores where I can try them on and make sure my girls fit.
What I Like: This is a style for ALL! Anyone can create a Vintage Chic outfit that makes them feel awesome and it shows! Tumblr, Lookbook, Pinterest and Youtube have blown up with outfit ideas that offer up ideas on how to combine a variety of items to make adorable outfits! You will literally find fans of this style in all walks of life with all sorts of interests
Vintage-able (I just made up a word) items are becoming more and more common in
mainstream fashion, making this style easy to achieve on a low budget, though I must admit if you want to get some really nice staples such as a good vintage inspired dress or certain styles of skirts, you may have to shell out a little more. However, as this style is getting more popular, it is getting easier to find cheaper options.
What I Don’t Like: This isn’t as much of something I do not like as much as just something I have noted and that is that when in this style you have to walk a fine line between remaining elegant and getting kitschy, or even costume-y. To many kitschy patterns and you end up in Rockabilly or even Goth territory while staying TOO vintage in your styling almost puts you into costume territory.
Ultimately it is the creativity, elegance and ease of this style that won me over to this style!
That is it folks! I am now done my top 10 favorite styles! Hmmm … what should I do next for a list.