5 Reasons Vintage is Here to Stay
Fashion Article Posted July 17, 2012

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Vintage retro styles have popped up everywhere over the past few years. Styles from the 1950s to the 1980s have had a major resurgence in fashion trends, and it doesn't look like vintage styles are going anywhere. People around the world seem to appreciate the classic and glamorous styles highlighted in vintage garments that add flair and individuality to every outfit. Vintage clothing appeals to many because of the simple elegance of the clothing, the variety of styles, the unique styling options, and many other reasons. Because of these reasons and more, there are five basic guidelines for why vintage styles are here to stay:

  • Vintage outfits are timeless: Vintage clothes transcend day-to-day flash fashion trends. People are tired of fashions that change every season, when you can't wear something you bought last summer for this summer. Vintage styles have a timeless elegance that allows them to fit into any decade. A vintage dress from the 1950s requires little alterations to fit right in with the styles of today. Accessories from the 1960s and 1970s add new life to modern outfits. Clothing from the 1980s is indistinguishable from some clothing currently sold in stores. This timeless nature of vintage stylings helps build lasting wardrobes that last from season to season.
  • Vintage styles are designed to flatter: Modern clothing silhouettes do not always flatter every body type. Most modern clothing is designed for tall, slim individuals, rather than for a variety of body types. The classic vintage styling of bygone eras was more figure-flattering for a variety of body shapes. Different decades also offer different choices for figure-flattering outfits. 1950s styles highlight the waist. 1960s clothing highlights the face and legs. 1970s styles offer different pant widths and clothing styles for a variety of shapes. The 1980s brought baggy clothing that hides every flaw.
  • Vintage pieces have styles for everyone: Current vintage style trends span a period of nearly 100 years. In 100 years of fashion, the styles vary drastically. With so many decades and choices to choose from, it is easy to find clothing that suits every taste. Choose 1930s looks for high glamour. The 1940s brought structured elegance to the world. 1950s styles highlight the feminine figure. In 1960, hemlines shortened to bring attention to the legs. The 1970s provided the world with a flowing, bohemian vibe. In the 1980s, dance and fitness-inspired clothing ruled the day and comfort was key. With so many choices to choose from, finding vintage clothing to suit your personality is a breeze.
  • Vintage clothing always feels fresh: With the resurgence of the popularity of vintage clothing, older styles and pieces receive new life. Something that your mother wore over 30 years ago may look just like something sold new in stores today. Choosing vintage clothing or vintage-inspired clothing provides a fresh new way to dress that never gets old. Vintage clothing can also be styled in a variety of ways that will continue to add freshness to your wardrobe. Try pairing a vintage blouse with jeans for everyday style. Pair the same blouse with a pencil skirt for a work-appropriate look. Wear the blouse with shorts for a casual summertime outfit. Few modern clothing pieces have the same freshness and versatility as vintage garments.
  • Vintage outfits provide instant versatility: Today's clothing styles lack the neat presentation of bygone eras. Sloppy t-shirts, wrinkled jeans, and sneakers do not fit in with every occasion like vintage clothing. A smart vintage dress or blouse adds instant class to any outfit and helps create outfits that can work in a variety of settings. The same vintage dress can be dressed up with heels and jewelry to wear to a formal event or dressed down with boots and a cardigan for everyday casual events. This versatility in vintage garments extends your wardrobe and helps you maximize the cost per wear of every item in your closet.

Because vintage styles provide such versatility and timeless elegance, they have remained popular for years. Many stores today create vintage-styled garments to take advantage of the current vintage trends. Vintage shops  Whether you purchase your vintage garments at a thrift shop or vintage store, or whether you purchase vintage-styled garments, you can rest assured that these styles are here to stay.

This is a guest post by Liz Conaty.  Liz currently works with sosolo.co.uk a great resource for cheap vintage clothing.

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