Wearing a vintage blouse with modern clothes

How to Modernize A 1940’s Blouse

Do you ever see vintage stores full of beautiful garments but wonder how you can make them fit into your pretty modern wardrobe? It’s a challenge to your creativity, but if you see something you love, why pass it up or let it hang in your closet? Mixing vintage pieces into a relatively modernized closet, isn’t as difficult as it feels. You just have to find versatile pieces, embrace separates, and leverage with accessories.Take a look at this

A 1940’s rayon blouse

I found this at a garage sale and instantly fell in love with the print. Blouses and shirts are a good way to get started incorporating vintage into your style, because they are easy to pair with jeans, skirts, or things you probably already own (like these camel colored skinny pants). I’m also thinking of trying this blouse with a high waisted mustard, knit skirt, next.  This blouse also might work under a slip dress, which would really emphasize the amazing pattern on the collar.

Layer Layer Layer

It’s a lot easier to do this in the fall and winter than the hot summer, depending on where you live. I was able to use another vintage piece from my closet, to add to this outfit. This 1960’s cardigan is super versatile but also extremely detailed, which brings life to any basic look. The brown embroidered edge worked well with the browns in my pants and shoes.

Vintage cardigans are a great first addition to a vintage wardrobe, but beware of moth holes, as critters love to snack on these old natural fibers. Also be sure to clean thoroughly before inviting a vintage wool piece into your closet space. Unfortunately, many vintage stores and sellers don’t properly clean their products before selling (Heirloomen does!).

Layering can also be done with coats, sweaters, shawls, and scarves.

 

1940's rayon print blouse

Accessorize right!

Vintage shoes can be difficult to wear and style. In my opinion, wearing vintage heels with a vintage dress makes me feel like I’m in costume, and sometimes I get weird looks at the office (hi haters!). These brown loafers are from the late 1970’s and have Gucci vibes written all over them. Vintage jewelry is another great starting point for working in your new style. Try a long 70’s pendant necklace, or a 40’s metal animal brooch.

A mix of vintage pieces from various time periods, or a mix of vintage and modern, can be a good first step to feeling comfortable wearing vintage. Also, this prevents you from throwing away your whole wardrobe and starting from scratch.

Do you want to see more looks with mixed and matched vintage pieces? Check out my styling post for a winter day look. Want to see another way I styled these shoes? See my Tangerine Dreaming post.

-Courtney

The Last Cold Days

Spring is fast approaching, but I’m still clutching to my furs and coats (go away, sun!). It’s still a little chilly here in the morning, but the warm weather comes fast in the south. Summer is my least favorite month, I don’t like the sun and I don’t like the “fashion” or shorts and flip flop sandals…

This 1960’s peach and mink trim top has been hanging out in my closet for years. I could never figure out a good way to style it. It looks great with high waist skinny jeans, and boots or can be worn with a skirt (for another post!). Do you ever find pieces you love, but have trouble fitting them into daily wear?

Under the Rails

Under the Rails

Spring is officially here, but most days haven’t quite felt like it. I love the wintertime and the snow, but spring is the battery recharger I am longing for. With spring, comes energy, creativity, drive, and new beginnings. I am ready to tackle some new creative projects this year, including getting better with portrait photography, and working harder to make positive changes and additions to Heirloomen.

It’s easy to get in a creative slump when you run a business that relies heavily on artistic vision and visual content. It’s also hard because I am a one woman show with little support to help create. I’d like to do better about collaborating and networking with other small business owners or photographers so we can learn and grow together. I currently take all of my photos on a tripod after staging the shot. I need some models!

As for the look in these photos, I paired an Edwardian blouse with a 1970’s sun hat, vintage metal necklace and 1990’s Ferragamo flats. These vintage pieces together look great with a comfy pair of modern blue jeans.

A Vintage Beret

It’s been a chilly January! I wore this out to watch the Steeler’s playoff game (they lost), so I wanted to be in color. This is a mostly modern outfit paired with a cute vintage hat. I love to incorporate one or two vintage items into an outfit, especially for going to work. You know.. dress codes.. *eye roll*.

Black Jeans : Frame Denim
Black and Gold Sweater : Philip Lim 3.1
Black Beret : Vintage
Black Boots : Rebecca Minkoff