Room designers often talk about vintage style. But the style is as associated with fashion as it is interiors.
Like vintage rooms, vintage fashions show an affinity for muted, nostalgic colors and for the past, with a preference for 19th century Victorian ideas rooted in medieval values. In short, vintage fashion has a fairytale quality that exaggerate stereotyped, idealized views of femininity.
Though the vintage wardrobe is much modified from its stage-coach-and-glass-slipper connotations, vintage fashion today is still charming and old-fashioned and tied to the most romanticized looks from the past.
Vintage fashions often integrate dressmaker details, buttons, ribbons, lace eyelets and layered fabrics. Iconic vintage fashions include flared skirts. floral dresses, high collars, leg-wear, laced boots, pointed toe shoes, long gloves, pearls, heart lockets, brooches and chokers (a generous use of jewelry is a hallmark of the look), as well as French braids and chignons.
Inspiration for the look can include the simple floral dress with floppy straw hat... the buttoned-up Gibson-Girl look, the dramatic evening apparel of the late 19th century Belle Epoque, the pretty Laura Ashley looks of the 20th century, or the eclectic, one-of-a-kind mixes of vintage fashion ideas today.
See more examples of vintage apparel (...and an interesting look at the style's development), along with examples of vintage colors, vintage interior design and vintage arts, by downloading our vintage style guide.
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