Wednesday, June 1, 2011

An Affair with Accessories

Love vintage fashion, but have a hard time finding clothing that fits? Do you wear vintage on special occasions, but don't feel comfortable in a vintage suit or dress for work? Or, maybe you're a tad hesitant to take the full vintage leap right now, but you like the look? We've got a great solution--accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. With vintage scarves, handbags, belts, gloves, hats, shoes.... Pair a "Kelly" bag with your skirt suit for a "Graceful" look (sorry, but I couldn't resist that), or a novelty bag with your contemporary capri pants. Use a large vintage scarf instead of a belt or sash; I did this a lot when in the corporate world, and got many, many compliments on the look. Wear vintage semi-sheer dressy gloves to a party, or a pair of vintage platforms with a newer mini skirt.

And, of course, you can mix and match vintage accessories with vintage apparel--and they don't have to be from the same era. 1950's scarves look great nipping in the waists of 1960's shift dresses, and an 80's belt can add flair to a 1940's peplum dress or jacket. For some great ways to use a vintage scarf, check out our friend Couture Allure's blog here.

There are so many ways to use vintage accessories! We love them, and here are some examples!

Scarves and added belts give this 50's/60's Linen Sheath Dress from MyVintageCocktail lots of versatility:

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And an added chunky vintage belt transformed this Seafoam Hand Crochet Open Weave Dress w/ Chunky Belt, Sm Med from Vintage Baubles Too:

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These novelty basket purses from CatseyeVintage go equally well with a 1960's or 70's summer outfit and this season's newest looks:

Vintage 40s Post WW2 Wicker Basket Box Purse Handbag Embellished with Shells -- Made in US Zone West Germany


Vintage Unused Mint Condition Caro Nan Hand Painted Wood Basket Box Purse Hand Bag - California

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For a great way to incorporate vintage into your everyday life, try a pair of eyeglasses; they are SO in style right now!

Vintage 1950s Silver Beaded Cateye Style Eyeglasses Eye Glasses
from AlleyCatsVintage:

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These Vintage Sheer Nylon Fancy Mustard Colored Gloves Sz Medium from AlleyCatsVintage will add panache to any special occasion:

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So, if you're looking for a way to easily "do" vintage, stock up on accessories!

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