Dress

Vintage: use it to tell your story

In continuation of my “Boho chic” post, Vintage comes as a natural topic.  Just note, that similar to Boho, it is often associated with 70s. Initially “vintage” was related to certain year good quality wine that becomes better after few years. Now lots of people refer almost to every second hand clothes as vintage… I recently noticed that there is some confusion between “vintage”,” retro” and “secondhand”, so here is a little glossary:

Antique: the item is at least 100 years old

Vintage: the garment is 20-75 years old

Retro: the definition is broad and includes not only the age of garment or accessory but also refers to the style the new garment was made

Secondhand: worn before by someone else (includes vintage, antique, but also contemporary pieces)

Vintage as a market trend being around for decades, so clearly, this is a well established direction to develop personal style. It is also rare to see a person who would demonstrate pure vintage style. So most of the times people mix vintage items with new. Vintage clothes supposed to have certain age and of a good quality and as a fair consequence, a certain price tag.

So why would I write about vintage in my blog, where I tend to discuss budget outfits? Well, “budget” does not mean “not unique”, but more importantly, most people can find interesting and unique vintage garments in their family houses. Why we should care about vintage? To me personally, this means to tell a story. More specifically, this is  my family story, the way I incorporate my family past and remember it. The bag that I show here my grandma gave me two years ago- and it was out last meeting. She got it in 50s to go out with my grandpa is St. Petersburg. This is Chinese bag with pagodas. I feel happy wearing it and thinking about my grandma. Here I combined the bag with a very interesting dress form ASOS that is warm for winter events and beautifully decorated with plastic flowers. The bag and the dress have similar colors and share floral theme. These two circumstances help me to connect different centuries.

P.S.  This post is inspired by my grandma. One of the helpful resources about vintage I found here: https://vintagefashionguild.org

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Cozy boho chic

While we agree that the first association with boho chic comes from “make love and not war” statement,  roots of this style are much older than popular and never-out-of-fashion 70s. Boho chic style goes back to Bohemians and here the things are getting complicated. Bohemians are believed to be Bohemian Romanies that originated in Eastern Europe from Northern India about 1000 years ago (Kendrick, Donald (2007). Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies) (2nd ed.). Scarecrow Press.).  Bohemian Romanies (“Gypsy”) gave an idea of free spirit and expression to poor artists much later (18th century) in France, especially after french revolution lead to lack of art support and patronage by wealthy people. Bohemian style at that time represents a different approach to artistic expression.

 Here I am citing the article about history of Bohemian style written by D.Monet https://bellatory.com/fashionindustry/BohoTheFashionHistoryofBohemianClothes:

“With their long flowing hair and rich, though threadbare fabrics, bohemians stand out in a crowd representing a colorful counterculture based on creativity, poverty, and an indifference to social structures and traditions…. A new cult of personality emerged with the artist as hero and individual style expressed in the way one dressed. An artist became a special type of person, not merely a crafts person, but a kind of eccentric genius whose creativity was displayed in the way they lived and looked. The artist himself (or herself) was a piece of art.”

Fast forwarded history, the ideological basis of bohemian style got transformed from the initial idea of expression of art and individualism in it`s non-materialistic version with presumably poor hygiene into a pricey fashion statement that dominates runways (Desigual is one of the companies that promotes the beauty of this style, see also Chloe SS18 collection). At the same time, during it`s 200 years history, boho style did not change the general principles of clothes style like it`s characteristic flowing dresses and layers with ethnic motifs from natural fabrics. So what happens now? In my opinion, today boho chic is a way to express comfort and individualism more than the intellectual and artistic social class. The visual attractiveness perhaps, is one of the major reasons that detached boho style from it`s initial poor economic but artistic origin. Such detachment  ironically, once more allowed this style to  gain its freedom from social cliche.

For this fall I use velvet buttonless cardigan, boyfriend jeans and tassel earrings with suede Ralph Lauren shoes to translate gypsy free spirit ( and they are known for their love for freedom!)  to inspire my everyday life.

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Two more words about millennial pinks

In two words: had it/will have it. Why? This color, or to be more specific, a range of pink hues (pastel pink, blush, nude),  was around for a long time and represents classic pink shades that ladies were wearing way before millennials were born. Some of well-known combinations include pinks with different grey and white shades. For example,  my high school teacher used to combine millennial pink blouses with brown-grey tailored suits. The most recent version of this combo can be seen in this year Nike collection. Therefore,  it is hard to find new inspiration for daily life and the good news is most likely you already have some quality items of this color. Except for new SS18 collections ( http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/spring-summer-2018-fashion-trend-pink) that are both, inspiring and far from a daily routine. Perhaps the most suitable for cold time of the year is look from  Molly Goddard and the trickiest ones to pull are mixed pink with yellow or green looks. During fall/winter season I use retro dress with lace and black over-the knee suede boots. I tone down this look to fit my casual activities by adding my favorite ivory and beige large bag. This look should fit most of figure shapes and ages.

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Little Pink Coat

Pink is the color that escorts most of women through the life. Remember that pink teddy bear when you were 3? Well, if even you are grown up, cozy fluffy texture and pink color can accompany you this winter without compromising your work wardrobe. I chose suede coat with faux fur from ASOS.  I can’t get enough of it! Here I combined suede in two different colors, pink (coat) and beige ( boots and my favorite bag). Ivory pants bridge well the coat and boots. Darker color would break the figure into several stripes and make it shorter. If you decide to wear navy pants, pair them with dark shoes. Light or dark grey sweater or cardigan will make this suitable for work, I would just be careful to make sure that either pants or sweater have structure. Black shades work well with this outfit but today I tried it with pink Dolce&Gabbana sunglasses and just love how they go together.

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3 velvet looks for weekdays within your budget

Velvet is a luxury fabric that has a very long history. In accordance to several sources, the first samples of velvet were found 2000 B.C in Egypt. Velvet was also produced China around 400-20 B.C. and later found it’s way to Europe through Silk Way to become a luxury fabric for aristocrats. First production of velvet in Europe began in Italy and peaked during Renaissance. (the source https://startupfashion.com/fashion-archives-look-history-velvet/).

Velvet is a fabric structure that can be made of silk, rayon, cotton, wool or other material. The thread  wrap  forms cut or uncut soft loops. With soft touch, luxury texture and thousands years of history, velvet will be loved for many more years (the nearest future includes 2018 Rebeca Taylor resort collection (https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2018/rebecca-taylor/slideshow/collection#17) where you can see gemstone- color velvet and lace dress). While pastel and blush colors adding new angle, the gemstone colors are the classics. Often considered as a fall/winder options as evening dress (think red velvet dress), these days we also like to use it during daytime. Since fall and winter are the best seasons to enjoy velvet, I would like to talk about few looks I use this fall for my workdays.

 

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Green dress. One of my favorite combinations is velvet and suede. It is about the texture, the feel of how both fabrics go together. Here I combined Vince Camuto green velvet dress with suede boots (Franco Sarto), my favorite bag and Larsson& Jennings swiss watch.

 

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Purple Jacket. Velvet jacket from Ralph Lauren (RUGBY) is very evening-like outfit and to be able to wear it during daytime, I paired it with boyfriend jeans (Joes’s )  and low-heel shoes from French connection. Clutch, Aldo.

 

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Velvet track pants. This is perhaps, the trickiest look, but at the same time the most actual this year. While runways are getting crowded with track pants, we appreciate their comfort. The danger in this case is that the velvet track pants are adding weight and can look a bit strange. I do wear this track pants from Missguided with either sneakers or low-heels and same tone top (short or long sleeves, both work well) and ivory leather-and-suede bag.

Enjoy your velvet fall!

Little Black Coat

 

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It is time of the year to talk about basics for winter. Well-tailored little black coat ( in this case the coat is wool-made Pologarage, Turkey) is a must-have for many cold seasons ahead. it is basically your LBD for winter! This type of coat is comfy and adds an official note to sporty look, it fits all shapes and figures (note my size is 40 and the same idea was already beautifully shown by Victoria Beckham). I pair this with sport pant (Pull and Bear) and adidas sneakers. The bag is leather and suede Crome (Italy). This is my favorite bag of this year,  perfect as a workhorse, going out for dinner, and weekends.