Yesterday’s charity shop jaunt unearthed some real gems – a snakeskin record case, a velvet maxi skirt and two pieces that could be described as ‘vintage’, but aren’t really…
The cream cardigan and strappy leather shoes I’m wearing here were two of yesterday’s best finds. Cute, wearable pieces that mix well with my wardrobe and are practical for everyday outfits. By looking at the labels and style of these pieces, I estimate they’re early 90s, which by some definitions makes them ‘vintage’. Sadly, 90s ‘vintage’ has none of the retro charm or impressive background as a 60s shift dress or 50s circle skirt. In fact, referring to your 1992 Nirvana t-shirt as ‘vintage’ may get you a few snorts of derision among die-hard vintage fans.
90s clothing can also be hard to style – it’s not old enough to create that specific vintage look, and most pieces aren’t iconic enough to be recognisable as from a particular era. So you end up looking slightly outdated, like a 26-year-old wearing her wardrobe from 15 years ago. What to do?
I really wanted to wear these leather shoes today – it’s Easter, and I wanted a springy, fresh look. The silk blouse is an old favourite of mine and the floral print is perfect for this time of year, while the cream cardigan added much-needed warmth on a decidedly dull day. If I’d gone for faded bootcuts we’d have a serious case of the unstylish on our hands, but skinny coloured jeans and bold accessories give the look a modern edge (or so I hope). I’ve already written about ways to make old clothes more modern – it’s just a case of mixing them with current pieces.
What do you think – would you class the 90s as ‘vintage’? Is there anything in your wardrobe from this (let’s face it, amazing) decade?
PS – Yes, I’ve had my hair done. Yes, it’s too dark. Yes, I’m washing it three times a day with the harshest shampoo to try fade it. Sad times.