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I’m currently working on purging my wardrobe. There are several reasons for this.
- I will never weigh what I did in high school. My body has matured and will not fit into a lot of the things I’ve held on to, even when I do lose weight.
- A lot of my clothes are from high school. It’s been nine years since I graduated from high school.
- My style has changed. In jr. high and a lot of high school I was into more goth type clothing. Since then I have been trying to find a style and I finally have and most of my clothes don’t fit with it.
- I don’t wear a lot of the things I own.
So far I have donated a large bag of item and have another good size box I’m working on. I’ve also started to buy some new items. I wish I could say they are all made in the US and organic but confession, they aren’t. When possible they are and they are at least natural fibers.
You may guess because of the title of my blog that my style is vintage/vintage inspired. I have a real love of 40’s-50’s clothing. And I’m not talking pinup, though I love that as well, I mean more of a Donna Reed look. I love full skirts, cardigans, heels, ponytails with ribbons, pearls, and all that wonderful stuff.
Currently, as I build my new wardrobe my style is less extreme but slowly I’m working towards a very vintage looking wardrobe. It’s amazing for one’s self esteem to only own clothes that fit properly and that you feel good in. I don’t want to hold on to clothes that don’t fit or that I don’t like anymore.
I believe it’s a good idea to take a look at your wardrobe every once in awhile and decide if it’s really still working for your body, life, and style. Of course most of us, myself included, can’t just go buy a new wardrobe all at once. However, slowly buying new pieces that you can work into what you currently own is a great way to get started.
I’ve been working on a list of items I want to have in my new wardrobe. I thought I’d share the list in case anyone would find it interesting. While many items only work for my vintage inspired wardrobe, many are classics and are good for any style. And I figure if you are reading this blog you may be interested in a vintage inspired wardrobe as well.
Circle Skirt- Circle skirts are one of my vintage favorites. They are beautiful and comfortable.
Pencil Skirt– While I love circle skirts more than pencil skirts, pencil skirts are a wardrobe staple. One in a neutral color can add a lot to your wardrobe, vintage or not.
Shirtwaist Dress– These dresses are a great choice for a casual outfit. No trying to find things that match, just throw on the dress and add a few accessories and you are ready to go.
Cocktail Dress– While not for everyday wear, a cocktail dress is a must. Since you likely don’t need as many cocktail dresses as other pieces going with one that will work for multiple occasions is important. A classic black dress is a good place to start.
High-Waisted Pants– Low rise pants are often very unflattering for those of us with extra pounds or that are curvy. I know I feel like I’m always having to pull up my low rise jeans to make sure nothing that shouldn’t be showing is showing. High-waisted pants are not only very vintage, they are flattering!
Wide Leg Pants– This goes with the above but is a very 40’s look.
Cardigan– Those that know me know that I LOVE my cardigans. You can wear a simple top and jeans and just add a cardigan, cute shoes, and look very put together. I have cardigans in all sleeve lengths so I can wear them all year. My first vintage clothing item was a black cardigan, very fitting for me.
Fitted Sweater– Fitted sweaters are great with skirts or pants.
Petticoat/Crinoline– A petticoat or crinoline is a must for full skirts.
Slips– Many vintage and vintage inspired dresses and skirts are unlined and need a slip. They are also helpful if you are wearing wool or other items that could be a bit itchy. Full skirts also can be blown up by the wind and a slip adds a bit of protection. It can also mean less washing of your dry clean only and hand wash items.
Heels– Heels can make any outfit look better. I get the most complements on my outfits when I’m wearing heels. If you aren’t very comfortable with heels try kitten heels. They are my favorite for times when I will be doing a lot of walking. Wedges are also easy to walk in.
Accessories– Accessories can take a classic piece and make it look more vintage. Pearls (they don’t have to be real), sweater clips, gloves, bangles, brooches, cute handbags, and hats can all make an outfit.
Red Lipstick– I’m still looking for the perfect natural red lipstick. Finding the perfect shade for you is a vintage wardrobe essential. Red lipstick takes very little effort but will make you look more put together.
These are the things I have found in my research to be the most essential vintage inspired wardrobe items. What are your essential wardrobe items, vintage inspired or not?