Now that we’ve had a taste of sunshine, we can start to think about our summer wardrobes, some of you may even be booking holidays you lucky things! One of my favourite vintage eras is the 70s, boho dresses, bold prints and oversized shades and hair. This was a shoot I did last summer as you can see my hair much longer and bigger. In fact writing this post is making me want my long hair back! I wanted to share with you the great thing about shopping for vintage pieces is that if they’re in good condition then they can be used again and again.
The basket bag
Already a firm favourite on Instagram, the basket tote is no longer just for beach days. It’s earned itself a rightful place in our wardrobe and looks just as stylish with jeans and a leather jacket as it does with a sundress. Try Etsy for an array of vintage basket bags like this.
I love crochet pieces when it comes to summer, a little crochet top or dress just makes me think of summer festivals and barbecues. Easy to throw on over a bikini or team with denim, try shopping for vintage crochet pieces like this from Asos marketplace or you can buy the one I’m wearing here.
Every time I go into a vintage shop I seem to always be on the look out for the perfect vintage dress. I’m often looking for something floral as well as something I know I can throw a leather jacket over. This is a dress I managed to pick up in a charity shop which was in great condition and I loved the floral print. Vintage dresses are easy to pick up and are available in lots of places, try your local vintage fair if you want to try it on first. You can also buy vintage inspired dresses from sites such as Collectif, Modcloth and Rixo.
Denim cut offs
These are pretty easy to come by (just head to Rokit or Beyond Retro) and are even easier to create yourself. In fact I bought a pair of jeans for about £2 in a charity shop and cut them off; they’re still going strong 3 years on.
Vintage sunglasses if in excellent condition can be a great addition to your summer wardrobe. However due to the nature and delicacy of sunglasses it’s more like they have received their fair share of wear and tear, take a look at the range at Deadmensspex for genuine vintage. However lots of places also offer plenty of vintage inspired styles try Linda Farrow’s 70s inspired edit of sunglasses.
I hope this post has inspired you to think about shopping for some vintage items for your wardrobe. I think vintage is something that is much easier to wear in summer, I know I wear more of it then!
Photography by Margarita Karenko.