Vintage is probably not a word you would associate with my own style, but regardless, I have a real love and appreciation for vintage clothing and vintage stylings, and today I would like to introduce you to my beautiful friend, Renae, whose vintage wardrobe is enviable.
Renae is a friend and designer of the most beautiful handmade collars and headpieces, which I hope to show you in a future post.
Renae has the gift of thrifting and putting together the most fabulous outfits from vintage and recycled/preloved clothing. Each time I see her, I am wowed by how she puts her outfits together and even more so by the fact that almost all her clothing is purchased pre-loved.
While not driven by trend, Renae is an avid fashion magazine reader and the inspiration 'wall' in her studio is covered in beautifully styled pictures of this year's style offerings. But instead of jumping on the bandwagon and seeking out this year's (or was it last year's) "must have" streamlined black jumpsuit (as I would do), Renae found her fabulous red, ruffle sleeved jumpsuit in a local thrift store. Pairing it with patent red Steve Madden platforms and a vintage faux fur jacket, this outfit was perfect for a recent night out to the theatre.
Wearing vintage and recycled clothing can actually give you an edge on the trends. Culottes are everywhere you look at the moment and these culottes are amazing! Fitted and flat across the hips and tummy, then adding volume further down the leg line. The pattern and the split at the side of each leg (unseen here) makes these a very unique and special garment, and yet thoroughly on trend.
For a time I did collect vintage coats and shoes, but decided that if I wasn't going to wear them, they didn't really deserve to take up so much space in my closet. I sold all but one coat that I still enjoy wearing every now and again.
What about you? Are you a thoroughly modern woman? Or are vintage and recycled garments part of your wardrobe?