Some inspiration for wearing vintage your way

Of course you want to find your own style, and you are looking at vintage as part of that. You don't really need anyone to model yourself after but sometimes someone else's style seems so right that they can inspire you in your own style.

It isn't hard to think of stars who wear retro looks well, and Gwen Stefani certainly does it very well.


Dita Von Teese always looks impeccably lovely in her vintage style, while Zooey Deschanel has a fun, modern, vintage-inspired look.


Then there are the television shows that have showcased vintage and made us all want to wear the looks: Characters in Sex in the City, as well as Mad Men, and the most recent rage Downton Abbey.


I am inspired by Vintage Style: Buying and Wearing Vintage Clothing by Tiffany Dubin and Catherine Bardey's Wearing Vintage. Neither one of these books is new (they're both about 10 years old), but the inspiration and information has not aged. 


Look around online and you will find many archives and examples of vintage fashion from complete movies to magazines to advertisements. Look at myvintagevogue's flickr photostream, an archive of vintage fashion images from 1920 through 1965. If you want to be inspired not only by great fashion, but by great photography and modeling, search Google images for Horst P. HorstGeorge Hoyningen-HueneCecil BeatonIrving PennJohn Rawlings, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Richard Avedon and John French

I asked around for people who inspire others to wear vintage, and the range of examples I was given is incredible, a real testament to vintage fashion's reach and impact! Just a few: 
17-year old Annie profiled on Queens of VintageTziporah SalamonSolanah and Iris Apfelwho at 91 is still a tremendous inspiration

Next time: What flatters you

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