How to Build an “Everyday Vintage Wardrobe”

How To Build an Everyday Vintage Wardrobe

A long time ago, when I was a newbie blogger, I used to do outfit posts. Mad respect to fashion bloggers, but for me…it’s just too much work! There’s already enough effort put into GETTING DRESSED, documenting the ensemble in multiple angles is taking it to another level I just do not want to do.

So, instead I snap an outfit selfie on Instagram where you get about 3/4 of my outfit so you get the general idea. I’ve been asked a couple times for tips on How To Wear Vintage. So, here are some ideas on how to build an “Everyday VintageWardrobe.”

DEFINE YOUR COLORS: Build your wardrobe around colors you really like and that pair well together. My wardrobe mostly consists of CREAM, TAN, BLUSH, NAVY, BROWN. I obviously ADORE muted colors.

WEAR THE SILHOUETTES FROM ERAS THAT FLATTER YOUR FIGURE: Figure out what silhouettes work for you and stick to them. I for one cannot wear flared 50s style dresses. I’m petite so these dresses make me look like a tiny cupcake. It’s not cute. I also have curvier hips/thighs compared to a smaller bust and bodice, so I tend to wear a lot of a-line skirts and dresses that fit in at the waist which flatters my figure best.

SHOES & ACCESSORIES: For shoes and accessories I keep it very simple. All of my shoes are neutral colored and I also know which shoe shapes work best for me (t-straps, t-straps, t-straps!) Because I’m petite, I never wear chunky jewelry or bold accessories. I gravitate towards delicate and light jewelry accents. Of course, once in awhile I may wear a statement piece. But a statement piece is exactly that, A Statement and not meant for every day wear. All my belts are the same color as well. I choose belts in hues that pair nicely with my shoes.

In my outfit photos above, about 90% of what I am wearing is VINTAGE! I like to wear vintage in a practical way (there are times when I do get a little more bedazzled, but not that often) When building your “Everyday Vintage Wardrobe” I would recommend starting with these pieces first in a silhoutte/style that suits your body type and coloring.

A solid colored BLOUSE

A solid colored or minimal patterned SKIRT

A simple solid colored DRESS

When you have these basics down, you can build on top of it. For instance once you’ve found which vintage blouse shapes work best for you, you can then start adding on different colors and prints and small variations in that silhouette. You can do the same thing for skirts and for dresses.

Of course you will find multiple silhouettes will look quite becoming on you. And you will find certain silhouettes don’t look as great… (for example busty women should stay away from 1920s flapper dresses.) There will also be instances where certain years from an era look great and certain years look terrible. (For example I find I look best in late 30s early 40s dresses, but mid to late 40s styles do not flatter me at all)

I hope you find my tips useful! I don’t think of myself as a fashionista, but I do know I dress well (it’s taken a lot of practice and trial and error!) and aim to curate a timeless wardrobe for myself.

Perhaps I’ll do more How To Wear Vintage/Curate A Vintage Wardrobe posts in the future!

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Vintage Inspired Outfits | Speckled Autumn

Vintage Outfit Ideas / Layered Looks

Have you gals noticed I’ve started shooting dresses showing the full dress form again? I used to shoot products like these quite a long time ago when my shop was called something different (when it was Adore Vintage, and not ADORED Vintage)

The wonderful thing about the new way I’m shooting products is I am inspired again to do outfit ideas! I haven’t done these in YEARS!

Speckled Autumn

Coat | Vintage 1950s Balcony Views Jacket / $168
Dress | Vintage 1950s Softly Loving Dress / $168
Necklace | Vintage 1930s Fortune Charms Necklace / $108

See all the other LAYERED LOOKS outfits over on the shop!

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In Which I’ve Become Fashion Irrelevant?

Maybe because I adore vintage and vintage inspired style, I’m finding myself irrelevant to current fashion trends. As a new season approaches (mmm, Autumn, YOU’RE my favorite, all the other seasons are super jealous) I get into extreme MUST-REEVALUATE-LIFE-WORK mode. This of course extends to my wardrobe.

C'est Moi, Rodellee

I also just finished up some headache stuff involving owning a small business (it ain’t just finding pretty things to sell folks!) so I have to be pragmatic about running my business. Do I love what I do? Yes. Have my feelings changed towards the (vintage) industry? Yes, yes it has. Do I think the vintage industry has changed since I started schlepping vintage clothing on the internet. UM, YEAH. 

So, one has to ponder…how do I grow? How do I change? How do I adapt my business as my own tastes change?

I have been scouring Pinterest, Tumblr, even old school sites like We Heart It for inspiration on which direction to go next. Which flower laden path shall I traverse down? (Because, duh, OF COURSE there are flowers!) And I gotta tell you… what is currently trending and in style right now, I just CANNOT get down with. Of course if you are reading this and you have been following AV for awhile and perhaps even bought a few things… then you know very well that Adored Vintage isn’t about what’s currently trending at all. You are also clever enough to realize modern day trends all stem from vintage (helloooo…cold shoulder tops & dresses? So 1930s!)

All right, I’m not really sure where I’m going with this. It’s been so hot lately you guys. My brain cannot think when it’s this hot.

Perhaps the point of this post is to let you know some changes are going to be happening at Adored Vintage. But you’ll notice them when you notice them. (Ooo, so cryptic of me, I know.)

My goal for Adored Vintage is to provide clothing for women who have a penchant for romantic, pretty, and kind of folk-y styles. I just haven’t found anywhere online that has the exact aesthetic I’m looking for.

There are some close contenders (Anthropologie, duh) but in the past years, Anthropologie has really lost its charm for me. And there are other online retailers like Modcloth and ASOS (dress I’m wearing in this picture is from them) and Shop Ruche (which closed by the way, but then reopened under new management I believe) have some things that are close to what I like, but I haven’t found a single shop where I’ve thought “HOLY CATS! They’re inside my head!!!

Oh…side note. I’m not throwing shade at any of the shops I mentioned above! They’re great for their respective audiences.

I think it goes back to the whole finding your fashion tribe thing. Is my fashion tribe just non existent? If I wear a 1970s floral inspired bohemian dress do I HAVE TO look like I haven’t showered in 3 days and have that glazed dazed I’m cooler than thou look on my face? Whenever I see fashion editorials featuring girls in pretty bohemian dresses they always look so damn bored. Does vintage inspired HAVE TO BE those icky ice cream parlor pastel colors? Does vintage inspired HAVE TO BE cheesy novelty prints?

I find vintage novelty prints to be charming, clever, and quite witty. Modern day novelty prints I just think look cheap.

Oh, back to modern day fashions. Why do gals in fashion always look so miserable? And what’s with all the weird poses? And weird props? Is it just about making a statement?

Seriously, you guys! I don’t get it! Am I clueless when it comes to what’s trending and what’s in style? Is it because I’m old(er) now? And I’m just fashion irrelevant? All these shapeless silhouettes. What’s up with those? I don’t get it! *throws hands up in air in perplexed state of fashion turmoil*

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Vintage Inspired Fashion | Luisa Beccaria Fall 2015 RTW

The weather has cooled off recently and it has felt more like Autumn than summer in my neck of the woods. Autumn is my favorite season and already I am scouring the internet for inspiration for my Fall wardrobe! I know I have said this before, but it bears repeating that I don’t really follow modern day fashion. Which is probably why I am profoundly in love with Luisa Beccaria. Their designs just understand my vintage loving heart so much, but it’s for a modern gal. Not for one who wants to go about appearing as if she wear in costume.


The Fall 2015 RTW collection (I know, it’s 2016…again, does it matter with vintage inspired fashion?) has so many vintage influences throughout! From the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, and the 1950s! How many details have you noticed from all these eras?

I also love the grey and deep blue color scheme. The royal blue highlights are not my favorite, but royal blue (or jewel tones in general) are colors I really don’t care for. I ADORE, ADOOOre the berets in each of these ensembles and the fishnet tights! I am DEFINITELY going to wear fishnet tights this upcoming Autumn season!

All images from Vogue / source

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