Copyright Al Parker
How does one incorporate vintage into everyday life? As a ‘full-time’ retro gal, I dress head-to-toe 1940s-50s every day. During the week I work in an office, and I find that vintage style fits quite well in this setting. Granted, my office is on the more casual side, but I do think that vintage looks can be just as professional, if not more so, than modern trends. I tend to prefer simple day frocks and blouse and skirt ensembles over suits, given the laid-back environment, and pair these with heels or wedges, stockings (though I confess the blazing heat has inspired me to skip these as of late), and period jewelry. During the cooler months, wide-leg trousers paired with blouses or fitted sweaters, turn up in my wardrobe rotation, along with knit dresses and suits. I wear my hair in a variety of period styles as well: soft waves, victory rolls, simple updos. I find that dressing in vintage makes one stand out, and generally in a very good way—people always remember the woman who looks like she stepped out of the past!
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A good friend of mine, who works in a slightly more conservative environment, found that as she began dressing more vintage on a period basis, her coworkers clamored to see her outfit each day. She follows a similar aesthetic to what I mentioned above, and feels that it fits right in and steps up one’s appearance in a very positive way(in this oh-so casual state, many people dress on the sloppy side these days.)
How do you incorporate your vintage sensibilities into your modern job? For those who work in ultra conservative settings, how do you adapt your style to suit?