The worst kept secret in fashion; vintage clothing , has come on strong in the last few years and shows no signs of slowing with the high-street now taking steps back to the future.
Retro runners, oversized everything, 90s inspiration is everywhere- and there is no better way to remain on-trend by renewing authentic pieces from the era.
Now the high-street has tuned in to vintage fashion, representing the ideal balance of the ease and accessibility that comes with high-street, with the unique, signature pieces that vintage provides.
Urban Outfitters have been at the forefront of high-street meets vintage collaboration, launching Urban Renewal, showcasing the latest and greatest vintage pieces that have been selected under their watchful urban eye.
Urban renewal remains huge for reworked pieces, switching and stitching up vintage pieces with current trends, whether it be reworked denim, leather or statement one-of-a-kind inspired shirts, Urban renewal is the home for the vintage statement piece.
But it’s not only the 90s revival that can be adapted by vintage, formal looks can be updated with a vintage jacket. Pair up with a tailored trouser and slip on shoe to create an edgy twist to a formal look, allowing the originality of the outfit to take center stage.
Individuality is key, with Urban Renewal reworking big statement pieces that are not replicated elsewhere, no literally; each piece is individually re-worked and styled to stamp personality and versatility on any outfit.
Vintage clothing typically scores on price, but affordability has suffered, with the prices of online vintage birth makers Rokit now closer to high-street hanging prices that what they once were, underlining how big vintage is right now .
Yet authentic thrift shops, like COW Vintage who have stores in major cities nationwide and an online store, are unearthing and reworking key brands and styles on trend and at modest prices.
One big way vintage can steal a march in to your wardrobe is the through oversized shirts and tees that are ideal for layering, with COW’s oversized everything an ideal way to include a real vintage twist on the 90s oversized style revival.
Pair up a classic checked oversized shirt, layered with a long length tee, long line bomber, skinny jeans and classic sports trainer to add a modern twist to a vintage throwback.
Festival style is also best kept vintage, whether it’s Ralph, Ray or Levis; the only way to rock authentic festival staples with your own individuality this summer is by keeping it retro.
The beauty of vintage is in eye of the beholder, extremely versatile and easily adaptable in to any trend- the possibilities are endless.
Check out some vintage pieces we found online:
Words: Tom Everest