Brighton, MA (Your-Story.org) June 1, 2011 – Fashion boredom can afflict any wardrobe. No matter how stylish the individual pieces, every outfit put together from it just lacks a spark. One remedy for wardrobe ennui is to update such a closet with a touch of the past, with vintage inspired clothing. These modern garments based on the clothing of yesterday combine well with newer apparel to yield a style unique to the wearer.
For pure romance, the Victorian woman’s wardrobe cannot be beat. A sheer lacy blouse with puffed sleeves and ruffled trim give women a classic fantasy look, and a slightly less elaborate shirt works for her male companion. Even without clothing, a piece of Victorian inspired jewelry with a combination of black and white pearls set in elaborate filigree can give a period look to any simple modern outfit.
The flappers of the 1920s with their straight silhouettes and short skirts inspire great modern looks. The sailor outfits so popular with the women of the period can be evoked with a single top. The simple cocktail dresses of the flapper style are delightful in a modern setting. A cloche hat added to a modern outfit is an unmistakable allusion to the period, as are very long strands of beads arranged in tiers. Whatever pieces are selected, a touch of the 1920s brings a wardrobe up to date.
1930s vintage inspired clothing lends an Art Deco touch to a wardrobe. Designer Elsa Schiaparelli produced simple fitted suits, the jackets of which are the perfect foil to a modern outfit. The bias cut evening gowns that followed the contours of the body and left lots of skin bare look perfectly appropriate at modern functions.
The distinctive styles of the 1940′s, influenced by wartime rationing, are comfortable and wearable even today. Simple shirtwaist dresses, with or without sleeves, were common in this era, and when paired with modern accessories and outerwear they lend a delightfully old fashioned look. Even the ubiquitous suits seen in every wartime movie translate to the modern era with little modification.
The simple styles, bright colors and bold prints of the mod era, which were often paired with Victorian touches in the period, are experiencing a renaissance in modern fashion. A simple shift with a bold print evokes the period instantly, as does a velvet jacket in a jewel tone, usually paired with a lacy top. Any sort of blouse with a peasant look can pair with modern jeans to allude to the sixties without looking out of place in the real world.
For a distinctive wardrobe expressing the wearer’s personality without giving the impression of a period costume, vintage inspired clothing is the perfect touch. Whether a glamorous 1940s evening gown for a red carpet event or a Victorian or Mod inspired top ( http://www.laceaffair.com ) paired with modern trousers for every day wear, the styles of earlier eras lend an air of nostalgia to a practical outfit. They are comfortable to wear and memorable at the same time; making them the perfect fashion touch for the twenty-first century.