Vintage fashion is such fun way to spice up your wardrobe. Vintage fashion allows people like me who can't spend insane amounts of money on aesthetically unique designer clothes the chance to explore more eccentric styles and silhouettes. It's also the perfect way to experiment with different time periods of fashion and the various cuts, colours, styles, and inspirations that defined them. Today, in addition to your run of the mill vintage stores, tons of online retailers supplying vintage pieces are making this realm of fashion more accessible than ever. Living in such a unique place like Hong Kong, vintage stores have given me a new insight into the history of Chinese fashion. I've complied a list of the pieces that I've found to be the most meaningful vintage pieces I own.
Piece #2: Vintage Patent Leather Oxford Shoes
These shoes are one of my favourite vintage piece because vintage shoes are some of the hardest pieces to get a hold of since they don't last as long and are substantially less forgiving when it comes to settling for a different size. With this pair being half a size too small, combined with the fact that they are made of incredibly stiff and thick leather, they are incredibly uncomfortable, especially in the heel. However, I love the boxy structure and I'm such a sucker for patent leather so these still get a decent amount of use despite their lack of comfort. The thick leather, though uncomfortable, is a great sign that these were, and to a certain degree still are, a great quality pair of shoes.
Piece #1: Vintage Boot Cut Jeans in Blue Wash
Another addition to my rebuilt closet of loose fit jeans, this recent purchase has quickly become one of my favourite pieces. I love the subtle boot cut in the fit and the interesting silhouette that creates. I've usually stuck to really light wash, grey, and black jeans, so this darker wash is a really interesting colour that I've now got to experiment with. They look like they've survived a long career without any visible wear and tear and seem like a really great quality piece.
Piece #3: Vintage Underwater Print Short Sleeved Shirt
This is one of my more eccentric pieces but I love the print and there's something about the colour combination that I love. The way the print is set up somehow makes this shirt so much more versatile than it seems. I also love to do a messy roll with the sleeves as it fits that effortless vintage look so well. I also love when a more formal silhouette like a buttoned up shirt is juxtapose with a really loud and playful print as it allows it to be dressed up or dressed down in a really unconventional way.
Piece #4: Vintage Silk Oversized Mauve Bomber Jacket
This is probably my favourite vintage piece of all since it genuinely is one of the most trusted items in my entire closet. If there was a fire and I could only grab one piece of clothing, though a situation like that gives me nightmares, this piece might actually be the one I would choose. Though it's overused as a buzz word in the fashion industry and frankly in this blog, there is no better representation of effortlessness. It's the easiest piece that has such a versatile fit and colour that works with almost anything. People say that all the time about clothes and I never believe it but I can say in all honesty, this piece can be dressed up or dressed down, match a darker outfit or a light outfit, or work with a looser silhouette or a tighter silhouette. This jacket has such a personal significance for me that I would not hesitate to call it one of if not the best piece in my entire wardrobe.