Everything old fills us with such sweet nostalgia, from our grandmother’s special Sunday curry to that frayed pair of jeans that we just can’t give away. Trends may be in a state of constant change, but fashion forecasts always abound in throwback styles—colours, fabric, prints, and details to bring back in vogue. In recent seasons, we have been in past forward mode, revamping our favourite vintage trends with modern twists. Here are our top picks of vintage trends from manifold eras to bring back into our closets this year.
Charismatic Chantilly Lace
Dating back to the 17th century, this handmade bobbin lace has been popular through subsequent eras for its luxurious, intricate details. With a romantic season ahead of us, it’s time we bring back the luxurious fabric for a girlie-girl summer look this year. Look for lace dresses especially white, gowns, blouses, shirts, and even pants. Or add lace to your accessories, shoes, handbags for a chilled out diva vibe.
Gingham first became popular when they began to be mass produced in 18th century England Though you might recognise it better from Brigette Bardot’s wedding attire or Dorothy’s classic blue dress in The Wizard of Oz. If your style is ladylike, gingham already works for you. But the versatile checked pattern blends just as seamlessly with tomboy sneakers to prim oxfords. Little wonder it’s a menswear classic too. Combine with stripes for a clean look or experiment with complex silhouettes to achieve anan avant-garde edge.
Culottes were designed keep in mind Victorian women with a passion for riding horses. Imagine the flare of skirts with the ease of pants—what can make for more versatiledaywear. Pair with fitted silhouettes—tuck in a Peter Pan-collar shirt or halter-neck top for elegant effect or crop tops for a more playful look. Large and slouchy tops suit tall frames. Wear with flats for the day and killer heels for special looks.
Inspired by military gear, especially from the World War II era, this trend owes its popularity to its rugged and fuctional appeal. Camo prints may be a tad clichéd, but incorporate it with new-age separates and accessories to keep up with the times. Think skirt and crop top sets, silk jackets, and leather. Experiment with lighter shades for feminine appeal or incorporate in accessories to keep the look minimal.
This is quite literal. Women wore these dresses in the early 20th century for era’s grand evening tea-time soirees. Falling a few inches below the knee, tea-length numbers might make you look shorter; pair with heels—preferably nude—to elongate your frame. Deep cut, fit and flare silhouette in jewel tones are failsafe elements to nail the style. Not just for tea, wear it to parties, cocktails, and when you play bridesmaid to friends.
Invest in these key pieces for a fashionable trip down memory lane. Pretty much!