This week we're bringing you vintage alternatives to today's styles and trends.
If you wear glasses, you know the importance of having a good pair of frames that are stylish yet match your own unique style. Glasses are often the first thing a person notices on your face, so it is important to make a good impression. Retro styles and colors, such as tortoise shell, wire-framed, semi-rimless, and circle frames have been in style for the past few years. You can't go anywhere without seeing someone rocking vintage or retro frames. Don't be surprised when you see Rihanna or Bella Hadid wearing a pair of retro cat eye frames. Cat eye frames were created by Altina Schinasi in the 1930's when there was little selection of cute and fashionable frames for women. She was inspired by the Harlequin masks in Venice when she made these exaggerated frames. By the 1960's, everyone, from actresses to politicians to stay at home moms were able to wear a pair of what were then known as cat eye frames. There was a 40 year period where cat eye frames went out of style, which was from roughly the 1970's to the end of the 2010's. Itty bitty frames are back in style, and the cat eye came back with them. Channel your inner Pink Lady with these awesome retro cat eye frames. The white and gold combo is beautiful and the geometric shapes keep them fun and spunky. The shape is exaggerated without being too over the top, which makes them wearable. They've never been worn before, so their condition is impeccable. Sold by Vintage Optical Shop
Your favorite 90's trend is back. Plaid has been in and out of style frequently throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. It was huge among the grunge teens and cholos. It was seen in the 2000s through mini skirts (Rebelde, anyone?) and skater girls like Avril Lavigne. Plaid, properly known as tartan, has been around for centuries, the oldest example dating back 3,000 years with the discovery of the Cherchen man, a Caucasian mummy buried in the Chinese desert. The patterns and colors became regional throughout Scotland over the centuries, and in the 18th, "Black Watch Plaid" was appointed as the symbol to the military uniform by James Francis Edward Stuart. They were worn to show affiliation to a certain clan. Nowadays, unfortunately, it is just seen as a pattern and holds no symbolism to the wearer. Although plaid is still used throughout Scotland, its versatility made it easy to adopt into everyday fashion. Plaid clothing, especially skirts, have found their way into the modern wardrobe once again, with red and yellow variations being the favorites. Plaid can be used to add a fun bit of color to an outfit. This vintage plaid skirt offers an array of different colors and patterns in one garment. It's long length makes it easy to wear, especially during the winter when plaid is most worn. It can also be easily paired with any style you prefer. Like the picture, you can pair it with a flowy blouse to give it a more vintage and boho look. Pairing it with leather, like a jacket or combat boots, would give it that grunge effect that was popular in the 90's. A sweater and beanie would make it instantly more cozy. Its shape is flowy, yet won't swallow you up. It would make a great addition to anyone's wardrobe. Sold by WYLDESYDEVINTAGE
With the resurgence of 90's fashion, it comes at no surprise that Champion has made an unbelievable comeback within the last two years alone. Champion was HUGE in the 90's, so much so that employees at stores wouldn't even bother putting them on the rack. They just opened the boxes and let the customers have at it. One of the reasons the brand was so popular was because of the wide demographic reach. They were worn by jocks and athletes, skaters, hip-hop fans, and punks, amongst others. With the change of the millennium came a change in style, and Champion just wasn't as hot as it used to be. While its collaboration with already famous street brands, such as Supreme and A Bathing Ape, have helped secure its spot as one of the most sought-after brands, it was ultimately social media that sealed the deal for a new era for Champion. As the 2010's near the end, the brand has built itself back up and is now worn by celebrities, especially rappers. It is not uncommon to see Chance the Rapper or the Kardashians sporting Champion. These are no longer the clothes you could buy at Walmart for $15. Through their website, a hoodie can now cost you an upwards of $120 alone. Everyone wants to wear the brands, but no one wants to pay the price, which is completely understandable. Ventura Vintage Store on Etsy offers an array of vintage brand name clothing for a fraction of the price. You could give these former glories a new life without costing an arm and a leg.
Even if you don't know shoes too well, odds are you know what Doc Martens are when you see them. The beginning of Doc Martens dates back to 1901 from then on was associated with the working class (the costed around £2 a pair and were durable). They were pretty much known as work boots until the 1950's when the 1460 boot was created. Everything changed for the brand when that iconic boot was introduced. They became a symbol for various kinds of misfits and were worn by those who challenged societal norms in the 1960's. They started being worn by famous counterculturist groups, most famously by The Who. In the 1970's, Dr. Martens were seen everywhere in Britain from punk to glam to, ironically, police. With their deep roots to hardcore subcultures, their popularity rose and they are now one of the most famous and recognizable shoemakers in the world. Although they are more mainstream and versatile, they have never truly escaped their counterculturist association. Vintage Dr. Martens are something to be cherished and sought after, so when you find a usable pair in good condition, it is almost disrespectful to pass them up. LONDONBAY on Etsy have found a beautiful pair of those iconic 1460s in soft black leather. The condition is unfathomably good. There are hardly any creases or scuffs. The heels, which are worn down with excessive use, show no signs of wear and the original sole is still in tact and seemingly untouched. The famous yellow threading, which is susceptible to dirt and stains, is bright and clean. They are a higher price than the 1460s in production today, however those are not made in England and do not carry the distinction of being vintage, which is valuable for Dr. Martens. Only 1% of 1460s are still made in England today and are a much higher price than those made in China or Thailand. These shoes are an uncommon find that would be cherished by anyone who appreciated Dr. Martens and what they symbolize.
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