As someone who grew up dressed as a strange mix between a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Carmen from Spy on children– “futuristic tomboy” as I like to call it now – I always enjoyed having basic, but important, vintage pieces in my closet. This is why I listed 8 vintage clothes that you just came from need to include in your wardrobe, from the pair of Levi’s 501 that perfectly hug your buttocks to the iconic little black dress (LBD).
Now listen to me: there are countless types of unique vintage items that you should consider adding to your probably (constantly) growing clothing selection. Because we all know fast fashion is a big no-no and saving is in, baby, i only focused on the best basic vintage pieces, and exactly where to find them. That being said, feel free to add a bit of personalization to your wardrobe with a few extra vintage accessories, such as luxury 90s sunglasses and a reliable pair of black boots.
Without further ado, let’s go, okay?
1. A vintage band t-shirt
Okay, this one might seem a bit basic at first, but it’s a classic vintage piece that I personally can’t do without. When you’re in a rush or just can’t think of anything to wear, a good pair of denim jeans and a band tee can save you from wearing full loungewear – and no one else can. love a lazy outfit, am I right? Here, we opt for “effortless chic”.
Go for a simple black t-shirt with one of your favorite bands if you don’t like colors, like that of the Eagles for example. If you are not afraid of tie-dye, then this Pink Floyd’s gem maybe this one! Try to avoid group t-shirts with The Beatles Where The Ramones, just because, sadly, H&M jumped on the bandwagon in the mid-2000s and these two have lost their cool factor ever since.
If music isn’t your thing or you’re one of those people who shame others for wearing band t-shirts they’ve never heard, then trade the band’s t-shirt for a original vintage slogan t-shirt or one with a really obscure reference. Fans of racing driver Steve Kinser? Nope? Well who cares, this one it looks great anyway!
2. A funky shirt
You can’t get more OG vintage than with a funky retro shirt. Chances are, once you buy one of these sassy numbers, you’ll never meet someone wearing the same – the ’80s produced manner too much for two people to buy the same shirt now. You will find a wide range of possibilities when it comes to the pattern of a shirt depending on the specific era in which you tend to shop for vintage clothing.
Let’s say you are a master of kitsch. If so, a full King tiger 90s shirt maybe your thing. Personally, I can never say no to a necklace from the 70s. I mean, look at this animal carcass blousedagger collar and floral pattern! If it’s still too much out there, why not make it easier with this small number silky pink? it gives me The Little House On The Prairie vibrations, and that’s what I’m here for.
3. A plaid shirt
If you love the unique vintage and have never been obsessed with Nirvana, who are you? If so, then you understand the importance of finding the perfect plaid shirt. You don’t want its fabric to be too light, otherwise it just won’t fall well if worn oversized. On the other hand, be careful not to buy one that’s too thick or you might end up looking more like Builder Bob than Kurt Cobain.
4. A good pair of vintage denim jeans
My collection of vintage denim is probably one of my proudest accomplishments. Remember the obsession with Nirvana mentioned above? Well, of course, I experienced it myself. And that’s also when I started to get obsessed in all good ways with pairs of jeans that would have the chance to perfectly shape my butt. In short, I know what I’m talking about here.
Of course, you’ve probably heard that you can’t go wrong with a good ol ‘faithful pair. Levi’s 501, and the rumors are true. A bonus tip for you, because it feels good to see people looking good: as much as I love the 501s, there are other jeans that certainly deserve as much praise. For example, Lee Rider jeans make my pancakes look as bootylicious as they look in my dreams.
If the 501 feels too tight, try opting for a pair of 505 instead, they offer a little more room in the thigh and have a straight cut all the way to the leg.
5. A retro sports sweatshirt
This one is as simple as it gets: Nike, Adidas, Champion, Fila, Reebok, Ellesse â€” you name it, there’s a cool vintage sweatshirt from one of these brands with your name on it. If you’re worried about looking too â€œmainstreamâ€, don’t hesitate to go for what I like to call the â€œNew Generation Zers Sweatshirt,â€ also known as fleece jackets and vests. Patagonia and Colombia, you know it VSCO girl vibrations.
6. A velor tracksuit
Paris Hilton in full swing Juicy Couture tracksuit, need I say more? If her iconic fuschia pink ensemble is too ‘chihuahua lover for you, let’s not forget Eminem’s 2000s. velvet look. Badass, right? To wear preferably outside the house, a small white tank top under the jacket.
7. A little black dress
Let me start by clarifying one thing: if you don’t wear dresses, look for the perfect black t-shirt instead. It sounds silly at first, but it’s all in the right cotton blend. Avoid the post-90s Fruit of the Loom, but if you find a few real vintage ones, buy them, trust me.
If you to do wear dresses then the LBD is a must have. In fact, don’t even to try to avoid it. Wearing almost nothing every now and then is a lot of fun, and a black dress or even vintage lingerie are a hot choice. I like to dress mine up in cute high waisted panties and cowboy boots.
But it’s just me. The point is, a little black dress is a great piece to have for any occasion. Are you going to a fancy event? LBD. Need to wear something timeless yet versatile? LBD! Once you’ve found the right one, all you have to do is accessorize it the right way depending on the occasion you’re wearing it.
If you are more of a ‘classy’ woman, you might want to go for a longer length, like the one you can usually find at 90s dresses. Who doesn’t love Kate Moss for a moment? Or, as Marylyn Monroe once said, “Keep it classy, â€‹â€‹never trashy, just a little mean.” Just be yourself.
8. A fluffy coat
Whether you are in team fur or faux fur, vintage has everything you need to make all your fluffy coat dreams come true! Recently we have seen people like Saks potts and Charlotte simone bring Penny Lane coats back to fashion. Of course, I became obsessed with the need to find one that does not costs Â£ 1,500 and so I turned to the world of unique vintage!
Rokit’s Amber Cloak is a reinterpretation of the classic Penny Lane coat you know, made from vintage fabric and various recycled colored furs. Could you say no to this small number? As if!
Because all good things come to an end, I decided to stop this list at 8. That doesn’t mean you have to stop your quest for the best unique vintage pieces here. There’s so much more to explore (and buy) from the cult leather biker jacket to the preppy yet sexy varsity jacket. Whatever you decide to go with the sequel, remember: it’s about creating an iconic vintage garment. yours. It’s the one thing that makes your style unique in the first place.
8 of the most unique vintage items you’ll need in your wardrobe, and where to find them