Cre8ing with Station 8: Making New with the Old
Rejuvenations in life often come from the most unlikely of places. When it comes to rejuvenating your current cool weather wardrobe, the same rule applies. Although it seems somewhat ironic that pieces from the past would serve as the most effective update to your winter wardrobe, vintage pieces are a valuable tool with which to renovate your closet. While my interest in vintage clothing is relatively new, my experiences thus far have made clear that pieces with the character and craftsmanship found in clothing from past decades can make even the unassuming outfit extraordinary.
Perhaps the easiest way to add vibrant color and interest to your existing winter wardrobe is to add a few vintage silk scarves to your arsenal. These accessories are fairly east to come by, and can be found in a wide array of hues and patterns. Many of my best loved scarves have been picked up at local antique shops for very little cost. I love to pair one with a black sweater and my favorite jeans as an easy way to bring color and life to an otherwise dull outfit. Vintage scarves can also be tied around the handle or shoulder strap of your handbag as a sophisticated detail. Your winter jacket can be just as easily brightened, simply by popping a vibrant scarf from yesteryear around your collar.
Another easy and accessible way to update the more basic pieces in your existing winter wardrobe is vintage costume jewelry. I scour garage sales, secondhand stores, and antique shops for funky mid century baubles in bold colors and interesting arrangements. On days when I don’t have the time to put a great deal of thought into my outfit (or, if we’re being honest here, when I don’t have the motivation), vintage brooches and bangles serve to add a touch of elegance to even a simple tee shirt.
Equally as valuable in updating your winter wardrobe is a great vintage wool jacket (or two… or three…). One of my all-time favorite articles of clothing is a gorgeous cropped jacket from the 1960’s, made in taupe and black hounds tooth wool. I typically wear this pieces with a black dress and black boots. Paired with such basic pieces, the jacket is allowed to speak for itself. When I am in the “I have nothing to wear rut”, I reach fro my staple dress and my vintage wool jacket. While vintage outerwear can be found anywhere from an online retailer to your grandmother’s closet, I would urge you all to shop locally in your quest for the perfect jacket or swing coat.
In the coming months, as the inevitable winter doldrums set in and your begin to feel as if your wardrobe has adopted the blandness of the weather, I would encourage you to look toward vintage pieces to provide the update you’re searching for. Not only will you be adding a touch of spark to your favorite closet classics, but you’ll be wearing a bit of history.
By Meridith Stolte,
The Shops at Station 8