Back to the Future

By Charlotte Hart  

For me, September is as good a time as any to give your wardrobe a little TLC; a time when both the new A/W trends and the comforting, if somewhat dangerous, presence of my loan conveniently coincide.  But I have to admit, I find high-street shopping alone somewhat sterile and formulaic. True, it is an effortless and relatively painless experience; you walk in, everything is already arranged neatly by size and colour and some sneaky marketing expert has created five fresh looks for you to take literally off the mannequin’s back. Ultimately, you could shop with your eyes closed. And where exactly is the fun in that?

Listen to the age-old mantra: Clothes do not wear you, you wear your clothes. And as such, they should be as unique as you are. If you’re feeling frustrated with the limitations of the high-street, are totally uninspired by what you wear and are sick and tired of turning up in the same outfit as someone else, then perhaps it’s time for a little change in that wardrobe of yours. Out with the old, and I say, in with the even older…
The vintage sirens are calling your name. You only have to look to this season’s catwalk to see the influence of such iconic eras on today’s fashion; Nicolas Ghesquière and his 60s revival at Louis Vuitton this season (below), Gucci’s 60s inspired patent and snakeskin shoe-boots, 70s fairy tale romance at Dolce & Gabbana – the list is endless. 

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter2014 collection inspired by vintage classics

So why don’t you dare to be different with your wardrobe? It’s not about becoming a high-street pariah; there are still some fabulous pieces to be found. Just shake it up a little! Yes, you can wear that utterly outrageous vintage coat, but team it with a more modern bag and shoes to tone down your style for easy, every day wear. For a look that is both timeless, but also incredibly on-trend, why not give a vintage classic the love it deserves this year?


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