The nice weather is coming, it may still be freezing cold outside, but the sun is shining, the first bulbs of the year are peeping through and before we know it the world will be back in bloom! For me it’s definitely time to start thinking about Spring.
If you’re looking to start building a capsule vintage wardrobe and dress more sustainably this year, it’s definitely worth investing in some good mix and match separates. Despite being a huge dress fan myself, I also love mixing up my favourite vintage blouses, knitwear and skirts. Spring is a great time for a change and moving over to more sustainable second hand and vintage fashion is a great place to start. So today I thought I’d share a few styling tips for vintage separates and highlight a few great pieces to look out for to create lots of fresh looks for the coming spring.
Spring Vintage Wardrobe Essentials
Investing in a few vintage blouses is a great place to start. I’d recommend having a few plain ones and a few patterned or embroidered ones for perfect mixing and matching. You can dress them up with a pretty floral skirt or down tucked into a pair of high waisted jeans or trousers. They’re also perfect for wearing under pinafore dresses or under lovely vintage knits.
A great vintage skirt can be so versatile. Wear them with pretty vintage blouses or for a more casual look a simple vest top or t shirt. I love midi skirts with elasticated waists because they are so comfortable and easy to wear. I have quite a few that I go to every single year.
Whether you opt for a lovely cardigan or sweater, it’s worth stocking up on lighter knits for cooler spring days. You can make your clothes go along way with the right knits.
Mixing and Matching your Spring Vintage
Going for complimentary colour palettes will help your clothes go further. I love mixing pretty colours and florals, with white or neutral basics. It’s really is amazing how many looks you can create with a few simple pieces.
I love layering up pretty knitwear with gorgeous vintage blouses. Look out for beautiful collars and pussy bow details to add something a bit more special to an otherwise simple outfit. Here I’ve paired a white vintage St Michael blouse with an embroidered sweater vest to dress up a gorgeous floral vintage Laura Ashley skirt. I love how much the colours compliment each other for this romantic cottagecore inspired look.
For a classic timeless look, you can’t go wrong with a white blouse and pretty floral skirt. This lovely cotton and lace Laura Ashley blouse with romantic puff sleeves is a beautiful pairing with this easy to wear floral Liberty midi skirt. I’ve added a velvet vintage handbag, black embroidered brooch and simple clear beaded necklace to bring the pieces together. For colder weather you could add a black cardigan or jacket.
This stunning embroidered blouse is one of my favourite pieces in the shop at the moment. It’s such a versatile easy to style with anything blouse, while still being so pretty and feminine. I’ve styled it here with a beautiful striped Liberty skirt. The skirt is from the Liberty Plus range. These skirts were sold unfinished, so you could sew the finish seam in the size you wanted. They have beautiful shirred elastic waists and are really comfortable and easy to wear.
I love yellow for Spring and summer. It’s such a cheerful colour and this lemon coloured skirt, is a great addition to a vintage capsule wardrobe. I’ve styled it here with an 80s blouse with a pretty lace collar (coming soon) and a striped yellow sweater. All these pieces would look great styled with other items too and are great for mixing and matching.
I absolutely adore this vintage St Michael floral blouse, with it’s lovely white work inspired embroidered collar. The spring colours are so pretty and the little collar would look great peeping out under a sweater or pinafore dress as well as with jeans, as I’ve styled it here. The jeans are original vintage St Michael Mom jeans which are currently listed on my Depop shop, where I also sell vintage pieces which aren’t quite on brand for my Etsy shop. I’ve added a lovely floral vintage knitting bag and a green chiffon scarf which I would wear in my hair with this outfit.
The most sustainable clothing, is the clothing that already exists and that gets worn over and over again. I really believe in only owning things that you love so much that you can’t wait to put them on again. Fashion can be so much fun, so this year especially I want to challenge myself to get as creative as I can with all my vintage clothes and see how many outfits I can create using the same things.
I hope this post has inspired you to put together some lovely vintage outfits this Spring, whether thats from the Vintage Frills Shop or elsewhere.
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