#Fashion: THE ART OF VINTAGE || It is widely overlooked, and we can’t really understand why – that what is now called vintage was once brand new. And with that in mind, all vintage pieces should be treated with not just overwhelming admiration but with an equally powerful dose of respect for its longevity and the ability to fascinate even decades (sometimes centuries) after. Vintage isn’t just your random piece of clothing/accessories/furniture/artwork/etc.  you’ve pulled out from some rack in your nearest second-hand thrift shop. It’s a piece of history you’ve got on your back, you know?

Due to the overflow of fast fashion, it’s understandable to see the recycling of trends and bringing back the old to freshen up the new. We are happy, though that a little bit of retro and vintage are having a comeback (or, more appropriately put, are being introduced into modern fashion) because they do possess particular romance, sensuality and honesty about them. Unlike trends of today, both retro and vintage were groundbreaking trends at the time that became symbols of an era; we love they’re included in (the) today.

What, exactly, is vintage?

Observed through a historical timeline, vintage is a piece (of something) or an item that your mum or grandma may have worn, used and liked when she was young (think ‘50s, ‘60s, sometimes ‘70s). From this point in time, everything from pieces of clothing to overall style, food, wine, furniture, accessories, home décor, cars and even mannerism that belongs to a period that’s about four or five decades behind us can be considered vintage.



What classifies as vintage clothing?

Vintage clothes are items you are very likely to find at thrift shops or in the back of your mum’s closet. They are pieces that do not resemble modern clean cuts; in fact, even if they resemble new fashion in any way, it is because modern-day designers have found inspiration in vintage and based their collections on it. Vintage clothing can be handmade, used, new (from dead stock) and manufactured.

Every decade brings forth new items as “vintage” as the definition of vintage is very fluid. The best way to achieve the perfect vintage look is to combine modern style and vintage in accents. For instance, jeans and a vintage top, decorated with a vintage broche and a modern handbag are a perfect option. Or, a belted vintage dress with modern shoes could look phenomenal, too.

What about vintage furniture, cars, décor and all else?

Modern experts love combining vintage pieces with their 21st century solutions, whether we’re talking home décor, food or clothing choices.

If you’ve heard of eclectic style in interior design, that’s where you’ll be noticing a hint of vintage (if not more). Turning a vintage chair/sofa/rug/curtains/end table/any piece of furniture to a statement piece and often a central figure of a modern space (the contrast of styles is very welcome) is what’s making the eclectic sing with excitement and vintage dominate in charm. The vice-versa option is present, too – some designers love using vintage (thrift shop bought) furniture as dominant interior elements and upgrading it with a few modern pieces.

Basically, everything is based on the combination of the pieces that were loved back in the day and everything that we’re creating and living now.

Interestingly, the only vintage thing that doesn’t tolerate combinations of the old and new are cars. A vintage car is considered a luxury and not many can afford bidding for one. They are more of a relic than they are a vehicle, and they’re cared for with a very concentrated (and somewhat obsessive) attention. They are valued mostly for their historic symbolism and their ability to revive the spirit of the past.

Discussing vintage is a never-ending saga, spanning over fifty years and numerous fantastic historic moments. We love everything about its inclusion into the modern-day and we hope to see more of it.


Beauty and fashion writer for HighStyleLife from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for many fashion events in Brisbane.