Today’s reader mail has to do with a more vintage style — appropriate given this morning’s TPS!
I love to dress vintage couture in the classic colors (black, gray, navy). The quality is unquestioned (chanel, valentino, armani, donna karan). Thing is – how to ensure I don’t appear “quirky” or “dated” or “over the top” – while being distinctive. Does it mean I need to strip myself of all embellishments? I’m guessing no double-cs … but … No camellia? No armani lapel rosettes?
Interesting question, and we’re curious to hear what the readers have to say. For our $.02, no, you don’t have to strip yourself of embellishments. BUT, you do have to assess whether every outfit looks like you’re just stopping by work before you go on stage at the local theater. It shouldn’t look like you’re in a costume, in other words. Rosettes and camellias wouldn’t make anyone think that — vintage hats or gloves are another issue. You might also want to think about “balancing” your entire look so that it’s not head-to-toe vintage — which may also help you maintain a consistent style from day to day. For example: one day, wear vintage shoes and slightly vintage-inspired makeup with a modern dress; the next day, wear modern shoes and neutral makeup with a vintage suit. Everything should be part of your consideration: makeup, hair, shoes, outfit, accessories, bag.
Readers, what are your thoughts?