Samantha Mistry: How to Incorporate Vintage Clothing

. August 8, 2014.

Emily Frenette pictured above: Trousers – Vintage Tshirt – Forevr21 Shoes – Vintage Tattoos – Spiral

Andrew Brown from Appleseed Collective & The Getup: Jeans – Dad's Levis 70's Shirt – Value World Thrifted Shoes – Birkenstock

Incorporating vintage clothing into the modern world can be tricky. Here are five tips from style pro Samantha Mistry to make it easy. 

Layers: Layering is a great way to showcase several pieces from your wardrobe. Start with a fitted base, then add thin layers. Maybe a bow blouse underneath a dress with tights and leather oxfords. Layering is also a great way to mix patterns. I love plaid or stripes with floral patterns. Staying in the same color family helps, but there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to pattern mixing.

Oversized: Some days it feels great to be grungy. If you’re

running a quick errand or grabbing coffee with a friend, throw on an oversized sweater with jeans or leggings. Layer a lace slip underneath the sweater to add a little pizazz.  

Accessories: Accessories are a great way to incorporate ‘vintage’ into a modern wardrobe and can complete a “look.” I'm a big hat fan; I almost feel naked without one. Every season I find a new favorite hat and pretty much live in it! One of my favorite accessory trends this season is vintage turquoise jewelry.

High Rise: In the 40s, women started wearing high rise pants, which, in the 60s, became a massive trend. Something happened in the 90s, a lot happened in the 90s fashion-wise that we should never revisit, and low rise bottoms took over the industry. But the winds of fashion often change and sometimes revert. High rise pants are, well, on the rise once again. 

Comfort: Tons of vintage clothing is made out of synthetic

fibers, which tend to be uncomfortable. And comfort is everything. Look for natural fibers (wool, cotton, linen). Stay away from polyester and nylon, unless, of course, you’re layering and using lightweight synthetics to finish a look. 

Samantha Mistry is a stylist and vintage store owner based out of Ann Arbor, MI. Her online shop, RoseVintage, started when she moved to Montana in 2009. Three years later she relocated to Chicago to gain more exposure. She and her shop have been featured on numerous Chicago fashion and lifestyle blogs.

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