Three Milan Fashion Week looks to inspire your vintage wardrobe

LOOK 1: SUNDAY BEST


Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is always drawing inspiration from the past. That’s why I love him. His latest collection came from the idea of a mother dressing her child for a special occasion. Vintage is the perfect way to work this look.

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Gucci Fall 2020 shot by Molly SJ Lowe

On Etsy and Instagram, search for #vintagecollars – squared, Peter Pan style, crocheted, embellished, you name it – and you could find a gorgeous detachable collar to wear over a collarless blouse or tee, plain or printed, so your antique haberdashery doesn’t turn you into a Downton extra, but rather a Gucci-like style-ster ready to beat fashion at its own game.

Collars not your thing? Search for #smocking – you know, the teeny stitched pleats often found on the bib of a baby’s christening gown? Any vintage with smocking is worth its weight in gold because good smocking is time consuming and requires great skill. I found some extraordinarily beautiful dresses with smocking detail on Etsy and Instagram; it was a popular look in the 1930s.


LOOK 2: GOLD LAME

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Yara Shahidi wears Gucci gold lamé to the fashion house’s Milan show

Yara Shahidi turned heads at the Gucci show in the label’s gold lamé baby doll mini with leather collar. The actress had already pulled off a Gucci gold lamé number at the LACMA Art and Film Gala and here she was again, absolutely killing it.

Gold lamé is such a fun and eternally glam fabric, and it has reemerged in so many fashion seasons throughout the last century. Search #goldlame and find every kind of item from bodysuits and suit pants to gowns and shoes. Make like Yara and have fun with your styling – think OTT glam meets street.

 

LOOK 3: BEADED

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Prada Fall 2020 shot by Molly SJ Lowe

 

Prada’s Fall 2020 show embraced flapper-style beading and fringing. If you have an event coming up search for #1920sbeaded and look out for those with the minimum of damage, unless you’re happy to do some repairs.

Otherwise, search for 90s-does-20s because beading was big then too; find higher end labels for good quality beading. If no event cometh soon, then clearly you need a pick-me-up anyway so search for #vintagebeaded (filter down to ‘clothing’ as there’ll be lots of jewellery) and find tops (above right), bags (below) – any beaded thing your heart desires.

 

READY TO BROWSE VINTAGE?

If you see any vintage items you like, be sure to follow my Instagram page for links to all the sellers or contact me by email. I can’t guarantee each one will be available, but there are thousands of options online now and I’d be happy to help you search for alternatives.

Yours in slow fashion,

Jo

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