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Vintage is the way to go

Vintage fashion reflects the past era’s culture and style. Here are some vintage items that you must stock up to stay ahead of the fashion curve.

fashion and trends Updated: May 19, 2012 01:16 IST
Surabhi Chauhan

Vintage fashion, a style of clothing made in the 1910s up to 1960s, has always in vogue internationally. Be it the Gucci flapper dresses, or the very 60s psychedelic prints and monochrome ensembles popularised by American TV show Mad Men, fashion forward girls can draw a lot of inspiration from vintage styles, and incorporate them into their dressing — right from the silhouettes to the stitching style, embroidery, and print.

Usually real vintage items carry an expensive price tag. If you can’t afford the real vintage, there is plenty of ‘vintagy’ stuff designers and retail brands are recreating, inspired by iconic styles from the bygone eras using modern techniques and fabrics. You can pick up affordable options from high street brands as well. We highlight some real vintage and modern vintage-looking options that can be found in Delhi.

The real Vintage catch
* A good way to distinguish between real vintage and fake is the fabric. If it’s a blend or an elastic stretch, it can’t be vintage.
* Vintage garments are considered investment pieces. If the fashion item is in a good state and captures the era’s culture well, then it is a good buy.
* Websites such as www.diaryofavintagegirl.com and www.atelier-mayer.com highlight some authentic vintage items you can take inspiration from.

Akris dress from 1950s - Rs 4,500
Felt hat from 1940s - Rs 3,500
Available at: Love Birds, 24/2 Hauz Khas Village

Vintage Guess handbag (Price on request)
Available at: www.lazymanxcat.blogspot.in

Ungaro dress from 1960s - Rs 4,500
Recycled woven leather belt from 1960s - Rs2,500
Available at: Love Birds, 24/2 Hauz Khas Village

70s Sunglasses - Rs 1,000 from a vintage optical street shop in Paharganj market

Blouse - Rs 1,250
Skirt - Rs 1,350
Available at: Les Parisiennes, 5B Shahpur Jat, Dada Jungi House, Asian Village

Miriam Haskell beaded ear clips from 1950’s - Rs 11,230
Available at: www.atelier-mayer.com

The Vintage-inspired look
* Vintage-inspired fashion items are not really vintage but they have prominent influences of the styles of a past era.
* Brands like Mango, Zara, FCUK, Kazo, Forever New have plenty of affordable options in garments and accessories designed by taking inspiration from vintage fashion items.
* Vintage patterns like the 60’s geometric prints or 30’s floral prints are regenerated today in different fabrics. A local tailor can recreate a vintage look using these fabrics and drawing inspiration from real vintage dress patterns or images.

Peach and gold blouse - Rs 2,600
Floral print skirt - Rs 1,800
20s-inspired necklace - Rs 1,000
Available at: Forever New store Select CityWalk, Saket

60’s-inspired shift lace and sequined dress - Rs 3,650
Leather belt - Rs 2,450
Pocket-watch necklace - Rs 1,150
Available at: Promod store, Select CityWalk, Saket

Cat eye shape sunglasses inspired from the 50s fashion - Rs 5,310
Available at: Sunglass Hut store, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj

Wooden bangles - Rs 50 each
Available at: Janpath street shops

Vintage-inspired stone necklace by SWA - Rs2,500
Available at: www.shopo.in/shop/

70s inspired maxi dress - Rs 1,650
Leather belt - Rs 800
Patchwork sling bag - Rs 1,650
Available at: Les Parisiennes boutique at 5B Shahpur Jat, Dada Jungi House, Asian Village

Pearl collar cocktail dress - Rs 4,000
Available at: Kazo,
G-59/B, Select CityWalk, Saket