For those of us clotheshorses who are not sponsored by fashion designers and/or an individual brand, flipping a personal wardrobe is no cheap task. Depending on your style, your income, and how you envision the end result, a wardrobe flip can be a manageable thing. In 2016, I flipped my wardrobe venturing into minimalist territory. I have always revered those who can rock clean lines with neutrals. I tried it with much success. I finally felt like me which I had not felt in many years. Also, my wardrobe was sorely lacking the basics [i.e., winter wear, quality fabrics, good undergarments, etc.]
I roughly spent under $1,600 to achieve a minimalist look [plus, add needed wardrobe staples]. The amount spent would have been lower but I did not [and currently do not] own a vehicle. I make all of my purchases online. I make no returns as I carefully examine listed sizes, customer reviews and the photos of each item. If I had a vehicle at my leisure, I would have simply taken the time and extra effort in sweeping through thrift shops and yard sales to piece together a minimalist wardrobe. What I wore during my minimalist phase I since have given away some pieces to family, friends and local thrift shops.
As I stated in an earlier post, I wished to make a return to femininity through looks of the late 1940s and early 1950s. This wardrobe flip has proven to cost a bit more than the last flip yet it has been worth it. I will stick with my current vintage/ vintage style wardrobe as long as it will allow me to. I used to own a great deal of real vintage [circa 1940s to 1970s] in the 1980s and 1990s. Through time, I have lost or thought I had outgrown my commitment to vintage. I have not. To date, I own less than a dozen vintage pieces. Everything else are vintage reproductions or vintage style pieces. Shoes and outerwear cost me the most as I choose to present a somewhat authentic look.
Again, the goal isn’t to spend all of your income in an unfocused manner. The goal is to pick pieces that you will keep and wear for many years to come and have some dollars left. Below are a few items to help you on your way:
I own and joyously wear this lovely sundress. I’ve got it in two colors: black and green. The material is decent [It is of a cotton blend] and the length [on me] is below knee length but above mid-calf length. I like my clothes to hang authentically, so this piece is a cheat. If you are a stickler about getting a pin-point perfect period look, you are going to have to be willing to spend the money on true vintage or small vendors who recreate period looks to a ‘T’. Otherwise, many ‘retro’ pieces on the market are made from cheap materials and cut shorter allowing item to be cost effective and more modern.
I own this cap sleeve blouse in white and in navy. It, to me, is an essential piece for achieving a 1950s-style wardrobe.
Having a parasol while on foot is a must. Walking or standing in the hot sun is no fun especially if you have taken the time to do your hair, makeup and wear all of the undergarments that go into a vintage look. I own two parasols and they have been a godsend.
This skirt would be something I would steer clear of. Never have I been a fan of kitsch-y vintage style prints. This item is pretty bad ass to me as it comes from the collaborative union of Ben Cooper and Vixen by Micheline Pitt. I own and love this skirt. It hangs just right and is definitely a talking point when out on the town.