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How I Style Vintage Trousers

One of my greatest passions is vintage and antique fashion. So when I have time there’s not much I like better (aside from shopping!) than drooling over vintage patterns and antique fashion plates. Perhaps the only downside is that most vintage fashions/patterns are dresses/skirts. But then I saw this vintage reissue pattern (9189) from Vogue for pants! I chose a thick, stretchy rayon blend in a fine houndstooth print. The pattern was an easy one, and the pants sewed up without too many problems. I even learned how to invisible hand stitch for the hem!

These pants are so comfortable. They’re just the right length, and I even took in the waist a bit so they nip in more to give me that vintage look.

One of the challenges with wearing vintage clothing, even when you make them, is how to style them to look more modern. Here are some of the ways I style these pants:

Going Out

White turtleneck t-shirt, black wool coat, and these black suede boots (3.5 inch heel!) from Sezane. Though this is more of a daytime look, you could switch out the top to transition to a night-out look. The hem of these pants hits at the perfect spot on my boots, neither too high or too low.

A Nod to Retro

Does anyone else get serious Audrey Hepburn or Doris Day vibes with this outfit? I do, big time. Like Audrey in Funny Face, or Doris in Pillow Talk. Cream cashmere mock neck sweater and cognac brown loafers. This is my nod to the vintageness of these pants. I love this outfit. Causal enough for staying home, classy enough for going out. (If you want to see a close-up of the loafer, you can here!)

Buttoned Down

This outfit, while causal, speaks business to me. The ‘I need to get stuff done’ look. The shoes are the same as the previous outfit, but this little button-down blouse with poofy sleeves (and yes, I know, I need a bigger size!) gives the outfit a more professional look. Maybe a Semi-causal Thursday. Is that a thing? It should be!

Night Out

Now I need to preface this by saying this isn’t a club/drinks/dancing going out look. This is the ‘I want to have a nice dinner and be in bed by midnight’ kind of night-out look. My kind of night-out. I’ve paired the pants with a sleeveless, black, thickly knit top from Aritzia, black suede kitten heels, and in the last photo, a tie-waist sweater from Zara.

 

How about you? Do you wear vintage clothing? How do you style these pieces?

Have you read my last post? You can here!

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