Can we successfully fake the vintage look with high street clothes, or is just just defeating the object? I’ve found myself two Westminster students, one pro-vintage and the other pro-high street, to battle it out and find out who’s style will end up on top.
Pro-vintage Music student Adam Glover is 21 and hails from Manchester. Everything he is wearing is from a Vintage or Charity Shop or from eBay.
Adam wears an aran cable knit jumper- 40’s style vintage, bought off ebay. This item was inspired by Burberry Prorsum Autumn 2011. As well as the knitted jumper key trend shown in Dolce Gabanna Autumn Winter 2010/2011
Other inspiration for his jumper came from 30s/40s revival trends seen in many shows for 2011. Specifically Galliano’s autumn/winter 2010 men’s collection, shown at Paris Fashion Week.
Adam wears an 80s vintage customized belt with chains. Inspired by punk trend seen on runways of Gareth Pugh 2011.
Combat boots- original Falklands war boots, bought off eBay. In line with key military trends seen in 2010 by Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Burberry. Also there was a general resurgence of military/combat boots seen on runways of Ann Demeulemeester, Neil Barrett, and Dolce & Gabbana throughout 2010/2011.
Our high street pro-pseudo retro muse is Fiona Bain, a 20-year-old Fashion Marketing student, originally from Wolverhampton.
Fi wears a wide legged jumpsuit, with a high waist and tassels, which are also featured in seventies revival maxi dresses. The key look for the season was to have a sophisticated silhouette and draping fabrics, which she has obviously achieved with this jumpsuit.
Fi’s jumpsuit was only £15 from H&M, an indisputable bargain.
Colour blocking is also key for a seventies inspired look, which Fi hasn’t gone for (bar the one colour of her jumpsuit.) However, she purposefully picked out turquoise jewellery, on her necklace, bracelet and ring. This colour stands out from the burnt orange of her jumpsuit. Her Jewellery is a mixture of vintage and Topshop, each item around £5.
Unintentionally, Fi has teamed her outfit up with some 70s-esque-platform shoes. (‘I just needed shoes that meant my trousers wouldn’t drag on the floor!’) Another bargain at £20 from New Look. Some very similar shoes were also featured in Topshop for about three times the price. The difference is completely unnoticeable when they are being worn. Why pay more?
I found two well researched and put together outfits, both affordable and both based on catwalk fashion. I thought there would be a significant difference in price but was surprised, as a devout vintage buyer, to find there was not. Which just proves it pays to look around! At the end of this round we seem to have come a draw. Mixing vintage and high street seems like your best bet…for now anyway!