It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you can always find the best way to dress whatever the weather. Now summer is upon us (at least when I’m writing this!), there’s every chance that you don’t want to be wearing too many layers but within a few months, they’ll be coming back out as the weather starts getting colder and the leaves start turning browner.
Even if you’re into a niche type of clothing – especially vintage clothing – there are plenty of ways for you to keep and look cool in the summer and fall months alike.
During the summer, there’s every chance you’ll want to retain that element of style whilst also showing off a bit of skin. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get your arms and legs out on show. For the top half, you might want to invest in a corset. Their popularity has grown enormously over the past couple of decades with the continued emergence of the burlesque scene. Performers such as Dita von Teese and films like ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Burlesque’ have opened up the genre to a whole new generation of women, and now the fashion world is taking note. There are many different types of corset and the majority of them are for fashion only (so you won’t have to worry about those tricky laces and steel-boned backs that people use for waist training!)
There are underbust and overbust fashion corsets available, that you can wear every day and won’t feel too uncomfortable. If that isn’t your thing, then a cute bodice will do the trick – leaving your arms to breathe – and hopefully tan (unless you’re looking to keep that pale Victorian look!).
A long billowing skirt will look good below the waist, especially if you’re wearing a corset or bodice on top. You can always experiment with what you think looks good of course – this is just a helping hand. Shorter pencil skirts could also do the trick – the trick is actually finding one that suits, but you may get lucky.
The same applies for vintage clothing in the fall, especially for the top half; you just might need to accessorize a little in order to get the look perfected, and keep warm at the same time. Wearing a pashmina scarf on the warmer days will be just fine; covering up the shoulders and arms but not affecting how gorgeous you look at the same time. A pair of luscious long leather gloves will also top off any outfit and keep your arms snug whilst also allowing them to breathe.
For those chillier days, keep on the lookout for a long vintage coat. There are plenty of them to be found in thrift stores and vintage shops alike – you might think that wearing what your grandparents might have worn might not look good, but you’d be surprised. Just try one on, and you’ll realise that they weren’t as uncool as you first thought.
Thrift stores are great places to find second hand accessories to add to your ensemble. No matter if you are looking for 1920s elegance, 1950s rockabilly or that timeless burlesque look, you are sure to find just the right thing when you shop around. It may be harder to find a well-fitting corset on your travels, but don’t despair – just keep looking and you’ll be able to look good in summer and fall without spending the earth.
Ben Gallivan is far from a fashionista but loves vintage clothes and wears them well. He writes for Corset-Story.com, who supply fashion corsets as well as the more traditional steel-boned corset for waist training, throughout the USA and Worldwide.