Wearing: Topshop jeans vintage blouse and bag Whistles shoes
I like to incorporate vintage elements into my everyday looks and I think the key to doing this (for me, anyway!) is to mix those older pieces with more contemporary styling so they don't look too costume-y. I've already posted about ways that I like to wear vintage here and here, and this is a move on from that, by combining the decades to make my look unique.
I'm not sure what decade this linen blouse dates from but judging by that neckline I'd say late 80's/early 90's. It's also got that godawful elbow length sleeve as well so I rolled them up a few times to make it more contemporary. Not a bad blouse, overall; it's 100% linen, washed up beautifully and cost me the princely sum of 99p. Worn with these ecru boyfriend jeans (that I've posted a review on here) it makes a modern and edgy look (in my opinion!) I wouldn't choose a top like this to wear with a midi skirt, for example, it might make it look a bit frumpy, but with a ripped up anti-fit jean, it lends a bit of femininity.
I feel a bit matchy with all-navy accessories, but I pulled together the navy shoes and bag to wear with a more intricate look earlier in the week which I felt needed grounding with base colour accessories. They do work with this look, in my opinion; the shoes add a bit of interest and the bag is so cute with the tassel and gold hardware details. Jewellery wise, I kept it simple with the pieces I always wear, and this simple triple band silver ring.
The best thing about vintage is that you can guarantee no one will turn up wearing the same look as you; and it's a really easy way to dress up something simple like a pair of ripped jeans. I think this blouse would also worn well dressed up smartly, for example with a pair of black trousers (I love black and navy as a colour combo!) and maybe a touch of leopard print.