You love the American vintage look: a classic combination of casual options and formal wear that’s versatile enough to take just about anywhere. But what happens when you need to dress up? Will a “vintage” style wardrobe have enough class to handle the increased demand of weddings, interviews, and important presentations? Here are five tips for wearing men’s vintage dress clothes.
Tip #1: Wear a Collar
This might be a basic fashion rule, but it’s easy to forget—especially when you get out of the habit. It’s simple to wear a collar when you have access to our wovens, for example. That isn’t to say you always have to wear a woven shirt as the featured item in your outfit. You can also layer these underneath sweaters for a warmer look in cooler months.
Tip #2: Tuck In
No matter how casual your clothes can look, you can almost always boost their “dressiness” by tucking them in. The key here is to know which clothes actually look good tucked in. Military Twill pants come from a tradition of uniforms, so they’re great for that tucked-in look. Tucking anything into athletic shorts is considered a sartorial no-no, though a pair of Stretch Twill Flat Front Shorts is great for pairing with a dressy top like a button-down shirt.
Tip #3: Keep Your Accessories Consistent
The casual look has plenty of room for accessories: watches, bracelets, necklaces, hats, and the like. But when you put together an outfit with men’s vintage dress clothes, you’ll generally want to keep it a little more consistent. That means matching items like your shoes and your belt, for example. It also means keeping the accessories to a minimum, depending on your individual style sense.
True: accessories are up to personal taste. And we can’t tell you how to wear them. But make sure that when you dress up, you keep each situation in its proper context and adjust accordingly.
Tip #4: Don’t Forget About Fit
It’s tempting to believe that buying a button-down shirt is all you need to upgrade your outfit to “dressy.” But the truth is that fit is perhaps the most important element of what makes an outfit with men’s vintage dress clothes come together. Keep that in mind especially as you browse through online shops like Vintage 1946, because it’s important to get the fit right the first time.
Avoid excessively baggy or tight clothes, and make sure that each item is comfortable enough to wear on its own. Pair well-fitting clothes together and you’ve got the makings of a great new outfit.
Tip #5: Be Selective And Shop Vintage 1946
Finally, be sure that you don’t order just anything you see online. Be patient. Browse through the offerings you see at each store to find the items that fit your personality. There’s no point in dressing up if you’re just going to feel like you’re wearing clothes you’d never want to wear.
Dressing up is as much about confidence as it is about manners. The more you stay true to your vintage style, the better your outfits will be. For the very best in men’s vintage dress clothes, browse the collection at Vintage 1946.