By Jessica Abercrombie
A staple in fashion adages, Yves Saint Laurent intuitively said, “Fashions fade, but style is eternal.” Laurent’s wise words ring true, with new looks cropping up each season and designers transcending the bounds of fashion, yet there are a few looks that are repeat offenders – for better or for worse.
According to Chicago Nordstrom Personal Stylist Alice, who has been with the company for more than 10 years, there has been a constant stream of garments that are reminiscent of their era-specific counterparts.
“We obviously carry all modern looks and designers, but sometimes those looks are styles we have seen before,” she said. “Right now, the classic pump has made a comeback and before that it was the bell bottom pant.”
It is common for designers to pull from the past when finding inspiration for their modern lines, channeling 1920s Italy like Dolce & Gabbana, or 1890s Spain like Balenciaga. The key is to wear these aged pieces with current trends so that there is a chic balance between old and new. Don a camel corduroy jacket with a pair of skinnies and your fav red-soled heels, or slip into a black pair of working-girl pumps when wearing a fab peplum dress.
Browse retailers like Betsey Johnson, 7 For All Mankind and J. Crew when searching for retro pieces to add to your wardrobe. Local boutiques also have great pieces that are authentically vintage and easily combinable with in-season looks. Creatively outfit fashions that fade (and reappear) to define your beautiful style for today, tomorrow and forever!
Below are several garments that are old-fashioned, yet modernly wearable: