Friday, June 2, 2017

The Vintage Sportswear Edit | Ellen Bourne



I have an obsession with Retrostar Vintage Warehouse sales. This tiny little store in Melbourne stocks incredible vintage finds, and seems to have an endless supply of vintage Nike and Adidas jackets and tracksuits. The Vintage sportswear trend is one of my favourites on the street at the moment. I love when trends and fashion reflect the mood of the public. Vintage sportswear is right up my alley because I live in an urban community, I grew up in what I would describe as a 'not rich' situation and am part of the proletariat. This trend offers more of a political statement than other trends currently in rotation.

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Styling tips: Urban Outfitters Fila campaign hits the nail on the head. The colours are a nod to old school Tommy Hilfiger, and current Gucci, designs. The 1980's vibe continues with bucket hats, bright visors, neon beanies, tights layered under basketball shorts and Nike hi-tops and keeps the trend moving away from the 90's minimalism now receding from the runways in favour of that Gucci-esque maximalism.

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How to blend it in with your wardrobe: Active wear and street wear have been fluxing between runway and street style for a while now. Adidas zip-up hoodies layered over tights, boyfriend jeans or shorts with a few extra accessories like fishnet socks keep the look sporty but cool. Tousled hair, high ponytails and braids or samurai or space buns with hoop earrings and trainers, nude lips and patriarchy-defying cat flicks on the eyes create something fierce for both day and night. The trend is comfortable, so in order to keep everything pulled together well-curated makeup is necessary. However, this doesn't always mean full face bake. Sometimes a glossier, younger look will work. Messy brows and freckles will look just as good as contour, matte overdrawn lips and concealer, concealer, concealer.

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Colours: Varsity stripes and neon keep things fresh and young. The trend veers back to those 1980's adverts featuring Jane Fonda abs (I mean, look at all this blush pink!). Orange is huge, as is pink, and combinations of red, white and blued - think 1980's-1990's America - old money and ski trips to Banff, Alberta featuring four other families. Satin finish fabrics and coloured hair can also add interest.

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Cuts: Think tapered tracksuit pants that can be tucked into heels or trainers, long line hoodies that can double as dresses, and flared sleeves on street wear to help your wardrobe transition smoothly from the last explosion of the 'seventies' trend to this 'baddie' look.

Xo,

Ellen