Earlier today was the Elena Miro fashionshow. I say this with great respect, as I think that the Elena Miro shows are of such a high level that they can compete with the other labels showing during Milan fashionweek.
This time, they were showing their spring/summer collection for 2014 (that’s how it works in fashion, always thinking ahead!). I don’t think it was a “typical” show for them. They often go for classically beautiful, hourglass looks, ultrafeminine. But this show was more boxy silhouettes, a little bit sporty feel and some androgenous elements, more understated. Definitely different.
The collections shows some floral in bright, almost neon prints. We also see cleancut shorts, blousedresses, snakeprint (mixed with other prints), seethrough tops, round shoulders and short sleeves, assymetric skirts, colourblocking in muted colours, a lot of white and a decent amount of shine through silk and glossy leather fabrics.
To be honest, I wasn’t super excited when I first saw the collection (especially compared to how excited I was about their other collections), but after looking at them a couple more times it’s growing on me a bit more. There are some items that I like and would wear (though styled in a different way), but it’s not exactly my favorite collection. I’m also really curious to see what their actual collection will look like… Because this runwayshow is not what they sell. I know, crazy right? They have 2 runway shows a year, but not with the clothes they actually sell, and those usually look a lot different from what they use in the show. So we’ll see…
Here are the pictures from the runwayshow! What do you think of the collection?
I didn’t realize how much of my wardrobe was vintage (or old secondhand) until I started posting outfits. Since then, I’ve gotten a lot of question on where to find certain items or how to shop for vintage stuff, so I thought I’d share my tips with you :).
Always try everything on: it’s about shape, not about size
A very important rule for shopping in general, but definitely when shopping vintage! You never know how something will look on you until you try it on. Sizing was often different in different decades, so don’t let the sizelabels guide you too much and focus on shape. A skirt that once fit on the hips may very well fit like a glove on your waist, a tunic that is too big may be the cutest mini-dress, man’s oversized pants may be an excellent boyfriend jeans, and so on. If it fits right and looks great, it really doesn’t matter what size it is.
Stay true to your style, don’t let bargains distract you
Sometimes you can find really awesome pieces at an amazing price… but don’t let the price fool you! If it’s really not your style, don’t buy it. It will just hang in your closet forever without ever being worn, and that’s such a shame. Beautiful clothes are meant to be seen, so if it’s not your style; leave it for someone else to enjoy.
Check out the men’s department
For nice tailoring, it’s always a good idea to check out the men’s clothes as well. Especially for shirts, blazers and pants, but you can also find some really cute accessories.
Remember that clothes can be altered or updated
I know there are people out there who think vintage clothes are a sanctity and should not be altered, but I’m not one of them. So when you’re out vintageshopping, remember that skirts can be shortened, buttons can be replaced, dresses can be taken in, fabrics can be dyed and shoulder pads can be taken out. If there’s an item you love that can be altered, don’t be afraid to go for it an truly make it your own.
Take your time
Vintage shops tend to have a lot of stuff, which can be quite overwhelming. Don’t go vintageshopping in a hurry; take your time to go passed each rack and collect items on the way.
Nothing in your size? Hit the accessories!
I always think it’s such a pity when women with a bigger size avoid all shops that don’t have clothes in their size. Vintage shops usually have a great collection of accessories, everything from jewellery to bags to scarfs to sunglasses to belts to shoes (especially for those with smaller feet). It’salways worth paying a visit, even when you think they don’t have anything in your size!