Falling for Vintage Fall Fashion

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I know, I know. What is this FALL that you speak of and where is it already? Just for fun, let us pretend that those excruciatingly hot summer days are finally giving way to cooler weather and it’s time to put the flip flops and cut offs away. Hooray!

Each season there are a number of trends that you will begin seeing in every store, some you’ll love and some you’ll loathe. The great thing about fashion trends is that you can choose which to partake in and to what extent you make it your own. Fashion is cyclical, so if you're the type to shy away from new trends out of the fear that they're too much or outside of your comfort zone, then it’s time to welcome Fall 2018 with open arms.

We’re seeing a replay of a lot of familiar patterns, colors, and styles. One of my favorite ways to put my own spin on things is to incorporate vintage pieces into my daily wardrobe each season.

There is some fantastic vintage shopping to be had in Orlando so we collaborated with a couple of amazing local shops who graciously provided a few stand-out, on-trend pieces and we’ve mixed them with some modern touches that you may already have in your closet. Most, if not all, trends that roll around each season have been influenced by the past in some way. Vintage pieces are the perfect way to participate in current popular looks while still maintaining your individuality. Many times, vintage pieces are one-of-a-kind so you won’t have to worry about showing up to an event with other people wearing the exact same thing.

We chose to showcase just a few of this season’s big trends on three rockstar Townie Tourist fans who volunteered to be our wonderful models. Our intent was to ultimately show, despite age-old notions, that fashion is by no means reserved just for any particular age, body type, ethnicity, income bracket or anything else. Fashion is for all humans. You have to get dressed anyway, so why not have some fun with it?

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Trend: Western-Inspired

Level of Commitment: 100%. Emily is head-to-toe in this season’s western-inspired trend and we used all vintage pieces to execute this look. This vintage dress has an amazingly versatile print and can be mixed in with just about any fall staple you may already be working with. It can be styled a hundred different ways. The addition of a couple additional western-themed accessories, it really drives the trend home without looking like a costume.

Dress: The Owl’s Attic

Belt & Boots: Skirt Chaser Superette (located in Retromended Vintage)

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Trend: Prairie

Level of Commitment: 75%. Barbara is wearing an amazing statement piece. This prairie-inspired 1970’s Gunne Sax dress, is easily made less Laura Ingalls Wilder/“Little House on the Prairie” with the addition of a slouchy, oversized sweater and a couple of thin belts to help accentuate her waist. It’s finished off with some fierce studded clogs to give it a bit of modern edge.

Dress: VinceTaj (located in The Lovely)

Belt & Sweater: Skirt Chaser Superette (located in Retromended Vintage)

Shoes: Modern - Vince Camuto

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Trend: Animal Print

Level of Commitment: 50%. Ashley is wearing a modern approach to a classic trend. Animal prints of all kinds are chic yet again. (Were they ever really off trend?) There are so many variations to choose from and so many ways to get in on the fun. We paired a flattering, modern LBD (little black dress) with a vintage leopard print statement coat. There is definitely still some time before we need to start busting out the coats, but why not plan to make it a showstopper? Also, that red lip is everything. Don’t be afraid to use a bold lip as an accessory all its own.

Leopard Coat: Skirt Chaser Superette (located in Retromended Vintage)

Dress: Modern - Norma Kamali

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Jessika DeWeese is a partner at Townie Tourist and an Orlando-based stylist and vintage clothing dealer. She’s a huge animal lover, dog mom x4 and multi-generational native Central Floridian who loves to help show the world that Orlando is SO much more than the Mouse.

Photos by Maddie Kjosa.