Jeanious – Vintage Denim

As always, I like to have a look at what vintage items are around that work with the trend I am currently working in my wardrobe. Part of the reason I do this is because I love vintage. I love finding a one of kind piece. I love thinking of the life my new vintage find may have had before me and I love the price! It means I don’t feel so guilty when I splurge on a designer piece.

It was interesting this week to see what was out there in Vintage Denim land and to see what, if anything I could find that I would consider working into my wardrobe. Or that was likely to be relevant to the denim daze craze in 2012.  I was kind of surprised by some things, bored and underwhelmed by others. Here is what I found and how I would work it.

(As always, the photos are linked to the page on for the item – for your convenience)

The Classic Denim Jacket – Because really, other than jeans what item is more denim classic than a jacket. This is one of those denim items that can do so many things…rock chic…cowgirl…urban. You can’t dress it up too much but it would be cute with a floral dress and wedges. Or go denim on denim with the boyfriend jeans. I think I would like to see it with white skinny jeans and a vintage concert t-shirt. But please, make it a concert you attended – keep it real! And you know I would have to pull on a pair of my cowboy boots with the look!

Floral Denim Daisy Dukes – I can’t wear short-shorts, not age appropriate as my bum cheeks would be hanging out! But (pun intended!), for those of you who are younger and/or firmer, these would be too cute for the summer. Imagine them paired up with a pale yellow sleeveless top, cute leather sandals or even bright yellow wedges and a stack of bangles. Too cute in my opinion! Or if you are into shorts in the winter…With a big sweater, tights and a pair of boots for a slightly rougher look.

Flare / Bell-bottom Jeans – Naturally I loved these the moment I saw them! They look very much like my favourite pair of J Brand Flares but only cost $48!! How can you go wrong with that? In the previous posts I have given any number of options for how to wear the 70s high-waisted flare with flair. Don’t go too hard on the retro look as it can look like you are going to a costume party but definitely get a pair of platforms to wear with these! They’ll make your legs look forever long!

Retro Romper – One pieces are so hot right now. And how easy to put together an outfit? Top and bottom are already sorted for you! All you need to add are a great pair of shoes and some big statement earrings. I would wear this for going out to play! This romper could be sexy flirty or just plain fun depending on how you accessorize it. The choice is up to your mood.

All of these items are fairly inexpensive compared to what you could pay brand new and if you happen to be the right size for them, I think they could make a great addition to any wardrobe.

Would you add any of these? How would you style them and make them your own?


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22 responses to “Jeanious – Vintage Denim

  • fashionmasher

    I feel exactly the same way about my vintage clothes – they all add something completely unique that I know nobody else is wearing. But the history and the fabric and the way you can mix them up with contemporary pieces from your wardrobe really makes them new every time you wear them.
    Oh I think you can tell that you and I haven’t shopped for a while – we are getting very attached to our clothes!
    Have a great weekend (I have a couple of parties and have been spending way too much time trying to work out what to wear…!!! I may be offically becoming girlie 😉

    • astimegoesbuy

      The longer I go without shopping the more obsessed I become!
      I couldn’t go to sleep last night until I planned what I was going to wear to work today.
      I think the Fashion Mister has secretly started hoping that I crack and start shopping again!
      I can’t wait to see what you put together for the parties! Pics are a must!!

      p.s. the romper is kind of fun isn’t it!

  • lovefashionandpugs

    I like to add a lot of vintage pins or broaches to a denim jacket. Also, my fave denim item of all time is the jean skirt, it’s so underrated!

    • astimegoesbuy

      I love a good denim skirt too, they are just hard to find vintage ones that aren’t too dated.
      There are some Etsy but they are few and far between!
      Just can’t come at the acid wash which are all over the vintage shops! For a reason I guess!

  • housewifedownunder

    Hmm… I think I have a denim jacket somewhere… must dig that out!

    • astimegoesbuy

      Especially now with the cooler weather coming in…
      …well, they said it was coming, maybe rain on Sunday.
      Regardless, with the denim jacket you’ll look fabulous!

  • Luminously Styled

    love the denim jacket! have to say I have a lot of them & all in different shades

    xo Lisa

  • stylecrumb

    The retro romper, I have never seen anything like that.
    I do like thos daisy dukes though.
    Your blog is glam, now following!
    If you have the time, could you perhaps check out mine?
    – Karen.

    • astimegoesbuy

      Hi Karen!
      That is why I love vintage!
      You can find great things that are just not available in the stores.
      If I didn’t have middle-aged woman legs I would love those daisy dukes too!
      I’ve checked out your blog – it’s great! Now following 🙂

  • RiverCityFashion

    Do you find your vintage stores only carry itsy bitsy sizes? I’m bigger than I’d like to be, but even my “goal size” (I love my muscular thighs and big boobs, thankyouverymuch) doesn’t fit into most vintage. Is there a trick to bigger vintage? Or do I just need to either get over it or buy things in twos and tailor them to fit me? (The last time I got to wear a vintage dress was to my 8th grade dance – it was gorgeous)

    • astimegoesbuy

      I find that most vintage dresses (40s, 50s and some 60s) I have trouble with the waist. They are soooo tiny! If there is enough seem allowance you can still buy them and have them altered by a good seamstress…or do yourself, I just can’t sew! I find that lots of vintage dresses are cut full enough in the breast that the DDs will fit. 🙂 Some places will go out of their way to try to find larger vintage sizes but they seem to be few and far between. Also, if you develop a relationship with the vintage shop, you can have them keep a look out for things that will work for you when they are out picking. Another option if you know a good seamstress is to give them a pic of a vintage piece you love and have them recreate it custom for you. I’ll be doing a post soon about a dress I had made.

  • Laura (whoplannedthis)

    Love a good denim jacket – I have one from CAbi that’s about 7 years old. It has a removable faux fir collar that’s really nice in the winter months! I do hpwever subscribe to the philosophy that if you’ve worn high waisted flare jeans once in your life time, that’s enough 🙂

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