This article was published on February 26th, 2018
The fashion forward man knows how to perfectly incorporate several style motifs into their wardrobe, and for the gay man that strives to always stay at the forefront of what’s trending, then proper research is very necessary. We all have certain looks that we consider our favorites, but one look that can work for anyone is vintage apparel, which has become an even bigger force these days as people search for ways to maintain a singular look that makes a definitive style statement. After reading this, you will understand the value of vintage clothing and how to mix and match it into your current wardrobe. It is time to elevate your personal style!
For many gay men, looking fierce is not a game, and not to be taken lightly. The reason why the vintage look holds a special place in the fashion world is because it takes more effort than simply strutting into Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, or Versace. In order to get with the vintage program, you’ve got to have more than just money. In order to properly pull off the vintage look with aplomb, you’ve got to put in the time, the legwork, and possibly, the bribe in order to secure those iconic looks from previous eras.
The value of vintage
Once you’ve decided to take the plunge towards vintage clothing, know that the ability to curate it, find it, and ultimately wear it is a talent that not everyone can pull off. Before you enter this domain, take an honest assessment of what you intend to bring to the table. Working from that, you will better be able to direct yourself towards a look that celebrates your personal aesthetic and ultimately enhances it. The brands of today that you love and worship may not be to your particular liking in previous years.
The power to mix and match is a talent that you either you have or you don’t. Mixing and matching current styles with those from other eras will definitely make you stand out – especially if done correctly. It is important to always strike just the perfect balance between the old and new. Being able to add a dash of vintage to contemporary apparel could make you the ultimate sartorialist. Assess your wardrobe, theorize on what could be added, and then find it to produce a look that is timeless and impossible to imitate by the general public.
Noted vintage brands
Now comes the time to choose your weapons, as in brands that are known for creating exceptional collections over the years that have stood the test of time and become coveted items for vintage lovers everywhere. Of these labels, there is bound to be at least one that you are bound to love, if not already. Seek them out and transcend to that elite status that every gay man secretly aspires to.
Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss
There’s a reason why these brands have stayed at the top of the fashion industry, and their penchant for breaking the rules have made them favorites with men and women worldwide. If you’re going to shop for vintage clothing, the go-to brands have been and probably will always be Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Levi Strauss, who are known for many great pieces, but their jeans have almost a life of their own in the history of fashion. If you can find a pair of their jeans from the late 70s to early 90s eras, snatch them up, and be sure to fill them out. Let nothing come between you and your Calvins.
For those that have more coins in their budget, however, there are a couple of big-tier brands that should be taken into consideration.
Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior
If you are even contemplating these two brands, then you are a serious fashionista that is more than likely after haute couture from yesteryear that got away. Both of these brands have produced signature lines over the years, so consider pieces from just about any era that are collector’s items and will make you the envy of every gay man you pass on concrete jungles.
Knowing what you want and being able to find what you want are two different things. If you are truly game, then you have found the secondhand and vintage shops in your area and are stopping by periodically and perusing the items on a daily to weekly basis. You may have to actually befriend the owners and workers and have a bit of money set aside (read: bribe) in order to get what you’re truly after. The question is, how badly do you want it? Other options include the online hustle, where you can find just about anything you want if you are willing to invest the time.
Final style tips
If you thought simply finding exceptional vintage clothing was all that was necessary, think again. After you’ve put in the work to find the clothes, you are probably going to have to invest in some precision tailoring to give your pieces that extra pop. Once your silhouettes and lines have been addressed by a great tailor, you are on your way to securing a vintage look that speaks volumes.