Vintage glam

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We often hear the term  vintage clothing and think is it second hand? Vintage and   thrift stores keep clothes which  are from another era and which are previously owned but not all vintage fashion is. Vintage as a term means from a previous era, this fashion is inspired from olden eras and is styled in those manners.
   Vintage glam is a mix  of contemporary styles  with use of vintage fabrics, cuts and detailing. Vintage glam is not only limited to western  wear and would work really well if incorporated into your ethnic style. It is said  people who love the  old world charm are old souls so here is a bit of inspiration to experiment with this genre of fashion:
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1. Fabrics used : lace, velvet, taffeta, silk in western garments. Indian fabrics would include all types of silks, georgettes, chiffons and malmal. The maintainence of these fabrics is very important and some  of them can  be old and very frail. E.g. using old banarsi sarees or brocade, where the zardosi is blackened one  has to be careful while wearing it.
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2. Cuts : a line and full skirts, collared necklines, full and puff sleeves are very inspired from the victorian era. Sharp cuts and heavy shoulders is used more for jackets.
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3. Trimmings: pearl work, gotta Patti, silver latkan buttons, ruffles, frills, lace edgings are all part of the vintage look. These accents can also just be used with contemporary designs to give a vintage feel.
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4. Accessories : use of broaches,strings of pearl, jeweller hair clips, chandelier earrings, single stone rings, kundan jewellery are all a part of vintage glam. Using a broach as a saree pin, gives a little turn to a regular saree. Lace or net gloves, with dresses or skirts also add an edge with a turn of vintage.
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5. Prints : floral, polka dots, printstripes are the more popular prints used, which are also considered timeless classics.
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5. The look : vintage glam is a style that is adopted if you love the old world charm. Lets look at an example of it in both fashions :
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a. Ethnic wear : lace sarees with velvet blouses is very common, so lets make a difference : using an old banarsi saree for cigarette pants and using a lace dupatta with silk frills and pearl work embroidered anaekali on plain silk. One can also use a kundan mangtikka and a ring as the only jewellery on a plain georgette saree with a sequined blouse.
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b. Western wear : jamawar sheath dresses, velvet jackets,  lace pencil skirts, georgette palazzos with zardosi borders , silk shirts are all vintage glam wear. Adding ankle boots and velvet slippers  with brocade clutches helps keep the vintageness alive.
  These are some items one can use while perfecting the vintage glam  style. Lace corsets, velvet shrugs, georgette anarkalis, etc. Use  old  gold and kundan jewellery with a bit of sophistication and you are vintage glam diva of the party. One can also use one item at a time  and make it their signature style statement. So dig through your old trunks, pair it with new fashion and get your vintage glam on complete with red lips, winged eyeliner and gold dust eyeshadows. The bee hive and side swept curls will turn you into a diva.
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