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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

How to wear a Vintage kilt, over 40 | Tartan and leather.

How to style a vintage skirt and keep it modern.
How I wear vintage without looking frumpy.

Styling vintage without looking like you are going to a party gets harder as we get older.
What was once cute and ironic becomes a little...Hmmmm, did she mean that?

I wear a lot of old, or vintage, clothes and I love the quality and character they bring to an outfit.
But, I don't want to look like I am caught in a timewarp or heading off to that bad-taste party.

Top "Wearing vintage with a modern twist" tricks:

  • Keep your makeup modern and on trend. Check out magazines and beauty bloggers (like Lisa Eldridge) for the latest colours and looks....Don't blame me if you lose entire days watching her videos though!
  • Use an on-trend nail colour.
  • Don't over do your hair. Slightly undone is much more modern (and so much cooler) than helmet hair.
  • Avoid Matching Eras...Mix it up a little and have fun.
  • Wear up-to-date accessories, especially shoes (unless you are showcasing vintage shoes, of I did here)
  • Try something unexpected...A vintage dress over leather leggings with neon nails?!
Styling a vintage skirt | Fake Fabulous

This gorgeous Kilt was in a 'reject' bin, at a charity shop. For the princely sum of £1.
It was in such a sorry state.
Crumpled and crushed with a slightly old and foosty smell to it.
Unloved and unwanted.

It was the mixture of colours that caught my eye first then, when I felt it, I knew it was pure wool and the knit was so fine that I had to have it.
Surely for £1 it could be rescued?

It is 100% wool and so well made.
Delicate, yet warm... a real gem.
The straps are leather and it is a great fit too.

I did not even have to go to the expense of getting it dry cleaned.
Just a good steam, then an hour or two on the line and it was as fresh as a daisy, and looking like new!

There were, however,  a few 'problems' to overcome:

  • It is pleated from the waist and I have a short waist, not a good combination.
  • It is a below the knee/midi-length which can look hideous on me! Making my legs look like pencils stuck into a potato.
  • The colours could be very old-ladyish and potentially dowdy.
  • The wrap is genuine, and could fly open at any minute revealing more than I intended!
I decided to tackle each problem separately and see if, at the end of my problem-solving, something decent came out of it.

Styling a short waist.

As I mentioned in this post (where I also wore this leather jacket) I am not a fan of "rules".
Especially those telling me that short-waisted women should be avoiding certain clothes.
I don't want to have to avoid anything!
I like my high-waisted jeans and I am going to wear them regardless of what the rule-book says.

Adding a slightly longer jacket (a cardigan or gilet would work) to this skirt, deceives the eye into thinking my waist is neater and longer.

I kept the lines clean(ish) with a knitted polo neck jumper.

{Sshhh, don't tell anyone, BUT...I have a long-sleeve thermal top underneath which I tucked into my tights! Not very glamorous or sexy but nobody knows (if you don't tell them) and warmth is so important...Being cold is not stylish!}

My nude leather jacket was also seen here, here and here, trying to hide my short waist.
It always surprises me how warm a leather jacket is. Add gloves and a scarf and you are good to go.

Styling a below knee-length skirt.

The only way for a midi-length skirt to work, on me, is to add a heel.
A modern and chunky one was needed with this look.
Now was not the time for a delicate court shoe. That would have been a one-way ticket into frumpsville.

I do not like trailing around in uncomfortable shoes.
Luckily, these sky-high (and slightly OTT) boots are so comfortable and easy to wear.
(See them styled here with my chunky knit)
The platform heel does not feel very high at all.
In fact, they are an all day shoe!

Styling old-fashioned colours.

I could have clashed with some vibrant tones, or a different pattern.
But, I did not want to look too over-done or take the attention away from the skirt.
So, I had no option other than to embrace the colour palette.
I added some modern shapes in muted tones and made the most of what the skirt was offering.
My Jacket and boots were the key additions BUT my skirt and top needed something extra to add a bit of interest.
I also wanted to deceive the world into thinking I have a small (and longer) waist.
This chunky woven belt was the perfect partner!

Small brushed copper earrings and these oversized glasses were all the accessories I needed.
However, I forgot to photograph my bag.
I used this one...and added 3 pompoms.
OTT? probably, but I am not sorry. I love them!

As for the potentially opening wrap.... I just put on some good quality, thick, opaques and went for it!

What do you think of how I styled this "reject"?

Are you a vintage lover? Or, do you worry about looking frumpy?

Please let me know in the comments.... I love to read them!

Styling a vintage skirt | Fake Fabulous

Styling a vintage skirt & Chunky Boots | Fake Fabulous

Chunky Boots | Fake Fabulous

Styling a vintage skirt, midi-kilt | Fake Fabulous

Styling a vintage skirt | Fake Fabulous

Skirt: Vintage (this one is gorgeous!)
Tights: Falke
Boots: Aldo (similar)
Jacket: Superdry (, Similar...spend)
Jumper: Next this one is so soft and cosy (I have tried it).
Belt: Old (I couldn't find anything similar, but this one would look stunning!)

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  1. you look fabulous and cool, lovely that you rescued this amazing skirt, as it's a quality piece and it has those rusted orange shades, which are very autumnal!.
    Love particularly your shoes, they give a rustic-chic twist to the ensemble!
    You rock vintage!!

    1. Thank you Monica.
      The colour palette attracted me but was also a little intimidating, reminding me of my Mum's cushions from the 70's. I am so glad you approve....and especially please that you like my shoes! XXX

  2. One of my faves, I must say!! I just sent the link to mom, because she has quite a few plaid skirts and her automatic pairing is matching. jodie
    ps...I always wear another shirt under my shirts...and tuck them into any underthings!!! As you say, who knows?

    1. Thank you so much Jodie. Your Mum is one cool lady and I would love to see what you could do with her plaid collection. I am glad to hear that you are a secret tucker too! Hahaha. I could not survive here without my layers and tricks for keeping warm. XXX

  3. Nice job putting this together! Looks modern and current and looks good on you. LOVE that wool skirt, I don't think I would have been up to the challenge of it like you were but it turned out well. Kudos!!

  4. You styled the skirt perfectly! You look modern, interesting & very you (I know I say that a lot, but I so love your style!!!)! And I want those boots!

    1. These boots are ridiculous but fabulous at the same would be surprised how comfortable they are too. Thank you very much for your "very you" comment. It really does mean a lot to me! XXX

  5. Lovely autumn look! Love the colours, the skirt and the belt.
    Love from Vienna

    Borislava von

    1. Thank you very much! The colours were a little daunting at first (childhood memories of dodgy cushions) but I was determined to wear it in a modern way...The skirt is so cosy and warm, perfect for Scotland! XXX

  6. You've done a fab job to styling this daunting item. I used acid colours to pep up my kilt when I wore it and your use of coloured tights and these sensational boots have transformed yours. The belt is a great ploy to transform the waistline too. All in all, it's one of my favourite looks so far. Lovely xxx

    1. I must go back and look at your kilt post Anna (I must have missed that one)...Acid colours sound fantastic!.....and they are!
      More inspiration for me, thank you! XXX

  7. Gorgeous, love your outfit, that plaid skirt is totally up my alley. Love, Kirsten xx

    1. Thank you so much Kirsten. I was so worried about heading to frumpsville in this skirt, it had so many potential pitfalls....I am so glad you like it! XXX

  8. Perfectly styled. Styled to perfection.

    And, the story behind it all is what enwraps me. I love your clothing story telling and I want to go shopping with you. Hmmmm, I'm not sure how we're gonna make this happen....

    When you refer to "charity shops," what exactly does that mean? I'm thinking of a little store but maybe it's a big one like our Goodwills. Do you have those? We would have some seriouso fun together in a Goodwill!!

    I'm giving you a hug right now--do you feel it?

    Love, Ann

    Oh, and thank you for linking up!

    1. Hahaha...yes, thank you! I have no idea what a "goodwills" to google...okay, I get it.
      I think they are similar.
      We have many different Charity shops for different charities. Examples are: Cancer research UK, Shelter, British Heart foundation and Oxfam.
      There is a long list and they are very popular.
      There is a lot of rubbish, but, If you are willing to look and be patient (seeing past the junk) there are real gems to be found.
      I love the idea of doing some full-on Charity shop-shopping at such a big shop. It would be fun! XXX

    2. So when you refer to those charity shops are they large in space or not so big? There's a Goodwill in Seattle that I cannot wait to go to. It's HUGE!! Wish you were there....

    3. How fun to see you wearing a traditional kilt! The fact that it was also an incredible bargain just adds to the thrill. I must admit that I also enjoy connecting with some Scottish clothing and culture via your blog.
      You look great in this outfit Samantha. The leather belt and those very rugged but sexy boots are perfect!!!


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