Queer Fashion | The Fringe of Vintage

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Queer Fashion | You’ve heard the saying “everything old is new again.” The mantra is not only the title of everyone’s favorite show tune, but a spot-on fashion philosophy. Style is never unfashionable, but trends are cyclical. In 2014, runways were filled with a total onslaught of 1990s styles, as well as bits and pieces from other points in fashion’s long history. Of course, designer prices mean that only royalty, celebrities, and trust fund babies can snatch up the runway. That’s why the rest of us should look elsewhere.

More specifically, those of us on a budget can’t go wrong with a thrift store or consignment shop. Finding something that fits and won’t fall apart within days turns any thrift shop visit into a treasure hunt, but that’s what makes it all the more satisfying. Take fringe, for instance. Fringe was madly popular in the 1970s and 1990s, but in 2014, the bohemian texture is no longer just a small detail. Take a look at this Calvin Klein dress from Spring 2014 – it’s everywhere! So take an afternoon off to shuffle through those racks and find some fringe to accent your signature summer outfit.

If relying on clothing previously owned by strangers doesn’t appeal to you, no worries.  Try raiding your parents’ closets instead. They surely lived in the 1990s and, as the case may be, they might even have been young(ish) and cool(ish) once too. While you’re on the hunt through their belongings, keep an eye out for overalls, crop tops, and slip dresses. To cinch together your outfit with the ultimate ‘90s touch, find accessories such as platform shoes and choker necklaces.  In fact, you might be able to find those choker necklaces in your own childhood closet!

Last, let’s talk prints. Florals are certainly not new to 2014 (who can forget Miranda Priestly’s sarcastic, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking,” in The Devil Wears Prada), but what sets this year’s florals apart are the ‘90s feel.  This year’s floral pieces are lightweight and without much structure, sitting loosely on the body. If you’d rather go for a solid color rather than a print, bold citrus colors from the ‘90s have also made their mark this year—spotting bright hues of tangerine, lemon, and lime shouldn’t be too difficult.

Besides runway show galleries, the best place to find summer 2014 fashion insights is in your photo albums from 20 years ago. When you’ve had a good dose of inspiration, save the overpriced runway and High Street pieces for the suckers, and do the smart thing—go vintage.

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