Sometimes it’s not so much about how you alter an outdated vintage piece, but how you style it. This jacket used to look like this. And truth be told, it still kind of does.
I had it altered ever so slightly. Actually, this is the first time in the Anthology’s Before and Afters that we’ve modified a piece this way — we didn’t remove the shoulder pads (the jacket is structured so it would sag awkwardly without them), we simply cut the shoulderpads so they don’t protrude as much.
Now the sleeves still have volume, they’re just a little less in yo face.
Speaking of sleeves, I’m going to let you in on a little secret — half the time I just cinch the sleeves on a weird vintage jacket and that does the trick. Makes it more laid back and undone, ya know?
So just like belting a billowy vintage dress will modernize it more often than not, pushing up the sleeves on a strong-shouldered vintage jacket will work insta-magic too.
See? Sometimes change is easy.
[Vintage jacket, scarf and belt, Talula pants, Matisse boots.]
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I always love these before/after posts, Kelsey! And I also have to thank you majorly for recommending Oakridge Tailors (I think I asked you about tailoring over a year ago). William and Joy are the best; I take everything there now!
Nicely done. Beautiful avocado colour on the vintage belt, which btw looks pristine.
Alison*Elle — Oh good! I’m so happy to hear that.
Liv — It is! That belt was quite the find. Love how you described it as avocado. So much more delicious than “light green”.