THE HELL DOES THAT WORD MEAN?
Neovintage (Adj.) Used to describe an object that is materially new but emulates an object from another era
Today's look is brought to you by my new #skwad, The Cogswell Collective. My dear friend Hanna Gonzalez (who wasn't even supposed to model that day because she's one of our photographers, but she looked fierce) introduced me to the word neovintage, the category of this look.
Hanna's look is inspired by the Indie culture. It's very Subtle Americana with that hometown feel.
The base of the look is this pink/orange/salmon thermal dress from Target (That's right, Target, don't come at me with that 'but that's Target because I will shut you down. Target has nice clothes. Next), She is wearing a worn out brown leather belt and a matching embroidered denim jacket from Kohl's.
The emphasis on this outfit is really on the detail. Yes, these clothes are won out, but that's the point. A little wear and tear give it some edge. While clean and crisp has its own aesthetic, you gotta admit, a little damage gives an outfit some depth.
Let's keep talking detail. When it comes to fashion, I am a big fan of two things: worn out Chucks and accessories. Hanna decorated this jacket with some buttons from various shops. Also, look at that denim embroidery! If you're looking for unique jewelry, you should visit some hippie shops by the beach. Her necklace (unfortunately, not as well pictured above... my bad) is from one in Santa Cruz. I highly recommend visiting the ones by Venice and Santa Monica as well.
There it is... the dirty Chuck Taylor's! While Chuck Taylor sneakers from Converse is a staple when it comes to fashion (in any era, honestly), dirty Chucks just has its way of bringing depth to an outfit. While new, clean Chuck Taylor's are crisp, they are, admit it, too squeaky clean and frighteningly white. A little dirt on some Chucks tells a story and the muted, grungy aesthetics to me is more iconic. Do I even need to tell you where to find these? They're literally everywhere.
Hanna's white and gold watch is from Macy's. She is also wearing a pair of medium-sized gold hoop earnings from Claire's. Below you can see that she's keeping her camera and everything we'd need for a photography club field trip from bandaids to babywipes in a leather backpack purse you can buy right here on Amazon. I have to say, from the buttons, the dirt on the Chucks, the hippie necklace, and everything in between, Hanna's outfit is definitely not lacking when it comes to accessories.
So why are accessories so important?
Simple, it's a word I've been using on this post so much - depth.
Rings. Necklaces. Bracelets. A watch. Earrings. Buttons. Piercings. Accessories allow you to personalize your outfits in ways that pants or shirts can't. It really says a lot about your personality too. It's almost like the cherry on top that puts the look together.
Think about it. When I say 'pearl necklace', what look do you think about? When I say 'gauges', what look comes to mind? Or when I say 'Cowboy hat'. Yes, I thought about those exact same outfits. Accessories can really define an entire look- that's how important they are when it comes to fashion.
Thanks to my Photography Club (and now, Journalism Club too) sis, Hanna Gonzales, for letting me feature your fashion on my blog. It deserves attention. Hanna is a literal fashion icon at Cogswell. Every single day she finds the time to look amazing while my outfits range from 'Hobo shiek' to 'he aiite'.
You can learn more about Hanna and her art on her website too!
We had a lot of fun shooting this day. Hanna and I are both officers for Cogswell's Photography Club- the Cogswell Collective. You can view the full gallery from the shoot on our Facebook and Instagram accounts! I will also be uploading my full gallery on my site soon, so stay tuned!
Check out this video by Keith Larsen about the #CandidSJ shoot:
Until next time, fashion friends. Don't forget to accessorize and get some dirt on those Chucks!