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  • - Hello lovely people!

  • So lots of you ask me, "Jessica, are you vintage

  • "all the time, all day, every day?",

  • and yes, yes I am.

  • I really, really am.

  • Don't know modern clothes.

  • Another question I get asked a lot however is,

  • "How do I use modern items and make them look more vintage?"

  • Which is great both

  • if you're starting out in vintage clothing

  • and you maybe don't want to spend too much money

  • or you don't know if it's right for you

  • and you just kind of want to adapt

  • the clothes that you've got.

  • And obviously you're saving money,

  • it's wonderful because retro clothes

  • can be really expensive guys, really expensive.

  • So I thought I would challenge myself

  • to use the most modern article of clothing

  • I could possibly think of, the T-shirt

  • and see if I could make it vintage.

  • I should probably point out

  • that since I don't own any T-shirts,

  • this really was quite a challenge.

  • I am using one of my merch T-shirts, ta-da!

  • So you're going to see them in a variety of ways

  • throughout this video in a variety of different outfits

  • and I hope it will be really helpful for you

  • and give you some little hints and tips and tricks

  • for when you're just trying to start

  • your vintage wardrobe and your vintage life.

  • Now let's watch as I attempt to make a T-shirt vintage.

  • (upbeat music)

  • We're starting with a standard white T-shirt

  • and then adapting the neckline

  • with a pair of trusty scissors.

  • A lot of vintage looks benefit

  • from more of an open neckline

  • and I always think it's incredibly flattering

  • to show a little collarbone.

  • But the skirt is the real MVP here.

  • Apparently that's a sporting term,

  • it means it's trying really hard.

  • I'd really advise getting some staples in your wardrobe

  • that look quite vintagy and thus can make other things

  • look vintage, but also work for everyday wear

  • if you don't put a petticoat underneath them.

  • Honestly, I could wear pinback with this skirt

  • and still look vintage.

  • But I don't think I've done too bad a job with the T-shirt.

  • You might have noticed the little teal accent on the T-shirt

  • and I'm continuing that into accessories

  • with these very cute shoes.

  • They're from Paradox London

  • and are supposed to be wedding shoes,

  • which really just means they are comfortable enough

  • to wear all day long.

  • Top tip for comfortable yet cute shoes.

  • If you've ever wondered how I do up my shoes,

  • the answer is I don't.

  • Thanks Clara.

  • To match my shoes I am adding a bag of the exact same color.

  • Lots of fashion magazines will say that oh,

  • you shouldn't match your shoes to your bag

  • because only grandmas do that, to which I say duh!

  • My entire aesthetic is what would grandmother wear.

  • And to top off this rather basic vintage look,

  • add some pearls because you can never go wrong with pearls.

  • You can quote me on that.

  • Another vintage staple, this dress is the Matilda,

  • not that Matilda, from British Retro

  • and whilst it is 58 pounds,

  • it is a really great investment piece and very wearable.

  • It also comes in a range of colors

  • and just look at that color, oh!

  • But this outfit really starts with a very attractive

  • and incredibly soft oversized T-shirt that I happen to sell.

  • One is the most modern identifiers of T-shirts

  • is the way the sleeves are cut and fall,

  • which is lovely if that's your thing,

  • but personally I'm a fan of the Snow White puff.

  • Here's a really easy way

  • to add cute sleeve details without any sewing.

  • All you need are some tiny safety pins.

  • I have a lot of them thanks to most vintage companies

  • attaching labels with them.

  • I'm not kidding, I'm simply drowning

  • in mini safety pins, send help.

  • To make a sleeve puff you merely take the pin

  • and grab a tiny bit of fabric

  • in the center of the sleeve edge on the front side,

  • pick up another tiny bit of sleeve

  • in the center halfway along

  • and then finally a section from the center near the seam.

  • Clip your pin together

  • and you have a delightful puffy sleeve.

  • You can repeat this on the back of the sleeves too

  • in order to create a very puffy puff,

  • but I quite like this look.

  • As you can see the collar from the Matilida dress

  • has transformed the look.

  • Plus the T-shirt has lavender tones to match the skirt.

  • Now I am going to attempt to tie the T-shirt around my waist

  • to keep the 1950's cinched in look.

  • Awkward.

  • I said attempt, okay?

  • Did I genuinely just make a video about

  • how my hands don't work and then immediately attempted

  • to tie a difficult knot behind my back?

  • Yeah, great logic Jessica.

  • Time for some socks.

  • Yes, I'm a belly-dancing seven-year-old sometimes,

  • but bare with, they do actually look great

  • when teamed with heels

  • and they bring the white of the collar

  • down to the bottom of the outfit

  • so we can be as matchy matchy as possible.

  • Have I sold you yet?

  • All right, next up, these cute shoes

  • to match the navy of the T-shirt.

  • They're velvety and thus adorable.

  • A wicker bag sets the whole thing off

  • and yes, maybe I look like a schoolgirl,

  • but at least I look like a schoolgirl from the 1950s

  • so I'm living my best life really.

  • We're now going to create an item of clothing

  • that will either be called a sleeveless jumper,

  • a pullover, a sweater, a vest,

  • or even a waistcoat depending on where you live.

  • I'm sure there are many more names for it

  • so please do leave whatever you would call it

  • in the comments below.

  • Make sure to turn your T-shirt inside out when cutting

  • so you know you're sticking to the seams.

  • Don't mind, I'm aware my edges aren't perfect

  • when cutting for the camera,

  • but I am actually going to neaten them up later.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Please meet the most autumnal autumn skirt

  • to ever autumn autumnally.

  • And another thing you desperately need

  • when building a vintage wardrobe,

  • a beautifully cut shirt.

  • This one's from a seamstress I found through Etsy,

  • which I highly recommend checking Etsy, the small companies

  • and people who sew beautiful things at home.

  • This shirt is so useful, you will see it again later.

  • And once we've added our new red sweater vest

  • you'll see what I mean about how useful the shirt can be.

  • Once I have finally perfected

  • the most perfect bow to ever perfect.

  • Done.

  • I'm adding a cream belt to tie together the shirt sleeves

  • and the collar to the skirt.

  • Belts just complete an outfit for me.

  • These shoes the new,

  • so I just had to fit them into this video.

  • They are made for dancing, which of course means

  • they are perfectly comfortable for everyday life.

  • I have very delicate little feet

  • that always seems to be cut up by shoes

  • and I also can't feel them,

  • so finding comfortable yet beautiful shoes is

  • a really big deal for me and stops the blood everywhere.

  • And the ultimate accessory a red beret,

  • which I decided to put on the side of my head

  • to make the bow stand out because have we mentioned

  • I'm obsessed with bows?

  • Oh, and that's just an open door

  • that won't stay closed, cool.

  • Hot tip for vintage on a budget.

  • If you see a high street store selling a circle skirt,

  • you buy one in all of the colors.

  • That's why I did with the skirt from Uniqlo.

  • I think it only cost me around 20 pounds,

  • but it's very wearable and it has pockets!

  • For this incredibly simple look you will then need

  • a T-shirt of almost any description.

  • Oh yeah, (giggles)

  • that's very vintage underwear, scandalous.

  • The T-shirt needs to be large enough

  • for you tie a knot in the front.

  • Think Marilyn Monroe on holiday

  • and then roll up the sleeves.

  • This is a very relaxed vintagy shape.

  • Add some heels to match the color of the T-shirt.

  • Dance around in them for no reason

  • and then add the perfect I'm on a vintage holiday accessory,

  • a walking great hat!

  • Seriously, that's one huge hat.

  • This hat is possibly my new favorite accessory.

  • It's from ASOS and came with a black ribbon,

  • but I thread through whatever color ribbon

  • just suits my outfit.

  • And honestly I smack people next to me with it

  • all the time, but how could you not love

  • this offensively large hat?

  • And then because what is vintage

  • if not weirdly formal in the daytime,

  • I had this fancy glitzy bag

  • I borrowed from my sister-in-law years ago,

  • but I don't think she watches my videos

  • so I've managed to get away with not giving it back yet.

  • Having said that, this will be

  • the one video she watches, won't it?

  • What a cute outfit!

  • Get your scissors at the ready again,

  • we're going to make a super summery look

  • using this slightly too large T-shirt.

  • As I said with the white T-shirt,

  • so much of giving a vintage impression

  • with your clothes is about the neckline

  • and a rounded T-shirt one will rarely do.

  • Okay, I mean there are exceptions to this rule,

  • do not come for me vintage purists,

  • I am just on this earth to have fun.

  • I'm cutting in a boat neck and lord only knows

  • why I thought I could cut from both sides,

  • but apparently no, right handed.

  • Still the end result is lovely.

  • Add an overly fluffy tulle skirt.

  • Do I wish I had this in every color?

  • Yes.

  • Am I just digging myself deeper into a clearly

  • wants to be seven year old ballet dancer hole?

  • Yes, clearly yes.

  • Fortunately this T-shirt is now off the shoulder

  • and thus makes it a little more grown-up and relaxed.

  • As is adding some cute heels.

  • To everyone who follows me on Instagram asking,

  • "Are those Claudia's wedding shoes again?"

  • And yes, yes they are.

  • This barret with bow is again from Brothers and Sisters

  • and I have it in a variety of colors,

  • so look out for them once the weather turns

  • because they are all I will be wearing on my head.

  • And of course, the obligatory gloves.

  • What'd I tell you about gloves?

  • They make every outfit look complete.

  • Oops and bag, because there's no way in hell

  • this skirt has pockets and I need somewhere to put my phone.

  • Try and tell me this outfit isn't adorable,

  • because if you think that, you're lying to yourself.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Hello and welcome to Jessica dances in her under things,

  • it's a lot less salacious than that title suggests.

  • As you can see we've started with the cream shirt

  • from earlier and it is still looking adorable.

  • Adding a T-shirt over the top,

  • trying not to destroy your hair and makeup.

  • I mean ha, good luck with that

  • and pop up that adorable collar again.

  • When it comes to making T-shirts look vintage,

  • the collar really is one of the main sticking points.

  • I then considered rolling up the sleeves,

  • but realized that would be both uncomfortable

  • and look really weird so ignore me.

  • To pick up on the tiny teal detail on tee shirt