WIW: Vintage Glam

I've posted this 80's vintage Kenzo Jeans jacket here before, which I fell madly in love with at first sight. Everything about it - tailoring, material, print, construction - is amazing, but there was never any doubt it would be a challenge to style. My instinct is always to dress it up with other statement pieces because I think it can look a bit dated and underdone with more subdued garments, but there's always a risk of pushing things over the top. 

Rewinding another ten years to the inspiration for today's outfit, I've made no secret of the fact that I like to borrow from the boys and if there was ever a boy that every girl wants to be it has to be David Bowie. When I pull on a pair of gold pants, Ziggy Stardust is never far from my mind, but seldom with so literal a reference as a pair of lace-up boots. 

So tell me ladies, did I pull it off? Or is this just too much Vintage Glam for your Monday?

(Note to self - get a haircut.)

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  • LACeleste replied 5 years ago

    You just made my Monday!  I love your style and imo this look is incredible!  

  • Thistle replied 5 years ago

    So fun!  Monday morning glam. I so needed it after the awful snow this weekend :)

  • Angie replied 5 years ago


    You had me with the '80s integrity of the outfit. xo

  • AM replied 5 years ago

    Awesome. So fresh!

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    LACeleste, Thistle, AM: thanks for the boost! I'm thinking Mondays should be more glam in future, particularly in lousy weather.

    Angie: well, I'm an '80's kid raised on '80's fashion, so I don't mind picking up that ball and running with it. But please tell me politely the moment I look like I haven't worn anything else in the meantime...

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Go Team '80s, and high five. I was a teen in the '80s so naturally, the era is close to my heart. I'm hopefully sufficiently polite, and can't imagine you NOT making a vintage piece look modern and hip. xo

  • Tania replied 5 years ago

    Just wow! 

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  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    I am wow-ed.

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    I love it all - fantastic look.

  • merwoman replied 5 years ago

    Love how you've styled this! The print on the jacket is wonderful - just the right thing to soften the look.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    This is just amazing: the jacket itself of course but also the whole outfit. Awesome inspiration too!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Totally fab. Love it. And the inspiration is also great. 

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Love this. It is exactly that you are wearing a vintage jacket and making it appear completely today that is so impressive. Love the jeans or whatever they are too!

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    This is completely working on you -- head turning, but only in the best way.  Fun, but still flattering.

    Looks comfy, too, which is a definite plus.

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  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Definitely not too much. It all works together splendidly. The pants and jacket are both awesome, and they complement each other well, in color and style. I love the burnished gold with the golden tones in the jacket. Great boots for this outfits, too, and this style really suits you.

  • shipskitty replied 5 years ago

    Love the details you shared of your rings but the whole outfit is so fun. Love it and the jacket is amazing.

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    Ah, ladies, you really are all too kind! Thanks everybody for your comments!

    I wore it day to evening yesterday and it all felt pretty good. Comfy urban glam. But I think my friends are all too used to it because they rarely comment anymore. Happy to know it's not too OTT. 

    Angie, Shevia:  I always think the secret to updating vintage is to look for great quality in the first place. Materials, construction, design, fit.... these things never go out of style! But I also love it when something has a history as well, and it's nice to try to weave that in to the look.

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    You are a gifted stylist and this outfit is fabulous. Perhaps we should make every Monday "Glam Monday":). Those pants are fabulous.

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    Deborah: Glam Monday? I say Yeah! Bring it on!

    And a credit is due for the pants - yet another indispensable treasure from BYBROWN, our local hero. I wish she'd put more product on the website. 

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