The term “vintage” is thrown around a lot in fashion and while it is true that vintage clothing holds an elevated status among high-end brands and retailers, there is a certain level of hesitancy among famous people who don’t want to be photographed in ‘old clothes.’ But there are some heroes who are unbothered by labels and choose to be thrifty in a world of fast fashion. Here are a few celebrities who have all been known to have mastered wearing vintage clothing.
Victoria Beckham was the queen of the Spice Girls, but when she wasn’t playing concerts and being the entrepreneurial boss that is, she was (and still is) a fashion icon. Elle magazine has even declared her “one of the world’s best-dressed stars.”
Beckham has been spotted in vintage clothing by renowned designers like Dior, Chanel and Marc Jacobs. She is known for wearing vintage pieces and she has even worn vintage on the red carpet. Her love of vintage likely comes from her design aesthetic — she can be seen using inspiration from ’90s style as well as classic silhouettes to create her own unique look.
Zendaya can do it all: she sings, she dances, she acts, and she’s got a great eye for fashion. That’s the one thing we can’t get enough of – her sense of style. Her look is consistently on-trend but mostly with a vintage twist. The girl loves an old-school piece—just take a look at her Instagram account for proof.
Just recently, she donned a gorgeous green and red 1956 Balmain gown for Luxury Law. In another post, she can be seen looking stunning in a purple Versace, which she wore to pay homage to Beyoncé’s 2003 outfit at the BET Awards.
That being said, Zendaya’s vintage wardrobe is definitely inspired by the 70s. It is full of funky colours, unique styles, and retro silhouettes – everything we love to see in our vintage styles.
There’s no denying that Rihanna is a fashion trendsetter. From the beginning, she has been known for her impeccable sense of style and her ability to work the runway at the most glamorous events. Her unique sense of style and enviable relationship with luxury brands puts her in a class all by herself
She’s a great example of someone who can pull off vintage clothes with the best of them—and she’s not even trying to look like a vintage style icon. You will see her wearing a lot of different vintage pieces, but she always mixes them up with the current trends. Like the time when she wore a metallic YSL piece for the 2018 Grammy awards and accessorised it with jewel-toned, metallic makeup and metallic jewellery to stay en vogue.
Emma Watson’s fashion choices are almost as exciting as her acting career, and she is often spotted wearing the most eye-catching pieces. She’s also known for being a big supporter of vintage, secondhand, and sustainable clothing. She has been featured on the cover of several magazines, including Elle UK’s “Green Issue and has been declared the “Queen of Ethical Dressing” at 31.
Watson believes it is important to evaluate the environmental impact of our wardrobes so that we can collectively reduce our “fashion footprint.” From wearing a 1999 vintage Ralph Lauren at Wimbledon 2019 to dazzling the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiere in an Ossie Clark in 2009, Emma has managed to keep us in awe of her vintage picks right from the start. And we still can’t get enough.
Taylor Swift is no stranger to vintage dresses and skirts. She’s been seen wearing them since her early days as a singer and her collection of vintage clothes has only grown since then. In fact, she loves vintage clothes so much that all her recent albums have her featured wearing vintage pieces – whether it be a 50s skirt or a floral knee-length dress as part of her airport ensemble.
Her signature sunglasses and the infamous empty bags are also always retro and glamorous.
And where else do you think her signature red lip look was inspired from if not the 50s?
Jennifer Aniston has been a style icon for decades. Her hair, her clothes, her makeup — she’s always at the forefront of fashion and trendsetting. Even when she was starring in Friends, she was wearing vintage-inspired clothing that is still popular today.
She is known for her classic, minimalist style. This sensibility allows her to wear vintage pieces with ease, which is why we often see her rock a retro outfit that’s both elegant and simple. Her style is about understated elegance: simple cuts with stylish details, mostly in neutral colours. So, it comes as no surprise that Vogue calls Aniston “Hollywood’s Stealth Vintage Fashion Queen.”
Meghan Markle is a big fan of vintage clothes. The Duchess of Sussex has worn many styles from decades past and she’s even been spotted recycling her old clothes by repeating her outfits, as well. In fact, her vintage black coat was all the tabloids could talk about during her visit to New Zealand House in London.
She loves vintage fashion so much that she can’t stop shopping at William Vintage in Marylebone, London, which is the same store where both Victoria Beckham and Amal Clooney are found seeking pieces for their wardrobes.
The store houses a wide collection of vintage couture pieces from Christian Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Oscar De La Renta, and Givenchy among more. So, it comes as no surprise that the Duchess is found frequenting this place every chance she gets.