The Four Seasons of Vintage

Modern Vintage

Roxanne Lowitt

Photo by Roxanne Lowit

I have been asked in recent days why I prefer blouses and pants to dresses. Looking in my closet at the dozen or more vintage blouses that hang there expectantly, I realize the attraction has to do with the endless possibility for play which separates afford. And so two weeks ago, I purchased a 1980s silk Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche blouse from an Ebay seller in St. Louis. Though the blouse wasn’t my size, it was love at first sight. I had been looking for a blue blouse and was confident that my tailor would be able to alter the blouse to fit. My only hesitation was over whether or not to keep the tie-neck. Though the style is a popular trend at the moment, I felt the blouse would look more timeless without the bow. (When I buy a vintage blouse and alter it, I like to think I will wear it for many years to come). Because of the asymmetrical button placket, my tailor suggested simply shortening the bow into a fold over collar with hidden snaps at the side of the neck. As you can see in the after photo, the blouse retains the elegance of a tie-neck collar but with a sportier air, a perfect formula for modern vintage style.

Before: 1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche silk blouse with tie-neck

Before: 1980s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche silk blouse with tie-neck

After: with a fold-over collar, re-cut shoulders and sleeves and body taken in

After: with a fold over collar and re-cut shoulders; sleeves and body taken in

Side detail - collar

Side detail – collar