Translating the Trends - Spring 2018

One of the myths about vintage fashion is that, since it originated in the past, it's now static, immune from the vagaries of fleeting fashion trends. That is, of course, complete bullshit - while we may not need to buy the latest silhouette in denim every season, people might suddenly realize just how much they need a set of beach pajamas (just for example) after seeing a fashionable girl sporting them on Instagram. 
Personally, I'm often influenced by current trends in mainstream fashion, and I love finding ways to incorporate some details of it into my vintage style. Below are some of my favorite trends for spring 2018, and some vintage items that fit the bill.

1. Lavender and Lilac

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Pastels are always pretty popular when spring rolls around, but this year there seems to be a lot of purple in the mix. It's a pretty, flattering color for everything from shirt dresses to cocktail hats. 

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While many runways featured entirely sheer outfits (not for the faint of heart!), a sheer nylon blouse is an easy way to incorporate the trend into vintage looks. There are also plenty of subtly sheer 1950s dresses out there that will be cool, comfortable, and just a little sexy for those warmer days.


Plaid was a huge trend for fall, and it looks like it's still going strong for spring. A nice plaid jacket or skirt is always a classic, but if you want to brighten up a little bit, a madras plaid offers a 1950s twist.

50s/60s Orange Cotton Day Dress
Blue and Brown Plaid Dress with Ruched Midriff
1950s Plaid Wool Pants
Reversible Plaid Wool Skirt
1980s Madras Plaid Dress
Rainbow Plaid Shift Dress

There are about a million more trends that are equally worthy of discussion here (Americana! Saturated brights! Sequins for day!), but these are just a few of the ones that I'm really digging for spring. 

What are your thoughts on trends within vintage fashion? Do you feel like the mainstream has much sway over it, or do you think they're generally unrelated?