Building A Capsule Wardrobe with American Vintage
American Vintage is a collection designed for the artistic, the free and the strong. The founder of American Vintage, Michaël Azoulay, started their passion project with the aim to create “The perfect T-shirt”.
Almost 20 years later, the designer has grown to create collection after collection that is free-spirited and stylish. The line includes the perfect garments for a capsule wardrobe. But how do you create a capsule wardrobe with American Vintage?
We’re here to tell you exactly what you need to do, including some of the staple pieces you need to add to your basket and some fun facts about the brand peppered in along the way.
What is American Vintage?
Founded in 2005, American Vintage is a French clothing brand that creates garments inspired by modern urban life. Don’t be fooled by the name; the designer established the brand in the south of France.
The founder, Michaël Azoulay, was inspired by a trip to the United States he had taken and returned with a vision to craft the perfect T-shirt. Some initial designs featured collections that included T-shirts with raw-cut hemlines, loose fits and classic brushed cotton.
Today, the brand has expanded to a collection that features wardrobe essentials that act as timeless companions to your style. Crafted using high-quality fabrics designed to last, you can be sure that an American Vintage garment will survive many wardrobe culls.
Who makes American Vintage?
Michaël Azoulay is the founder of American Vintage. The Frenchman has expanded his empire from a single line of womenswear t-shirts into a full womenswear and menswear range. Azoulay started his business at 23, taking it to new heights over the brand’s two-decade history.
American Vintage has grown to have 52 brand stores worldwide and over 1,300 stockists. If you want more information about the French designer behind the brand, check out his interview with the fashion business publication – Drapers.
Where is American Vintage from?
Don’t be fooled by the name; American Vintage is, in fact, a French brand, as previously mentioned. American Vintage was founded in Marseille, and the brand states its pieces are inspired by a blend of the flair of the South of France and California’s cool nature.
Is American Vintage a good brand?
American Vintage is a favourite brand of many superstars, including Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and actress Elle Fanning.
The collections’ products are designed to stay in your wardrobe season after season, meaning you can count on the quality of the garments within the American Vintage collection.
How does American Vintage fit?
We recommend purchasing your true size when selecting an American Vintage product. The garments within the range are designed to be comfortable and fluid and correspond to standard French sizes.
If you are looking for specific sizing queries, check out the size guide on each of our American Vintage product pages.
Is American Vintage ethical?
American Vintage has some sustainable pieces within its range, including some select pieces coloured using 100% vegetable dyes.
The brand has a philosophy that places importance on crafting timeless pieces you can use for a long time. This makes the brand the perfect companion for a capsule wardrobe, which we will explore further.
Key pieces from American Vintage to build a capsule wardrobe
To understand how to create a capsule wardrobe, we first need to know what one is and the benefits of creating one.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of garments that work well together. They are often timeless in design, high-quality pieces that you can wear time and time again. All garments in your capsule wardrobe should complement one another, making getting dressed on a morning effortless and stress-free.
What are the benefits of a capsule wardrobe?
- Helps save you time when selecting what to wear, as your garments will be timeless and easy to style.
- Helps save you money; as capsule wardrobes are defined with fewer garments, there is less to purchase.
Helps the planet; wearing fewer pieces of clothing that are of higher quality helps decrease the production demand for clothing, impacting positively on the environment.
The perfect companion for transitional months and when you can start to see your breath in the morning air, American Vintage cardigans and jumpers need a spot in your capsule collection.
The selection of American Vintage knitwear includes chunky soft jumpers and chic cardigans offering a timeless appeal.
Crafted using natural enveloping cotton, merino wool and cashmere, you can stay comfortable and stylish all day. You will find key pieces within the American Vintage knitwear range in muted hues and pops of colour for those days that feel dreary.
A staple of the capsule wardrobe is a t-shirt, and since American Vintage started its vision trying to create the “perfect t-shirt”, we can’t see a better fit for your wardrobe.
The easy-to-wear collection includes long-sleeved options, tanks and short-sleeved garments you can use as a base for layering in the colder months or sport alone in the summer.
Available in a variety of colours, you can select a hue that makes your skin tone pop or opt for something chic and staple. The versatility of the American Vintage t-shirt range allows you to wear the pieces for dressed-down casual days or during times when you want other garments to shine. If you’re looking for a bold option that offers vibrancy, check out the Sonoma Top, available in Vintage Raspberry and Vintage Bush, one of the bestsellers from the collection. The loose fitting and high-quality cuts give the garment a relaxed vibe that is perfect for a capsule wardrobe.
Round off your capsule wardrobe with a pair of American Vintage trousers that fear boxy and relaxed styles ideal for weekend wear.
One of our favourite styles at Bod & Ted is the Padow Trousers in Vintage Tabacco, which will make you look stylish and put together even though they are slouchy and relaxed in fit.
Offering an off-duty aesthetic, the Padow Trousers are the perfect companion for school drop-offs, trips for coffee and all your weekend activities. The cord construction and drawstring waist allow you to stay comfortable from morning to night and can be easily teamed up with other chic items from the range.
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