Vintage revamp: how to update a frumpy jacket Charity and vintage shops are full of cheap but unfashionable jackets that can be updated in a few easy steps. Lucy Housman has given her charity shop find, an Eighties jacket, a new lease of life with some simple readjustments. The piece I have chosen for the revamp this week is a lightweight jacket requiring quite a bit of tweaking before it’s fit to hit the street. As you can see from the picture (right) there is a bit of a situation regarding a red neck tie. I feel that, beautiful as it is, it has passed its prime and would do better being a neck tie no longer. Thus, step one: remove the neck tie and any form of offensive neck accessory adorning the collar that was once mistakenly seen as a ‘gorgeous must have’. One Response Kevie March 5th, 2009 Well done. Looks like jackets I have seen previewed in the fall/winter 09 shows. I used to remove shoulder pads back in the day, because I preferred the slouchy look, plus it made room for my own (broad) shoulders.