Floral dresses, elaborate brooches, knitted sweaters – vintage styling just has charm and it’s little wonder that it’s a major style aesthetic.
Plus, there are so many ways to have fun with it! Here are 4 tips for you.
70s plus 90s, 60s plus 80s – why not mix things up? Mixing eras not only adds a really cool and contemporary vibe but also makes your look uniquely yours.
Of course, there’s a way to do it right. For example, grab a base piece like a floral dress from the ’50s or high-waist jeans. Then you want to toss in accessories or outerwear from a different era, say some bold ’80s bling or a shoulder-padded blazer.
Really, imagine a knee-length ’50s floral dress, ’80s leather jacket, and chunky neon bracelets! The blend of florals and edgy accessories means a super bold, interesting look.
Thrift Shop Treasures
Vintage clothes and accessories aren’t exactly stocked in department stores and so besides high-end online stores, if you’re going to score unique, budget-friendly finds that are also easy on the planet, you want to frequent thrift stores.
There, you want to keep an eye out for quality fabrics, timeless patterns, and unique details that really fit your style and what you’re trying to go for.
You may just find a timeless knitted sweater with killer patterns at a secluded thrift store, pair it with high-waisted, wide-leg pants for plenty of compliments and save money.
DIY Vintage Vibes
Why not add a personal touch to your wardrobe? There’s no reason why you can’t DIY some of your vintage looks. It’s another fun way to make classic styles uniquely yours. Those plain or modern items in your closet? Get creative – add lace trims, embroidery, or vintage buttons and turn them into one-of-a-kind pieces.
For example, take a basic denim jacket and stitch on delicate lace trims around the collar and cuffs. Maybe even sew on vintage-style buttons for that classic charm to your everyday look; old meets new, effortlessly!
Play with Patterns
Really, patterns are a big part of vintage style and you want to play with patterns to add depth and interest to your look.
So really get into mixing and matching different vintage-inspired patterns. Maybe pair a polka-dot blouse with a floral skirt or striped pants or a polka-dot scarf with a floral A-line skirt. In fact, throw on some retro-inspired accessories like a wide-brimmed hat or cat-eye sunglasses to complete the look. Really just have fun with it and it’ll get easier and easier to capture the essence of various vintage eras in a single outfit.
Style aesthetics are a lot more than just looks so that mixing eras, hunting for treasures in thrift shops, adding personal DIY detailing, and playing with patterns are not just style tips but tips for curating a wardrobe that truly reflects your personality.