Vintage Fashion Style Tips
"How to Wear Vintage: Adding Some Vintage Fashion to Your Style"
Looking for Vintage Fashion Style Tips? Want to know how to look chic in vintage clothing and accessories? Then look no further!
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Achieving a chic vintage fashion style consists of adding the right amount of "old" and contemporary basics & trends. Vintage has its special charm but too much of it can break your look. Well, unless you are sporting for that complete I-transported-from-the-past look!
If you've decided to wear vintage but still want to look modern and chic, scroll further down for my styling tips!
Vintage Fashion Style Tips: How to Wear Vintage ClothingIt depends on the vintage pieces you decide to wear - if it's basic or flashy.
Let's check out a couple of examples:
Basic Vintage ClothingIf a piece is simple and versatile, you can consider it a basic wardrobe essential which can be worn to downplay or balance out a print dress, or as a blank canvas for trendy garments and accessories.
1. Courtesy of Rustyzipper (vintage blazer and shorts) and ASOS (clutch), TheOutnet (sandals)
2. Courtesy of H&M (white shirt dress) and Adore Vintage (vintage sunglasses, bag), Rustyzipper (vintage pumps)
1. Vintage Basics with Modern Accessories:
Mix all of your basic vintage pieces together and drizzle it with a few up-to-date accessories such as platform sandals and a statement clutch purse.
2. Contemporary Basics with Vintage Accessories:
You can wear a basic white shirt dress and spiff it up with unusual vintage accessories, such as round tortoise sunglasses, floral handbag and a pair of lime green pumps.
Vintage Piece as Focal PointIf the vintage piece is a bit flashy, such as a multi-colored print boho dress, you can create a fashion statement with it by letting it shine as the focal point of your outfit.
Just make sure to complement it with basics - you can either use your new or vintage basics for this.
1. & 2. Courtesy of Rustyzipper (vintage red dress and print shorts)
1. Add Basic Accessories:
You would want to highlight the dress by adding the basic wardrobe essentials as they don't draw too much attention, such as simple jewelry in gold or silver and solid colored pumps such as black wedge shoes.
You can use a basic belt to update the silhouette, adding a nip at the waist.
2. Update the Look:
Weave in modern pieces to create an up-to-date vintage look. Examples are oversized sweater, platform booties, statement bracelet, etc.
In this outfit I made a pair of 80s print vintage shorts as an outfit focal and highlighted it with a trendy pink cuff bracelet that accentuates and complements one of the colors (cream) on shorts -along with adding a casual sweater and a pair of wedge platform ankle boots.
The trick here is to make sure the new pieces don't distract the eye from the shorts. Think accessories in modern shapes but in solid neutrals or colors that blend (but accentuate) with the vintage garment.
How to Style an Outfit with Vintage Clothing
The trick is to keep your outfit balanced with 50/50 vintage and
basic modern pieces.
If you're going for a vintage dress, a pair of high heeled up-to-date sandals will do.
Vintage Fashion Style Tips: Start with Vintage AccessoriesIf you want a creative and varied wardrobe, cheap vintage accessories are your best bet. They're much more cost-effective because you can buy lots of accessories for the price of one vintage dress - and a few pieces can give your outfit a whole new look.
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One key accessory (for example a purse or a scarf) is a great way to add a bit of vintage to your outfit. So if you want to show off a fab find you purchased from a vintage or thrift store, wear it as your focal with basic pieces from your wardrobe such as jeans, a simple boyfriend blazer and a basic white tee.
Check out the Outfit Ideas-guide to learn more about how to put together outfits.
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Vintage Fashion Style Tips: What Is Typical Vintage?Most of today's fashion is somewhat inspired by the past - so you can easily find new clothes that look vintagey, especially blouses and all the platform shoes you see in stores today.
See more strategies on how to buy womens vintage clothing online and in stores
Trinkets and Lockets
Attach these charming beads to a 18 inches or longer necklace chain and wear it with any casual outfit.
I'm sure your grandma or aunt has old scarves lying around in their closet. Look for prints such as floral, paisley, ethnic embroidery, 50'ish polka dots.
Put some zest in your outfit with a vintage hat.
For example, add a cool contrast by wearing a fedora hat with a boho dress or with jeans and a white dress shirt.
Other popular vintage hats are newsboy/bakerboy and ivy which go with your Fall/Winter outfits. I particularly like the panama hat for a chill and cool 70's vibe.
Checklist on What's Typical VintageSo if you're not comfortable wearing used clothes (they're smelly or the feeling of wearing something a 'deceased' person has worn, etc.), you can always buy garments and accessories with vintage-inspired details instead of the real thing.
To help you get started, here's a list of details that add a vintage touch to your outfits:
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Time to Shop for Womens Vintage ClothingNow that you've reviewed my vintage fashion style tips, it's time to shop!
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