Are you ready to be a vintage-style icon?
You're probably here because you're interested in vintage fashion. Chances are, you already know the basics—how to spot a vintage item at a thrift store, how to find your size in an older brand, and how to rock your 50s-inspired dress out for a night on the town.
Vintage is so in right now, and that's no surprise—it's fun, it's easy, and it looks great! So if you're thinking of taking a walk on the wild side and diving into some vintage look threads, or you already have and you want to try something new with some pieces you already own.
Also, you probably learned about how awesome it is when people can't tell whether your shoes are vintage or new, so you got some new ones! But then what?
How do you style vintage clothes? What are the best ways to put together outfits that make a statement without looking like a costume? Here are 10 things to keep in mind when styling vintage clothes:
1. Invest in a nice pair of pointy-toed, ankle-strap heels. If you're planning on wearing a vintage-style dress or skirt to your next event, then I've got one piece of advice for you: invest in a nice pair of pointy-toed, ankle-strap heels.
What? That's not what you expected me to say? You thought I'd tell you to wear a corset and put your hair up in a bun? Well, I have to admit, those things do contribute to the overall vintage look. But let's be real: if you're going somewhere that involves a lot of walking around (like to your car after the ceremony?), having an outfit with lots of layers and laces isn't going to be the most comfortable choice. As much as I love the aesthetic of an old-school Hollywood look, it just doesn't always work for everyone. And let's not forget that some people are just attracted to more modern styles.
But vintage-style shoes are a great way to help pull together any outfit, whether it's a full retro ensemble or just a flirty little skirt with opaque tights. They're classic and simple—and they will help you stand out without sacrificing comfort!
2. Try on some old-fashioned hats and scarves. They're sure to pull your entire outfit together. You don't have to be a particular type of person—whether it's an actor in a new film, or just someone who likes wearing hats—to try on some vintage-style headgear to add some old-fashioned flair to your style.
You need to stop by your local vintage clothing store and try on some of the pieces from its collection in order to find something that fits you well and that you love.
The perfect vintage hat or scarf should make you feel like you've got the whole world at your fingertips. It should fit your face and head comfortably, with room for your hair if you want it there—and(!) it should make you feel like you can do anything and everything with it.
3. Get comfortable with your own body shape and dress accordingly (even if it means foregoing your favorite crop top).
4. Start by choosing a simple, elegant, and timeless color palette to work from—just try not to go overboard with the undertones!
5. Wear trendy straight-fit, black pants and a crisp white shirt (or blouse). It'll have a vintage vibe. Add a navy blue blazer or a long navy coat over that to complete the ensemble. Throw on some navy blue shoes or boots. You've got yourself an outfit perfect for any day of the week!
6. Wear your hair in an updo, or at least heavily backcombed; it will help you achieve a more sophisticated look. Whether you're hosting a fancy dinner party or just want to look classy at work, your hairstyle can be the difference between looking like a ho-hum Jane and looking like a vintage-loving-chic social butterfly.
When done right, it will give you a sophisticated, vintage look that makes you stand out from the crowd. But if you mess it up, people will think you're either a clueless child or someone who hasn't gotten out of the 1980s yet.
Here's how it's done:
Make sure your hair is clean and dry. You can use a little bit of mousse to help keep the volume in your hair if you'd like.
Comb your hair back and tightly secure with bobby pins. The tighter the better! You can even use spray-on hairspray for more hold. Once that's done, tease your roots with a comb or your fingers. Once all of your roots are teased up, start rolling and twisting pieces of hair over themselves to create curls throughout the rest of your hair.
Use bobby pins again to get these curls in place—you'll want them all facing one direction, so they'll be easier to place and hide under your bun later. Then just put it all into a tight bun on top of your head!
7. Carry around a small handbag—the bigger, the better! It's always best to have lots of room for all of your essentials.
8. Keep it simple with one main print or color per outfit; anything more is overkill! You may want to consider using one bold color as an accent piece instead of incorporating it throughout your entire vintage outfit.
9. Wear it with sneakers. You can never go wrong with a classic pair of sneakers. Whether they're Converse All-Stars or Vans Authentics, they'll give an instant casual vibe to any outfit.
10. Go for a casual look. For those of you who want a casual, vintage look without the fussy, we suggest a casual t-shirt with distressed jeans and a biker jacket. The key to this look is layers—both in clothing and accessories. The biker jacket keeps things current, but the distressed jeans with holes and the loose t-shirt keep it casual. Add a pack of cigarettes to your back pocket for a true vintage vibe. Just be sure to wear sunglasses!
11. Layer it over a sporty top. This is the perfect way to add some extra pizzazz to your sporty ensemble. If you have a V-neck t-shirt that's just not doing it for you anymore, try layering it over a bold, vintage top for a look that's sure to get noticed!
12. Wear it with leather leggings.Leather leggingsare super popular right now and are the perfect thing to wear on their own or with other items in your closet. Try layering one on top of a black skirt for an edgy look that's perfect for nights out.
Let's be honest: vintage isn't always the easiest to pull off. You have to do a lot of sifting through dusty bins at thrift stores just to find something that hasn't been worn on someone else's butt.
But the payoff can be so worth it!
Vintage offers an opportunity to put your own spin on an outfit, and if you add a little creativity, you can totally stand out from the crowd.