How to Rock the Vintage Look

One of the latest and greatest trends in fashion is wearing vintage looks. These have the benefit of seeming more mature, classy, and simply more tasteful. Much like wine, some clothes simply get better with age. However, it is important to note that not all older clothing will look good in today’s modern world – in fact, some articles are terribly out of style and poorly crafted.

So how do you confidently rock this style? Here are a few of our favorite tips for how to rock the perfect vintage look.

  • Break Out the Plaid

While plaid styles have been around for quite a while, they definitely saw their peak in the early 1990s. The classic plaid flannel shirt with a broken-in look has a softness to it that doesn’t age as well as other materials. However, this grunge staple shirt is very in season.

  • Modern Accessories

Pairing your modern shoes, sunglasses, and bags with your vintage clothing is a simple way to bring your whimsical outfit back down to earth and make it more work-ready. You can keep your outfit looking perfectly streamlined by selecting accessories that are matching in color to your main garment or the same color altogether. Pops of bright, vibrant colors paired with an all-black outfit (or all-black accessories with a vibrant outfit) are an easy way to add a modern touch to a vintage item. Phone cases can also play a big role in your overall aesthetic. Just make sure you know which iPhone case matches your style era.

  • Choose Garments that Match Current Trends

Many fashion houses and modern designers are constantly adding to their archives of vintage clothing garments in order to draw inspiration. Many contemporary styles and clothing lines are actually heavily inspired by clothing styles in the ‘60s to the ‘90s. Interpreting these past styles is something that never gets old, which is why older garments can be incorporated into modern fashion so seamlessly.

  • Mix and Match

One of the easiest ways to start the process of incorporating vintage into your current wardrobe is by mixing and matching oldies with new garments. You want to avoid wearing vintage items from your head to your toes, this will just make you look like you’re dressed for a costume party (not that there is anything really wrong with that). While a ‘60s faux fur coat style is very much in right now and is something worthy of a runway strut, if you pair it with a ‘60s haircut, heels, and dress, you are looking at a fashion don’t.

  • Incorporate Contemporary Makeup and Hairstyles

Unless you happen to be dedicating hours of your day to recreating exact makeup applications and hairstyles of ladies of the ‘60s, you are already sporting a comparatively modern hair and makeup look. Going for a simplistic hair and makeup look is the perfect pairing with a vintage outfit. A good example of this would be a slicked-back bun (ballerina style) paired with a subtle smoky eye to showcase your newly acquired vintage wardrobe. Modernized loose waves in your hair are also a good classic pairing.

  • Have Fun with the Eras

You are not limited to just dressing the part of one vintage era – in many ways you can make your outfit even more relevant by mixing up your eras at the same time. This will have a similar effect of blending vintage pieces with modern pieces, where adding unexpected rays of color and various combinations of textiles and layers create a totally unique outfit that feels both timeless and modern.