Who doesn’t love vintage? It has that dainty aesthetic, but you can also pair it with some edgy items to modernize the look. Shoes and dresses from decades past have had a resurgence in recent years, and even if you don’t have the budget to buy truly vintage items, you can find vintage-inspired looks for a more affordable budget.
As always, you don’t need to buy every item you see on the market, but you can definitely go with the essentials. Here are some of them:
Lace and Flowy Skirts
A lot of vintage-inspired pieces feature lace in them to get that dainty, girly girl vibe. You can also go with flowy skirts and midi skirts, especially paired with a button down. The whole outfit should cinch your waist perfectly to give it that retro feel. Go for either delicate or chunky shoes to finish the look. For shorts and blouses, a peter pan collar lined with lace can also do the trick. Your hair can be long and flowy in these outfits, or you may also add some flair through wearing a bandana as a headband.
Neutrals are the best colors to build your vintage outfit around. Go with an all-black outfit paired with a chunky belt to give it that old-school vibe, or choose a black dress with lace collars and pair with lace socks as well. For shoes, go with a T-strap to boost your feminine outfit. If you’re looking for a more androgynous look, wear oversized shirts and mom jeans, then finish off with a brown or rust-colored coat or outerwear. Brown can be paired with creams and beiges, while blacks can be paired with white or off-white. It’s all about matching the undertones.
A vintage watch can definitely do wonders for your outfit, especially for men. A pocket watch will help if you’re going for that gentleman vibe. For ladies, long necklaces or layered necklaces lend some charm, while chunky bracelets may also round up your look. For earrings, choose something simple such as studs. Because you will be wearing makeup with your outfit, you don’t need to go all-out on accessories–but it’s definitely good to have a few statement pieces.
With the way fashion comes back in a circle, it may be hard to show the difference between a vintage-inspired outfit and a regular trendy outfit. Makeup will help you with this. The makeup looks of decades past show distinct reds, with the lips being very defined and pouty. Meanwhile, today’s makeup trends lean towards neutrals and nudes. For your eyes, go for cat eyes or doe eyes–depending on your eye shape. Choose neutrals for your eyeshadow. Before you go on your next cosmetics online shopping, search for some makeup looks you want to recreate so that you will have an idea of what you want to buy exactly.
Dressing up is truly one of the best ways to express your individuality. If vintage is what you like best, complete your checklist of essentials to dress the part with ease.