Mix It Up: How to Combine Vintage and Modern Pieces
By Tyrina Neely
Aug 5, 2011 - 12:13:44 PM
Floral Dress - asos.com
Longing to embrace the retro trend but weary of looking like you just
stepped out of a time capsule? Achieving a stellar look by mixing
vintage or vintage inspired pieces with modern basics can be easier than
Whether you have an affinity for the funky, casual
style of the 80’s or the prim and proper femininity of the 60’s, playing
with prints, silhouettes and accessories can help you pull off a unique
look that suits your modern style with a subtle nod to decades past.
floral dresses typically feature a large floral pattern in bold or
pastel colors. Flapper style dresses are reminiscent of the 20’s and
30’s while halter styles represent the popular styles of the 50’s and
For a retro look from the later decades, opt for a dress
with a fitted bodice in a halter, three-quarter or long sleeve style.
The skirt should fall just below the knee with a full or swing skirt.
Halter styles with a pencil skirt were also very popular.
As the weather cools, pairing your floral vintage inspired dress with a worn and cozy cardigan adds to its vintage flair.
dresses are oh-so-sexy and naturally have a vintage flair. Pair with a
structured modern blazer or supple leather cropped blazer for a look
that combines hard and soft as well as vintage and modern elements.
Victorian Blouse - http://thefashiondealer.onsugar.com
current obsession are vintage inspired victorian blouses. Victorian
blouses typically have a high neckline with feminine details such as
lace, pintucking, ruffles and pleats.
Pair these delicate retro
blouses with your modern favorites such as textured shorts, bootleg
jeans or flat front trousers for the office.
Vintage Wedding Accessories - etsy.com
are one of the easiest ways to transform a look. For a feminine detail,
top off your modern look with a small square silk scarf in a bold print
tied delicately around the neck.
If you are a do-it-yourself
fashionista have fun adding appliques to simple pieces you would like to
transform. Adding a large bow applique to the neck or below the
shoulder of a dress, three quarter sleeve or long sleeve blouse
instantly gives it a 1960’s flair.
Chain link belts with large
loops are reminiscent of the 60’s, 80’s and 90’s. Have fun playing with
the size of the loops or get adventurous and make your own belt!
Pillbox Hat - www.thisnext.com
Pill box hats, berets, and even fedoras also add a chic vintage flair to modern looks.
necklaces also add a chic vintage flair to a modern look. Strands of
faux pearls, a gold locket or just one statement colorful rhinestone
necklace can add a wealth of personality to the simplest look.
fun mixing and matching vintage inspired pieces with your modern basics
for a look that shows your personality while remaining tres chic!
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