Designers love to take inspiration from vintage fashion trends and make them new again. We’ll show you everything you need to get the retro fashion look you love.
Vintage second-hand stores in 2012 were one of the few retailers in the UK to turn a profit. The fascination with vintage and retro trends hasn’t stopped there. There are now entire websites devoted to retro fashion.
Vintage collectors have always been around. But it’s only recently that the rest of the world seems to have caught on. Because vintage fashion includes clothing trends from the 1950s all the way to the 1980s, there’s a style for everyone.
If you’re curious about how to incorporate more retro fashion into your wardrobe, check out our guides below.
The 1950s are the era when everyone seemed to let loose after WWII. The war was over, so now it was back to the business of movie dates and town hall dances.
This vintage style reflects this attitude. They wore full skirts and petticoats that twirled great on the dance floor. Capris, pencil skirts, and exaggerated waistlines were other go-to staples of the era.
To master this retro style, show off your waist with an A-line dress, a vintage pointed bra, a full petticoat, and your best red lipstick.
The first James Bond movie came out in the 1960s and with him, we met the first mod-chic “Bond Girl.”
The 1960s vintage fashion trends put an emphasis on bold color blocking and mini-skirts. The president’s wife, Jackie O, was a style icon with her oversized sunglasses and tailored dresses. If you were a part of the Motown crowd, then sequins and glam was the name of the game.
If you want to channel the 1960s vintage style, stick with bold colors, big sunglasses, and sheath dresses.
The 1970s introduced polyester to the fashion world in a big way. It also blended the “hippie style” of suede and floral prints with the mod look of the 60s.
Because disco was the dance of the 1970s, the styles needed to look good on the dance floor. Colorful maxi dresses with bell sleeves embraced the hippie lifestyle. Others boogied in their flared pants and jumpsuits.
If your retro fashion is a little more “Peace, love, and harmony,” wear florals, maxi dresses, and suede fringe. If you’re into “Saturday Night Fever,” then polyester jumpsuits and flare jeans are your best friends.
The 1980s vintage style took everything they’d learned in the last thirty years and turned it up to 11.
Hair was big, earrings were big, even the shoulders were big. Fashionistas in the 1980s were heavily influenced by musicians. Cyndi Lauper, Prince, and Madonna lead the fashion world. 80s women loved intense eyeshadow and making a statement with their power suits.
If these retro fashions sound like heaven, then get yourself a pair of Raybans, “peg” your denim, tease your hair, and go dancing in the streets.
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