Putting Together A Vintage Inspired Ensemble

Woman in vintage fashion

What comes up when you think of the word vintage? Is it raiding mom’s old closet for her purple lace minidress with the tasseled scarf? Is it Lucille Ball with her pillbox hats and caped jackets? Is it Taylor Swift carousing with the Kennedys in Cape Cod in a polka dot bikini? Or is it Zooey Deschanel with her mod girl platforms and Anita Pallenberg bangs?

Whatever your definition of vintage, it has to be head to toe. No matter what era you harken back to-the hair, the earrings, the shoes – they all have to be perfect. That’s what makes vintage so much fun! Here are some ways to put together a great vintage inspired ensemble.

1950’s
If you want to get a 1950’s vibe, think Danny and Sandy crooning “Summer NIghts” on the bleachers of Hollywood High. It’s white t-shirts with motorcycle jackets and tight jeans for the guys, with pedal pushers and saddle shoes for the girls, poodle skirts and ponytails for the malt shop and a strapless evening gown with ballerina flats for the prom.

1960’s
Time to let the “freak flag fly.” The 1960’s brought the Beatles and the Beatles brought the revolution. The beehive hairdo was replace by longer hair for men and women alike. For a 1960’s ensemble, bell bottoms and minis with white vinyl “go-go”boots are a must. Look at pictures of Twiggy for makeup inspiration, noting the pale lipstick and dark liner. Accessorize with peace signs and experiment with paisley.

Man in vintage fashion

1970’s
Did someone say glam? Loads of lip gloss, blush, and mullet hair-dos scream seventies, as do glitter, disco shorts, spandex, headbands, and roller skates. Denim was paired with more denim and the pantsuit was worn by members of both sexes. Afros are a great 70’s staple, and so are wrap around skirts worn over leotards, although they were not very conducive to using the toilet (probably why the style did not outlast the decade.)

1980’s
“And you may ask yourself, ‘Why such a big suit?'” Those who remember the eighties will remember David Byrne, The Talking Heads and the power suit with the big shoulder pads. Channel “Like A Virgin” era Madonna for fingerless lace gloves, rosary style necklaces, big hair, and bangle bracelets. Men can rock vests and 501’s and don’t forget the Boy George bowler hat.

1990’s
The 80’s gave way to the 90’s with bare midriffs, baggy pants and designer athletic shoes and sneakers. Bomber jackets, still on trend today, were all the rage with hooded sweatshirts and chain wallets. It was all about gangsta chic and colored hair in the 90’s, along with the explosion of henna tattoos.

Of course, there are many more decades to cover! Which is your favorite? Are you feeling “Great Gatsby” or “Greatest America Hero?” Let us know!

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