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How to Style Vintage Clothing

April 01, 2019

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Vintage clothing is not only a great way to revamp your wardrobe, but it’s also a sustainable solution to seasonal (or weekly) shopping. One of the biggest issues (aside from some other challenges), comes down to styling vintage pieces to fit with your current wardrobe.

Here’s your go-to guide for styling fun, vintage pieces with your wardrobe.

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Back to Basics

Never, ever, ever (x10) underestimate the power of a good basic. Stores like Everlane, PACT, and tons of others make sustainable basics if you’re currently lacking any. Additionally, thrift stores always have basic tees and jeans if you want to shop them secondhand.

Vintage Wrap Skirt Red White Blue Cotton

For example, this Vintage 1960s Wrap Skirt could be modernized with a white tee tucked in or cropped above the waist.

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Same Decade, Same Look

If you’re not concerned about your pieces looking modern, shopping for items from the same decade is a great way to maintain the integrity of the vintage clothing. For example, pairing ‘90s favorites or ‘60s classics together will give you a cohesive, head-to-toe vintage vibe.

vintage pink and white plaid pleated skirt vintage white blouse with lace trim

Both of these pieces are from the 1960s and with the right accessories, you’ll have an authentic, vintage look! This Vintage Plaid Pleated Skirt pairs perfectly with the White Lace Blouse tucked in.

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 Mixing Up the Decades

Each of the decades had its winning pieces – why not combine all of them? It might seem a little crazy to pair ‘70s fringe with a ‘50s poodle skirt (it is), but bringing the different textures and styles together would definitely be both a conversation starter and a fashion statement. This style could be as simple as mixing a ‘60s blouse with some vintage ‘90s Levi’s.

Vintage floral print tie front crop top vintage gitano jeans with original tags

This Vintage Tie-Front Blouse from the 1960s would pair perfectly with these Vintage Gitano Jeans for a fresh, spring look. 

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 It's All in the Outerwear

If you’re already a fan of your current jeans and t-shirt combo, add in vintage outerwear. It’s a great way to change up outfits you’re wearing every day with a vintage twist. Vintage denim jackets, leather jackets, or silk kimonos are a great way to bring in vintage pieces to your modern closet.

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Try this one of a kind camouflage jacket with embroidered flaming cat and unicorn patches paired with jeans and your favorite tee.

vintage silk kimono cardigan jacket mauve purple pink batik watercolor print

For styling, this Vintage Silk Kimono Cardigan pairs perfectly with jeans and a white tee for spring.

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Modern Alterations

Alterations are key when it comes to making vintage clothing your own with just some basic sewing skills. Taking in the waist of blouses and dresses, tapering pant legs, or hemming garments are all ways to personalize your vintage pieces.

vintage 1950s us army pants

These Vintage Army Pants from the 1950s are a men’s fit, but could easily be tailored to fit a woman’s frame better. By sewing darts into the waist and down the pant legs, the fit of the pants will complement your modern wardrobe much better.





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