The Best Vintage Clothing for Summer

With summer right around the corner, many of us are starting to think about our summer wardrobes and how we can dress to impress after a winter of being bundled inside jackets. Summer is an opportunity to show off those favorite pieces that have been sitting in your closet all winter, or be adventurous and try a new piece or style. Vintage clothing is the perfect way to do this – each item of clothing has a uniqueness and personality to it, making for an excellent addition to your summer wardrobe. 

Here are 3 of our favorite ways to incorporate vintage clothing into your summer looks:

Vintage Hawaiian shirts: cover-up or wear out

These Vintage Hawaiian shirts are all the rage these days, and it’s hard not to see why. With their bright colors and bold patterns, they’re the perfect way to add a touch of vintage style to any outfit. When styling a vintage Hawaiian shirt, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. 

First, the shirt should be the focal point of the outfit, so keep the rest of the clothing simple and neutral. This means pants, shoes and accessories that don’t catch attention. Hawaiian shirts can be worn over a tank top or swimsuit, or they can be buttoned up for a more polished look. Lastly, vintage Hawaiian shirts can be teamed with other vintage pieces for a retro-inspired look, or they can be contrasted with modern pieces for a more contemporary outfit. No matter how you choose to style it, a vintage Hawaiian shirt is sure to add some flair and personality to your outfit! 

vintage 1980s black and pink hawaiian floral batik style print shirt

Vintage Black Batik Hawaiian Blouse

Vintage Maxi Sundresses

There’s something so effortless and simple about a vintage maxi sundress, and it can truly be styled to suit any taste. A vintage maxi sundress can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion, with a few simple tweaks to your shoes and accessories.

For a more casual look, the best way to style a vintage maxi sundress is with flat sandals and a wide-brimmed hat, as well as simple jewelry to not overdo the outfit. To dress up the sundress, go for a chic belt and some heeled sandals. You can also choose to keep the vintage dress aspect of your outfit simple to attract attention to other parts of your look, opting for vintage jewelry like a delicate necklace or chunky earrings. It’s hard to go wrong with a vintage maxi sundress, and this look is perfect for the summer!

Vintage 1930s pink floral print cotton dress

Vintage 1930s Pink Floral Cotton Dress

Incorporate floral prints and bright colors

Nothing says spring and summer like the vibrant colors and energy of floral prints. Vintage floral skirts are one way to incorporate this pattern that is sure to be both stunning and comfortable to wear. They’re a chic and feminine wardrobe staple that can add a touch of elegance to any outfit. However, styling a vintage floral skirt can be a bit tricky.

Consider pairing your skirt with a simple top, like a solid-colored blouse or tee to attract attention to the skirt. You could also try a cropped jacket or cardigan, if you’re wearing it out on cooler nights. Shoes are another way to solidify the look you’re going for with a vintage floral print skirt. Heels or wedges would dress up the look, while flats or sneakers would keep it casual.

vintage 1970s 1980s blue floral print cotton skirt by sanibel sport

Vintage Sanibel Sport Floral Print Skirt

No matter how you choose to incorporate vintage clothing, whether it be through Hawaiian shirts, maxi sundresses, or floral skirts, we hope that you’ll take this summer as an opportunity to get creative with your wardrobe and explore the world of vintage fashion. For more tips or to shop some of the pieces mentioned in this article, check us out at ThisBlueBird!