Who doesn’t love a good retro outfit? While there are always new fashions and trends, you don’t have to ignore the styles of the past. In fact, many of today’s fashion is rooted in styles that were popular many decades ago.
If you’ve found yourself in a boring fashion rut, changing your look by adding a few vintage-retro pieces from an online boutique can be the perfect solution for putting some flair back into your style! Keep reading to learn about some of the best retro styles to incorporate into your wardrobe today.
The Best Vintage Retro Fashion Styles
Peasant Dresses with Colorful Prints
Peasant dresses are among the most comfortable pieces of clothing you can own. This type of dress is one that you’ll probably reach for when you don’t want to wear anything snug, but still want to look cute and pulled-together. Peasant dresses often feature long sleeves and colorful prints, which make them very retro and reminiscent of the 60s. A long sleeve peasant dress looks stunning during fall and winter when styled with knee-high boots, a fedora, and a beautiful solid-color statement necklace.
Plaid has never gone out of style; it’s one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your closet. It’s a print that looks great on both women and men—just think back to the grunge-rock days of the nineties!
One of the most wonderful things about this print is that it can be worn through any season, no matter the temperature. During fall and winter, try pairing a plaid button-down top with skinny jeans and camel ankle boots. You don’t have to stick with a plaid top, either. Plaid dresses and skirts during summer and spring are also very flattering and give off a vintage-bohemian vibe.
Wide-Leg Pants and Fitted Top
Wide-leg pants have been around for decades, and for good reason. A great pair of flared, wide pants can very flattering. A style that harkens back to the 60s and 70s, the trick to modernizing a wide-leg pant, especially one with a fun print, is to pair it with a fitted top so that your outfit is well-proportioned. Try wearing bright pants and a patterned crop top with the same, vibrant accent color as your bottoms.
Bell Sleeve Blouses and Dresses
Bell sleeves are a beautiful ode to the free-loving days of the 60s and 70s. Clothing designed with these voluminous, asymmetrical sleeves were featured in many shows during fashion week and are such a huge trend this year! Bell sleeve blouses and dresses are flattering, versatile, and a must-have closet staple. They are the perfect way to incorporate some retro style into your wardrobe. Lifestyle blog
Pair a bell sleeve dress with suede, over-the-knee boots or a bell sleeve top with fitted bottoms for an extra splash of retro!
The bomber jacket is a trend that pays homage to another decade of unique fashion trends: the eighties! Bomber jackets in black or olive have recently become the new outerwear closet staple. Style your bomber jacket with distressed skinny jeans and a white tee for an edgy, dramatic ensemble or throw it over a bodycon dress to shake things up a bit and play with proportion.
Floral Print Dresses
Floral print dresses are so lovely and you can wear them during any season—rain or shine. A floral print is really beautiful in the fall, especially when it features autumnal colors and accessories. Try experimenting with a floral print dress or top that features deep, rich colors like burgundy, olive, or mustard.
Make your outfit even more retro-chic by pairing a floral print dress with over-the-knee, suede boots. If you prefer an edgier outfit, pair your dress or maxi skirt with a leather jacket and ankle boots. Fashion blog
Don’t be afraid of wearing tie-dye! This especially retro pattern remains a popular trend. If you think this print may be too loud for your taste, try looking for a tie-dye pattern in more subdued colors, such as light blue, grey, ivory, or shades of brown. You can also find tie-dye that isn’t in a traditional circular pattern to give your outfit an added modern twist.
A tie-dye dress looks fresh during the summer, while tie-dye wide-leg pants are perfect for crisp fall weather. Always be conservative with your accessories when you’re wearing tie dye, as the busy print doesn’t need too many additions.
Now that you’ve learned new ways to incorporate vintage-retro-flair into your wardrobe, remember that it can be fun to take inspiration from the past and put a modern spin on it. Add a few new pieces from an online boutique to your collection of wardrobe staples and you’ll have plenty of exciting outfits to wear!
Jordan Walker is a fashion designer and a freelance writer based in Santa Monica, California. With his passion for all things style, he has worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years, thriving amongst other stylists and models. During his free time, he loves to write, sing, and look through vintage fashion magazines.