Street Style - Vintage Appeal

by Ida Hsiang • Jan 31, 2011 5:32 AM PST
Street Style - Vintage Appeal

Vintage pieces and an overall vintage look has been all the rage these last few seasons. And while we love the romantically nonchalant look, what exactly makes a piece vintage and not just 'used'?


Wearing a vintage or vintage inspired look is all about showing your individual style, but here are a few quick tips and must-have pieces to get the vintage look just right! Then click the slideshow to see some of our fave vintage and vintage-inspired pieces!



Get The Era Right - Think of style details from the 1920's to 1970's. That neon spandex with the exaggerated shoulders? Very 80's, but not so vintage. Look for muted tones, knee-grazing lengths and soft cotton fabrics. Lace detailing and filigree designs are also the epitome of vintage style.



The Dress/ Skirt - Styles can vary greatly, but a few key details give this piece a decidedly vintage vibe. Look for lace or lace detailing, soft floral patterns and a cotton fabric. Covered buttons and a knee length hem or high-waist cut add to the vintage appeal. Pair with a worn leather belt or knit knee-highs!



The Vintage Shoe - Whether it's a heel or a flat, a good vintage shoe is usually make of quality leather. A neutral and versatile color like brown, black or cream are safe bets, while red and deep violets are also a good way to show vintage style. An oxford or mary-jane design, laces and grommet details add to the vintage look. For heels, look for something no more than 3 inches high and with a chunkier heel!



Keeping Warm - Good vintage outerwear can range anything from a classic wool coat to a structured blazer style. Look for timeless cuts and silhouettes that will still be in style for years to come. A knee length trench is extremely luxe, while a hem height that hits at the hips is perfect for any style! Opt for black, cream or neutral tones, or if you're looking to pack a punch, try a saturated jewel tone!



Vintage Add-Ons - Worn leather satchels and hobos make the perfect vintage bag! Knee socks, braided belts, leather driving gloves and panama hats also make great style points. And a silk scarf is every vintage loving gals' best friend! Use it as a head wrap, a hair ribbon, or tie it loosely around your neck for instant vintage cred!



Accessorize It - Vintage and vintage inspired jewelry is distinct. Look for tarnished brass, ornate details, creamy stones like opal, jade and ivory-like pieces, as well as fun animal shapes like cats, owls and other birds. Victorian style cameo brooches and strings of pearls are always a great vintage choice!

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