Vintage stuff always has its own magic. We generally perceive the adjective vintage or vintage-looking as pointing out to something charming. It is a word of French origin, vendange; it initially used to describe old wine and literally means the annual grape harvest. So, when it comes to fashion, a simple question poses itself: how to apply the vibes of an old bottle of wine into your modern wardrobe?
So, let us invite a hint or accents of vintage style dresses to our normal, daily outfits. These accents guarantee that they will stay normal no more. Therefore, Pouted online lifestyle magazine carefully selected the following outfit ideas and designs that resemble creative blends of vintage and modern looking pieces. Our list is inspired by fashion shows of fall/winter, and the trends that showed up there.
Ruffles are among the first things that come to mind whenever the vintage look is mentioned. Actually, ruffles are versatile; they are capable of creating different styles according to the way they are employed. A lot of ruffles give a boho look that could blend well with a vintage-cut dress. Another method is to apply ruffled collars, shoulders, and sleeves to a simple maxi dress, or minimal piece of clothing. One more technique is to combine ruffles with leather.
2 Wine red
Dark reds transmit vintage vibes, especially when combined with dark browns, oranges, and earthy colors. For example, see this dress of Altuzarra where vintage aspects like the colors, one-shoulder cut, and layers meet modern elements like the midi length, light chiffon material, and minimal belt. The asymmetrical ruffles are also a mix of old and modern vibes.
3 Belts and A shapes
We all know these old gawns with tight waists and wide starched bottoms. If you want to invite vibes of this classic look into modernity, go for wide belted and A-shape dresses and skirts. Both were big trends in fashion shows of fall/winter and, therefore, are expected to rule in this season. You will probably have a lot of great options to choose from.
4 Beige and brown leather
Brown and earthy leather colors are another way to convey a vintage sense. Imagine, for example, a beige dress with a brown leather belt. Doesn’t it recall the image of an old scroll?
5 Maxi dresses
Classic maxi dresses could be contrasted with long jackets and coats for a perfect combination of vintage and modern looks. You could also go for designs like maxi dresses with lose-fitting and drop waists like this one of Valentino.
Contrasting a classic pleated bottom with a minimal loose-fitting top has been quite trendy in the past few years. The good news is that pleats showed up notably in the fashion shows of this season. So, there is a variety of stellar applications of the trend that can inspire you to create your own looks. For example, we find Vera Wang’s ripped pleated skirt quite inspiring with the mix of classic and boho vibes it bears.
7 Leg of mutton sleeves
These leg of mutton sleeves with their puffy shoulders were a characteristic of many vintage dresses. Leg of mutton sleeves showed up as a trend on the runways of fall/winter with flowy and minimal dresses, skirt suits, and jackets.
Capes and cloaks were employed by many designers this season. It is a trend expected to go big in fall/winter. The best part is that they are perfect pieces to add vintage accents to your outfits. Pair them with dresses, skirts, pants, shorts, shirts, or turtlenecks, and you have a perfect mix of vintage and modern.
9 Faux fur
The best thing about faux fur is that it is cruelty-free and yet is no lesser elegant that actual fur. Fur will indeed serve you well if you are looking for a look that combines vintage and modern.
Velvet is indeed a material of vintage look and rich history in the world of fashion. For example, see the vintage vibes of the printed blue dress of Paco Rabanna; the contrasting modern touch here is the model’s super short hair. Also, corduroy added a similar accent to the skirt suit of AWAKE.
11 Bows and knitted scarves
Waist and side ribbons convey such classic vibes. Slouchy pants and jumpsuits were a massive trend in the fashion shows of the season. So, you could add a medium side bow for a vintage hint. Also, strands of small bows could be applied to convey a vintage effect. Knitted scarves are another great option to consider.
Cold Scotland is the original homeland of tweed, which originated there in the 18th century. Pure version wool woven into a coarse cloth is what we call tweed. It is a timeless, elegant material employed by many fashion brands in this season, including Chanel, the second home of tweed. Also, notice Balmain’s elegant employment of tweed with jeans and chiffon.