8 Tips On Creating Your Own Vintage Style


Creating your own vintage or vintage inspired wardrobe like any other sort of wardrobe takes time. In the three years since I began my vintage journey full time I have gone from wearing ONLY pants/trousers to wearing MOSTLY skirts/dresses.

Here are some tips that may help you create the best vintage style for yourself:

1. Try out all the decades. Go for it. You have nothing to lose and lots of fun to be had. I have tried out 1920's-1970's. Trying out the different decades allows you to find the one you love and feel the best in.

2. Know your figure. Not the figure you hope to have or are working towards having but the one you have now. Know the areas that you want to enhance and the areas you may not feel so great about.

3. Pick pieces of clothing that will FLATTER your figure. Do not choose pieces that will take away your beauty but pieces that will make your figure sparkle and shine.

4. Wear what you feel really comfortable in. I mean it. If mini skirts make you feel like your goodies will be shown then don't wear it. If you dread putting on heels then don't make your feet suffer, find some super cute flats!

5. Search for inspiration. Whether in the blog world or through magazines, find some inspiration. Make a book of images of your vintage fashion inspiration. It can be something you can look at everyday to remind you of what you want to achieve.

6. Be realistic. Realize that what works for some may not work for you. Not everyone looks fabulous in red lipstick or victory rolls. I mean I think everyone can rock them but not everyone will feel good wearing it. Not everyone will look their best in the same color or in the same style.

7. Make a list. Make a list of all the pieces you want to have. For example, 20 dresses, 15 cardigans, 2 trousers, etc. That way you can keep focus on what you need for your wardrobe which allows you to also not overspend but focus on what you need to add to your closet.

8. Have fun. Experiment. Try wearing colors you never have before or wearing accessories you have never worn before. As a typical New Yorker my main colors were black and grey. That's just how the city rolls. After getting into vintage I promised myself to add more colors to my wardrobe and try out colors I never have before. It's still a work in progress but its been working out great for me so far. Finally there is more color in my closet!

I hope these tips will help you create you own vintage style. Remember it does take time and an investment but if you leave yourself open to the process you will come out knowing what your style is and you will feel so good and accomplished.

Three years later I know exactly what my decades are and what vintage style suits me best and I am so excited and happy that I am now revamping my entire wardrobe and adding the pieces that I know will work best on my figure and allow me to radiate the way I think every woman should.

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  1. The thing I love about vintage is also being able to mix and match style...we have history as a benefit for us:)

    1. Couldn't agree more! Thanks for the comment Joanna!! xox

  2. Hopefully I'm not posting this twice...

    It took me years to find my style. I finally figured out what makes me happy is 40's and 50's fashion. I love cardigans, circle skirts, sweater clips, heels, pearls, etc... It's what makes me feel like me. After years of wearing low rise jeans as that's what has been "in style" I finally discovered the joy of high waisted jeans for curvy girls. Some may think I dress "weird" but I like it so I'm happy. And mostly I get compliments. :)

    1. I'm so with you Lisa. I just want to say, "AMEN!" and "You go, girl!"

  3. Great tips! I absolutely agree with the point about buying pieces that flatter your figure. I firmly believe that everyone--EVERYONE--can look fantastic and feel great in the right outfit, but it's important to figure out what works for you. We're not 'one size fits all!' Shopping vintage gives you such variety.


  4. AnonymousJuly 31, 2014

    Great tips! I abide by all of these! And I can say that over the years I have become much happier with my wardrobe!


  5. Thank you for the wonderful tips! I love reading these sorts of posts from all you great vintage style bloggers out there! I've always been an old fashioned girl watching black and white movies and listening to Big Band music. I'm only just beginning to start buy retro-looking pieces, although I've always been fascinated by vintage fashion. I love the 1920's through the early 60's, but when I think about placing myself in a decade, I think I'd fit best in the 40's and 50's. :)


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