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How to Create a Vintage Inspired Style

Updated on November 17, 2017
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I look at today's fashion and see how it is inspired by vintage style. The character & uniqueness of old age chic ...That's what I love!

Trying to create your own fashion signature in a world that’s virtually filled with high street fashion may require you take "the extra mile" to achieve the style you desire.

If you really wish to stand out from the crowd and be known for your unique couture, a great way to do this is to cultivate a vintage inspired style that speaks volumes about your stylish way of dressing.

Nothing quite stands out like being attired in a vintage inspired ensemble especially when combined with modern fashion. Wearing head-to-toe vintage doesn't quite cut it but creating your own twists with a combination of the old styles and the new is what gives you your own unique fashion signature.

Vintage Inspired Style
Vintage Inspired Style | Source

If you are a shopaholic like many of us women, you must notice that most of the shops have virtually the same (or similar) apparel on their shelves and racks and if you want a great look that won't 'break' your account you may have to search more carefully. Finding what is unique can sometimes be a bit of a chore, a fun chore no doubt, but if you are like me, it gets to be a painstaking task sometimes.

However, it’s not that hard if you have a good idea of what you are looking for.

Many of today's fashionistas are beginning to show more interest in vintage inspired clothing and accessories - it's like the realisation just struck. Even some of those who’ve never really had an interest in this style are now raving about it!

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by modern fashion designers. Now some of them are 'digging' into the archives of classic clothing styles to get inspiration for their new creations.

Vintage Style Clothing
Vintage Style Clothing

How to Create a Vintage Inspired Style

If you want to change your style from the usual to the classy with apparel reminiscent of a glorious past, these tips may inspire you.

But first, you'll need to develop these 7 attributes:

  1. Have an open mind
  2. Be a bit creative
  3. Not worry about what people say
  4. Be bold enough to go it alone
  5. Be daring enough to be different from the rest
  6. Have a degree of dress sense
  7. Develop the art of combination

This isn’t to say that you have to be a fashionista or a devoted follower of the latest trends. Rather, all you need is to be comfortable with deviating from the norm.

Only then are you well on your way to having a personal fashion signature.

So, how do you develop the style?

You can learn about fashionable women of the 20th century. Search for famous fashion designers of the time and well-known fashion icons of the past 100 years. You will find more than enough information and images of these online and in old fashion magazines (if you can lay your hands on some).

Fashion Signature
Fashion Signature | Source

One thing to note, going head-to-toe vintage will make you look like you are dressed for a fancy dress or a Halloween party. You want to avoid that! You need not recreate the past in all totality. Rather, wear a different era dress with different periods accessories.

For instance, combine:

  • A classic 50s swing dress with modern accessories
  • A modern dress with vintage inspired shoes, a box handbag, and cat eyes dark sunglasses
  • A vintage tie-neck blouse over a pair of jeggings and enhance the look with antique costume jewellery and modern pumps
  • Clothing made with classic fabric patterns - houndstooth, plaid, pinstripes, bold stripes, and polka dots with spike shoes, a clutch bag, and classic style pendant earrings
  • Boxy Chanel style jackets with black slacks (will last season after season and will always be fashionable)
  • A shirt with a skinny loosely knotted vintage ladies tie.

Wardrobe Must-Haves

For your own vintage inspired fashion signature, you'll need to have some of these must-haves in your closet. With any of these clothing and accessories, you can dress casual, semi-formal, or formal.

  • Slacks
  • Pencil skirts
  • Swing skirts
  • Cropped jackets
  • Side zip pants
  • Boxy jackets
  • Blazer
  • Ski pants
  • Halter-neck fitted dresses
  • Culottes
  • Damask Jacket
  • Turtleneck tops (sleeveless)
  • Embroidered jacket
  • Beaded cardigans
  • Bowling shirts

Fashion accessories you need to enhance your apparel include:

  • Vintage inspired costume jewellery
  • Silk scarves
  • Cameo brooches and earrings
  • 20th-century sunglasses
  • Embellished bangles
  • Chandelier earrings
  • Boater hat
  • Cloche hat
  • Women turban
  • Velvet or satin purse


  • Avoid apparel made from polyester or rayon. They come out looking dated and unfashionable
  • Consider natural textiles such as cotton, velvet, brocade, silk, satin, damask or wool

Finding Authentic Vintage Fashion Clothing and Accessories

If you wish to have a few authentic vintage clothing or accessories you may find a few at online stores that retail only genuine vintage and antique apparel. You can mix and match them with your modern collections.

Many of us have a few decade-old clothes stored away in boxes, old trunks or suitcases. Rummage through them one afternoon and you may be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll discover. You may even find things of value that were previously owned by you parents or grandparents.

Priceless finds? You never know . . . You may find an antique cameo brooch, a necklace with a few missing gemstones, hat boxes filled with a couple of classic headpieces, a tie-neck silk blouse, fifties jelly bean bracelet, a musical trinket box with mother of pearl inlay, a Coco Chanel suit, or a pair of over-sized rhinestone clip-on(s).

If any item is broken or a piece of it missing you can always have it fixed.

For instance, that vintage 20s flapper dress you found in your great aunt's trunk box may look old but it will certainly be eye-catching. If it’s too large have it reduced by a professional seamstress and dry cleaned. If it’s too small, sell it on eBay and make some money.


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50s Vintage Style Clothing with Modern Fashion Accessories
50s Vintage Style Clothing with Modern Fashion Accessories

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      viryabo 5 years ago

      I'll be happy to do that SomeOneStylish.

      Welcome to Hubpages.

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      SomeOneStylish 5 years ago

      Thanks! I would also appreciate it if you would take a look at my hubs, and give me some feedback and suggestions :)

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      viryabo 5 years ago

      Thanks SomeOneStylish. Will add new images as you suggested.


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      SomeOneStylish 5 years ago

      LOVE anything vintage!! Please post more fashion ideas for this topic!

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      viryabo 5 years ago

      Thank you Carol7777, and thanks for the vote up.


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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Just found this charming hub. Fashions come and go...and change on a moment's notice. I love to follow the changes.. today we can do whatever we want. Lots of jeans and t-shirts as long as we don't have to dress for work. Great read...Voted UP.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Vintage is really fun! I'm with you viryabo, to be stylish and different doesn't need to be expensive. Blending vintage to the touch of today can be very rewarding. All these makes help the world go green. Thank you.

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      Thanks Celeb.

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      celebritie 6 years ago

      These are really great and I love the 1960's Dior fashion show.

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      trust1 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Maniitoba

      Thanks for sharing Great stuff.

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      Earl Flournoy 7 years ago

      Yeah, you have a point. My wife and I are big big fans of vintage fashion, but some of the designs are just too conservative that they bore us. Good thing my wife knows how to tweak dresses and accessories. She has raised the hemline of some of her skirts, restyled her Jon Renau wigs, and altered her cocktail dresses to show more cleavage. It's a good way to make vintage and modern styles meet halfway.

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      bohemian cocktail dresses 7 years ago

      Wow such a nice post thanks for sharing.

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      fashionboy 7 years ago

      really like these designs!

      Korean fashion

      japanese fashion

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      And i wish you the same too. Enjoy yourself keira and thank you for your visits.

      GodBless you dearly.

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      keira7 8 years ago

      Great hub my dear friend. Have a lovely weekend. :)