Perhaps you’ve discovered a pair of flared jeans from high school that you can still squeeze into, or maybe you ’ve happened upon a great vintage dress that fits you like a glove?
While it’s thrilling to find an old treasure, it can be difficult to know how to incorporate a retro style into your wardrobe once you are over 40.
This fall, vintage is back in a big way. How can you wear a throwback style without looking like you never retired it in the first place? Here are 5 ways to wear vintage without looking like an antique.
Make it a Modern Mix
Going head-to-toe vintage is aging. Instead, choose 1 vintage piece to base your outfit around and then ensure that all other parts of your outfit are modern. This will keep you from looking like you just time-warped to the future, and avoid a costume-y feel. How to find modern pieces? Look for items that have clean lines and don’t look like they belong to a past decade.
Get A Perfect Fit
Make sure that the vintage piece you want to wear fits perfectly- no pulling and puckering, but no sagging and bagging either. Consider taking the piece to a tailor to achieve a smooth fit. And if it’s a bit too tight, don’t fret: Many older garments have greater seam allowances, meaning a tailor would be able to adjust it for a roomier fit.
Focus On Details
Keep your accessories minimal so that your outfit isn’t overwhelming. Make sure that the accessories are timeless, too- like simple shoes, free of embellishment, a handbag with clean lines, and minimal, classic jewelry. This will make sure that the focus is on the vintage piece, and ensure a chic look overall.
Choose Styles That Are “In”
An easy way to do vintage in a modern way is to choose pieces that are having a renaissance now. That is to say, instead of blindly picking a piece from the past, pick one that’s been featured on the runways, in store windows, and in your favorite fashion magazines, blogs, and more. Vintage things that are having a moment right now include full skirts and peplum tops from the 1950s, velvet (a nod to 1920’s fashion) and anything from the 1990s. Pair any one of these items with modern clothing and accessories, and you’re well on your way.
Keep a Basic Color Palette
In order to keep a streamlined look, try to ensure your outfit contains 3 colors or less. This will make all the pieces work together, regardless of era: Too much color will make you look all over the place while limiting an outfit to 3 colors ensures a put-together look.
With some modern matches and a bit of tailoring, your retro piece just got a new lease on life. And armed with these tips you’ll be able to wear your vintage treasures and still be a thoroughly Modern Millie, at 40, 50 and beyond!
*Post by Guest Contributor Morgan Mullin.
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