The retro look is making a come-back these days with all the cute little flowery skirts, flared jeans, shades and pumps. Today’s retro fashionistas choose to create retro ensembles with infusions of the contemporary. If you really dig this look and want to know how to dress retro read on.
- To dress retro all you need to do is create cute ensembles that feature style elements from the 50’s to 80’s. You can select any decade you like or combine all styles to create a unique look. However, unless you like going with a pure retro look, it would be best to use some contemporary clothing items to offset the retro styled ones, thus complementing them and creating a look that is comfortable and simply you.
- Choose a few tops that are cute and retro like tie-dye tank tops and graphic t-shirts. They are easy to get hold of and don’t cost too much. You can also go the DIY route and make your tops! Furthermore, they go very well with jeans, so adding a few pairs of high-waist jeans to your wardrobe would be a good idea.
- Try to purchase or make some retro clothing like mini skirts, wiggle dresses, hobble skirts, hot pants, colorful pencil skirts, handkerchief skirts, etc. Sears’ and Nordstrom’s online stores have some pretty rad retro dresses for sale. Ebay and Etsy also offer a wide variety of retro party swing dresses, rockabilly dresses, wiggle tops and dresses and more. Though bell bottoms are very retro, it is best to avoid wearing them unless it’s for a retro themed party. Instead you can wear flared jeans.
- Dressing retro also includes ornamenting yourself with some nice accessories. Purchase some retro jewelry like retro charm bracelets, vintage necklaces and earrings, if it is within your budget. You might be able to get a good deal online or at thrift stores and garage sales. Online stores like Ebay and Etsy offer a nice variety of new and used retro jewelry pieces that cost from anything like $25-$200.
- Get a pair of shades. A pair of large shades would be just the thing to give you an instant retro look. If you take a look at old magazines and movies, you’ll find that the actresses and models sported large shades and also shades that were angular like cat eye sunglasses. Retro bags and shoes like pumps are also good for extra retro appeal. You can also buy faux fur and veiled velvet pill box hats, retro-vintage veiled hats, fedoras, and berets to complete your look.
Tips and Warnings
- To dress retro on a budget, look through your own wardrobe and see if you can modify some of your clothing to make them a little more retro. Even a simple t-shirt can be turned retro with a bit of fabric paint and creativity. If you are not much of seamstress, you can get a friend or relative to help you. You can also look through your parents’ and grandparents’ attics and closets, to discover retro clothing items and accessories.
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