I have an extensive retro wardrobe, because I love the style and require a wardrobe of all sizes for my photography business. Maybe you want to build a little wardrobe for yourself, but don’t know where to begin.
There are many companies that sell reproduction pieces; Retro Lovely, Pin Up Girl Boutique, Modcloth, etc. Honestly, just google retro clothing or pin up clothing and the sites go on and on, like this run on sentence. Hey, I’m no English teacher.
You can also check out vintage clothing stores, but from what I have found the clothing is either in poor condition ( it is 65+) years old afterall, or it’s in great shape and extremely expensive.
You can always go crazy ( like batshit crazy…. I’m not gonna let this chick , who does she think she is anyways, outbid me) on Ebay. I have had some luck on Ebay, but again the true vintage pieces go for a lot of money and are sometimes too fragile for everyday use.
Sooooo…. Then there are the Goodwills, consignment stores, and Salvation Army type stores…. you have to be careful but you can sometimes find some great items. I will share some tips on building a chic retro wardrobe for cheap!!
First of all, look for pieces that are timeless, for example. The classic “Audrey” black sheath dress or pencil skirts.
Keep in mind, you are looking to recreate a vintage wardrobe so look for- pastels, pleats, higher waisted, cap sleeves, higher necklines, collar shirts, etc.
Also, keep an eye out for accessories that add to the style- scarves, belts, purses, pins, pearls, etc.
the pleats, color and price (4.99) of this skirt was perfect. Although not truly vintage, it does add vintage style to a wardrobe.
These two shirts were perfect as well, notice the pearls and neck style of the black shirt is very “Audrey” and the keyhole neckline with bow on the pink sweater. Both are the right color, style, and fabric to add a vintage flair.
Another thing to look for, are vintage prints. Polka dots, gingham check ( think grannys old red and white table cloth), small floral prints, stripes, plaid. This shirt was a score because it truly is vintage. Check out that lace doily accent. I think I said EEK out loud in the store.
As the old saying goes…. what goes around, comes around…. lol Look out for popular designers who have brought back vintage inspired trends. See the pleats, color and polka dots on this Ann Taylor skirt.
An outfit can go from modern to vintage with just a few accessories;
I found this adorable scarf ( helllllooo anything monogramed -think Laverne & Shirley) and these cute spring shoes (gingham print wedge heels).
Denim never goes out of style, so this cute red piped denim dress was a must have, the bow and piping make this event more vintage lovely. Look how well it will pair with the shoes!!!!
Best of all I got this stuff for $23.17….. whoop whoop!
One more thing…… 40s/50s/60s styles were more conservative than SOME of us are now. (cough, cough Miley Cyrus) So think knee length skirts and higher collars. Leave your best assets to the imagination….. unless you’re going for the “Marilyn” look, then flaunt what got!
Most importantly ……pearls & red lips. Don’t leave home without it!
Does anyone else think a curse word seems nicer coming out of red lips??
xo- Painted Pin Up