Rediscovering Retro: Incorporating Vintage Into a Modern Lifestyle

If you’re on TikTok, there’s a chance you’ve stumbled upon what is known as “Thrift Tok,” where you see what people buy and wear from thrift stores. Admittedly, it can be tricky to take a piece that could double as a Halloween costume and incorporate it into your everyday wardrobe, but that’s where we come in. Here are some tips for incorporating vintage pieces into a modern wardrobe.

Start Slow

If you aren’t sure where to begin, we have one word for you: accessories. Think: beaded handbags, silk destination scarves, over-the-top earrings, or brooches. These pieces can add a unique flair to your ’fit. Once you become comfortable with vintage accessories, you’ll want to expand your wardrobe.

Find Just the Right Piece

Once you’re ready to shop for vintage items, take the time to find a single piece that is perfect for you. Maybe this is a dress, a pair of bell-bottoms, or a graphic tee. Use this as your starting point to create an outfit. This way, your vintage piece is outnumbered by clothing and accessories you already know and love.

Look at The Quality

One thing you’ll notice about vintage clothing is that most pieces look good for being decades old, which means these pieces will stand the test of time.

Always Ignore Sizes

Don’t become frustrated when a vintage item in the size you typically wear doesn’t fit. In the past, clothes were manufactured differently and had little to no stretch. They’ve likely also been washed and dried many time. This is also why it’s important to try pieces on before buying them.

Mix and Match Eras

Who says you can’t wear an ’80s graphic tee with high-waisted trousers from the 1950s? As you become more comfortable with vintage clothing, you can experiment with pieces from various periods to create a look that is both old and new – it’s all about balance, after all.

Find a Good Tailor

Finding pieces that fit you just right can be challenging, so look for a tailor. Even minor alterations can make a dress feel made just for you. And when you feel comfortable in something, you’re more likely to go for it in your closet.

Keep Your Layers Basic

Wearing one vintage piece surrounded by modern layers is a simple way to incorporate vintage into your everyday wardrobe. For example, if you find a pair of bell-bottoms, pair them with a plain tee and pointed-toe slip-ons.

Do you have any tips for incorporating vintage pieces into your wardrobe? Share them with us in the comments below!

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