Fashion always comes full circle (unless the look was hideous to begin with) and we’ve been seeing many retro influences in fashion as of late: ’40s bombshells, proper ’50s dresses, ’60s shifts, and lots of glam ’70s disco.
One of the great things about vintage styles is that outfits were cut for a more curvaceous woman, before the boon of ’80s athleticism. Another cost-effective factor is that if you get a retro-styled dress you can add authentic vintage accessories for cheap and look totally authentic. Check out our Five Great Retro Looks which utilize modern tailoring with practically one-of-a-kind vintage accessories.
Look: Diner Doll
Classic diner colors like teal, red, white, and black make this look extra ’50s. Pair that with a snug cardigan, a teal ’50s party dress, a vintage Chanel pin (almost like wearing your boyfriend’s class pin), and some red patent leather Mary-Janes.
ASOS pleat ’50s dress:
Red poppy cardigan from Cooperative:
Vintage ’50s Kelly Red handbag sold by Pistol Poppy:
Vintage Chanel pin:
Vintage teal ’50s-style sunglasses sold by Diver:
Red school girl Mary Janes from Pleaser:
Look: Blushing Burly Girl
When the burlesque/swing dancing trend started, everyone thought it was a passing fad, but the ’40s-era retro stylings popular with buxom burlesque girls held a fast appeal for those looking for a more girlie way of dressing their curves.
Skin-tight pastel pink, pink ruffled t-strap pumps, Cuban heeled stockings, and a dramatic headpiece are the perfect way to let out your inner glamazon.
’40s screen vixen starlet dress from Pin-Up Girl Clothing:
Vintage ’40s corde scalloped handbag sold by Thrush:
Black arrow head fascinator from ASOS:
Vintage white ’40s earring sold by BagsNBling:
Cuban heel stockings from Vintaga:
Betsey Johnson ruffled t-strap pumps:
Look: Mod Noir
The 1960s had a wide range of styles with a more classic look in the early ’60s, the London Mod influence in the mid ’60s, and the hippie influence in the late ’60s. Combine those three looks with a little black lacey shift dress evocative of the mod movement, fringed black suede boots for a glam hippie vibe, and a perfect ’60s tassel necklace.
Add some black liquid eyeliner and a light pink gloss and you are ready to go swinging.
ASOS mod ’60s black lace shift dress:
Vintage mod ’60s tassel necklace sold by Caraway Cache:
Vintage ’60s gold foil clutch sold by TipsyNumber9:
Vintage ’60s ring Designer Signed UNCAS Modernist Gold Cocktail Ring sold by ChezVous:
Jeffrey Campbell Wildchild in black fringe suede:
Look: Disco Angel
Whether you are heading out for fancy cocktails or a long night of dancing, this pure white look with dashes of disco ball silver is a perfect way to shine. The modern Halston Heritage dress looks like something straight out of the ’70s and is a perfect example of how “normal” sizes can fit the plus-size woman.
Combine sky high heels and dramatic jewelry and all eyes will be one you!
Halston Heritage white one-shoulder ’70s disco dress:
Vintage ’70s chandelier earrings sold by Ayek8:
Vintage disco ball bracelet sold by RedAvaDesigns:
Vintage white ’70s bag sold by Room222Vintage:
Jeffrey Campbell Skyroom heels:
Whether you are going to homecoming or a fall wedding, this autumnal toned ’50s “prom” dress from ASOS Curve will fit into the fading leaves perfectly.
Military green espadrilles are like drying grass while the golds in the purse and the cheeky “Going Steady” necklace will add touches of elegant glamour.
ASOS Curve ’50s prom dress:
Going Steady necklace by Grigio:
Marc Jacobs espadrille wedges:
Whiting and Davis gold mesh purse sold by niouniou: