Are you looking for a way to add some retro chic to your wardrobe?
Retro and vintage fashion is something we all can admire. Lots of girls fawn over cute polka-dot dresses, flapper headbands, and beaded necklaces. However, some don’t feel confident enough to wear them, worrying that they’ll end up looking like they’re in costume.
Whether you’re looking to make a subtle addition to dress up a casual outfit, or create the finishing touches to a fully-fledged vintage look, we’ve got just what you need.
Read on for a selection of retro accessories that every girl should have.
1. Lapel Pins
Enamel pins have come back, as have sew-on and iron-on patches.
The rise of Etsy means there’s an endless amount of cute crafts to buy online from independent sellers, and artsy pins have flourished there. It’s undoubtedly the best place to buy them.
Whether you want to add a little decoration or make a political statement, you can do it with a pin. If you’re not sure how to wear them, don’t worry. You can use them to dress up a denim jacket or add them to shirt collars, bags, and hats to show off your own unique style.
Headbands add a retro flair to any outfit. If you have no idea how to tie bandanas or headscarves, they’re a great fix, too. This is because some of them have wires inside, which makes it easy to simply bend them around your head and fix by twisting at the top.
A headband is a great way to add some color to vintage pin-up hairstyles. To complete the look, add some over-sized sunglasses.
3. Wide-Brimmed Floppy Hats
These are perfect for summer.
A wide-brimmed floppy hat adds instant 70’s boho chic. It looks perfect with maxi dress and offers great sun protection, too!
You don’t need to retire it when the weather gets colder, though. It also works when thrown together with a trendy trenchcoat and boots.
Hollywood starlets made strong fashion statements with turbans in the 1920’s, and they’ve continued to be popular since then. In fact, turbans have made several comebacks. We just can’t get enough of them!
It’s not just because of how stylish they are, but also because of their practicality. If you want to keep your hair up and out of the way, don’t have time to wash it, or are just having trouble getting it to cooperate, a turban works wonders. There’s no trendier way to cover up a bad hair day.
This is a bold look and it takes some confidence to pull off. Make it glamorous with some red lipstick and a faux fur shrug, wear with some fancy costume jewelry, or simply use it as a way to add some color to your outfit.
5. Round Glasses
Figuring out what type of glasses work best with your face shape is hard, but thankfully, retro round glasses look great on everyone!
They’re not just for Harry Potter! You can make them look good, too. If you’re a little more daring, you could even try some cat-eye glasses.
A parasol is one of the best retro accessories that you didn’t know you needed.
There are tons of gorgeous designs out there, some with delicate lace and ruffled edges, and others with floral patterns. The best ones have a wooden handle to make them look truly authentic.
7. Patterned Tights
Patterned tights give a new lease of life to a boring old skirt or dress, and look great with both heels and pumps.
There are polka dots, zig-zags and flowers, just to name a few. You could even get yourself some tights with patterns that make it look like you have stockings and suspenders on.
Chokers have made a comeback in a big way, and if you haven’t gotten yourself a few by now, you’re missing out.
There was a time when they were considered best left in the 90’s, but that’s all changed. Now, just about everyone is wearing them.
One of the most popular types of choker at the moment is a delicate bow style. If that’s not your thing, you can keep it minimalist with a simple black velvet choker, or add a little extra with a pendant. Metallic chokers are another option and look great with party dresses.
You can mix and match them by layering them with longer necklaces, too. That will create more depth and a more interesting look.
9. Leatherette Clutches
A clutch bag helps you carry your valuables in style and pull off a classic retro look at the same time.
The good news is there’s a whole range of shapes to choose from, so you can find the one that fits you best. There are envelope clutches, fold-over clutches, button-up and zip-up kinds, and more. Some of them have a small handle or strap as well, so you can throw them on your shoulder when you’re tired of holding them.
10. Costume Jewelry
This is one of the most important retro accessories out there. Costume jewelry is great because it can dress up an outfit to give it some more personality or make it more glamorous, but it’s completely inexpensive.
That means you don’t have to break the bank to get hold of some. You could even have a whole selection of pieces at the ready for all occasions.
Faux pearls, clip-on earrings, over-sized rings, vintage pendants, sparkly brooches, you name it. There’s a whole world of choice.
Retro Accessories for the Modern World
Retro accessories are great for creating classic pin-up looks.
Celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Pink and Dita Von Teese have been rocking this look for years, and with these additions to your wardrobe, you can too. Start adding some of them to your everyday outfits and you’ll soon be on your way to looking like a retro goddess.
For more information on how to put the entire look together, see our post on how to master your pin up look.