Then and Now: Vintage Trends Making a Comeback
Behind the Design
- Aug 16, 2019
A few things never go out of style – structured silhouettes and classic prints. The presentation may change, but the essence of these retro fashion staples returns to the runway year after year. ‘80s wear offers an updated version of bold shoulders with sharp jackets in contemporary fabrics for a timeless feel. The ‘90s contribute our favorite prints, playful tweeds, and timeless florals adorning modern shapes and matching sets. Explore the revival of vintage trends featuring ‘80s and ‘90s wear, and learn tips to integrate the looks into your everyday wardrobe.
Updated ‘80s Glamour
While bold vintage looks are all over the runway, the question lies in how to incorporate them in everyday life. To avoid looking like you stepped straight out of a former decade, balance a single vintage-inspired piece with a contemporary foundation. Embrace the bold looks of the ‘80s with a sharp-shouldered jacket, then soften the ensemble with a tailored cigarette pant and understated flats.
Play up the decade's lively side with statement prints for a unique evening look. A zebra print dress lends the eye-catching style that's a hallmark of ‘80s wear, while a contemporary cut keeps the outfit feeling grounded and elegant. Finish off the ensemble with subtle modern accessories, like simple black heels and a small clutch, for a night-out look that balances attitude with sophistication.
Beloved ‘90s Prints
A playful print is a perfect way to add an effortless vintage accent to any look. Explore larger signature pieces like abstract floral pants, or keep it subtle with a delicate printed silk scarf. Pair statement printed ‘90s wear with a neutral foundation for a balanced outfit that feels vintage without being overwhelming.
A neutral color palette offers a solution for creating retro-inspired looks with modern influence. Bright florals and animal prints can feel overwhelming, while earth tone interpretations of the same prints create a unique contemporary ensemble. The neutral hues with classic designs create a vintage-inspired look that's appropriate for modern professionals.
Tips for Everyday Vintage
Explore the playful side of your wardrobe by mixing a little retro fashion into your everyday ensembles. These simple tricks from our style experts offer effortless solutions for choosing your favorite vintage styles and pairing them with your current designs.
Pick Your Palette
When you're exploring your favorite ‘90s prints, opt for designs that pair well with your existing wardrobe pieces. Not only are you more likely to wear colors you already own and love, but it’ll also be easier to layer complementary vintage and modern pieces to create balanced ensembles.
Find a Vintage Print in a Modern Cut
For an updated retro style, choose a single vintage element to highlight, and balance the look with contemporary foundations. For example, wear a 90s printed dress with a modern tailored fit, or pick a structured ‘80s jacket made from an elegant gray knit. When in doubt, choose vintage printed pieces cut in a modern silhouette that feels at home in today's setting.
Choose a Focal Point
Even with the most elegant designs, full vintage looks can risk looking like a costume. Instead, choose a single retro piece to be the focal point of your ensemble. Pair a delicate vintage blouse with tailored trousers, or accent your vintage printed dress with a sleek blazer and simple accessories. The subtle foundation highlights the key piece, drawing the eye to your unique style without feeling overwhelming.
Play with Vintage Accessories
Dip your toe into the retro trend with an exploration of accessories. A delicately embroidered handbag or printed silk scarf adds the perfect vintage touch while pairing well with any contemporary ensemble. Accessories also give you the opportunity to explore your favorite elements of the trend before committing to larger pieces. If you find that a floral scarf becomes a favorite piece, take the next step and embrace a floral printed blouse for bolder vintage trends.
With these simple styling tips, you can incorporate ‘80s and ‘90s fashion into your everyday wardrobe with a modern twist. Create your own vintage-inspired style today.