A Vintage Winter

This is a guest post by Sara. You can read about her at the end of this post. 🙂

Vintage details are always in fashion with some adaptation applied to the concept every season. If you are hooked on vintage and thrift shopping is on your mind for this fall – winter season then this post might be really helpful. Here are some shopping tips and trendy vintage picks from Sara to channel your inner vintage chic side.
This season with vintage still a hot look, here’s how you can bring a bit of classic vintage style to your work-wear wardrobe this winter.

All about Curves – 
  • Peplum Power – Peplum dress is the most versatile and flattering piece to be seen wearing, offering you a shaped and cinched waist – harking back to the sophisticated glamour of the 40s and 50s. If you pair this up with some so on trend kitten heels, you are ready to go!

 Jason Wu, Etro, Lanvin

  • Just Belt it – What’s better to highlight your feminine curves than a belt?! Many belt styles are on revival this season, from minimal to ornamental belts. Make sure you pair your belt with your dress or shirts in a way to provide an elongated silhouette and define your waist. Experiment with different looks and contrasting colors to add a touch of personal style. Try styling belts with heels, a blouse and a few accessories for a dressy chic look or a cotton top and some statement jewelry for a more casual stylish outfit. Also, don’t be afraid of using sharp colors!

Rodarte, Cacharel, Monique Lhuillier and Cacharel

  • Pencil skirts – Pencil skirts are also on revival and we have seen so many on the runway for this fall season. There is nothing more flattering to the women’s body than a long well-fitted retro pencil skirt. They are perfect for any occasion, from casual to dressy and offices wear. The right choice for the occasion depends on the color, prints and how you match them with the rest of your outfit.

     DVF,  Etro, Gucci

    Accessories –
    Vintage accessories are everywhere on the high street. Here are few accessories to get that vintage look.
    • Glove like a lady – Glove like a lady with a pair of leather, suede or satin gloves. Re-invent the Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe style for a unique look. Gloves, very popular first in the 20´s and then in the 50´s are definitely coming back in many different lengths from “shorties” (up to the beginning of the wrist) to 23 inches of fabulous length for the famous Opera lady look.

    Missoni, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Cacharel

    • Lady in Scarf –  Scarf is another item you can add to your fall / winter wardrobe. Scarves tied with a scarf ring add an instant vintage appeal. 

    Etro ,Karen Walker, Carolina Herrera and Celine

    • All that Glitters  –  The return of stretch jewellery works really well over long gloves, providing a comfortable and tailor-made fit whilst adding a bit of glamour. Another way to add that vintage glamour?  Brooches and pins! Brooches are definitely the most versatile and feminine jewellery for all ages. Those on the revival stage include: pearl, novelty, plastic, sterling silver, gold, filigree and gemstones. They can be used to dress up a sweater or a casual outfit, or pinned to scarves, jackets and hats. You can go for art deco, art nouveau or victorian based jewelry. Art Deco jewelry, with their geometric, Egyptian and oriental influences are perfect statement pieces to add for an elegant vintage appeal to any look. Vintage brooches are usually very fragile, so pay attention when wearing and storing them! 
    Bottega Veneta, Rodarte, Oscar De Le Renta, Ralph Lauren

    • What’s in the bag – Quilted and textured flap bags in IT colours such as Burgundy, honey gold, tangerine tango and olympian blue are popular this season. These bags, with their lady-like and royal look are a “must have” for this fall / winter season. The preferred designers for this kind are of course Chanel, Fendi and Louis Vuitton but cheaper vintage pieces by other “less popular” brands can be found on ebay and etsy. Make your choice carefully for your style success. 

    Rebecca Minkoff, Chanel, Miu Miu, Fendi 
    • Hats off Woman –  Hats are also a must!  Plenty of vintage looks were seen on the catwalk recently (see pics below). For a luxury take, keep yourself warm with a faux fur style or go for a classic fedora, which works with pretty much any outfit. Cloche hats look great with leather gloves and a trench coat and is a fantastic look for the winter season. Originally from the early 20thcentury, this hat can transform any outfit in to a vintage  look. Hats are a perfect adornment for both dressy and casual wear. Another cool vintage vibe comes this year from 70s floppy hats. Dropping down to frame the face, these stylish hats are perfect for a sexy retro look.

       Nicole Miller, Nicole Miller, Cacharel, Ralph Lauren, Ruffian, Rachel Zoe

    Darling in Color – A subtle splash of colour can really wake up a drab winter outfit (see pictures below). The obvious way to go is with some simple, sparkling accessories. If you prefer to keep it simple then a dash of red lippy is perfect for a timeless look.

    Karen Walker, Ralph Lauren, Rodarte and Ruffian

    Shopping Tips –
    If you like a bargain, check out thrift stores and other second-hand clothing places for retro bags and jewellery. You never know what you might just snap up a designer bargain fresh from the past. 
    Love Internet shopping?  Check out these websites for your vintage buys:
    The thrifts hopper and Savers helps you find local stores in your area.
    With digital times, finding your thrifty deals is even easier. If you use your smart phone for shopping then try Etsy app to shop vintage pieces or Thrift Buddy app to find thrift stores located near you.
    My 3 top personal tips to all the thrift shoppers out there are:
    Return often – you never know what the new arrivals might be.
    Take Your Time – thrifting requires time and patience. You need to be willing to scout for your perfect piece.
    Be creative – when you see things hanging submerged in a multitude of clothes, it is hard to see whether you will like them. Try them on, think about how you could match them with what is already there in your closet. And most of all, use creativity to match and create unique outfits!

    Now that is the way to do Vintage Style!

    Written By – Sara 
    Collages by – Heel in Mint

    Author Bio
    Sara is a fashion and lifestyle writer in the UK for Miinto  (See her Linkedin Profile here). She has a bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Management (From Milan´s Bocconi university) and a master’s degree in International Business from Copenhagen Business School. After discovering a love for all things vintage, she regularly blogs about vintage style tips to help you add a touch of vintage to your wardrobe one tip at a time!

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    “I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.” 
     Karl Lagerfeld

      25 comments for “A Vintage Winter

    1. November 2, 2012 at 3:56 am

      sara chose some great looks. i adore thrift store & vintage shopping. i think i want to buy my 70’s inspired floppy hat brand new though. 🙂

      • November 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        Why not floppy hat? I know you love thrift shopping so I’m sure you have a good reason there. 🙂

    2. November 2, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Gorgeous pictures! Fantastic dresses,and styled beautifully,your red’s dress cute!…Workwear

    3. November 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      sara, this was SUPERB! i love vintage fashion and i’m happy to see it back on the runway and people’s closets. it was a treat looking at all of this designerwear! excellent post 🙂

      • November 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        Thanks for the comment Kim! I agree, she did a great job on this post. 🙂

    4. November 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Wow….. Beautiful vintage winter outfits … Love those handbags and hats, and fantastic team effort from you and sara.

    5. November 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      I agree fully. I love that about this winter, my style always was on the classic and vintage side so this year is like a special treat! My favorite are the high waisted pencil skirts!

    6. November 4, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Always love vintage fashion!! Will definitely need to do more vintage shopping 🙂 Such a great post!!

      The Closet 365

    7. November 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Felicidaes por esta entrada y por ponernos al dia de la moda y de las nuevas tendencias.

    8. November 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Great guest post and I couldn’t agree more about all the picks by Sara, I love the ‘glove like a lady’ and definitely need a pair. Also that pencil skirt with the red belt is so stylish!


    9. November 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Great post. I love feminine vintage pieces. I love the peplum, the gloves, and the hats.

    10. November 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

      very nice vintage pieces! I totally adore esp. the hats

      Inside and Outside Blog

    11. November 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Great post, I love a bit of vintage and have to say am totally embracing the peplum trend.


    12. November 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Amazing post!! 🙂

      xx Viola

    13. November 7, 2012 at 5:07 am

      Fantastic post! I love the classic lady like trends!

    14. November 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

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    15. November 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

      Great guest post! Love vintage. x

      <3 Melissa

    16. November 8, 2012 at 2:39 am

      I love it so much.

    17. November 16, 2012 at 1:54 am

      I love vintage fashion and these photos are such an inspiration. LOVE

      <3 Marina

    18. November 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

      I would love a ladylike bag for me this Christmas, from me to me:)

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