How to get the vintage look (part 7): Fashion

Dreamy vintage style is the best – there’s nothing like finding the perfect skirt in a charity shop or raiding your local vintage store for a unique sparkly something to wear to the Christmas party. And adding a vintage twist to your everyday outfit is the perfect way to perk up the clothes you already have. Have a look at these oh-so-retro ideas…

1. Accessorise…

Start with something simple. A second-hand embroidered bag is the perfect way to sling your stuff, while some co-ordinating tights and a glimpse of petticoat adds a little vintage edge to your look.

2. Cardi cool

Next to woolly tights, cardigans are the Mollie team’s fave way to keep cosy on chilly autumn days. Trying a little trim or embroidery adds a thrill to your run-of-the-mill cardi. We love a peek of collar too as on this sweet outfit from Finding Femme.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not knit your own winter warmer? We love the delicate Honeyblossom cardigan from the knitting legends at Loop.

3. Belt up

How about a little belt? Cinch your waist with a pretty vintage belt to add a pop of colour with a nod towards that retro silhouette. Polka dots and sunny yellow always a plus too.


4. Tie to die for

Keep the style from head to toe with a headscarf. Stitch up your own with a lace trim or tie a vintage scarf around your hair for a touch of land girl chic. Add some hoop earrings for gypsy magic. Try plenty more scarf ideas here.


5. Collar cuteness

Try a simple vintage twist with a Peter Pan collar. This cute DIY from blogger The Sun Was High turns an old doily into a little something special, which will perk up your knits in no time.


6. Get into your stride

Feeling inspired to make your own? The gorgeous Clover trousers from pattern supremos Colette are just the ticket for creating your own Sixties beatnik or Fifties rock ‘n’ roller look.

7. Swirl girl

Or how about making your own swing dress? This versatile Fifties-style fave from Gertie is perfect for all the dancing you’ll be doing these holidays – or get ready for spring with a gingham or polka dot fabric.


8. Brogue beauties

Don’t forget your feet! Brogues are pretty much essential to the vintage look – why not turn a pair of plain kicks into some retro-style saddle shoes with this cute DIY?


8. Modern miss

Lots of modern makers out there take inspo from fashions of the past to create something fresh. We love these floral Forties-style frocks from Plum & Pigeon and Backtrack.



10. The real deal

Of course, you might just want to pick up some second-hand lovelies yourself. Try Beyond Retro, Oxfam or Etsy sellers like the divine xMotherx.

See the full How to get the Vintage Look series