How to Wear Vintage Clothing

Fashion and style are all about expressing yourself.  What better way is there than through your clothing?  One of the keys to expressing yourself through fashion is unique pieces.  Learn how to wear vintage clothing, and you’ll find unique pieces everywhere.


Not all of us are able to afford a high-fashion wardrobe, even if we so desire. Fortunately, vintage and “old school” styles of clothing are back in full swing nowadays. These are trends that are typically scored at a second hand or thrift store, but even at retail price vintage clothes can really be worth the penny to get the perfect look for your workplace.  I’m sure you’re saying “I don’t know how to wear vintage clothing, though.”  The trick is to find vintage clothing that fits your body perfectly.

How to Wear Vintage Clothing

To begin, when it comes to creating a wardrobe that suits you best, it might be wise to keep in mind longevity of the life of the clothing. You’ll also want to consider how long it may be in style if it isn’t a completely timeless piece. Vintage clothing tends to be of a higher quality material (though not all the time) and the look is almost always coming back in style, especially if its something from the 1960s to today—barring, in most instances almost anything from the 1980s. Acquiring unique vintage clothing pieces for your wardrobe will give you an edge that no one else will likely have. That’s because vintage clothing is usually unique and hard to find. Keeping your personal style fresh and interesting with wardrobe options from another era isn’t just for the weekends anymore.

how to wear vintage clothing

Another way to wear vintage clothing, and really stand out in the right way at your office is by finding vintage and classic styles that fit you perfectly. If you are worried about the clothes fitting just right, maybe it’s time to think about investing in a tailor. For example, if you are a petite woman and you find a gorgeous 1950s hostess dress that doesn’t fit quite right, have it altered on the cheap to make the dress one of your new all-time favorites. Tailors are talented artists in many ways—these clothing magicians can change your secondhand finds so they fit you perfectly. It’s a matter of taking the time to find a reputable tailor and deciding that you’re worth the extra couple of dollars it takes to maintain a great impression in the workplace. Find a good tailor and they’ll become your best friend.


Don’t think that because you’re not a size 8 that you can’t wear vintage clothing.  Vintage styles are also a secret weapon for plus-size beauties. Tea dresses from the 1940s are perfect for women who are size 16 and up because of their delicate look and loose fit. It’s a good idea to remember to pick clothing options that are going to follow the natural shape of your unique body. If you are a voluptuous woman, don’t be afraid to utilize these timeless vintage looks to emphasize your natural beauty. Accentuate your waist if you are a woman with an hourglass shape. Pencil skirts that were once hugely popular in the 1950s are a superb way to show off while staying classy.



Likely the greatest thing about vintage clothing options is that they appeal more to the true feminine shape. These days, clothing styles and materials are not always conducive to every woman’s body type. When you go back in time and wear vintage clothing, you will make a great impression at work. You will also be allowing yourself the freedom to be exactly who you are while staying within your budget and not breaking any office clothing rules.

Do you wear vintage clothing?  What are your favorite ways to wear vintage clothing?

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  1. Julie Wood says

    I have a few pieces of vintage clothing. I really like to take a vintage dress and put and nice pair of heels with it and dress it up with accessories. I make the vintage piece I am wearing be the show piece and use accessories to make it pop!

  2. Marti Tabora says

    I really love vintage looks and these look great. I have often found some great vintage clothing at thrift stores.


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