Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

Vintage Rules

OK, for today, a little visual inspiration:

wear vintage, mix decades

Wearing a mix of vintage clothes, and wearing them with confidence

And a few more thoughts on modern ways of wearing vintage.


Clothes that fit well are much easier to wear.  Take the time to find a good seamstress, or alter clothes yourself to create a  look that works for you. Be sure to hem pants and skirts to a proper length for your body and style.

Besides a proper fit, you can give an old garment new life by bringing it into the present. A beautiful maxi skirt can easily become a more wearable knee-length one. Shoulder pads screaming 80s boardroom? Snip them out.

Tweak a vintage piece to make it work for your current life

tailored vintage dress

A well tailored vintage dress

Balance                                                                                                                                                                                     Mix a 50s button down shirt with modern trousers , or a 60s shift dress with chic, modern pumps. Peppering your everyday clothes with one-of-a-kind vintage pieces builds intrigue and style.

A wedding or a big night out calls for more daring looks. For special events, you can wear vintage from top to toe. A strapless cocktail dress from the 50s looks perfect paired with vintage rhinestone earrings and a sparkly clutch for a big event.

Or wear just one knock out vintage evening piece and keep everything else (hair, accessories) super simple.

vintage strapless evening dress

Vintage strapless evening dress


I think Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias said it best: “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”

Jeans and a tee or a simple  dress  can go from blah to bling with vintage accessories. A single vintage statement piece, like bold tortoiseshell sunglasses, a big 80’s jacket or a seventies “ethnic” boho necklace makes everything else pop.

My personal fave:  an eye catching rhinestone pin on a basic black cardigan or jean jacket. Yeah.

vintage accessories

Vintage accessories

Mix Decades

Don’t be afraid of mixing a 1970s caftan with chunky 1940s bangles. Style transcends era. Dressing in one entire decade might look like you are wearing a costume rather than adding cool elements to your outfit. To keep everything looking fresh and interesting, mixing it up is the way to go.

hem a vintage maxi skirt

Hem a mod maxi skirt and wear it with a mix of  pieces

Wear what you love

Regardless of decade, style or age, wearing pieces you love is the key to being comfortable in your own skin. When you love what you wear, you get an instant dose of confidence. No one looks like you, which is an awesome thing. You can express what is unique and wonderful by what you wear and how you put it together.

vintage caftan worn in a modern style

Vintage caftan worn with modern hair & sunglasses

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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