Whether you’re attending a retro-themed party, you miss the good ol’ days, or you just like the vibes, dressing vintage is always a fun way to style.

However, finding vintage clothes can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take to dress and look like you were from any decade.

Let’s talk about how to dress vintage, whether you were there for it or not!

How To Dress Vintage: Do Inventory

See what clothes you already have from the period you’re looking for, or at least what resembles it. Before you buy anything new, check out if you have some clothes you can work with.

If you have a denim or leather jacket, you can turn these into some retro clothes like nothing. If you want to know how to dress like you’re from the ’80s, see if you have a modern feel to anything in your wardrobe and work with that.

Pick A Time Period

The word “vintage” covers a lot of ground, so you need to pick the time you’re going for. You can check out some clothes from the rock era, or fashion in the 80s, or whatever style you like.

Do Your Hair And Makeup To Fit The Image

Although some of the readers may not consider it vintage, let’s stick with the ’80s.

Now, if this is for one day, a mullet probably isn’t going to be your best bet. That’s right, break out the curling iron and the hairspray! We’re making volume!

Assuming you don’t want to spend the money on a permed bob or shave your sides (which you totally should if you want to) then the best options are the shag or the braided half-up.

For your makeup, be sure to put extra color around your eyes, really accentuate those cheekbones, and make those lips pop!


Whatever you do, don’t forget your leg warmers, fingerless gloves, scrunchies, and the largest earrings you can find. These should as colorful as possible if you want to look in style. Bright neon colors are ideal, but just looking around at ’80s Pinterest accessories should give you some ideas.

Layer Up!

The ’80s were known for wearing a lot of clothes, and you may feel overdressed when you wear them. Put layers on, and don’t worry about looking bulky. If your shoulders don’t look wide, you’re doing it wrong!

Save Up

If you enjoy dressing vintage, or if you think you’ll attend more vintage events, then start collecting the clothes and accessories you acquire! There’s nothing wrong with finding a style you like, and you’ll be glad you did!

Have Fun

Now that you know how to dress vintage, the most important part of it is to have fun with it. Keep up to date on our latest fashion trends and go show off your vintage skills to the world!

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