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How To Combine Modern & Vintage Styles For One Throwback-Inspired Outfit

How To Combine Modern & Vintage Styles For One Throwback-Inspired Outfit

Style Merger

Feeling stuck in a fashion rut?

One simple way to get out of a funk is to look to the past.

As thrifters, we’re surrounded by amazing vintage styles just hiding out on the racks waiting for us to take them home.

But once they’re in your closet, it can be tough trying to merge the old styles with the current trends in your closet.

That’s where this post comes in handy as I navigate combining modern and vintage styles for one throwback-inspired outfit!

Everything Old Is New Again

Before you start putting together outfits, you should determine what kind of vintage you want in your closet.

Shopping for vintage clothes at secondhand stores can be a lot of fun but not all vintage is created equal.

When assessing pieces to add to your closet, try to find past trends that match the vibe of your closet.

If you normally wear neutrals and business casual, then a neon floral muumuu wouldn’t make much sense—as fabulous as it is to look at.

Everything old is new again so whatever you wear today was once a style of yesteryear! Try to find those styles and you’ll have a much easier time combining vintage with modern trends.

If price or sizing is an issue, focus on accessories with unique details, like a scarf or a statement necklace!

How To Combine Modern and Vintage Styles

To practice what I preach, I pulled out this vintage navy blue poncho with an abstract colorful pattern on it. It’s probably from the 1970’s but reminds me of one I wore as a kid back in the 1990s. It holds a lot of nostalgia for me!

Because I love color, this is a natural fit for my wardrobe. It wasn’t hard to find pieces that matched it! I went with a red turtleneck, a red beret, these outrageous flared denim jeans I got from Maurices last spring, and a pair of cognac stacked heel booties.

All the modern elements almost make you forget the poncho is from 50 years ago! (That felt weird to type lol)

hannah is smiling in front of a pink background. she's wearing a red beret, red turtleneck, vintage navy blue knit poncho, flared denim jeans, and cognac stacked heel booties

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WHAT I’M WEARING
Thrifted beret, poncho, and turtleneck, >$10 | Old Maurices/Kancan flared denim jeans | Old outlet store booties, $10

In Clothes-ing

There are no hard or fast rules to wearing vintage but this is a simple outline for getting started or, like I said at the beginning, to help you get out of a style rut.

What is your favorite decade to wear and how do you incorporate it with modern trends? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you enjoyed this post, please be sure to Pin it for later and send it to a friend who could use some inspiration.

hannah is smiling in front of a pink background. she's wearing a red beret, red turtleneck, vintage navy blue knit poncho, flared denim jeans, and cognac stacked heel booties


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