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Clothing for Women: Vintage Is In!



Never Say Never

Back in the day, anything that looked old fashion was considered outdated but not anymore. I remember growing up and laughing at how some dress styles were made which my Grandmother had in her closet. It’s funny how the clothing era comes around full circle again. I guess one can never say never when it comes to fashion styles. Just because the style occurred in a past era, doesn’t mean it can’t come back and resurface again. Take “Vintage” or Retro clothing for instance. I can’t help but picture in my mind a woman in a sequin dress wearing a hat or a headband with a flower on the side. Oh yes and can’t forget about the purse that matched the dress.

Then there’s the “Swing Pinup” dress.  This style of dress can be worn short sleeve, three-quarter length or even sleeveless. It has a small waist with a full swing at the bottom.  It was labeled/called a housewife party dress.  However, as time went on many versions of this dress was designed so it could be worn for several events or occasions.

Flapper Dresses

Now let’s not forget about those flapper dresses as they were popular in the vintage era. Women would wear them at Jazz concerts or for dancing. The younger women in the 1920’s worn them short while older women wore them longer. Back then when a woman dressed in this style she was making a bold statement. It was like her coming out party but at the same time, the look became fashionable.

Flapper Dress Colors:

  • Pastel Palette
  • Jade Green
  • Dusty Peach
  • Deep Pink
  • Red
  • Navy Blue/Medium Blue
  • Yellow
  • Light Grey
  • Sand Burnt Orange
  • Violet/Purple
  • Black

Fun Fact: The first women to wear a flapper dress was Zelda Fitzgerald. Now perhaps her name may not ring a bell, that’s okay. Try checking with your adult children as they may know the name from a Nintendo video game called Legend of Zelda (1986).

Here are some websites that give great tips on vintage attire:

How to Buy Vintage Clothing: A Complete Guide for Beginners

The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Vintage

How to Wear Vintage Clothing Without Looking Like You’re Wearing a Costume


What Age Should One Be to Wear Vintage Clothing

Now I know you are wondering what does Vintage clothing have to do with a certain age for a woman? Don’t worry, I’m going somewhere with this if you stay right here and keep reading my post. There’s no shame in my game, I’m in my late 40’s and I’m proud of it as age is nothing but a number. There’s no law stating once you hit 40 you have to stop looking your best. Now I will admit, I’m not trying to dress to look like I’m in my 20’s as that phase of my life is in the past. I’m enjoying the different styles of clothing available and yes, it has crossed my mind in purchasing some vintage clothing (or couture style) garments. Now I’m not saying you have to be in your 40’s in order to wear vintage clothing, far from it. In today’s time, vintage clothing is worn by all ages. There are so many ways one can wear vintage garments. Here’s a website called: Unique Vintage. This site has fashion styles from 4 different decades 1920’s 1950’s. If you have time take a few minutes to visit their site.


Vintage -or- Not Vintage

Now if you truly want to know if the clothing item is vintage, here’s a website that has 10 tips if it’s truly “Vintage or Not”. The vintage look has evolved and is keeping up with today’s fashion world. A dress or skirt that might have appeared old fashion, can as well be the latest fashion statement you see in a fashion show or on a runway. Now, remember I stated in the above paragraph what does vintage clothing have to do with Women over 40? Well absolutely nothing because a woman in her forties or any age (to be honest) can wear a vintage style if she so desires. It all depends on the look one has in mind.

You would be surprised to know there are many Vintage stores now available online. Oh, and don’t forget the nearest Consignment Shops or Theft Stores in your area as an option depending on your budget.


Look What’s On The Horizon This Fall For Fashion Styles

Which trend will you be wearing this fall?

Check Print Styles / Color Block Styles / 70’s Fashion / Boho Styles / Floral Prints / Black Floral Prints /Leopard / Hats / Puffy Jackets / Blanket Coats / Bold Prints

Are you ready to check out the latest fashion styles for the fall? Or even better, how about coming up with your own unique style? Take it from me, there’s nothing wrong in finding out what works for you. I know this post has been about Vintage clothing but find out which “Style” has your name written all over it. I found out it’s all about willing to take that step and try something totally different and new.

Take my first post for instance. I thought for a very long time my dresses had to be to my ankles no matter the season of the year. Now there’s nothing wrong with long dresses if that’s your style. As for me, I’m learning to have balance in all that I do. So why not try a new color or a pattern from the norm. Hey, you never know it just might look good on you! What’s that saying…you never know unless you try?


One Final Tip

I would like to leave you another avenue that can become useful in your fashion techniques. If you haven’t already, download “Fashion Apps” to your mobile devices. I know sometimes the pop-up notifications can be annoying at times. Heres what I like to do, I set aside a particular time towards the evening to view.  Make it convenient for you, when you’re able to unwind from your busy day. You want to be able to check out the latest fashion news & tips right at your fingertips.

Here’s a fashion mobile App that you might find helpful:

Tailor – Personal Stylist (4.8 Star Rating)

A personal stylist at your fingertips. Tailor connects you with a real-life professional stylist for free. Receive advice on how to style the clothes you already own or help you find a new-look altogether. Now you have to admit, this App just might save you a lot of time and energy in deciding on which outfit to wear – right?

I want to wish you all the very best in your fashion journey and enjoy the ride.  If you found this post helpful in any way, leave a comment below, thank you.






2 thoughts on “Clothing for Women: Vintage Is In!

  1. Well, I have to say, this is a very timely post as my wife and I have been going through OLD, photo albums with pictures of my great grandmother back in the 1940’s. These styles were all the rage back in those days and women dressed up for just about every occasion like you said.

    I do think it’s interesting to see how women can pull off this style in the modern day. Everything seems to come back in style, even short shorts for men these days (I am 100% against that LOL). Anyway, I wish you the best and I enjoyed reading your article.

    1. Thank you, Steve, I truly appreciate the feedback. I just wish I would have kept 1 or 2 of my grandmother’s vintage dresses she had stored in the back of her closet as they are truly in style now :).

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