Vintage clothes have two things for them that new clothing does not: character and history. You can practically hear the story behind a piece like an old coat. And old clothes tend to have a feeling that most modern clothing cannot quite match. But vintage clothes do require a little more care than new clothes.

Vintage clothing is all the rage right now. Whether you are lucky enough to own a piece of vintage clothing or simply in love with the vibe of retro styles, vintage clothes are everywhere. Well, we found a few suggestions for you. The best place to start is by browsing thrift stores, flea markets, and vintage shops in your area. Without further ado, here are some tips for you to style your vintage clothes. 

Get clear on the decades you like

When it comes to styling vintage clothing, it is all about finding a look that fits you. That is why you might find that some decades appeal to you more than others—for example, the 1950s. The decade’s clean, streamlined aesthetic and conservative styles make it instantly appealing. And, since it is such an iconic time, there are tons of vintage clothing options from which to choose, from dresses to skirts to blouses. That is why you need to be particular and be clear if what decade you want to style for your vintage clothes. 

Decide if you want to mix modern style.

Our closets contain a mix of old and new for many of us, but that does not have to spell disaster for your style. With a few easy tricks for combining old and new, you can streamline your wardrobe, so all the pieces work together. Restyle vintage pieces in modern style, or swap in pieces you do not wear as much. Start by getting rid of anything you do not love. That could mean donating, selling, or tossing. Then, revisit your closet and shine a spotlight on your favorite pieces.

Start making mood boards.

Try your hand at making mood boards for your wardrobe. Think about the mood you want to create, and imagine you wearing your vintage pieces in your day-to-day life. Mood boards also make a great visual aid when trying to take your vintage clothing to the next level. For instance, if you are trying to style a vintage dress, you can cut pictures from fashion magazines that have a similar silhouette and hang them next to your dress for inspiration.

Retro style vs. true vintage finds in

While vintage and retro fashion styles often go hand and hand, there is a difference that stems from how the pieces are made and how they were worn. True vintage pieces were made in a time when clothes were hand-cut and sewn, often by older seamstresses or tailors, and may now be delicate to wear as they have been around for a long time. Retro items are not technically older pieces, they can be made in this day and age but are created to look like a different time period, e.g., the 70s, sort of like a replication. However, some classify retro as around 20 years old but no older than 40 years.

Add some personality to the style.

Talking about vintage clothing, the most important thing is that it should have a personality. Vintage clothes are more than just clothes, so vintage clothes have a soul as well. The vintage clothes are the symbol of an era, so people must be conscious when choosing the vintage clothes for themselves. The choice of vintage clothes depends on the person’s personality and how they want to look. They can style it with more modern pieces to give it a unique look.

The fashion world is constantly changing, so it is important we keep up with it. The vintage community has grown exponentially over the past two decades, unlike the old Hollywood starlets in the 20s and 30’s who rarely stepped out in anything other than designer gowns and designer heels. Now, vintage clothing has become a fashion staple for fashion-forward women and men alike, for everything from playdates to weddings to casual outings. These pieces do not need to be worn for a specific event, they can now have a place in everyday wear, which is great for people who like to experiment.