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How to Build a Vintage Capsule Wardrobe

How to Build a Vintage Capsule Wardrobe

Here at Joe Browns, we know a thing or two about vintage style. So, if you’re a fan of the golden era, then read on and learn how to build a vintage capsule wardrobe to equip you with stunning outfit combinations that are elegant, timeless and oh-so chic.

Romantic Retro Dresses

Every woman needs a vintage-inspired dress in her wardrobe. Look out for V or sweetheart necklines, capped shoulder sleeves and tuck pleats at the skirt to twirl the night away. You can’t go wrong with a classic all-over floral print. Other options are shirt dresses for a Land Girl-esque look or tea dresses for that delicate, feminine tea party vibe. With a couple of remarkable vintage dresses in your capsule wardrobe, you’re ready to take on the world!

Feminine Flirty Skirts

Skirts are a girl’s best friend, but if you want the vintage look, edge away from the floaty and floral options, as these give off a more bohemian look and can throw off your aesthetic. Opt for gingham, polka and tweed textures with a little structure. Both timeless prints, they give off an opulent edge while looking smart and trim.

Vintage-Inspired Trousers

Capri trousers are reminiscent of that 50s and 60s pin-up era and exude vintage vibes. The bright side is, you can pick any pattern you like and can wear capri pants in most kinds of weather! To create that wartime look when most of Britain’s workforce became women; slim, chic cargo pants or a pair of dungarees are a total hit.

Timeless Tops and Tunics

Choose a selection of tops from plain to patterned. This way, you can pair outfits seamlessly depending on what’s going on with the rest of your outfit. Think crisp, white shirts with lace detailing, statement collars, all-over ditsy prints and gingham styles to give off that vintage edge. Waterfall sleeves paired with block colours and floral patterning is always a winning combo!

Knit Layering

Balloon sleeves, lace detail and intriguing knit patterns are all the rage. Think home-crafted knit or crochet patterns that feel like they were made by the women of the 40s and 50s and chances are, you’re looking at a vintage-inspired style. The trick with knit patterns is that most women made their own clothing back then, so if the piece feels right, jump on it! A couple of pieces of knitwear can last years to come, so select wisely!

Sultry Shoes

When it comes to flats, brogues and patent leather are a match made in heaven. Timeless and oh-so classy, they can’t be snubbed from a capsule wardrobe. When it comes to going out-out with the gals, think sweet shoes with straps, T-bar shoes, kitten heels and mules. With a range of options to choose from, opt for a statement pair and a plain pair to carry out life’s adventures.

Beautiful Bags

Matching your bag to your shoes is the ultimate vintage statement. Opt for dainty, delicate designs and clutch bags to really elevate your retro look. For an everyday bag, canvas or leather crossover bags are your best friend. Durable and structured, this gives a cute, chic messenger look from times past – it's totally adorable. If you really want to make a statement, keep your eyes out for a classic tapestry or carpet bag to make a real impact.

Accessorise with Vintage Vibes

Brooches, pendants, stockings and frilly socks are your best friend when accessorising with a vintage style. Opt for cloche hats and bow headbands for that romantic retro look, and don’t forget to grab a satin scarf, poncho or wrap to make a true statement. Styling vintage has never been so easy!

And there you have it, the basics of creating a vintage capsule wardrobe to take you through each season for years to come. The best thing about vintage is that it never goes out of style, so you’re free to rock your unique personality with any number of vintage items. 

Take a look at our vintage styles to see if any inspire you, or tap into a gold mine of styling articles on our Inspiration Page. Plus, don’t forget to share your vintage capsule wardrobe looks on our Facebook and Instagram!

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