Vintage and Retro Fashion Trends

Vintage dress Now that the new styles are hot off the catwalk, vintage fashion trends are upon us, and it's looking good. Knowing what to vintage items to buy this year can be a task, but rewarding if you get it right. To make life easy here is a guide to key vintage looks and what to buy;

English country ladies and gents

It's time to raid your grandparent's wardrobes, and channel your inner eccentric. Tweed overcoats and knee length skirts, quilting and wax jackets are big news in the fashion world. Hunting style clothing also works great too and vintage Barber jackets are a great buy if you manage to find one. Accessorize with a vintage cravat and waistcoat to add to the look.

Look out for vintage footwear such as lace up boots, riding boots, brogues and balmoral/oxford shoes. Pendleton, tartan Harris Tweed fabrics should also be right at the top of your list for vintage cool.

Style inspiration: Prince Charles

flirty fashion


This look is going to be huge towards Fall, so get hunting now whilst there are still bargains to be had. Velvet coats with tails for men along with lace up boots in dark shades of black and purple nail the look. Ladies should opt for elegant corsets, gothic lace and structured dresses in sumptuous fabrics. Team these with a pair of Victorian style lace up boots and you are off to a flying start. Don't go overboard though, a statement piece says 'style' yet too much says 'fancy dress'.

Style inspiration: Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd, Queen Victoria

Seventies diva

A hot vintage style for Spring, laid back looks come no better than this. Ditch the skinny jeans and let those legs loose in floaty wide leg pants and flared jeans/ bell-bottoms.

For must have accessories, you can't go wrong with tan leather and tassels right now. Keep an eye out for hand made, tooled leather bags. Vintage leather rucksacks and satchels are currently best sellers in the eBay vintage section, so be sure to keep an eye out for these too.

If footwear rocks your world then go crazy for vintage platforms, wedges and high heeled loafers. Complete the look with a floppy vintage fedora style hat and a knotted belt. Must have fabrics are crochet and macrame, so snap them up quick!

Style inspiration: Charlies Angels, Woodstock festival

Vintage fashion

Flirty fifties and sixties

Snap up full circle skirts for a flirty nod to the fifties. Wearing too much can make you look like an extra from Grease the musical, so keep it simple. As well as the rock and roll look, 50's elegance is also a style staple.

A classic Grace Kelly style bag, classic clutch, court shoes and fitted dress should also be sought out. Granny skirts will also be hitting the streets, go for a midi length and team with a pussy bow blouse to exude elegance. If this doesn't sound like the look for you, try a figure hugging wiggle dress for the ultimate in sexy sixties dressing.

Style inspiration: Stepford wives, Grace Kelly and Mad Men TV series.

Eighties Punk revival

You dont have to go out and shave your head or wear ripped tights to achieve this look. Simply find a good fitting vintage leather jacket to update your look. Those in bright colors are especially sought after. A vintage leather jacket can be a great investment because they can last for years to come. If it has lots of studs, it's bang on trend, if not, add them yourself later on. Should you have the figure, be daring and invest in some skinny vintage leathers, but remember, one piece at a time.

Style inspiration: Vivienne Westwood and the Sex Pistols punk band

These are just a few vintage ideas and with a bit of hunting you can snap up affordable fashionable clothing to complete your look.