|Retro Inspired Style|
From A-line mini dresses and circle skirts to retro frocks, polka dot outfits and bell bottom pants, if you are a vintage loving woman that loves to get many different uses out of a few pieces, you should have a few of these vintage-inspired styles that feature fun, whimsical prints that modern styles simply don’t have.
Retro fashion is a style which entails wearing clothes commonly used in the past but not many women are bold enough to dress back wearing clothing of a bygone era. Indeed, not every woman has the knack to carry off the vintage look and ‘wear it well’, particularly retro fashion.
Wearing this style is even a little more difficult to pull off than other vintage styles, especially those of the pre-60's era. This is because though retro styles were quite conservative by nature . . . no trims, frills or embellishments (faux pearls, sequins, etc...) typical of the early to mid-20th century, they are not elegant and chic enough for today’s special occasion wears.
Rather, the emphasis was more on prints, colours, and textures.
Skirts and dresses varied from the extremely short – the micro mini, to ankle length – the maxi. It was a time that fashion designers were open to a different form of experimentation and they were free-spirited enough to go “crazy” by “showing more skin than ever before”.
- Bell-bottom jeans
- Over-sized sunglasses
- Fedora hats
- Funky jackets
- Slim fit shirts
- Fly collars
- Block heeled footwear
- Low-rise and hipster pants
Famous Fashion Designers
Some of the famous designers of retro style include the following . . .
Retro Hairstyles and Make-UpIt’s difficult to talk about retro fashion without mentioning make-up and hairstyles of the time.
Make-up was generally heavy with a lot of emphases placed on the eyes which were heavily-lined and lips that were coated with bright and luscious red lipstick. Retro inspired fashionistas still wear much of this heavy make-up look.
Also, we mustn’t forget the dramatic hairstyles!
From the pulled back ponytails and duck-tails to pompadours that were "swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead (or up-swept around the sides and back), styles of hairdos were mainly made popular by silver screen actresses of the 1940s and 1950s.