The Vintage fashion: 10 vintage fashion styles that can fit into our modern lifestyles
When we talk about vintage, we seldom mention “practical”! It’s either too extravagant, dull, baggy, extreme, or sometimes even bizarre!
Such an opinion is understandable. Over history, fashion has evolved through numerous factors like technology, occupation of people, societal norms, wars and earth-shattering events, weather conditions, etc. So, from a modern perspective, understanding vintage fashion styles is a little difficult.
But here’s something interesting! If you study the history of the vintage fashion along with significant social events, you’ll find plenty of styles that are relevant even today.
I have compiled 10 styles from women’s vintage fashion styles that can fit well with most modern lifestyles. Some of these styles have already gained popularity amongst various fashion influencers. Even so, there is great scope to modify and blend these into different outfits. They are as follows:
- Puff sleeves:
The puff sleeves we know of were first seen in the late 1890s. They had evolved from the more conservative leg-o-mutton sleeves. While leg-o-mutton sleeves were more restrictive, uncomfortable, and to some, bizarre-looking, puff sleeves were freer and breathable.
This vintage fashion provided scope for easy arm movement and simultaneously added a pretty, feminine touch. Puff sleeves in modern outfits do not obstruct functionality and can be adopted in many outfits.
- Fluted skirts:
While hobble skirts of the 1900s can be seen as extreme, restrictive, mermaid fashion, a similar style can be great for your wardrobe. Fluted skirts have a body-hugging silhouette that has a flounce at the hem. It has a softer shape than hobble skirts and gives a subtle mermaid look. This vintage fashion style is a great choice for sundresses, evening gowns as well as workwear skirts.
- Choker necklaces:
Chokers were seen as sexually suggestive for most centuries in western fashion. However, they were popularized as royal fashion by Tsarina Alexandra in the late 1890s. These vintage fashion women chokers were embellished with pearls and diamonds.
Now, imitating 130-year-old royal fashion today would sure be funny! However, faux diamond and pearl chokers can be a great adornment for modern evening dresses. Even without the gems, a simple gold or silver-toned choker is a chic option.
- Midi dresses:
The women’s shift towards freedom in the 1920s popularized midi dresses over the restrictive full-length ones. This was a style that stayed for decades. In the present decade, dresses either stay above the knee or go all the way down.
In comparison with the former options, vintage fashion of midi dresses are the most functional and practical option for a dress that is wearable for most women. The beauty of functional fashion is that it is neither too showy nor too restrictive, but just the right balance.
- Pinafore dresses:
While adult fashion back in the day was more extreme, many pieces from children’s wardrobes easily blend into the modern lifestyle. Pinafores are one such style.
They are simple, comfortable, and different from regular dresses. Pinafores are also a smart way to add a youthful charm to women’s wardrobes.
- Bias cuts:
A subtle feature that gave a unique charm to dresses. Bias cuts became haute couture during the early 1930s. These vintage fashion cuts gave a defining shape to evening dresses and a delicate, feminine look.
- Satin evening dresses:
If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan then you are very familiar with satin evening dresses. Satin is a soft, comfortable, and glossy fabric that requires little to no embellishments. And the ones with bias cuts and metallic tones can indeed make women look like goddesses!
- High waisted two-piece swimsuits:
This was hip before the bikini became too revealing and uncomfortable for most body types. The 1930s two-piece swimsuits were more modest and covered the belly button. They were functional and suitable for realistic body types of women, something that is highly prioritized today.
- Midi skirts:
Midis was probably the best part about vintage utilitarian fashion, and hence still relevant. The economic losses amidst the war encouraged women to join the workforce. While suits and shoulder pads were inspired by men’s wardrobes, midi skirts allowed the presence of femininity in the workplace.
- Sailor suits:
Another piece from children’s wardrobes, sailor suits, and dresses are comfortable options for uniforms. The white and blue breezy outfit protects in hot climates and is very utilitarian. These vintage fashion styles are commonly found in Japanese and Korean wardrobes.