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5 Essential Fashion Items Every Vintage Lover Should Own

Like any vintage lover, your wardrobe is filled with items you’ve picked up at flea sales, thrift stores and antique outlets. It can just be a little hard to put everything together so you can wear your favorite pieces more often. There’s no reason you can’t be head to toe vintage! With a few essential vintage fashion accessories, you’ll tie your outfits together and look like a Hollywood starlet.

1. 60’s Sunglasses

You don’t have to sacrifice vintage style when you’re at the beach. The 1960s were a great time for chic sunglasses. The iconic, thick frames of the decade are a must-have addition to your vintage wardrobe. Cat’s eye sunglasses flatter most face shapes and look sexy and sophisticated. Chunky, round frames are conversation pieces and look great with big jewelry and neon colors. Lately, large sunglasses have made a comeback, so you might even be able to find some in a normal retail store if you don’t want to splurge on actual antiques.

2. Pillbox Hats

Take a lesson from vintage fashion icon Jackie O–a pillbox hat is the ultimate fashion accessory. Even modern fashion icons like Kate Middleton and Carla Bruni have been spotted sporting this style. These hats have been around since the 1930s, so there are plenty of styles to choose from, and a wealth of authentic vintage pieces. They look great with many other vintage staples, such as a-line skirts and princess coats. Since they’ve been around for so long, you don’t even have to worry about combining decades. It’s useful to have a few hats in different colors, and a short veil adds an extra dramatic pop.

3. Pearls

There’s no jewelry more timeless than a string of pearls. They match nearly every color and can be as simple as a single string or as dramatic as a cascade of loops. For a 20s flapper look, use a long, knotted string, or chunky pearls for a retro 60s and 70s style. Pearl earrings are also a valuable accessory, elegantly framing your face and accentuating classic up-dos. Of course, if you don’t have the money for natural pearls, you can always buy fake ones–they look just as good, and they have more colors available. There are always pearls available at thrift and antique stores, but modern jewelry stores sell them, too, so it’s easy to stock up your jewelry box.

4. Mary Janes

You know an outfit isn’t complete until you have the right footwear. Mary Janes have been popular since the 1920s, so they have a long history in vintage fashion. Chunky Mary Janes work great with a 60s and 70s vibe, for example, or they can be a cute accessory to a 40s dress. These shoes look the best with stockings, so they’re a good replacement for strapless pumps. They also look more casual and are more comfortable than severe heels. Make sure to have a pair in black, but it’s not hard to find a few pairs that match your favorite dresses.

5. Seamed Stockings

Speaking of stockings, one fashion item that can up your vintage game is seamed stockings. Until the 60s, most stockings had a seam that ran up the back of the leg. In fact, these stockings were so common that when there was a nylon shortage during WWII, women would have the seam drawn onto their legs. You don’t have to use your eyebrow pencil on your calves, though. Check out a specialized vintage hosiery store and pick up a few pairs to wear with your favorite dress.

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