Retro is back in a big way and is here to stay. If you are looking for a new style and feeling like you should upgrade your wardrobe cheaply, going retro is one of the best options. Retro is great for any season, there is no set theme here.
5 Retro Style Dressing Tips You Can Easily Use
1. Take a Trip to Thrift Stores
Some of the best looks can be achieved for very low cost, provided you shop at the right stores. Charity stores, thrift shops and secondhand clothing dealers are all fantastic places to find retro style gold mines. One of the best things about shopping at thrift stores is not so much the incredibly cheap prices, but the fact that nobody else will have the same piece of clothing.
We all know the feeling when you buy a new t shirt and love it, then later that day you see 3 people wearing the exact same one. Nothing makes your fashion heart bleed more! Charity stores often have clothing that is actually really old, however most of these stores will only take the clothing that is in good condition.
2. Mix and Match Your Outfits
Depending on the style of retro you are looking for, mixing up your outfits with others can create some winning combinations. If you are trying to go for a retro rapper/musician sort of style, you can easily achieve this look by throwing on an assortment of old, colorful clothing. Retro girls outfits are often matching in color, but they have different styles of clothing put together. An example would be some cute high heel shoes with a floral dress and then some hippy style sunglasses, and then your hair done in a totally unique way.
3. Accessorize With an Assortment of Bling
Retro is all about the bags, sunglasses, watches, hats, handkerchiefs and jewelry. Whether you choose a snakeskin style of purse with rayban style sunglasses or a big leather satchel and aviators, you can be guaranteed that if you whip together a few accessories you will complete the retro look. Anything that is considered to have gone out of style over 10 years ago is what people call retro, that leaves you with a huge range of options for picking outfits.
4. Do Something Outrageous With Your Hair
Your haircut is something that says a lot about you. Are you a bit lazy and have an overgrown mop with facial hair? Are you a pretty boy who likes to pamper himself with fancy haircuts with designs in it? Doing something that has been out of fashion for a while is key to retro, and that is no different with your hair. Try teasing your hair out like on Grease, cut yourself a mohawk or give yourself a bowl cut (okay, maybe not that last one). Doing something different with your hair is a huge amount of fun, and even though it may seem crazy to you, 99.9% of people won’t bat an eyelid. Retro is all the rage at the moment and if you aren’t doing something fun with your hairdo, you are leaving plenty of fun on the table! One thing that that is big in the retro look is for guys to have slightly shaved hair on the side and styled nicely on the top.
5. Use Your Parents/Grandparents Clothes
This option is great fun, zero cost and gives you an authentic look in to your genealogy! Wearing that leather coat that belonged to your dad in the ‘70s or wearing that purse your grandmother used to sling in the ‘60s gives you the real deal retro look. One of the great things about this is that if your parents or grandparents still have some clothing from that long ago, it will be of the highest quality.
There is no need to rummage through thrift stores if you have a hoarder in your family, however it can always add to the flavor. Using your grandparents or parents clothing is always a good strategy as they would have worn what was in fashion 20 to 30 years ago. Ask them if they have any classic pairs of sunglasses, handbags or other accessories from their past as well.
Retro Style Clothing is Something Anybody can Master
Whether you want to look like the crew who wrote “Rapper’s Delight” or resemble the Jackson 5, retro looks are relatively easy to do for one simple reason – you can’t really get it wrong. There is no right or wrong way to dress for retro, it is totally up to you. If you want to wear a fluro jacket with a flowery pair of trousers and sandals, who is going to tell you that you aren’t retro? One of the best ways to find epic retro outfits to copy is by watching a few old movies such as Gone In 60 Seconds. The characters in this movie are retro to the letter (and also a great bunch of actors).
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