How to Master Vintage Looks

Secondhand shops are full of treasures (at fantastic prices), but once you’ve found a great piece, how do you mix it into your closet? Styling solutions for vintage finds.

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Three models in skirts and blazers of various colors \\ Photo: Fairchild Archive

Vintage Score: A Midi Skirt
The alternative to a pencil, this below-the-knee style is a runway favorite for fall.

Why we’re inspired (from left to right)

The animal print and slinky pendant necklace add little touches of glamour.
Heels—whether ankle-straps or slim boots—keep this look from feeling too heavy.

Jonathan Saunders
This skirt is perfect, with its bold hue, its swishy, soft shape and its slimming length.
Jill Stuart

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Blouse "Pitina" By Malene Birger, Vintage Skirt by Koret Career, Gold-plated and onyx "Zodiac," necklace, belt by Napa leather, Patent-trim leather sandals by Marc by Marc Jacobs, Leather bag by See by Chloé \\ Photo: Lucky Digital Studio

A silky blouse balances the long wool skirt.
A small cross-body bag hints at the look’s ’70s roots.

Blouse: Viscose “Pitina,” $415, By Malene Birger,
Vintage Skirt: Merino wool, $38, Koret Career,
Necklace: Gold-plated and onyx “Zodiac,” $155, juliecollection​.com
Belt: Napa leather, $100,
Sandals: Patent-trim leather, $330, Marc by Marc Jacobs,
Bag: Leather, $375, See by Chloé,

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Mafalda NYC shop \\ Photo: Courtesy of Mafalda

Where to Find a Vintage Midi

Borough Vintage

Mafalda NYC

Dear Golden

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Three models in elegant dresses with heels \\ Photo: Fairchild Archive

Vintage Score: A Lace Dress
Style icons through the ages have worn it—it’s still the perfect party dress.

Why we’re inspired (from left to right)

A leather belt tones down this cocktail-hour dress for daytime.

Look for this shape: structured but still curvy.
Low pumps in a pretty hue are a modern update to sky-high black stilettos.

Pull back your hair and wear playful earrings.
NO 21

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Lace-trim velvet dress by Victor Costa and leather pumps by J.Crew \\ Photo: Lucky Digital Studio

Neon earrings show you’re not too serious.
Long sleeve seem demure, but the glimpses of bare skin add intrigue.
It doesn’t need to be entirely lace—this one’s mixed with velvet.

Vintage Dress:  Lace-trim velvet, $445, Victor Costa,
Earrings: Acrylic, $48, theopulent
Belt: Braided leather, $30,
Pumps: Leather, $198,

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Pink clouds website \\ Photo: From

Where to Find a Vintage Lace Dress

Pink Clouds

13 Bees

Allen Company

La Friperie Pour Bourgeoisie

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Three models in blazers, one in slacks and others in mid-thigh skirt with heels \\ Photo: Fairchild Archive

Vintage Score: A Boyfriend Blazer
The ultimate menswear basic, it looks great over dresses, shorts or jeans.

Why we’re inspired

Balance the oversize shape with something cropped on the bottom—slim slacks or a mini.

Perfect fit: This jacket is boxy through the body, fitted in the shoulders.
A thin sweater or fluttery chiffon blouse enhances femininity.

Delicate flats give this look downtown-gamine appeal.

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Vintage blazer by Monti, cashmere sweater by Chinti and Parker, skirt by Issa London, flats by Repetto and Matt & Nat bag \\ Photo: Lucky Digital Studio

Pick a muted color—navy, black, or camel. It’s more masculine and is ultra-practical.
The bag’s playful animal print adds a splash of French cool.
The hem of the mini peeks out from underneath the jacket—but just a touch.

Vintage Blazer: Linen blend, $175 for two-piece set, Monti, amarcordvintagefashion​.com
Sweater: Cashmere, $440, Chinti and Parker, text to buy: vintage5 at 58259
Skirt: Wool, $338 (avail. Sept.), Issa London,
Flats: Distressed goatskin, $265, Repetto. Creatures of Comfort, NYC, 212-925-1005
Bag: Vegan leather-trim canvas, $190, Matt & Nat,

"How To: Master Vintage" \\ Amarcord Vintage Fashion shop \\ Photo: Courtesy of Amarcord Vintage Fashion

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August 27, 2011. August.

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