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30 Vintage Fashion Trends That Need to Make a Comeback

Circle Skirts

Circle skirts are beautiful and accentuate any body type. They’re also easy to pair with nearly any top whether it’s a crop top or a full blouse. We also love how you can dress it up or down, depending on your mood. 

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Pearl Chokers

You can’t get any classier than a pearl choker. Pearls go with virtually everything (casual and formal). Plus, they aren’t as flashy as most gold jewelry, so they’re ideal for making a subtle statement. It may be a smart idea to invest in a staple piece. 

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Overalls

First of all, overalls are comfortable. Second, they’re durable. We’re always about clothing that lasts for a decade or more. Third, they’re super cute and versatile. Basically, we’re saying that they’re the perfect thing to wear, and they should come back.

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Duster Coats

Duster coats are ideal for the fall and spring because they’re light and loose-fitting. A lot of the modern designs have a slit in the side, and we dig it. It adds a little bit of flirty fun to a classic, vintage item. 

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Bishop Sleeves

We’ve all heard of bell sleeves. Well, get ready for bishop sleeves. These are basically like bell sleeves, but they’re tight around the wrist. Instead of the classic huge puffy sleeve, a thinner bishop sleeve would look best for today’s modern fashion. 

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Round Sunglasses

You may have seen round sunglasses and regular glasses here and there, but they haven’t made a real return. It’s just on the cusp! Since cat eyes have been so popular lately, we’re rooting for a change.

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Daytime Hats

If you wear a hat nowadays, it’s a dead giveaway that you’re having a bad hair day. Yet, hats used to be considered very fashionable, and we’re hoping they come back soon! Berets and other casual hats are easy to style with dresses and suits, and they’re great for days when you want people’s eyes to be drawn to your face and your flawless makeover.

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Seamed Tights

Sheer, seamless tights are the most popular style right now, while seamed tights are pretty underrated. This style of tight adds a hint of sultriness to your outfit without going overboard, so you can wear them with just about everything from dresses to shorts. 

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Brooches

What happened to brooches? They’re absolutely stunning pieces of jewelry that can add a little pizzazz to an outfit. While heavy, intricate brooches are great, lighter brooches would be a lot more convenient with today’s fashion trends.  

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Black Leather Jackets

Everyone should own one good black leather jacket. A high-quality leather jacket can last for a really long time and can even be super soft if taken care of. On top of that, they’re protective and easy to match with any outfit. 

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White Dresses

Whoever said, “don’t wear white after Labor Day” was a fool. White dresses? They should be worn all the time. People stopped wearing them for some reason, but now they’re the epitome of fresh and bright-eyed.

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Fake Fur Coats

Note: fake fur. Vintage fur coats were real, but fake ones are just as nice without all of the animal abuse. Another thing we like about fake fur is that it’s a lot cheaper. Teddy bear coats are already in, so why not bring on the fur? 

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Lavalier Blouses

Lavalier blouses can be worn a number of ways. Untied is a great casual look, while single knots class things up a bit. Then, you have the full bow! Naturally, this is the fanciest look, but don’t be afraid to wear it whenever (if it makes a comeback).

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Driving Gloves

You probably only wear gloves in the wintertime, but this accessory can (and should) be rocked year-round! Not only will a set of soft, leather gloves protect your fresh manicure from the elements, but these gloves also look ultra sexy. Plus, putting them on before you hop in your car in the summertime will save your hands from getting burned by the steering wheel. 

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Denim Skirts

Denim skirts are so easy to wear. A chunky sweater, button-down, or crop top—denim looks good with everything. A lot of the skirts from the ’90s were incredibly short, which you could wear, but we prefer the longer ones because they look more stylish. 

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Head Scarves

Some music festival-goers have started donning the headscarf, but we would like to see this style in everyday life too. Headscarves are practical because they keep your hair out of your face, and they can make a bold fashion statement if you pick a great color or pattern. These would be perfect for hitting the gym, watering the garden, or working on a car!

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Peasant Blouses

If it’s comfortable, it should be in style—within reason, of course. This ’70s style could come back. We can already see it now: paired with jeans (distressed or not) and a stylish hat. It almost sounds too good to be true.

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Kitten Heels

Heels are getting higher and higher, and even though they’re sexy, they are uncomfortable and bad for your back. You can achieve the same chic look by putting on a pair of kitten heels that will keep you from being miserable the entire evening. This style was popularized by Audrey Hepburn, so hopefully, another modern celebrity will start wearing them and help make them popular again. 

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Neck Scarves

This classic French style has fallen out of fashion here in the United States, but we hope it makes a comeback soon. Lightweight, silk scarves are the perfect neck accessory to wear in the springtime. They add a touch of glamour to an outfit without weighing your neck down with heavy jewelry. 

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Mock Neck T-Shirts

Mock neck t-shirts have a high neckline that isn’t quite as thick as a turtleneck. These t-shirts look great under blazers, cardigans, and structured outerwear because you can still catch a glimpse of your shirt even if you’re wearing a buttoned-up coat. If you’re going to wear a mock neck t-shirt on its own, find one that’s sleeveless so you don’t appear too stuffy.

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Leopard Print

Leopard print used to be the epitome of high fashion, but now it’s been reduced to cheap, patterned leggings and fur vests. Leopard print works best as an accessory (less is more), so if you want to attempt to bring this trend back, buy yourself a pair of leopard print flats or a leopard print clutch. 

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Platform Shoes

Platform shoes were the thing in the ’70s thanks to the disco era. Then, they came back in the ’90s. Now, we think they should come back again. They make you look taller, and they’re a lot more comfortable than stilettos. 

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Soft Grunge

Nowadays, grunge is pretty versatile, but it’s mostly hardcore. Soft grunge is where it should be at. Throw on a floral, slip-on some Doc Martins, and a leather jacket, and boom! It says femininity while also warning, “don’t mess with me.”

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Bell-Bottoms

Straight from the days of Farah Fawcett and Cher, bell-bottoms deserve a return. They’re great for accentuating curves and can be paired with a wedge heel, short boot, or flats. This trend is popping up on the runway, so we’re going to cross our fingers that it catches on. 

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Mini Dresses with Long Sleeves

Mini dresses never really went out of style, but the ones with long sleeves did. Now, they have spaghetti straps or halter tops. Some of us want sleeves, okay? Until this trend catches on, we may have to resort to wearing a long sleeve top under our mini dress. 

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Wiggle Dresses

Does anyone else remember wiggle dresses? They were absolutely jaw-dropping. Thanks to Marilyn Monroe, wiggle dresses popped up in the ’50s and ’60s. If Monroe wore it, it should definitely come back as a trend.

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Corsets

No, we don’t mean the ones that were super tight and made it difficult to breathe. Those should stay gone forever. In their place, we think the corset design should come back along with a little cinching. That way it’s breathable and comfortable. Corset belt, anyone?

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Tweeds

Where did you go, tweed? The weave just looks classically elegant whether it’s a skirt, coat, or top. Unfortunately, they fell out of favor, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make a triumphant return this winter. 

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Neon Colors

Neon colors have been on the ugly list for a while, but that’s because most people don’t know how to wear them. When wearing neon, it’s important to wear complementary colors that aren’t as bright or vibrant. Now armed with that advice, wear neon, and together, we’ll bring this trend back. 

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Flannel Shirts

Flannel shirts are super versatile. You can button it up and wear it as a top, or you can use it as an accessory over a plain-colored tee. Flannel shirts also soft, cozy, and create an instant fall look (even if it’s winter or spring).

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