Where do I find retro themed clothing – a question I’ve heard on more than one occasion when I’ve been out at events dressed up in my 1950’s garb. Well, the answer is easy – anywhere you shop. The point is not to look for items marked “1950’s apparel” but to look for items that represent a style from the era you want to imitate. Below are several retro summer outfits that I’ve put together using items I bought from popular stores such as Target®, Eleventh Avenue® & Vera Bradley®.
I’ve always been one to dress in a bit of a retro fashion. I most often tend to teeter between the 1950’s and 60’s with my style. These styles include items such as cute a-line skirts, polka dots, floral, ruffles and lace. There was a period in time when I would scour second hand shops looking for clothing that may have been made in the era I desired, but after coming home many times empty handed and not really liking the thought of wearing used clothing, I switched to shopping new and have found an abundance of retro clothing and accessories available almost everywhere I shop!
Just a few weeks ago I hit the stores to find some new retro summer fashions for my trip to Florida with my sister. My first stop is usually always Target because I tend to have luck finding things I like at this store and the prices can’t be beat. Right off the bat I spotted this black jumpsuit with ball fringe around the legs. This is a perfect example of 1950’s threads, even though you might not suspect it.
|Black Retro Romper Purchase at Target.|
What I love about this romper –
- It’s black – which is slimming.
- It was super comfortable to wear in Walt Disney World!
- It has pockets!
- It reminded me of a retro bathing suit.
- LOVED the fringe on the legs.
Next up I spotted this lace peppered dress at Target. Lace is always a plus for me and this dress reminded me of something out of the 1960’s.
|Lace Dress – purchase at Target.|
What I loved about this dress-
- It’s light and airy – easy to wear on a hot summer day.
- It transitions well between night and day – just add or remove a necklace really.
Last but not least I spotted these retro themed lace shorts at Target. I didn’t buy these, but they still get an honorable mention because they are super cute.
What I did end up buying instead were these Aztec style shorts from Eleventh Avenue. This online site is also another great option for finding retro fashion, plus the prices are usually even cheaper than Target. The only downside is that shipping can take several weeks, so if you’re in a hurry better shop elsewhere.
Finally, what better way is there to accent a style than with a retro themed purse! This spring season I have totally fallen in love with Vera Bradley’s new line. They have gone retro with fun and vibrant prints as well as with cutout style purses. I received this purse on my southwest Michigan wine tour, but since I was going to be spending some time in Florida soon after that trip, I decided to go with a tropical themed purse that was big enough to hold my camera and “stuff” at the parks. I loved it so much that I have been using it every day still – even since I’ve been home.
|Vera Bradley Purse|
Whew, now that we’ve got retro fashion and accessories down, how about that hair? Be sure to check out my YouTube channel for some easy to do retro hairstyles and don’t forget to subscribe because I’ve got plenty more to share!