How to Style a Vintage Dress

Add bold modern jewelry to vintage dresses to make them  suitable for today.I don’t think it will come as a surprise that I love vintage clothing. If you’ve been around these parts for a while you have already seen  some vintage dresses with the promise of more to come. I am fulfilling that promise for you today. Woo!

This dress is the 3rd and final dress in my collection that was given so kindly to me from a friend. A little backstory- these dresses were given to me from a friend. They originally belonged to her mother (who also loved fashion) and she wanted someone who would take care of them. Enter her donating them to me to enjoy and preserve.

Yeah. Amazing and generous. And I am beyond honored. Thank you 😀

The dress I am showing you today is the dress I have worn the most. Don’t ask me why it’s the last one getting featured. Save the best for last, it looks better with my short hair. I’m really just making up stuff here. The real answer is – I don’t know.

Out of the 3 dresses I can tell you this is the most versatile of the 3. It has less embellishment and a more streamlined silhouette, which allows me more options to style it.

For a more casual look- I can pair it with flats (I’ve worn leopard flats with it before- vintage meets meow!), simple jewelry and call it a day for work.

For a dressier look add heels and statement jewelry. Don’t be afraid to mix modern looking jewelry with vintage dresses. That’s what makes the dress look appropriate for the now.

Lucky for you, I did 2 jewelry options to give you inspiration!

I used the same nude heels for both looks because these are honestly the most versatile shoe I own. I picked them up at Nine West Factory outlet a couple months ago and just love them. I would have linked to them, but I couldn’t find them online. So if you find yourself in the neighborhood of Nine West Factory outlet, I highly recommend you pop in.  They dress down are up, and are super comfy. That’s not sponsored opinion, just an honest one.

To keep the look simple and easier to wear during the day, add light jewelry. Light weight metals add the finish factor to the look, but don’t draw too much attention. This keeps the look fresh and wearable for day.

I wore simple gold hoops and layered 2 bracelets. That’s it. Keep it simple, light, and fresh.

And do have sweet tea around when possible. Helps with the refreshing vibe.

Keep jewelry light with vintage dresses for a day time look. Leave the pearls at home!

Keep jewelry light with vintage dresses for a day time look. Leave the pearls at home!

For an evening or event look bring out jewelry with more punch. Stay away from your vintage jewels though. This is not the time for your pearls. You don’t want to look like you got dressed strictly from grandma’s closet. Adding modern jewelry- like the enamel piece here- updates the look. You don’t have to go overboard, but 1 statement piece adds color and personality without taking away for the beauty of a vintage piece.

Red lipstick may seem cliche to some here, but I say red lips are always a good look. Particularly with this combo. I paired all 3 primary colors to give a little extra punch. Play with your color palette people, it provides good visual interest.

And yes, sweet tea looks good with a dressier look too. Mmmm.

Add bold modern jewelry to vintage dresses to make them  suitable for today.

Add bold modern jewelry to vintage dresses to make them  suitable for today.


5 thoughts on “How to Style a Vintage Dress

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    This dress is so gorgeous. I love how the three different ways it is styled still keep the dress the focal point. It is such a beautiful fresh summer dress and is a timeless style. It looks fabulous!!

    1. Thanks! That’s one of the things I love about vintage dresses, they are timeless. The detail that went into them is something that is hard to find in today’s mass produced goods.

  2. Love your styling tips. I need more of these since getting back into accessories. I have some vintage dresses that I am scared of wearing. Reading your post has me thinking I should give it a go.

    1. Yay! Thanks, Hila 🙂 I 100% encourage you to wear your vintage goods! They are usually perfect on their own, but I do love accessorizing. I feel like it adds the finishing touch, like the cherry on top of a sundae.

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