My Vintage-Inspired Closet

Finally! Another clothing article!

I started dressing in my vintage style in the early spring of 2018. As someone with a relatively small disposable income living on a college campus, it can definitely be challenging to build a closet with high-quality items. I’ve found luck shopping on Amazon, especially with the brands Grace Karin and Gown Town. The price of the dresses are generally around $20-$30, and I’ve always been pleased with the quality. I also enjoy thrift shopping and buying authentic vintage if I have a little extra cash to throw around, especially at the turn of a new season. Today, I’ll be showing you some of my favorite vintage-inspired staple pieces, accessories, shoes, and outerwear!


One particular item I’ve been absolutely loving is this adult 50’s poodle skirt. It’s versatile enough for every season of the year, and the material is thick without being uncomfortable. This particular skirt came in a variety of colors, but I chose pink to remain as historically accurate as possible. Because the skirt is made of a heavy-duty felt, you’ll need to take great care in washing it carefully. You can get your own from 50sPoodleSkirts on Etsy.


This adorable dress was one of the Amazon purchases I mentioned earlier! I believe this is one of the earliest dresses I ever purchased on my vintage journey. The dress is made of a sturdy cotton and looks lovely on its own, but can also be paired with a petticoat. Similarly to the poodle skirt, this dress is extremely suitable for all seasons, depending on what accessories you pair it with. The deep magenta color looks fabulous on all skin types, and the pattern is truly remnant of a retro gingham.


A neutral-colored petticoat is one of the most iconic staples of a retro wardrobe. Once you try it, you’ll never want to leave the house without it (unless it’s ninety degrees out, and you’re sweating your ass off.) A good-quality petticoat may cost up to $30, but I promise it is worth the investment. There are so many unique ways to pair this petticoat with an outfit of your choice and add some flare to your vintage wardrobe.


I’ll admit, I tend to be a bit cheap when it comes to buying shoes. I usually won’t spend more than $30 on a pair, and I’m happy to say that these Oxfords were under my budget. The classic lace-up is absolutely adorable, and is breathable enough that you can even wear them without socks. Per usual, I purchased mine on Amazon, but you can find similar styles in a variety of different shops.


If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am not a fan of fast fashion. I disagree with the wastefulness, environmental damage, and unethical treatment that many workers are subjected to. I do understand, however, that some people’s budgets prevent them from going out on a limb and spending tons of cash on clothes and accessories. If you find yourself falling into the second category, I recommend the accessory selection of SheIn. The clothing is not always the greatest quality, but I have been pleased in the past by their handkerchiefs. They’re generally cheap, but the quality is excellent- which means they’ll last a long time. A silky bow or necktie is a beautiful touch to any vintage outfit, and can improve any bad hair day you may encounter.


My favorite thing about this coat is that it is truly one-of-a-kind. My mother actually found it for me at a Salvation Army outside of Boston, and knowing my style well, purchased it for me. Because it is a vintage item, some of the stitching is starting to unravel and wear at the seams. There is also some discoloration on the inner lining, but it’s not visible once I put it on. I don’t mind the coat’s imperfections; I’m just so thrilled that my mother found it! You’d be surprised how many gorgeous pieces you can find at secondhand shops to add to your vintage collection.

Coming up next: My Favorite Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands

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