How to Dress Vintage Everyday | Lady K Loves

4th November 2021

The Lazy Girl Guide to Everyday Vintage

You tell someone you’re into vintage and they assume you look as stunning and put together as the lovely Miss J Sweetapple here (left) all the time. But a lot of the time, that’s not the true story… And we’re dressed more casually like how one of our fav badass babes, Miss Bee Townsend (right) is dressed here!

Because, in reality, we’re at the gym, it’s chilly or we’re going for a walk over hills and into woods. Aka… it’s one of those days where you need an everyday vintage lazy girl vibe.

As much as we adore pretty classic vintage like that, it’s just not realistic to achieve day in day out. Which is why we tend to opt for a more casual everyday vintage look on most days.

So here’s our ultimate guide on how to dress vintage everyday for lazy girls!

Step 1: nail your everyday vintage make up looks

This is an easy one. You can pretty much make anything look kind of everyday vintage with the right style of make up.

But where to start? Start with looking at the decades!

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  • In the era of 40’s – 50’s make up, we see a lot of red lips & winged liner flicks. Think Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn etc…
  • Then, in the late 50’s and early 60’s we see make up trends moving more towards peach and orange tones on the lips, with full lashes & thick eyeliner.
  • In the mid 60’s is when we see more bold looks – thick eyeliner, chunky falsies, & nude lip. When I think of this era, I always think of mod.
  • The 70’s actually saw multiple trends that were the complete opposite. From super natural make up to bold disco-inspired make up. With the bolder looks we see pops of colour on the eyes – greens, blues, purples. A lot of the time these colours were pearlescent. I’d describe 70’s make up as natural with pops of colour.

Also, one thing that’s good to keep in mind when trying to achieve any era of make up – the eyebrows. Some vintage decades favoured thin eyebrows, while some went for more thick and curved. You don’t necessarily have to recreate the eyebrows down to the T – but there are ways you can get the specific eyebrow looks without having to alter your natural brows too much. i.e soap brow, block out & draw them on, using pomades etc…

Step 2 is: find easy to wear items

Imagine, you’re spending the day running errands and dashing about, possibly picking small beings up off the floor and chasing them here there and everywhere, or answering all of the questions anyone at work who see’s your face decides to ask you… So all you want in your outfit is:

1 – you want to be comfortable,

2 – you want to feel like you can take a hold of it all.

Right? Yup. We know that all too well.

We love denim for these types of days. Denim is so hard-wearing, so it’s up for all of the shit that you and everyone you come into contact with during the day can throw at it.

The trick to making it everyday vintage style though is getting the right cut. Go for a high waist for 70’s or earlier, if you’re more into a late 90’s vibe, then go low rise…. If you lived that style first time around, you’ll be happy to give it a miss.

It’s all about the cut of the legs to get the right look, straight wide legs give a 40’s feel, tapered but not tight jeans have 50’s vibes, go extra long and then cuff those babies for a true rockabilly look. Tighter cropped looks have a late 50’s to 60’s feel, and boot cut and flares will always bring in the 70’s vibes (Le Wild are great for this, AND are currently Buy 1 Get 1 Free using code: feelinwild ends 30/11), free love baby!

It can be challenging to shop for jeans that fit these categories and have them actually tick all of the boxes. This is why we designed our jeans the way we did. They’re comfortable, designed for different body shapes, and they’re cuff-able – hello versatility!

Why not…

Mix your denim jeans with a simple T-shirt. We’re suckers for graphic print tees, or our favourite band T. Or pair your jeans with a cute top, the best sweater you can find, a cute polo top… you get the picture. We particularly love the polo vibe for anything from 50’s to 70’s feels. Styling jeans like this is one of our favourite ways to get the everyday vintage look.

Instantly, you’re ready for action, you feel like the most comfortable version of you, and you have that everyday vintage feel with minimal effort. This is truly the way forward for lazy girls like us.

And hey, we actually have an offer that will take the work out of this for you: get 50% off this range of tees when you buy any pair of jeans.

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And step 3: Headwear

Honestly, what you put on top of your head can change how people look at you instantly. We love headwear mainly for these 2 reasons:

1 – it’s fucking great because your hair that hasn’t been washed for a week is hidden

2 – everyone thinks you’re full of confidence and is in awe of how stylish you are.

I promise.. it’s the best trick I know.

Quick and cute options here include but are not limited to:

  • Berets, with a side bun, or a roll or wave to your hair.
  • Headscarves tided in to a turban style, or more of a Rosie the riveter look
  • Era specific hats too – go pill box a la Jackie O, Josephine Baker wearing a cloche 
  • Berets give a 40’s to 50’s glam vibe
  • An over sized sun hat that screams breakfast at tiffanies.
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The final step: Throw a dress on!

Perhaps not what you’d expect since we don’t sell dresses and only do sets. But… they can do the same thing dresses do!

That all-in-one outfit look is super easy to throw on and instantly makes you look put together and gives you an instant everyday vintage vibe. I mean, have you ever seen someone wearing a dress or two piece co-ord and NOT thought “holy shit they look fantastic“? Neither. It’s such a small thing, but for some reason, it just works.

Sets or co-ords & dresses as great because they provide the illusion of effort, while really you just did what you were told and wore the whole outfit a designer put together for you.

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How to dress vintage?

1 – Style your hair and makeup in vintage era-inspired styles. A simple outfit of jeans & a T will instantly look more 50s with the right hair and makeup.
2 – Find easy to wear items. You’ll be more inspired to dress vintage style if your vintage clothing is comfortable and easy to wear. Hight waisted jeans and skirts with some stretch are far more comfortable throughout the day than those with no stretch.
3 – Add vintage accessories like hats and headwear. A headscarf tied in the right way can bring instant vintage vibes to your outfit.
4 – And accessorise some more. A simple handbag or shoes with the right look build your vintage-inspired wardrobe.

Have we missed your favourite technique? How do you bring vintage vibes into your everyday wardrobe?

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