Have you ever caught yourself writhing with envy as you admire Peggy and Joan’s wardrobe choices on Mad Men? There was just something about style in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s that made getting dressed an occasion. Vintage-inspired looks capture the feminine details of days gone by, when an outfit wasn’t complete without a pair of nylons or a matching handbag.
Often passed down from mothers to daughters and so on, authentic (and good quality) vintage pieces can be hard to find. Luckily, many designers have created vintage-inspired looks so modern day women can add a touch of yesterday’s glamour to their everyday look.
Surprise your retro loving friends and family with some of these vintage-inspired looks this holiday season.
1. BB Dakota, Betty’s Wild Side Dress, $98
As Betty Draper on Mad Men, actress January Jones’ appearance is continually compared to icon Grace Kelly. BB Dakota’s “Betty’s Wild Side” dress is what the designers imagined Draper would wear on a night out on the town. A red and blue painterly print on silky fabric creates a truly vintage effect, and the slim bodice and full pleated skirt emphasizes the waist.
2. Mod Cloth, The Aria Coat, $175
Mod Cloth’s wool-blend Aria Coat isn’t just adorable, it’s warm too! The black, quilted body paired with a detachable faux fur collar and dangling pom-poms will keep you toasty as this darling coat collects admirers.
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vintage-Inspired Aviator Sunglasses, $98
Aviators have become a wardrobe staple for both men and women in recent years. Taking a page straight from the 1970s, these two-tone light azure and grey scratch-resistant lenses offer 100% UV protection, combining style and functionality.
4. Fred Flare, Owl Ring, $8
This rhinestone-encrusted owl ring is a fun play on the owl trend that swept the nation last year. With etched metal details, this art deco style ring is a great deal for just $8. Tuck it into a vintage jewelry box to create the ultimate retro gift.
5. Mod Cloth, Evening Es-cap-ades, $48
Throwing on this charcoal grey cap and stepping out into the snowfall might make you feel like you’ve landed the lead role in a black and white film. With its short brim, snug fit, and black trim with a tiny button bow, this hat adds a touch of style to a winter wardrobe, covers up flyaway hair, or dresses up a basic jeans and sweater ensemble.