Thanks to The Great Gatsby, it’s no surprise that the fashion trend at the top of everyone’s minds right now is modern retro. Don’t worry, you don’t necessarily have to be a fan of the Roaring 20s or flappers to rock this look. From the bold geometric prints of the 60s to the high-waisted bikini bottoms made popular in the 40s and 50s, here are 6 ways to inject a little bit of retro style into your modern wardrobe.
1. Balance neons with neutrals.
There’s no denying the fact that this summer it’s all about brights. Instead of decking yourself out in obnoxious 80s head-to-toe neon, be more selective about the pop of color you add to your ensembles. For instance, think bold accessories paired with a neutral dress or an eye-popping skirt styled with a crisp white top. Remember: the key here is not to blind people.
2. Get playful with polka dots.
When it comes to polka dots, country crooner Taylor Swift is definitely the queen. She’s been spotted in the 50s-inspired trend time and time again, proving that it’s obviously here to stay. So how do you make polka dots look modern exactly? It’s easy! Avoid polka dot printed skirts and dresses, and sport them in unexpected ways instead. We’re obsessed with polka dot skinny jeans and can’t get enough of sheer polka dot button-up blouses.
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3. Toss on a chic sequin mini dress.
You don’t have to be Daisy Buchanan to pull off a glitzy glam party dress! Whether it’s for a night out on the town or even an upcoming summer wedding, toss on a sexy sequin mini dress in a neutral color to channel your inner flapper girl.
4. Rock a bright geometric print crop top.
Now that spring is finally in full swing, it’s time to break out those cute midriff-baring crop tops! If you dare, step outside your comfort zone a bit this season, and opt for a short shirt with a loud geometric print. To tone it down, pair yours with solid high-waisted shorts, or sport it over a non-busy bikini for a retro-inspired look that’s totally with the times.
5. Buy a high-waisted bikini with modern touches.
Nothing says retro quite like a high-waisted bikini! Take a trip back in time while still keeping your swimwear current with a high-waisted bikini bottom that has modern touches. For example, this simple black bottom features sheer panels at the sides, making it feel so right now.
6. Invest in some cool, oversized cat eye sunglasses.
Often rocked by style icons like Olivia Palermo and Nicole Richie, there’s nothing we personally love more than a pair of super cool cat eye shades. They’re right on trend for summer so finding the perfect pair for you should be easy-peasy. To keep things fresh, we recommend trying some oversized feline-inspired frames in a fresh, fun color.