3 Vintage-Inspired Dresses Styled for Today

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Vintage is a term that gets thrown around in fashion to describe something that has been out of style for a while but is again in trend. It takes about 10 years for a trend to die and be reborn again into fashion. It seems like every year there is a new favorite decade that designers choose to focus on. This year, the 1950s and 1970s are back in full force. The ease and freedom of the 1970s can be seen in flowy silk dresses and sheer blouses while the 50s focuses on structure and perfect tailoring. It’s fun to incorporate vintage trends into your look but how can you make these styles modern and easily fit into your 2011 wardrobe? Check out 3 dresses below inspired by the 1950s and 1970s, styled with modern accessories for a current look that you can wear in this decade.

1950s-Inspired Full Skirt Dress

A full skirt and fitted bodice is a very retro silhouette. Try adding geometric accessories in a variety of metallic colors to modernize this floral print.


1. ASOS SALON Prom Dress in Gem Floral Print $276.98 2. Jason Wu Lauren Caftskin Clutch $995  3.Diane von Furstenberg kerry laser cut belt $185 4. Giuseppe Zanotti Butterfly Wedge $1,450 5. Nest Hammered Cuff $250 6. CA and Lou aventurine and crystal disc earrings $278


1970s-Inspired Belted Dress

Neutrals are a great choice for the hot summer months and a 1970s style dress is a favorite. Add a pop of color such as a blue heel to take this vintage dress into the next era.


1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Puff-Sleeve Silk Dress $598 2. Fendi Platform Sandals $710 3. ASOS Nude round Oversized Sunglasses $21.52 4. Forever 21 dimpled hoops $1.50 5. Eddie Borgo smile rose gold plated cutout pyramid cuff $440 6. Lauren Merkin Caroline Embossed Snake Clutch  $250


Structured 1950s Style Cocktail Dress

A structured cocktail dress with a 50s feel is always an elegant choice. Add an animal print bag and colorful shoe for a modern contrast.


1.Kay Unger Beaded-Neck Full-Skirt Dress $430 2. Alexis Bittar Druzy droplet ring $250 3. Forever 21 faceted rhinestone clip on earrings $4.80 4. Yves Saint Laurent beasty bracelet $1,395 5. Badgley Mischka $169.99 6. Mui Mui Leopard Print Calf hair clutch $950