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Retro Fashion: 10 Great Pieces on a Budget

Retro Fashion: 10 Great Pieces on a Budget

Trends come and go but there’s always place for vintage in our hearts at TBF. Why? Vintage is classic without being boring, quirky without being, well, Lady Gaga. Of course, true vintage can get a little pricey, so we’re all about retro and vintage-inspired. Don’t want to reinvent your entire wardrobe? No problem — leave the head-to-toe vintage for Halloween, and instead punctuate your personal style with retro fashion piece or two. On a budget of course.

Great Retro Fashion Pieces on a Budget

Accent beaded headband
Accent Beaded Headband, $5.80, Forever21

Boring basics, again? Add a cute beaded vintage-y headband and suddenly, tres chic.

Vintage floral stretch bracelet
Vintage Floral Stretch Bracelet, $12.50, WetSeal

Vintage jewelry is never out of style — and especially right now when statement jewelry is de riguer. The best part? Perfect with both the Little Black Dress and a slouchy tee and jeans.

Candy frame coin purse
Candy Frame Coin Purse, $25, Fossil

Not feeling the vintage style for your wardrobe, but still like the idea of a fun retro/vintage piece in your repertoire? This adorable coin purse will make you feel just a tiny bit more stylish every time you feed the parking meter.

Cloche feather and Jeweled hat
Cloche Feather and Jeweled Hat, $16.50, Charlotte Russe

Speaking of hats, while we might not be able to do the veil thing, we most certainly can do the cloche — with a double breasted belted wool coat and boots, it’s almost too easy. Almost.

Floral shannen sunglasses
Floral Shannen Sunglasses, $11, FredFlare

The perfect signature piece? Amazing retro-inspired sunglasses — cause they go with everything, and with a pair like these from FredFlare, you can be Thelma or Louise.

Knit checker cardigan
Knit Checker Cardigan, $28, Twelve by Twelve Forever21

So, if this were 50 years ago, you’d be one of the tough girls huh? Vintage isn’t all about gems and feathers and lace — it’s also about pattern and cut. Enter the checker cardigan — strong pattern, no fuss, but the little flower detail reminds us your a girl without screaming femininity. We like.

Lace shrug
Lace Shrug, $14.99, Charlotte Russe

One of the hardest things about the dress-up season is figuring out what to wear over your dress (without ruining the whole I-dress-like-this-all-the-time illusion). Of course, it’s not just for dress up — this would look super cute over a tank with jeans too. Versatility, of course, is always on trend.

Rosette sleeve top
Rosette Sleeve Top, $28, Twelve by Twelve Forever21

Nothing says vintage quite like floral, but there is s a fine line between trendsetter and tablecloth. As of late, we like to do our vintage florals in embellishment rather than pattern — like cute rosette sleeves. Were this with some skinny dark denim, a cuff bracelet and cute flats for vintage a la 2010.

Something blue earrings
Something Blue Earrings, $12.99, Modcloth

No wedding in your near future? No matter — you can still do the something blue with these sweet but not syrupy vintage-inspired earrings. You could dress em up, but we kinda like the idea of wearing them with a sweater, jeans and booties — effortless is our favorite kind of chic.

Birdcage veil
Vintage Birdcage Veil, $10.80 Forever21

We love a veiled hat, but somehow just can’t quite pull it off without feeling like we’re an extra on movie set (okay, it’s on our bucket list, but still) A veiled, feathered hairclip, however, gives us just the right amount of vintage without the fuss.

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Sunday 6th of March 2011

What a spectacular display of vintage/retro pieces! I can't wait to shed the winter coats and start wearing some of these great pieces!


Friday 18th of February 2011

Gotta love a good cloche hat! It's nice to see those coming into style. They are so lady like


Wednesday 2nd of February 2011

Love that the '70s are back in this season! I'm so excited for Theodora & Callum's new line. It's inspired by travel and the '60s/'70s. Here is their behind the scenes video on Youtube.


Wednesday 12th of January 2011

Hi there!

We absolutely loved your list affordable retro pieces. What's so great is that these pieces never go out of style. We loved your list so much that we linked to it on our site.



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