When people think of "retro style clothing" they usually thing "old" or boring. Today's retro clothing take cues from the past, but have a sassy sophistication that goes way beyond boring. There are so many choices that it may be difficult to decide what to wear!
Dresses are a great retro choice. They are versatile, comfortable, come in every size, and most of all always fashionable! Some tips on choosing and coordinating your retro dress:
1. Color of the dress
Keep in mind that the color is usually what draws a person to something: it's the first visual contact.
Do you know if you're a warm or cool colored person? Warm people tend to have dark hair and cool people tend to have light hair. Warm colors include red, yellow, gold, and orange, and cool colors include blue, green, violet, and silver. To find out what color to wear bring a clothing item up to your face in the natural sunlight and see if it's color brightens you up. One thing to think about is that your color may change between summer and winter months because of your skin tone. It can also change if you dye your hair.
So, how do you know which color will work for you? Some ways to tell what works:
The classic neutrals that you can rely on to pair with colors are: black, white, gray, beige, navy, brown, and olive green. The color that is said to look good on everyone is pink. Nearly any shade of pink will also go with any of the neutrals!
Be aware of prints too. If there is a particular pattern you like, you can usually find it in a dress version whether it's stripes, polka dots, flowers, or solids.
2. Shape of the dress
The shape is basically the outline. This includes sleeve length, hem length, pleats, pockets, etc. It's creating illusion with the outside lines of the dress.
One thing to think about is How to Dress for Your Body Type. The four shapes are the "H silhouette", "O silhouette", "A" and "X".
If you're unsure about your shape and how to find the right dress shape stick with an A-line skirt style dress. It can add hips, hide hips, and show off curves. The great part about dresses is that there are so many styles: shirtwaist dress, strapless, sundress, halter, flutter sleeve, flutter dress, jacket dress, shift, and empire. If you really want to hide flaws wear an empire waist dress. It can hide a big stomach! Plus they're really in style right now.
Don't forget about fabrics. Choose a fabric that will work for your event. If it's going to be 10 degrees don't wear a linen/ cotton sundress and if it's going to be 90 degrees don't wear a wool dress.
Luckily today's retro styled clothing is made of modern blends of cotton, spandex, and other fibers that wear well and are flattering to all body types.
Keep in mind that you can buy one retro dress and still retro create many looks. Take a dress from morning to night and casual to dressy with a few simple accessories: