How To Add a Retro Piece to an Outfit

May 31, 2019

I love to shop for and style retro pieces. This mod-vibe polyester zip-up-the-back sleeveless top was a thrift store find from a trip to Portland several years ago. I always like to bring home a style souvenir or two from a trip. Retro pieces can really add unique options to your closet and help you create your own individual look.

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Tips for Styling Retro Pieces

~ A retro piece can add the perfect pop of interest to your modern basics.

~ I’d suggest wearing one vintage or retro piece at a time.

~ Try not to clash with the vibe of the piece. For example you wouldn’t want to put a preppy pair of pants with a 70’s flower child top. But you don’t want to wear vintage bell bottoms and look like it’s a whole costume either!

~ If you wore this trend the first time around, I believe you can absolutely wear it as vintage. But be extra careful to style it well with modern pieces. You don’t want to look like you just are wearing the same old outfits from 20 years ago!

~ That being said, someone with a really good fashion eye could probably break all these rules and look great. Trust your instinct!

~ I like to hunt for treasures in thrift stores in person when I can, but it’s also really fun to nab great finds on Etsy and Ebay!

My Modern Basics

I’m wearing Chico’s Zenergy Classic Pull On Pants and a classic black blazer Lafayette 148 NY (both c/o). I loved the look with both black leather mules and the plaid booties, so I decided to use both pairs for the photo shoot! I added oversized gold earrings, my classic white leather tote, and tortoise shell sunnies.

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By the way, another fabulous thing about adding some retro pieces to your closet is that they don’t go out of style! Here’s the same top four years ago and I love it now just as much!

Okay, Friends … off to sign out on my final day of the school year. I feel summer vacay calling my name! I hope the weekend is calling yours! And if you need an idea of something fun to do this weekend, why not check out your local thrift stores and see if you can find a vintage treasure. If you find something, let us know!

Fun & Fashion,

Dawn Lucy

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About the blog: Fashion Should Be Fun is me talking to you, other middle aged women like me who are over 40, but not over fashion.  We still want to look beautiful and stylish.  We still want to have fun with trends.  And we don’t need anyone giving us rules, because we’re all different. We all have own shapes and bodies, parts we’d like to cover and parts we still don’t mind showing off a bit.  This is a place for me to share my love of fashion with you, style ideas, tips, trends, and inspiration. I know how liking the way we look can translate into confidence and energy. I know we have so much life left to live and so much adventure ahead of us. Let’s show the world you’re never too old to have fun and be fierce!  


  • Reply Grace Liang ULS May 31, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Your shoes are so chic!
    Please stop by at every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for linkup parties! Hope to see you there!

    Grace Liang 

    • Reply Dawn Lucy June 3, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Thanks so much, Grace! I need to remember to stop by soon!


  • Reply Nancy May 31, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Love those trousers with the booties! Fantastic style.

    • Reply Dawn Lucy June 3, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Aww thanks so much, Nancy! Do you like adding retro pieces to outfit sometimes?


  • Reply Theresa Campbell June 3, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Absolutely adore that top! And the boots are spectacular. You are so right about retro pieces. They will definitely help you stand out from the crowd. I mix vintage and new often and will sometimes go head to toe vintage. I have mastered the art of doing that without looking too costumey!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy June 3, 2019 at 9:26 am

      I love that you get excited about vintage too! Tag me next time you share a retro outfit. I’d LOVE to check it out. I always like getting ideas from my friends!


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