7 Vintage Accessories That Will Redefine Your Look

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Don’t you want to be the type of person who wears a “stole”? (It would really give some serious credence to that Drake lyric — “oh, you fancy, huh?”)

If your modern look is in need of an update, we’re going back in time for the remedy. Get ready to think small with these vintage accessories.

1. Opera Gloves

For the longest time, I couldn’t understand why capes were such a popular outerwear choice.

They never covered up your arms, so why would anyone wear them out and about in the elements? But add a pair of long gloves, and you have a fashion dream team.

Just think of how great Rebecca Bloomwood looked in her long yellow gloves and matching beret in Confessions of a Shopaholic. Now, go make that magic happen.

2. Brooches

Sometimes, you need extra help getting a scarf to lay a certain way. Other times, you feel like a shirt or jacket would look so much better with a little sparkle at the collar.

These occasions are the perfect opportunities to let your accessories shine.

Brooches come in a mix of glamorous and understated designs. Some add color pops, while others dazzle in the light. Choose one that speaks to you and your personal sense of style.

3. Hats

I recently went shopping at an antique mall in search of vintage accessories that I can add to my everyday look, and I found the most classic black hat.

It wasn’t a traditional fascinator or cloche, so I had to do a little research into its official title.

It turns out my favorite new fall headpiece is a calot, which is French for “cap.” (Cute, right?)

Fun fact: Princess Grace wore this type of hat on her wedding day, and Princess Diana favored the calot, as well.

I bought a pair of long black gloves to match. (Now, if I can only find the perfect cape.)

4. Stoles

I recently wrote an article on upcoming fall trends, and I happened to notice a lot of coats with faux-fur accents.

I love the look, but let’s be honest: How many coats does one woman need? (On second thought, don’t answer that.)

It dawned on me, however, that you don’t have to run out and buy a new faux-fur-trimmed coat just to stay on-trend.

All you need is a faux-fur stole that you can add to your current outerwear. You’ll instantly update your outerwear collection for a fraction of a cost, and you’ll look like an old-Hollywood starlet.

5. Pearls

Pearls need no introduction or explanation. They are eternally chic and Audrey-Hepburn approved… and that’s all we need to know.

6. Shapewear

Shapewear gets a bad rap, and it’s completely undeserved. In the olden days, these styles were admittedly torturous… but times have changed.

Modern shapers retain the glamorous presentation of their vintage predecessors, but they’re now much more comfortable.

Even better, these undergarments keep you covered beneath semi-sheer layers while taking off strategic inches here and there.

7. Hosiery

Someone somewhere decided that legs should always remain bare in every season, and that person started a movement that carries on to this very day.

I, however, strongly oppose this view and believe that hosiery is a vintage must-have for modern-day women.

Whether it’s classic black tights, sheer stockings, or pantyhose with a visible back seam, these designs are elegant, flattering, and timeless (IMHO).

Which of these vintage accessories will you include in your everyday look? Share your favorites in the comments!

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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