Every season, retro trends are recycled in new ways—one day, the world is wearing bell-bottoms; the next, people have hiked the hem up into cropped flares. Digging into styles of decades past can be a lot of fun (who doesn’t like to play dress-up?), and shopping vintage is a budget-friendly way to experiment with it and find some statement accessories that are truly one-of-a-kind. In need of some inspo for your next thrift-store adventure? Check out the vintage-inspired looks we’ve spotted all over Instagram this fall.
Let’s face it—many students panic on a bad hair day and fall to disguising messy manes with a hat before running out the door. Next time this happens to you, try switching out your go-to baseball cap in favor of a fisherman cap. Models like Bella Hadid have been spotted wearing the trendy style on the streets, and we’re not surprised—we firmly believe it’s an easy way to add some edge to your look before running errands or heading to class.
These short-heeled shoes recently came back into the spotlight thanks to ’70s-inspired brands like Mansur Gavriel. We love them because they’re easy to slip on and have a simple chicness that pairs well with skinny jeans—or really anything else in your closet. Weather too cold for bare toes? Pair the shoes with printed socks or fishnets to sport the trend year-round.
Whether you’re a diehard Audrey Hepburn fan or just dedicated to the French-girl aesthetic, you’ve probably noticed a scarf’s ability to transform any outfit into a chic look. We love it paired with a simple jeans-and-tee combo—but as fashion girls around the world have shown us, the possibilities are endless. They can be tied to your wrist, to the handle of a bag, or even right into a braided hairstyle.
Piled-on necklaces always seem to come back in style eventually. We recently spotted this trend on the runways of Lanvin and Christian Dior in versions that feel modern and not like a costume. Make this trend your own by pairing a few of your favorite necklaces of different lengths (we’re gravitating toward a gold locket with a shorter nameplate necklace) for the perfect addition to a lazy-day look.
Oval-shaped sunglasses have come straight back from the ’90s and into our Instagram feeds this season. Whether you’re going for the oversize plastic frames Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain made famous or you prefer a more delicate style with wire frames, this trend will add a cool factor to any look on a sunny fall day.
Love a good throwback? Show us your favorite vintage fall trends on Instagram and be sure to tag @cfashionista!
Featured photo and styling by @thaliagochez.