Repeat (Outfit) Offender | How to Mix and Match Your Retro Wardrobe

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Does this outfit look familiar? I’ve worn just about everything you see here on the blog before. While I’ve been a bit of a dress hoarder, I still want to get mileage out of my clothes. When I started this little retro journey, I didn’t think mixing and matching was an option – a dress is a dress, right? I do have a handful of separates, but I always thought of my dresses as stand alone things. Now, I’m trying to be a little more money-savvy, and I’m starting to see new opportunities in my “been there, done that dresses.”


Previous Posts: Outfit 1 / Outfit 2

In the pictures above, you can see the pieces of my outfit, mainly the dress and the petticoat/skirt, separately. They work both together or on their own. It took me a while to envision them as anything different, but I didn’t want them to retire to the dark depths of my closet either.

oh-my-dot-gazeboWhile I’m still learning how to get more out of my favorite retro clothes, here are a few tips I picked up along the way for remixing my wardrobe:

1 – Over/Under: Don’t be afraid to layer – even with dresses and skirts! The tulle skirt underneath does a lot to add volume and a pop of color, but it would also look great over the bottom of the dress turning it into a cute polka dotted halter top. Cardigans and tied button up tops are also nice if you’re layering on your top half.

2 – Multipurpose: Is there anything you can wear more than one way? Not to knock the traditional petticoat, but I’ve gravitated toward tulle skirts instead. Since they’re not see-through, so I can wear them both under dresses and on their own as skirts – and the pop of color doesn’t hurt either.

3 – Neutral Territory: While I’m for loading your wardrobe with all the colors, don’t forget to have a few key pieces in neutral colors – and they don’t have to be boring. My dress is black and white, but the polka dot print is still fun and the red looks brighter by comparison.

4 – Accessorize: It’s a good thing to have an arsenal of accessories at your disposal. With a variety of necklaces, belts, and shoes, you can transform any dress without doing much at all.

oh-my-dot-close-2 oh-my-dot-full-3What are your favorite ways to stretch your retro wardrobe? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks as always for reading, and keep mixing it up!

Outfit Details – Dress: ModCloth / Tulle Skirt: eShakti (similar) / Shoes: Jessica London (no longer available, but these are cute!) / Belt: ModCloth (similar) / Jewelry: BaubleBar (necklace / ear cuff set)

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2 thoughts on “Repeat (Outfit) Offender | How to Mix and Match Your Retro Wardrobe

  1. Lauren Blair says:

    Haha, you and I had very similar mentalities when we started this vintage journey! I was all, “I’m dressed up because I’m wearing a dress. So what? What else do I need??” I’m starting to figure out how to make dresses something totally different as well now. GREAT post-I’m loving the skirt poking out from underneath the dress look! And, as always, you look super glam! 😉
    -Lauren Blair

    • says:

      Thanks, Lauren! It’s so awesome to see us both evolve our retro looks. Because of you and the other ladies I’ve met through blogging, I feel we have a lovely community where we can share ideas.

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