Time Warp: Retro Fashion Pieces to Have in Your Closet

Retro – the style that never gets old! Going retro can mean anything from flamboyant and proud fashion statements to subtle hipster undertones. Whatever the goal is for you, retro fashion is always in, and always a winning look! Let’s talk about some must-haves for your closet in the retro department.


The start of any good retro look is the top. From camis to blouses (and everything in between), here’s our selection of must-have tops for your fashion time warp.

The Basic Cami

While camisoles, or camis, were born from the idea of corsets, they became a popular fashion statement in their own right in the 80s. A cami is a must-have in all wardrobes because it’s versatile, matches any and all body type, and is an essential starter piece for many good retro combinations. The two most common types of camis are the thin strap and the broad strap cami. Each has its own charm and goes with a huge variety of pants and accessories.

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The Crop Top

Crop tops started sneaking into fashion in the 30s and 40s, but it wasn’t until the 60s that the crop top started becoming popular. A basic crop top looks good on anyone. It’s perfect for your spring and summer wardrobe and matches anything else you pair with it. Mix it up with a print skirt, or a pair of acid wash jeans, and you’re good to go.


Whether you dig high waisted shorts or paper bag trousers, there’s a retro pair of pants to suit your style out there. Here are some suggestions for your retro wardrobe.

High Waisted Shorts

High waisted shorts are totally 90s. Nothing says retro like a good pair of high waisted shorts, especially when matched with the right top and sandals! High waisted shorts can be made of denim, or comfy cotton to lounge around in.

Linen Paper Bag Pants

Paper bag pants are a cousin of the high rise look made popular in the 70s. They’re good for any season of the year and pair great with any kind of solid color top. Just make sure that the fit of the top is either tight or short — too much loose material can start to look a little too baggy. You can also tuck in your top for a look that is more proportioned.

Acid Wash Jeans

The 80s saw the rise in these super trendy jeans, and they are perfect with basically any tee or top and can be paired with a wide range of wedges and other shoes for a killer look! They’re easily dressed up or down depending on your style.


Nothing spells out elegance or style quite like a good dress paired with the right shoes and jewelry. Here are our top picks for your retro dress selection.

The Leopard Print Dress

Leopard print went through a small phase of popularity in the 60s and then soared in popularity with the glam rock scene. Leopard print strikes the perfect balance between fierce and elegant, and a leopard print dress is fantastic for literally all body shapes and sizes! It’s striking, bold, and never gets old.

The Babydoll Dress

The babydoll dress first showed itself in the 40s and was embraced in the 90s as an intersection between flirty and grunge. With sneakers, it’s a hip casual getup, and with the right wedges, it’s elegant summer wear. If you want to go completely 90s, pair it with some Docs.

The Midi Dress

The midi trend started in the 40s with the midi skirt and morphed into the gorgeous midi dress, which is a must-have for retro lovers. The layered look and versatile design make it a solid choice for casual and even semi-formal occasions alike.

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Regardless of the season or current trends, or your color preference or even body shape, retro is always classy and stylish. Grab the picks mentioned above to pave the way for a timeless look that keeps you looking swank and fresh with the best selection of outfits and pieces for your wardrobe.

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  • Sally Kurzy
    Sep 16, 2020 Reply

    The croptop rocks!

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