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How To Style Your Favorite Vintage Trends For 2017

Let's do the time warp again.

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Whether you call it nostalgia or plain and simple FOMO, fashion has always pulled from past decades to enrich its current style repertoire. From the great '90s revival of recent years to the obsession with '70s style icon Jane Birkin, the past holds a particular sentimental and sartorial attraction. But there's vintage, and there's vintage: how you wear it can be the difference between looking like you're attending a Back To The Future costume party, or masterfully incorporating an '80s reference into your outfit. 

How do we work styles that were in vogue 50 years ago into an otherwise contemporary closet without looking like a tacky time traveler? Thankfully, our favorite designers have been repurposing all our favorite must-have vintage trends in fresh new ways, from Twiggy's '60s shift dresses to Kate Moss' '90s slips. 

Check out some of our favorite throwback styles and discover all the insider tips you need for making your vintage look as good as new:

Shift Dresses


Who could forget Twiggy's iconic multi-colored shift dresses with their simplified, streamlined designs? We love Chloé's updated version of this classic '60s look from the FW17 collection, which incorporated lighter fabrics and funky geometric embroidery that felt very modern romance. To further emphasize the structure, try layering a straight-cut coat over the dress (making sure the hemline is the same length, if a fraction longer), and pull everything together with a chic-but-comfy pair of Mary Janes.
1) Ids.uni.edu 2) Chloé FW17 (image: Vogue.com
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Crochet Tops


Crochet tops usually make us think of free-wheeling flower children during the Summer of Love or Woodstock (OG Coachella), but you can also reinvent the crochet top for everyday wear by taking a leaf out of Kenzo's FW17 look book and layering yours over a shirt for a really contrasting look. Alternatively, go full-on with a vivid ensemble à la Moschino Resort 2017 while the sun's still shining. For accessories, play up your collarbone with a bold necklace or some statement earrings.
1) Etsystudio.com 2) Moschino Resort 2017 (image: Vogue.com
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Bell Bottoms


The '70s were all about creating a more elegant rendition of the '60s hippie trends, which meant flare, flare and even more flare in the form of bell-bottoms. While we may have seen some extreme versions of the trend (skintight metallic gold disco pants, anyone?), rocking this look today means picking a flare that doesn't scream "I just came from a Cher concert." We're talking pants in a variety of materials from relaxed cotton to flowy silks, cut with a subtle bell. Of course, if you're bored with subtility and want a bottom that's even more va-va-voom, combine current trends by seeking out a flared pant that's covered in ruffles. 
1) Paperdoll-vintage.com 2) Marc Jacobs FW17 (image: Vogue.com)
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Big Shoulders


With the arrival of the '80s, the volume shifted from bottom to top: our pants slimmed down and our shoulders perked up. However, quite unlike the excesses of the era (big hair and big clothes) the statement shoulder has received a more streamlined treatment for today. Céline's FW17 show featured models in knee-length blazer jackets with sharp girl-boss tailoring, the strong angles offset with undulating fabric near the bottom of the pants. The message is simple: keep the look sleek, but add some subtle volume like loose-fit pants and funky boots to break up the line wherever you can.
1) via Pinterest 2) Céline FW17 (image: Vogue.com)
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Slip Dresses


The '90s gave us a lot of questionable trends but one thing it got right was the ever-so sexy, I-just-threw-this-on slip dress. It's hard to improve on something that's already perfect, but Miu Miu does give us some good pointers for making this vintage classic more current. Look for subtle detailing when purchasing your slip dress, such as a funky feather trim or lace-and-jewels à la Selena Gomez. Instead of a flimsy shawl, go for a kimono or a structured jacket that'll provide a nice contrast to the silky material. And forgo the spindly high-heeled sandals for a sturdier, statement shoe.
1) Vloggist.fr 2) Miu Miu FW17 (image: Vogue.com
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