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Retro style: How to be a retro lady

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Funky ways to channel the look

We often look to the decades of the past to get ideas for the fashion trends of the future -- because sometimes all an old pair of flares really needs is a quick modern update. Or perhaps, they need some chic new accessories. Whatever the case may be, here are four funky ways you can start channeling the retro look now.
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Funky Ways To Channel The Look

We often look to the decades of the past to get ideas for the fashion trends of the future -- because sometimes all an old pair of flares really needs is a quick modern update.
Or perhaps, they need some chic new accessories. Whatever the case may be, here are four funky ways you can start channeling the retro look now.

the look

The first step to looking the part is making sure you know all the essentials that make up this trend.

1

Update your bell-bottoms


If there's one retro trend we're all familiar with, it has got to be the bell-bottom craze of the '70s. Recently spotted on the likes of some of our favorite stylish celebs, Rachel Zoe and Katie Holmes for instance, this look is back and better than ever for fall, but with a sleek new update.

To get the look, try a slimming flare in a dark wash like these mid-rise Bianca LADK bell-bottom jeans, $178, by Seven For All Mankind. Exposed buttons and welt pockets help put a modern spin on this otherwise retro classic.

 

layered skirt

2

Get vintage-inspired

 

From thrift stores to online boutiques nostalgic for the '80s, one of the easiest ways to rock retro this season is with rad, vintage-inspired accessories. We're totally flipping out for this handmade, 14k gold plated "out of the box" retro ring, $96, from LA based designer Miss Wax. Inspired by '80s art deco and the neon palette of the decade, Miss Wax definitely caught our attention.

 

3

Go old school

bangle bracelet

 

Who doesn't love a good retro tee? We know we do! Especially if it's made from soft tissue jersey and is one size fits all. X truly marks the spot with this cross bones unisex tee, $89, in heather gray from the peeps over at Wildfox. To incorporate this look into your wardrobe for fall and still keep things modern, pair your retro tee with a feminine style trouser from J. Crew or brighten it up with denim skinnies, $168, from Current/Elliott.

 

layered skirt

4

Channel '50s feminine

 

An iconic print of the '50s, polka dots have reared their pretty little heads again and are popping up everywhere for fall. To channel this trend in an updated fashion, step into a cute polka dotted strapless dress like this retro Olivia one, $190, by Lauren Conrad.

 

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