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Vintage-inspired looks for summer

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Fun summer vintage

As much as we love being fashion forward, it’s also fun to delve into the past where style is concerned. This summer, we suggest adding a vintage vibe to your look. Summer is the perfect time to mix things up, so add a few of these breezy, vintage-inspired picks to your hot weather wardrobe.

floral vintage-inspired dress

Flirty & floral

Start your summer off on the right (fashionable) foot with this cute floral vintage-inspired dress (dorothyperkins.com, $45). The pale blue frock features cap sleeves and a breezy summer vibe we can’t get enough of. Pair with strappy sandals for day or wedge heels for evening and add a small clutch in a bold hue (we suggest red) to complete the look.

Denim vest

Denim vest

Add some edge to your more feminine summer looks with this washed out denim vest perfect for tossing on over a floral frock (topshop.com, $70). If you’re not wearing it over a dress, add a vintage twist to any other outfit. Toss it on over a fitted T-shirt tucked into tailored trousers or wear with a maxi skirt and tank top – the possibilities are endless.

Beaded cardigan

Beaded cardigan

Summer nights can get chilly. Stay warm in style with this pretty vintage-inspired beaded cardigan in an eye-catching orangey-pink (anthropolgie.com, $128). Wear over neutral-hued dresses and T-shirts whenever you catch a chill.

Pleat-front shorts

Pleat-front shorts

Give your cut-offs a break and trade simple sundresses for this cute pair of high-rise pleat-front shorts with a decidedly retro feel (urbanoutfitters.com, $39). Tuck in your favorite T-shirt or tank top (opt for a bold hue) and add a pair of platform sandals for a cool, casually chic summertime look.

Ruffle blouse

Ruffle blouse

Adding some vintage charm to your look this summer will be a snap with this delicate minty-hued chiffon blouse with pretty ruffles at the neck (shopruche.com, $35). We love the elasticized waist for a flattering silhouette and the pastel hue is perfectly on-trend for the season.

Hot heels

Hot heels

We took instant notice of this pair of vintage-inspired T-strap Seychelles sandals in a summer-ready shade of coral (modcloth.com, $100). The peep toe and stacked heel give them some sophistication, while the bold hue makes them fun to wear. Pair with a belted dress, beaded clutch and some statement earrings to create a perfectly chic summer look.

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