Shirts and blouses are one of the easiest ways to incorporate your vintage style into the office; as well as being smart enough for a professional environment, they also manage to fit in perfectly with a look from almost any era. Fans of the 1920’s should look for blouses with delicate embroidery and lace detailing, while those who prefer the forties fashions should opt for peter pan collars and floral prints.
Office tailoring doesn’t always need to be modern; rather than choosing a standard dress or pair of trousers, look to days gone by for your basic pieces. Shirt dresses with retro prints, full circle skirts from the 1950’s and pencil skirts from the WW2 period work particularly well in the workplace, teamed with either tights or bare legs, depending on the length. If you’re more of a trousers girl, they should be high-waisted and tapered, or cut with a super wide leg.
Bags are one of the easiest ways to add a little vintage touch to your working wardrobe, from delicate clutch bags to oversized printed shoppers from the 1980’s. For anyone who has to carry documents to and from the office, a vintage leather satchel is the ideal solution, while fringed boho-style rucksacks from the 1970’s are perfect for anyone with a long commute ahead of them.
If you’re a fan of the mid-century look, you’re in luck; nipped in waists were one of the key styles of this era, and happen to fit in perfectly in the office. Whether you’re sporting high-waisted trousers or a full skirt, cinching your waist with a classic leather belt is one of the most simple ways of adding a little retro to your day. The possibilities for belts are literally endless; choose from skinny leather, embroidered fabric and of course, floral, to finish your look.
They say shoes make the outfit, and this is even more true of office wear - the right pair of shoes can make an incredible amount of difference to your final look. The high street do some incredible reproduction vintage shoes, so if you can’t find any originals in your size, don’t fret; simply look to your favourite brands for details such as cone heels, t-bars and rounded toes. If you prefer flat shoes, simply remember that you can never go wrong with a pair of brogues!
For vintage loving ladies, choosing workwear that stays true to your style can often be a problem. Trying to blend a modern office situation with clothes from previous eras can throw up a whole host of issues, but we've come up with five easy steps to make your retro wardrobe work-ready.