Dita Von Teese Makes Vintage Style Modern


Performance artist Dita Von Teese attended the opening of the LA Antiques show yesterday, wearing a floor-length full skirt with her trademark cinched waist and a sweetheart neckline. Despite the retro style of the dress, Dita managed to make the look modern. Maybe it’s because we’re so accustomed to seeing the star in vintage styles, or it might be that contemporary designer runways have shown heavy ’50s influences this year.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 RTW

While, Dita has the likes Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood gifting her beautiful dresses (both new and old), the rest of us have to rely on other sources for our style fixes. Thanks to the retro craze of the ’00s, we no longer have to go diving into must thrift store bins to find cute vintage clothes. In the last decade specialty stores popped up online and in cities everywhere. And retro style isn’t only for red carpet glamour or high-fashion runway. Even Dita get’s casual from time to time. See her here at the Coachella music festival wearing sailor pants and a bustier top.

There’s no need to be top-to-bottom retro however. Even though Dita pulls it off, it’s not for everyone. Instead, punctuate and otherwise modern wardrobe with a few key vintage items. For most of us, we’ll get the most mileage out of casual vintage dresses and separates. Stay modern and on trend by looking for long “maxi” dresses, tiered ruffles, high-waisted shorts and – if you can find them – snap up a pair of saddle shoes. You’ll and personality and flair to your look, and as a bonus you’ll save a ton of cash!

photos: zimbio.com, style.com


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