The Viva Guide To Vintage: How To Make Vintage Fashion Feel Current

New ideas for taking your pre-loved finds to the next level



Once the wardrobe staple of working women during the 1970s, a tan leather jacket works particularly well with that other 70s office staple — the A-line skirt, like this updated version from Sylvester.

Belted at the waist, a brown jacket looks terrific over cream or white separates and minimalist gold jewellery.

Vintage leather jacket $70, from Bread And Butter Letter. Country Road top $64.90. Sylvester skirt $269. Mi Piaci heels $260. H&M earrings $10.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas


While you’re trawling through vintage racks, you’ll find a fair few questionable knits.

During the tran-seasonal period, these offer a surprising point of interest when layered underneath a tidy blazer and a pair of dark jeans, transforming it into something surprisingly chic. Like this vintage Versace roll neck number. Belted at the waist with a slim belt and teamed with a bold blazer, it's an easy way to look casual but totally put together.

Vintage Versace sweater, $115, from Tatty's. H&M jacket $80 and bag. Isabel Marant belt, POA, from Adorno. Wynn Hamlyn jeans $300. Gestuz boots $549.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas


No one wore 50s prom dresses quite like Courtney Love and Amy Winehouse. Putting their own irreverent spin on a classic, the winning formula was a play on contrasts. Try one layered over a tight knit top or t-shirt and wear with a pair of combat boots for an anarchic kick, a subversive grunge nod to Miss Love.

Vintage 1950s dress, $65, and purse $25, from Retro Addiction. Wixii top $170. Mi Piaci combat boots $380.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas


Popularized during that upwardly mobile era of the late 80s and early 90s, a shoulder padded pinstripe blazer, one slightly over sized, is a chic way to look sharp whether at the office or out for a cocktail party — just add a fun trouser and metallic heels for an easy pass out of squaresville.

Vintage blazer, $149.50, from Tatty's Recycle Boutique. Kowtow top $169. Sylvester trousers $279. Mi Piaci heels $260.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas


From work to cocktail event, an easy blazer does the trick. Worn with this season's knit pencil skirt from Kowtow, the trick is to balance out the proportions of a vintage blazer (especially one's with built in shoulder pads), for a look that leaves you with less time to worry about what your wearing and more time drinking G&T's.

Vintage blazer, $145, from Wixii Vintage. Kowtow skirt $199. Sempre Di heels, $390, from Scarpa.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas


A mix of fair Isle prints and frills makes this prim and proper sweater a vintage gem. Worn with one of this season's cosiest trousers by Wynn Hamlyn, complementary hues make this an easy way to look polished. Add another layer of texture with some patent boots for an unexepected dose of cool on an otherwise traditional look.

Vintage sweater, $30, from Retro Addiction. Homage Online earrings $299. Wynn Hamlyn trousers $350. Sol Sana boots $249.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

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