The neckline du jour for the last two seasons has decidedly been a high-rise ruffle with Victorian influences. And though the last couple of months of summer have caused these silhouettes to shimmy down to an off-the-shoulder look, we’re already dreaming of what Vogue referred to in its F/W 16 trend report as the “period pieces” that swept down the runways. Brands like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Gucci experimented with high-impact details like voluminous sleeves and full skirts that for us feel decadently nostalgic.
However, that brings us to the subject of today’s post. How does one pull off said nostalgic dress without looking like they’re a character in a play or an earnest Halloween partygoer? We turned to street style stars and celebs to answer that question, and what we found was that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. See below for examples from the likes of Alexa Chung and Veronika Heilbrunner, and to give your wardrobe a blast from the past, shop our picks at the end.
Our street style crush Veronika Heilbrunner never fails to impress us with her clever combinations. Here she's layered a sheer, ruffled dress over a turtleneck and trousers. Want to apply the same idea to your own look? Try a vintage dress over straight-leg jeans and sneakers.
Natalie Joos's long, flowy frock doesn't feel kitschy, thanks to her bedhead and simple sandals. The takeaway? If you're wearing something that makes a statement, keep the rest of your look subtle.
Oh, Alexa. You never fail to make us desire many more cute dresses like these ones. Follow her lead and opt for contemporary-feeling footwear to keep it balanced.
Pretty much everything looks more modern with a shorter hemline, so why not try a Victorian prairie minidress for your next night brunch or night out? Do like Leandra Medine and team it with flats.
Patricia Manfield's LWD and lace-up boots are the sartorial mashup of our dreams. Choose neutral-colored shoes to keep it from getting overwhelming.
Kate Foley's dramatic white dress looks extra cool accessorized with her Fendi mini bag and platform wedges. Oh, and that red lip doesn't hurt!
Sure, Rihanna's yellow Vetements dress isn't necessarily the easiest piece to pull off, but we think her tying her hair in a topknot makes the look feel more fun and personal to her. We'd expect nothing less from RiRi.
Wear this for the rest of summer with rope sandals and into fall with tights and loafers.
This pretty dress calls for a dramatic gust of wind.
The shorter sleeves and open back balance out this voluminous silk dress.
Try it with a pair of sneakers.
This brand is a one-stop shop for all of your feminine, ruffled needs.
You know what vintage means: There's only one!