We live in a world where virtually nothing is left to the imagination. Mini-skirts and crop tops are seemingly the only option when it comes to creating an on-trend look. For women with old-fashioned sensibilities, it can be hard to find clothing that makes you feel beautiful without having to bare it all. Instead of shying away from your inherently modest and elegant sense of style, consider incorporating vintage-inspired elegance into your everyday look. You’ll not only get inspired by these beautiful photos - you’ll also learn how to become a romantic heroine in the modern era.
There is something about a modest, vintage-inspired gown that is decidedly refreshing. When shopping for styles that exude classic refinement, don’t think that you have to contain yourself to one particular decade. There are fashion-forward items from every era that can exude your signature sense of sophistication.
While there are plenty of options to choose from, gowns inspired by the early 20th century are impeccable in their design details. The gown seen here shows that just because a dress is influenced by the past doesn’t mean it can’t look current and cutting edge. The gorgeous black overlay is covered in statement-making embellishments and embroidery. Underneath, a jewel tone like hunter green truly never goes out of style. The sheer details at the neckline and sleeves hint at modern era trends while also being reminiscent of a beautiful, bygone era.
An elegant up-do is the easiest way to bridge the gap between modern era style and old-fashioned refinement. No matter the length of your hair, there are tutorials available online that can help you create a truly timeless hair style. Feminine details like braids and curls will add a ladylike twist to your everyday look. Pulling your hair back will also ensure the focus stays on your fabulous features.
When it comes to romantic makeup, keep everything subdued. Instead of opting for a dark eye-liner or a bold red lip, keep your color palette soft and neutral. A barely-there, fresh faced look is rarely seen in today’s overly done-up world. The easiest way to channel the look of romantic heroines from the early 20th century is to be as minimalistic as possible.
Shoes are a focal point of any outfit. While there are plenty of vintage-inspired footwear styles to choose from, don’t be afraid to incorporate modern era styles into your look to keep your entire ensemble contemporary. Here, a strappy sandal is paired with a formal Edwardian gown. While the look is not historically accurate, it somehow looks effortless when worn together. There are plenty of places you can give an old-fashioned outfit a modern twist, and your footwear is one of them.
Accessories are one of the easiest and best ways to add visual interest to an outfit. When a dress is heavily detailed, don’t pile on the jewelry. Too many sparkly baubles can quickly appear too garish or over-the-top. Instead, pair your gown with a simple necklace that features a dramatic length. Natural elements also always have a place in fashion from today and yesteryear. A simple flower in your hair adds an organic pop of color that is nothing short of breathtaking.