Lovers of vintage looks can carry out their impeccable style during the holiday season as well. While the latest trends in fashion are always changing, the vintage aesthetic is a classic and looks good no matter how modern times have changed us.
In this article, allow us to introduce ideas for your vintage holiday hairstyle, makeup, and accessories so you can usher in the biggest holiday of the year in style.
Easy, Cute Party Hairstyles for Every Length and Texture
Vintage, retro hair never goes out of style but can sometimes be hard to pull off.
But don’t worry, we’ve got your back.
Here are three of the most iconic vintage hairstyles you can try. They’re inspired by the icons of their day (think Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn) and are timeless and versatile.
The best thing? These step-by-step easy hairstyles for long hair holiday hairstyle ideas come together in no time.
Starting Hot, the 1920s Old Hollywood Waves — The Perfect 20s Hairstyle for Long hair
Waves are one of the most popular Old Hollywood hairstyles. They are a modern and elegant twist to the finger waves that rose to popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.
To recreate these sultry, dramatic waves —
- Apply a volumizing mousse to give your strands bounce and body, then blow dry your hair.
- Use a tail comb to create a side part which will help you achieve the authentic glamorous side-swept effect.
- Curl sections of your hair with a curling iron to create siren-worthy waves.
- Clip the curls in place to set, then remove all the clips once your curls have cooled down completely.
- Brush your ringlet curls with a paddle brush to give them a smooth finish. This will produce the distinctive old Hollywood style you’re aiming for.
These vintage-inspired waves are appropriate for any occasion.
You can pair your wavy hair with a bold red lip and an Ethel 1920s Evening Maxi Fringe Gown to make a style statement or keep it on the down-low with a nude lip and the Alexa 1920s Flapper Style Dress. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to make you look like a boss babe.
Moving On, the 1930S Faux Bob We Just Can’t Get Enough Of
The bob cut has been a style statement since the 1920s when women wanted a more appropriate (read: more manageable) look to go with their newfound independence.
What does that spell for those of us who don’t want to chop our hair down?
Not the worst, IMHO. After all, the easy retro faux bob style is easy to pull off.
Retro faux bob may take some trial and error to style to perfection but once you get the hang of it, you’re sure to be addicted to its breathtaking effect.
Here’s how to do it:
- Apply mousse to your hair, then use a curling tong to curl it.
- Separate hair at the front of your head, then create a side part.
- Add some clips or hair grips at the back to hold your hair in place.
- Once the hair at the back is properly pinned in place, you can unclip the front section and backcomb it to create a seamless look.
- Spray your hair with hairspray to wrap up your hairstyle.
Pair this vintage short hair aesthetic hairstyle with a super-sweet flapper-style outfit such as the Marta 1920s Flapper Style Dress or the 1920s Flapper Style Dress, and you’ll be turning heads wherever you go.
And Finally, the Cute and Casual 1950S Headscarf Trend That Stays on Top of Our Minds, Always
Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and other icons of the 1950s popularized the headscarf and it looks like it's here to stay.
The headscarf trend, which is one of the most popular 1950s hairstyles, is perfect for when you’re in a rush and still want to look drop-down gorgeous with minimal effort. It helps cover up greasy hair and badly done roots by adding a pop of beautiful color and texture to your vintage-inspired look.
To achieve one of the best long-hair 50s hairstyles —
- Mist your hair with a strong-hold hairspray.
- Wrap a patterned scarf around your hair, then tie it into a bow.
And voila, you’re ready to go!
You can try this hairstyle with a dress like the Mary Art Deco Fringe Dress to create a captivating look with just the right laid-back vibe. Pair it with gold accessories, black gloves, and dark-colored shoes to complete your look.
Vintage Makeup Trends That Are Coming Back in Style
Nostalgia is part and parcel of our lives which kind of explains why we like reinventing vintage looks for modern-day settings.
Here are some makeup trends that are trending today. As makeup is the focus of any look, you can pick and choose the elements you love the most to create a look that will forever be immortalized in the mind of anyone who looks at you.
The Flush Blush Crush
Subtle is out, bold is in.
This 1930s-inspired makeup trend uses lots of blush on the cheeks to get that sought-after flushed look. Take it to the next level by applying the blush upwards — kind of like a blush contour — to accentuate your features and facial structure.
Keep things simple on the rest of your face to get an authentic youthful glow but be sure to wear a flapper-style dress like this Old Hollywood Fringe Dress to create maximum impact.
Bold Red Lip
Red lips are having a moment though they’ve held their appeal for ages.
This retro makeup style rose in popularity in the 40s and 50s with pictures of Marilyn Monroe being passed around as inspiration. It makes you look and feel powerful and glamorous so you can look drop-dead gorgeous every day.
You can pair crimson lips with winged liners, smokey eyes, lush lashes, well-defined brows, and contoured cheeks on a clean, fresh base to flatter your face. To complete the look, wear this Great Gatsby Party Dress and create a stylish statement.
Smoky eyes give a femme fatale look, packing maximum impact with minimal effort. While it started to gain popularity in the 1930s, it was one of the hottest 1920s makeup trends — we’re talking about a century of being the OG trend.
To recreate it:
- Prime your eyelids for easy application and to give your eyeshadow a smooth base.
- Pick 3 eyeshadow shades: one for your crease, one for the overall eye, and one for highlights.
- Use a flat eyeshadow brush to apply the base shade and blend it towards the outer corner of your eye.
- Add dimension with the crease eyeshadow shade.
- Apply a highlight shade to create a smooth look while defining your brow bone.
Our tip? Skip the eyeliner, but go bold on the mascara for a defined, yet soft look. You can complete the look with the Downtown Abbey Tea Party Gown in Royal Blue.
Winged eyeliner is a classic eyeliner look that never went out of style. It can take some practice to master though so be sure to follow this step-by-step guide to the T.
- Prep the eye area with concealer or eyeshadow primer.
- Do your eye makeup first, then draw a thin line from the outer corner of your eye toward the small curve of your lower lash line.
- Now, create a smooth line, parallel to the one you made previously, then fill it in with eyeliner.
Easy and Cute Accessories to Complement Your Style
Accessories provide an interesting touch and can take your outfit to the next level.
On that note, here are some vintage-inspired accessories you can wear to spruce up your OOTD.
Vintage bags, clutches, and purses are fashion statements that are invaluable for your overall look. From the Channel Hand Embellished Fringe Bucket Bag to the Beatrice Hand Embellished Clutch Bag, you can nail your vintage-themed ensemble every time.
If you’ve been keeping up with the royal family, you may have noticed them wearing fascinators. While the royals popularized this accessory, celebrities, influencers, and even common people like you and me quickly jumped on the bandwagon.
So, if you want to give your outfit a classic look, try the 1920s Veil Fascinator. It comes with feather accents that will make your outfit look sensational.
Flapper hats, also known as cloche hats, were invented in 1908 and rose to popularity in the 1920s. It allowed women to tuck their hair in the hat to get that faux bob cut look but it also went admirably well with their outfits.
If you’re looking for a holiday outfit that will wow your family and friends, the Edwardian Floral Flapper Hat is a fashionable pick. The impossible-to-ignore headgear will add poise to your feminine-style dresses and turn heads wherever you go.
Gloves were initially only worn by royalty but quickly became popular across the different classes of society. The charming add-on could elevate any outfit which is what makes dress gloves such an asset to your repertoire.
Want to take your vintage look to the next level?
Headbands can give your vintage-inspired look a boost.
A flapper headband like our Eliza headpiece, for example, will take any simple look to the next level with its unusually strong graphic details.
The right jewelry pieces can make your outfit more cohesive while adding some eye-catching sparkle.
Now that you have all the inspiration you need to create a style statement at your vintage-themed holiday party, what hairstyle, makeup, and accessory combination are you most excited to try? We want to know.