Vintage Inspired Costume Jewellery

Vintage style costume jewelry is always a charmer any time, and that's a fact. These beautiful and fashionable accessories are always sophisticated, very stylish, and in many cases, quite affordable.

Vintage Jewellry

Many designer costume jewelry collections, when worn with a simple outfit, produces a mix factor of “wow” and “amazing”, and you’ll find that wearing them is a totally chic demonstration of personal style.

Vintage Jewelry Gives You a Classic Look

Vintage fashion accessories are always sophisticated, very stylish, and in many cases, quite affordable. Many designer costume jewelry collections, when worn with a simple outfit, produces a mix factor of “wow” and “amazing”, and you’ll find that wearing them is a totally chic demonstration of personal style.


Common styles and materials used are rhinestone bead works, pearls, acrylic beads, glass, etc..., many with bold graphics imprinted on them, and others quite simple but classy looking, and chic.

Some are also produced with retro metals to produce colourful bracelets, bangles, necklaces, earrings, and rings.

So look out for pieces made from one, or a mix of any of the above, and if you wish, go for any look - from ethnic, to elegant, or glitzy.

How to find Unusual Pieces

Costume jewelry is sold in abundance, but if you specifically want the antique and vintage look, you can check out:
  • Vintage Trifari
  • Dior
  • Schiaparelli
  • Chanel
  • Alessandro Castellan
  • Miriam Haskel
  • Hunt & Roskel

You can also browse through some wonderful images of Parures bracelets, novelty brooches, pins, earrings, and necklaces. The designs you'll discover are awesome!

Don’t be fooled though! Many of them may look very pricey and seemingly unaffordable, but you’ll find most vintage inspired costume jewelry pieces are quite affordable and in many cases, cheap.

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Ladies Vintage Inspired Fashion Accessories

What do many of us like about fashion accessories? One style is here today and gone tomorrow, only for another to re-appear again a few decades down the line.

Then it's roundabout and back again, bigger and better in a great number of ways. This is what we love and some of the reasons why vintage inspired fashion accessories like hats, shoes, jewelry, and handbags tend to be quite popular among those who prefer to have their own fashion signature.

It’s no surprise when you see fashion comebacks with some modern twist; some sort of vintage fashion reincarnation you may say.

From elegant stilletos and stylish Lucite handbags to Boater hats, Bohemian glass bracelets and chandelier earrings, vintage inspired styles are always on the market. All we need do is know what look we desire and search for ways to accessorize the old, fashionable way.

The powerful statement that such fashion accessories give, when worn with simple clothing, is the common thing that binds vintage fashion diehards and enthusiasts.

Many fashionable women want a deviation from the dominance of designer labels and high street fashion. They also know that clothes can be simple and understated but with the right accessories, any outfit can look stylish, even chic, and sophisticated. Vintage inspired accessories are good at doing that.

Vintage Inspired Pieces - What Should You Be Looking For?

Many who love the classic look but don’t know how to put it together and ‘pull it off’successfully need to know what to look out for.

So if you wonder what fashion accessories to buy, you may want to check out items inspired by designs that were created nearly a century ago

Handbags and Purses
  • Canvas satchel bags (floral, polka dots, animal prints)
  • Sequined shoulder strap bags
  • Embroidered bags
  • Parisian streets print bags
  • Lucite and Perspex
  • Evening purses "encrusted" with mother-of-pearl, sequins, exquisite beads and rhinestones.
  • Wooden box purses
  • Two-buckle bags
  • Bucket style bags
  • Zip-around purse bags
  • Clutch bags
  • Winged tote bags
  • Quilted bags (faux or real leather)
  • Rhinestone embellished peep-toe court shoes
  • Embroidered shoes
  • Floral print court shoes
  • Mary Jane flapper shoes
  • Patent court shoes
  • Ankle strap open-toe high heels
  • Dorothy shoes
  • T-bar sling back
  • T-bar satin shoes
  • Vintage shoe-boots
  • Polka dots with bows

Hats and Other Headpieces

  • Saucer hats

  • Retro pleated hats
  • Pill box hats
  • Turban style hair-wrap hats
  • Barbour hats
  • Spot sun hats
  • Cloche hats
  • Feather hats
  • Edwardian feather hats
  • Ruched hats
  • Abbey style bowler hats with bows

Vintage Inspired Jewellry
  • Brooches
  • Crystal earrings
  • Tassel necklaces
  • Tie drop necklaces
  • Ribbon tie neck jewellry
  • Paste jewellry
  • Rose statement rings
  • Moonstone rings and brooches
  • Pebble beads
  • 'Rockability’ jewellry
  • Ornate hat pins
  • Charms bracelets

  • Retro wide waist belts
  • Vintage metal belts
  • Cinch belts
  • Pleated belts
  • Big buckle belts
  • Skinny slim retro belts
  • Boho belts
  • Tassle belts
  • Elasticated metal belts

Other Fashion Accessories

  • Opera gloves
  • Scarves
  • Wrist watches
  • Sunglasses
  • Stockings, suspenders, and tights
Today’s top designers whose brands include vintage inspired accessories are
Dolce & Gabana
Marc Jacobs
Paul Smith
Christian Louboutin
Jimmy Choo.

There’s nothing like fashion accessories to make you stand out from the crowd. Make yours a conversation piece, something that makes a signature statement of your inclination towards vintage inspired fashion and style.

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Dressmaking Patterns of Vintage Designs

Authentic vintage dressmaking patterns are one of the most difficult items to find these days. Many sewing enthusiasts have searched not always successfully for patterns of clothing designs of over three-quarter of a century ago.

Shopping malls are out of it. It’s very rare to get such finds there. one of the most likely places you might be lucky enough to find such sewing patterns is at local markets, you know, those that hold on one or two days every week.

You may find patterns including and vintage-inspired items at markets like The Vintage Market and Portobello Market in London; Edith Machinist (Lower East Side) and The Market NYC (Greenwich Village) in New York; Long Beach Antique Market and Arts District Flea in California.

The most probable place to find classic dressmaking patterns is at online stores that retail sewing craft items. Yes, you may have to devote an hour one afternoon, to find what you are looking for (genuine vintage patterns aren’t that easy to find here either), but find you eventually will.

Vintage Ladies Clothing Patterns You'll Find Online

For those vintage clothing lovers out there, the next best thing to finding genuine patterns (if you can't find what you desire) is to buy vintage inspired clothing patterns . . . reproduced to imitate vintage styles. This way, you can get a pattern of that style you’ve been ‘dying’ for.

So whether you are looking for patterns of the swinging 20's tango dress, a Victorian era wedding dress, a retro style pant suit, or a fifties Chanel suit, buying reproductions of vintage patterns is your best choice.

For those of you that have some penchant for sewing and dressmaking, talents you’ve either learned or inborn, making clothing with patterns should be "a breeze”. However, if you are like most of us that have an unusual but unique taste in fashion and style but can't stitch two strips of cloth to save our lives, just get a dressmaker or a friend/family that’s good in the art of sewing.

You can employ the services of couture dressmakers (or tailors) if you can’t get the desired sewing pattern of a style you desire for a very special event. They will give you a good service because they are professionals, albeit for a hefty fee or a not so hefty one if you are lucky.

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