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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Vintage Inspired Fashion Accessories

What do we like about fashion accessories? There is no longer one style being in or out of fashion and neither is there a particular trend that one must follow. The beauty of accessorising is that you can create your own unique style by blending, for instance, vintage-inspired accessories with today’s modern trends.

From hats popular in the first half of the 20th-century, to flapper style shoes, flamboyant costume jewellery, box handbags, long strings of beads, chandelier earrings, and Lucite clutch bags, if you like to blend the past with the present, create your own fashion signature and combine your attire with vintage style accessories.

You can accessorise tastefully even with the simplest shift or A-line dress. The powerful statement that vintage style accessories give when worn with simple modern clothing, is the common thing that binds vintage fashion diehards and enthusiasts.
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Stylish women want a deviation from the dominance of designer labels and high street fashion and know that clothes can be simple and understated, but with the right accessories, any ensemble can look chic, and sophisticated. Vintage inspired accessories are good for creating this look.

If you are not quite sure of how to put it together, search for ways to accessorize the ‘old-fashioned style, chic and elegant. There are so many illustrations, photos, and pictures of fashionable women of the 1900s to the 1960s online. You can draw inspiration from these and old fashion and style magazines, and brochures.

What Accessories Should You Be Looking For?

You’ll first need to know what look you want, classic retro, bohemian or swinging? But then it doesn’t matter what look you want to pull off. You will find that having a few of the pieces in your wardrobe will help you add style to your entire outfit.

To know what fashion accessories to consider buying, check out fashion accessories inspired by designs that were created nearly a century ago. Pull off a classic look with a Cloche hat, cross-strap shoes, or a collaret.
Vintage Fashion Accessories

Here is a list of items to consider if you are looking for vintage-inspired fashion accessories:

  • Canvas satchel bags with floral, polka dots, or animal prints
  • Small sequined or beaded bags with shoulder straps
  • Tapestry or embroidered handbags
  • Handbags with Parisian streets print
  • Lucite bags
  • Evening purses "encrusted" with mother-of-pearl, sequins, exquisite beads and rhinestones.
  • Wooden box purses
  • Two-buckle bags
  • Bucket handbags
  • Clutch bags
  • Quilted handbags
Shoes (with mid-height heels)
  • Peep-toe court shoes
  • Embroidered shoes
  • Floral print court shoes
  • Mary Jane flapper shoes
  • Ankle strap open-toe high heels
  • Dorothy shoes
  • T-bar shoes
  • Shoe-boots
  • Oxfords
Hats and Other Headpieces
  • Saucer hats
  • Retro pleated hat
  • Pillbox hat
  • Turbans
  • Barbour hat
  • Sun hat
  • Cloche hat
  • Feather hat
  • Edwardian feather hats
  • Ruched hats
  • Bowler hats with bows
Costume Jewellery
  • Brooches and pins
  • Chandelier earrings
  • Retro bangles
  • Tassel necklaces
  • Tie drop necklaces
  • Ribbon (tie neck) jewellery
  • Large statement rings
  • Moonstone rings
  • Pebble beads
  • 'Rockability’ jewellery
  • Ornate hat pins
  • Charms bracelets
  • Retro belts
  • Chain belts
  • Cinch belts
  • Pleated belts
  • Big buckle belts
  • Skinny slim retro belts
  • Boho belts
  • Tassel belts
  • Elasticated metal belts

Vintage Inspired (20th Century) Fashion

Why Accessories are Important to Enhance Your Style

Fashion accessories are what makes dressing up complete and powerful. A unique accessory makes your choice of clothing look good, stylish, polished and totally “whole”.

They add sophistication to apparel and many fashionable women have created their own bold fashion signatures just by being particular about their choice of fashion accessories.

Vintage inspired fashion accessories can be bold and daring, opulent or simple, but basically, wearing the style is considered chic and classic.

Just as some fashion accessories inspired by antique and vintage styles come in the most unique hues and colour combinations, others come in calmer earth tones, antique metal colours, and intricately designed works typical of an era that took fashion and style quite different from how we do today.

And because today's trends lean towards the mid 20th-century styles, many fashion conscious women are quite satisfied to make their choice amidst hundreds of vintage-inspired fashion accessories found in the online market.

Dressmaking Patterns of Vintage Clothing

Authentic vintage dressmaking patterns are not so easy to find these days, especially sewing patterns of clothing designs from over three-quarter of a century ago.

These are not the kind of things you’ll find in shopping malls but you may be lucky to find a rare few in flea markets or at local street markets that open only one or two days a week.

Such markets where you will likely find vintage dressmaking patterns include marketplaces and arcades like The Vintage Market and Portobello Market in London; Edith Machinist (Lower East Side) and The Market NYC (Greenwich Village) in New York and Long Beach Antique Market and Arts District Flea in California. But most people looking for genuine vintage clothing patterns, especially the unopened ones, probably don’t live anywhere near these locations.

  So, if you, like many of us really want patterns of the stylish 20th century apparel designs but can’t find them around where you reside, your best option is at online stores that retail sewing craft item – places like Etsy, eBay, Amazon, and Vintage stores. Granted, you may have to devote like a half hour (or more) to find what you are looking for. Genuine patterns are of course, rare finds.

Vintage 1920s Dressmaking Patterns on eBay
Vintage 1950s Dressmaking Patterns on eBay

Vintage Inspired Sewing Patterns

Obviously, unused vintage authentic patterns (Simplicity, Vogue, Butterick, McCall, etc…) are rare finds so the next best thing is to buy vintage inspired clothing patterns which are reproductions of vintage styles. They are much easier to find online and available designs abound. You can get one for that flapper style you’ve been yearning for.

So, whether you are looking for dressmaking patterns of a 20s tango dress, a Victorian wedding dress, a Mary Quant frock, a retro jumpsuit, or a fifties Chanel jacket, buying reproductions of vintage sewing patterns is always your best choice.

Further Reading:

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If you that have a penchant for sewing and dressmaking (either acquired or inherent) you may even be able to create your own patterns after viewing pictures, brochures, or photographs of stylishly dressed women of about a century ago. Pattern making is also easier to do if you are a fashion designer or an aspiring one.

If you search online, you will find an arsenal of pattern making books and tools that will be of tremendous help if you intend to make your own clothing patterns imitating fashion of a glorious era.

However, if you are like most of us that loves the unique but can't stitch two strips of cloth together, you can get a dressmaker or a friend/family that’s good in the art of pattern making or sewing or you can also employ the services of professional couture dressmakers or tailors, albeit for a hefty fee.

Popular paperback pattern making books you’ll find helpful include the following:
  • Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit: Using the Rub-off Technique to Re-create and Redesign Your Favourite Fashions
  • BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern
  • How to Make Sewing Patterns
  • Basic Patternmaking in Fashion
  • Woman's Dress - A Collection of Vintage Articles on Dressmaking, Millinery and Tailoring