The uptake in retro-inspired wares excites us for 2 reasons: It brings back the most epic looks from decades past and allows us to rightfully indulge our vintage-shopping tendencies. While designer interpretations clearly offer the most modern, decadent take on a throwback look, some authentic vintage gems still read as relevant and fabulous, often for a fraction of the price. If your local antique shops are few and far between, look no further than the online marketplace Etsy to source these real-deal goods. Here, our guide to training your eye for scoping out the best scores on the site for fall.
A shaggy, '70s-esque coat is a must for any fashion girl living in a cooler climate. On account of Laurel Canyon-chic having a major moment, a groovy topper thrown over a basic tee-and-jeans combo instantly achieves that covetable Penny Lane look. Seek out options rendered in true suede, with fuzzy detailing at the collar and cuffs.
Pointed-toe boots are coming back with a vengeance, thanks to a variety of darkly romantic, neo-Victorian references on the runway. Look for lace-up pairs that hit at the ankle and have a thin kitten or chunky heel; anything that comes up higher or has a mid-weight, sculptural heel can skew too "witchy."
Printed Silk Scarves
Scarves of all kinds have begun making a grandiose appearance this fall, from the skinny, rocker-chic variety to a proper European-chic neckerchief. Etsy is a goldmine for silk square scarves—you can score a handful boasting gorgeous prints for a bargain, yet the effect when worn is expensive. Look at the fabric content of the piece you're interested in to make sure it's actually silk (and thus, won't look cheap) and opt for bold geometric patterns, which feel most on-trend this season.
Satin Bomber Jackets
A fixture on the model-off-duty street-style scene, silky bomber jackets serve as a lightweight, more casual alternative to a leather topper. Look for one with fun embroidery on the back, but avoid anything that skews too '80s workout—and remember to remove any shoulder pads once you receive.
Score a festive, Balmain-inspired look for a fraction of the price with an authentic '80s gem. Search for accordion pleat, metallic skirts in a midi-length. Once you find a winner, make sure to balance the look for daytime with casual separates and pared-down accessories.
Incorporating suede separates into your look is key to nailing the '70s vibe. Seek out dresses, jackets and tops that offer a bit of leeway with sizing—think: an A-line dress you can cinch at the waist or a boxy cropped silhouette you can balance with skinny trousers. (We know, those skin-tight suede bells look great on the model, but might prove ill-fitting IRL.)