Looking to upgrade your wardrobe with some vintage fashion staples? Vintage clothing is dominating the fashion world, especially with the movement of sustainability to upcycle and recycle. Besides they’ll always remain in style.

Let’s take a look at some vintage fashion essentials you must have in your wardrobe.

Cigarette Trousers

Cigarette trousers started to trend in the 50’s and is still trending in today’s world of fashion. These style of trousers were body – hugging at the top with a straight leg opening which ended just above the ankle. Black cigarette trousers was and is the predominant colour due to versatility but patterns such as checks, stripes and polka dots were introduced in the the late 50’s.

A-line skirts

A-line skirts are fitted at the hips and flares out towards the hem, which resembles the letter A. This vintage clothing essential provide an extremely flattering fit and were popular during the 40’s. The skirt is comes in various lengths including midi, maxi and mini and is an instant outfit without the effort.

Shirt waist dress

The shirt waist dress is a vintage fashion wardrobe staple where its popularity dates back to the 30’s- 60’s. This dress typically buttons down to the waist and flares out. It’s a classic style that can be worn on any occasion.


Cardigans are practical and versatile. They can act as a cute accessory during warm weather and add an extra bit of warmth during  colder months. Choose lightweight cashmere or high-quality cotton starting with basic colours such as black or white for your every day style. For special occasions, opt for cardigans with embellishments or sequins. Cardigan lengths and shapes range from the traditional round jewel neck, hip-length, V-neck, as well as swingy and cropped variations.

Denim Jacket

Another vintage fashion staple that never goes out of style is the the denim jacket. It’s completely versatile as it can be worn with any outfit, occasion and season. Denim jackets were once produced for work wear but transitioned to an every day attire during the 40’s-50’s.

From the 50’s to 80’s, whatever era of vintage clothing items you are looking for, we have a range of chic and classy styles in store at Antiques of Kingston.