Tops encompass a huge variety of styles, shapes, and colours that open the door to endless outfit possibilities. With Vintage and retro, the same is true.
At Vintage Shape we want you to explore new possibilities and encourage you to try different clothes; this is why we are giving you some of the best stylish women’s outfits that include vintage tops.
We believe that vintage apparel is great on its own but can be combined with modern clothing to create marvelous things. You will see what we mean here.
The outfits are represented by images throughout the article; we discuss them and we provide you with some alternative ideas for you to modify them.
Tank top outfit – Simple and comfortable
The most basic and classic top you can find out there is the white tank top. It is such basic wear that many people overlook it.
Even if you are in a rush or simply don’t want to spend hours dressing up, you can combine the white tank top to make it looks fresh, relaxed, and good.
The pants play a huge role (as with other types of tops too) but most people go for the same look… denim. Skinny, cigarette. and ripped jeans, as well as short denim skirts are widely popular. These are great but with a slight twist, you can look even better.
A dark colour (black preferably) contrasts better with the white. Our suggestion is the high-waisted baggy black jeans; a casual, comfortable, and fresh look. Other alternatives are the baggy cargo pants (which go better with a short tank top) and other casual oversized trousers.
If you prefer a little more formality, a black short skirt with a belt or a long pleated skirt are great alternatives
For the skirts a pair of heels will do; for the pants, some matching colour sneakers or converse are the ideal option. If you go for a non-white tank top, remember to match/contrast the colours well.
Soop neck outfit – Great vintage-modern hybrid
Scoop necks are very underrated, as v-necks, sweetheart, or jewel necks are preferred among women. Still, scoop necks are very feminine, especially when they are long-sleeved.
Our featured outfit is slightly smart casual and features a thin, tight, and tucked long sleeve scoop neck that highlights your body structure, your neck, and your collarbones.
Women usually complement the scoop neck with long pants or jeans; big mistake since there are better alternatives. Ankle-level slim trousers (for example drainpipe trousers) are much better as they maintain the tight figure of the scoop neck, while the ankles, hands, and chest combine in a swift elegant manner.
Be sure to wear some kitten heels or similar platform shoes that expose your feet. A belt is also preferred as the scoop neck goes tucked and the trousers are high waisted.
Oh! also go ahead and wear a short thin necklace, it will look amazing too.
So what other legwear is ideal? Try a short pencil or denim skirt you won’t be disappointed 🙂
Tie-Up top – Go full vintage
We now completely old school and give you a full vintage tie-up top outfit. One thing is for sure, there won’t be any girls looking like you once you wear this.
The tie-up top features short sleeves and a big bowknot as tying. Some tie-up tops (especially vintage ones) are very discrete when it comes to the tying; well, we don’t want that, a nice looking bow knot looks great.
A very common trait among vintage outfits is how well everything matches. Ideally, the pattern that you chose for the top, doesn’t matter if its plain, stripped, or any other, you want to have it also on the legwear.
We are aware that coming across a full outfit like this nowadays may be hard, so matching patterns also work too. Just get a little creative.
For the lower body, you want to have a skirt or shorts. Take a look at our vintage skirt outfits to know more about how to match skirts.
If you want a more traditional look, try a long (below the knee) A-line or bell-shaped skirt, both look awesome with tie-up tops.
On the other hand, a more relaxed and casual look would involve chino shorts, board shorts, or some other low rise shorts.
With the shorts, a pair of heeled strapped or wedged sandals works, and for the skirts, some block heels will do the trick
One last note: Tie-up tops have something unique going on. Almost any shirt can be tied in a way that you have a full, undistinguishable, tie-up without the need to buy a special top or something like that. Check out this youtube tutorial to know how you make your own tie-ups!
Crop top outfit – Polo as a top?
Polo shirts, being one of the classic shirts out there, had to be modernized. Not many people know this but polo shirts can be crop tops too… just cut the lower part of the shirt and there you go! A cropped polo!
Polo tops can be combined with a wide variety of pants. A standard pair of slim fit jeans look great, and as with crop tops in general, short skirts look fantastic with them. These can be denim skirts, pleated skirts, or pencil skirts. Belts with short skirts highlight your waist.
Other types of skinny pants also go well.
With shoes, you also have a huge variety of options. For example, if you go for the mini skirt, you can go for some ankle boots, gumshoes, or even some ankle strap or stilettos.
On the other hand, if you are wearing long pants you can go for sneakers, slip-on’s, or clogs.
Overall it cropped polos give the usual outfits a small twist that makes them instantly stand out and look very appealing.
Turtleneck top outfit – An elegant alternative
Turtlenecks were widely popular in the 70s all the way through the 90s. People tend to forget that turtlenecks are not just sweaters, they are tops too and very stylish by the way.
Thin turtlenecks are not only ideal for winter layering but they can also be fashionable clothes. Being long-sleeved and slightly elegant, you can combine them with office wear like slim trousers or a long pencil skirt, or go for a more casual look with cigarette trousers or tight jeans.
A vintage and formal look can be achieved with a set of wide-leg pants, while a modern sexy look would involve a short leather skirt.
What about the feet? Well, there are a lot of alternatives. Leather pumps for the trousers, leather boots for the skirts, kitten heels for the cigarettes, and T-straps for the long pencil skirt are some of our suggestions.
Turtlenecks are much more visually appealing when they are plain and are worn in combination with other plain clothes. Dark colours are associated with more formal environments, while lighter colours are more party-ish and vintage looking.
Cami top outfit – Sexy & Discrete
As we stated in our tops guide camisoles were originally women’s underwear, and slowly became an outwear fashion symbol. For this reason, they have an inherent sexy aura attached to them.
So what happens when you combine a cami top with office attire like the long pencil skirt and the heels? Well, you get a low-key sexy outfit that looks great in working environments and outside of them.
Adding a blazer on top of the cami may be a good idea if you are looking for a more conservative look.
Also, the pencil skirt can fall slightly over the knee, as shown in the picture above, or you can try an ankle-level skirt that also looks great. Going for a split skirt will add up some style points.
If you wish to go for a sexier look, the leather skirt is definitely the way to go.
Outfits like this look great with complementary jewelry on the wrists and/or the neck.
Off-shoulder top outfit – Another vintage gem
We couldn’t end our outfit suggestions without the pinnacle of feminity, as far as tops are concerned; the off-shoulder top.
In combination with a long skirt, the off-shoulder top radiates a traditional aura that makes women look absolutely gorgeous. It is no surprise that most wedding dresses are a combination of these two pieces.
You also have huge flexibility to combine these two… A casual outfit would be a plain tight off the shoulder with a knee-level midi skirt and some ankle straps. You can also go for a berrylush top with a maxi skirt and a pair of lace-up sandals.
More modern outfits could include some short denim skirts or short pleated skirts.
More outfits are coming your way!
It may be the case that you want to give your outfit that unique final touch. In that case, headwear may be what you are looking for. Be sure to check out our guide on headwear and headwear reviews to know more about hats, turbans, and other complementary accessories that will be the cream of the crop of your outfit!
We are also aware that the outfits presented here are just a tiny fraction of the world of possibilities. Stay tuned for more outfit suggestions and be sure to check out our skirt outfits; we know you will like the alternatives presented there.
That is all for now and don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comment section down below.
Have a great day 🙂