Men’s Vintage Clothing Styles & Ideas

When you’re wearing vintage clothes that fit, it’s easy to feel comfortable in your skin. In fact, you might feel so comfortable that you want to show off a little bit more of your individual style. If you’re thinking about updating your wardrobe with some new accessories, here are a few styles and ideas that go great with men’s vintage clothing.

Wear (mostly) modern accessories.

It’s one thing to try vintage clothing ideas casually in your wardrobe. It’s something else to wear it as a “costume.” Just because you’re clothes are vintage doesn’e mean all of your accessories need to be as well. It’s better to wear modern accessories to preserve that aspect of your look. That includes:

  • Belts
  • Watches
  • Socks
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Hats

Don’t be afraid to wear that smart watch or Fitbit. Or simply wear something that’s in fashion now with your vintage piece, like a ball cap or trendy bracelet. Keeping the look modern will add contrast to your vintage shirt and make your outfit really stand out, in a good way.

Try a wooden or rope bracelet.

If you’ve never been much for bracelets, there still might be one item that deserves your attention: a wooden bracelet. This fits with the overall classic “feel” of a vintage outfit without doing too much to distract from everything else you’re wearing. They’re a great “in-between” for guys who don’t want to wear jewelry but do want to add some individualistic touches to what they’re wearing.

Custom-made wood bracelets can be even more meaningful. Try a website like to have one made for your specific wrist size and style. Not a fan of the wooden look? Try a rope bracelet instead. You can even make one of these at home to add plenty of masculinity to your outfit while keeping the look interesting.

Throw in one vintage item.

Earlier on, we talked about using modern accessories to update your look. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pick one vintage-style accessory to add on. It might seem unorthodox to label something as simple as an ordinary, “non-smart” watch into the “vintage” category. But you might be surprised to find how well it works with the classic style of your classic shirts or classic pants.

Wear sneakers.

When dressing up, most websites will tell you to wear anything but sneakers. Wear oxfords, boat shoes, boots, desert boots—anything but sneakers. But you’re not always dressing up. Sometimes you just want to keep things casual, and that means your footwear should be comfortable and casual, too.

As style aficionados will recognize, not all sneakers are made the same, either. You can add a pair of Jack Purcells to your wardrobe and they won’t look a bit out of step with your casual vintage clothing. Old, junky gym shoes, though? Those probably won’t look like they belong.

Find Great Men’s Vintage Clothing Today

Whatever your choice, there’s always a way to spice up a vintage outfit with some new ideas that reflect your originality and individual style. But first, you need a great vintage wardrobe. Shop our collection of men’s vintage clothing styles today!

January 10, 2017 by Vintage 1946
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