How to Get the Retro Look

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From bombshells like Amber Heard and Beyonce Knowles to Hollywood's sweethearts like Zooey Deschanel and Taylor Swift, we've deconstructed the keys elements of retro style. If you're looking to develop a signature aesthetic and love vintage-inspired looks, you've come to the right place. From shades to shorts, updos to eyeliner, we've honed in on the best of retro star style.

Retro Hairstyles

Hollywood loves retro hairstyles!
Hollywood loves retro hairstyles!

Let's start from the top. Looking to vamp up your 'do? Try Duffy's sweet half-up style with parted bangs and a dainty bow clip for added charm. Dita Von Teese, on the other hand, is the queen of retro glam and loves to vamp it up with side-parted shining '50s ringlets. Amber Heard shows off a voluminous twisted updo for the perfect bombshell look-learn how to remake this 'do with your hair here!

Retro Beauty It appears all celebs are taking inspiration from the legendary Brigitte Bardot and trying out the cateye. There are countless variations on this sexy '60s makeup look. While Alexa Chung's signature cateye is created with a delicate thin line on her top lid, style chameleon Beyonce Knowles likes to bring out her retro side with a dramatic winged design. Country sweetheart, Taylor Swift, loves to play up her '50s looks with a bold red lip and fluffy false lashes.

Retro Shades

Old-school sunglasses are back in vogue.
Old-school sunglasses are back in vogue.

An easy and affordable way to add retro edge to your look is with a glam pair of shades. From big '60s Jackie O sunglasses to the '50s cateye, get playful with your eye wear. We loved Olivia Palermo's Fashion Week take on the cateye glasses. Experimenting with new shapes for your face? Try cheap chic stores like Forever 21 or H&M to test out the style. Bonus points for wearing them with red lipstick!

Retro Hats It's rare to see women wearing hats these days, but at one point it was the perfect way to show elegance and personal style. What better way to channel the sweet retro look than by adorning your 'do with a decorative hat? Royals like Kate Middleton have mastered the exquisite accessory (may we refresh your memory with the Royal Wedding's headwear?) while modern fashionistas like Kelly Osbourne and Marissa Miller have also done some trail blazing to bring back the hat.
Retro Clutches Options for retro handbags are limitless. Hit up any antique store and you'll find a plethora of elegant vintage clutches and shoulder bags. We loved Freida Pinto's lipstick red box clutch, as well as Emma Stone's olive silk envelope clutch. Also: You can add a playful pop of print to any look with a polka-dot frame clutch like Liv Tyler's.

Retro Day Dresses

Don't you wish your closet was a vault full of these '50s inspired numbers?
Don't you wish your closet was a vault full of these '50s inspired numbers?

Nothing screams retro style like the perfect day dress. Zooey Deschanel's closet is a vault full of these '50s inspired numbers. Bright colors and a fit-and-flare silhouette define the actress' signature style. Taylor Swift is another excellent resource of inspiration, from polka-dots to lace, she never strays from her throw-back aesthetic. Kirsten Dunst is another retro darling who wowed us in her mustard chiffon Chloe dress.
Retro Cocktail Dresses Going to a cocktail party and looking for a sweet way to amp up the elegance of your evening look? Fortunately Hollywood's red carpets are rife with fantastic inspirational looks for every vintage sweetheart. Rachel Bilson's Louis Vuitton dress at the Met Gala featured a '50s flared silhouette with a matching belt and wide straps. Anne Hathaway's organza Carven dress was ultra-simple yet perfectly flattering while Hailee Steinfeld's beaded Peter Pan collar and sleek pencil skirt showed off her sophisticated sense of style.