Retro Rewind: The Only Vintage Trends That Matter in 2020

Every single time I visit my sweet, chic grandmother, she unfailingly reminds me that whatever trend I’m sporting at that moment was so fashionable during (insert whichever decade here) and how the fashion of today is really just a repeat of yesterday. While it’s definitely endearing coming from my grandma, it’s also a well-known fact: Fashion is cyclical. What was once in will surely be back again in the future. That’s just the way the sartorial world works.

Any true fashion person loves a good vintage find, particularly when they happen to align exactly with the trends of the season (those fashion cycles come in handy!). Whether it’s by raiding your grandmother’s closet (as I am wont to do) or scouring The RealReal (where I just found a $900 Dolce & Gabbana vest for $40—score!), shopping vintage is not only good for your closet but also good for the earth too.

Fortunately, vintage (and vintage-inspired clothing) seems to be the phrases of the year, with both sartorial and sustainable trends moving in the same direction. That’s why we’ve rounded up the top vintage trends of 2020, so you can get to hunting or grab a modern, updated version if you prefer.

1. Printed Silk Scarves

If your Instagram isn’t already flooded with fashion people tying printed silk scarves around their hair, neck, and torsos, it soon will be. Draw inspiration from the ’70s (the decade in which the silk scarf ruled) and wear a headband like Goldie Hawn, or in a loose hair wrap like Bianca Jagger.