How To Dress Vintage In Cold Weather For Women

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As the colder months start taking shape, it can be difficult to dig our heels against the temptation of reaching for those trusty, bulky layers to stave off the chill.

But if the summer months are all about light cottons and thinner fabrics to keep you light and airy while looking the part, the winter is made for thick wools, underlayers, and outer garments cut into crisp, flattering shapes while retaining that vintage aesthetic.

It can be tricky though, finding the right items. From warm women’s vintage dresses that still give you an extra layer of warmth, to stylish coats that don’t swamp you – it’s all about finding the right cut, and the right fabric.

This is why we’ve put together some tips to help you fill out your wardrobe this winter, so that you can stick to your favourite vintage shapes and silhouettes without compromising your style.

Wear Wool

The importance of the materials your clothes are made of cannot be overstated!

As one of the most naturally insulating fabrics, wool is the ideal material for winter clothes. So why not try and locate some wool separates from the 40s and 50s to add a bit of flair to your looks? You will wonder what you did before them!

Try a warm women’s vintage dress made of wool for a stylish but warm outfit. Pair this with a classic white shirt for an outfit that won’t ever go out of fashion – literally. Pinafore style dresses also make an incredibly versatile layer that you can wear underneath a stylish coat, jacket or even a cape.

Underlayers, Everywhere

Investing in warm undergarments is definitely one of the best things you can do for yourself this season.

Wearing tights can also provide a vital additional layer of warmth during the colder months – and those with beautiful patterns look perfect with your vintage style women’s suits and skirts! It can be deceptive, the warmth provided by tights or stockings, but you’ll definitely feel much warmer while wearing them, and look the part too.

Plus, purchasing items like outdoor leggings and thermal layers that are designed to be seamless but warm is also a great way to keep off the chill without changing your silhouette. An outdoor or equestrian store specifically offers warm, thermal items that are designed to fit snug to the body, providing unnoticeable but incredibly insulating layers.

Did We Say Cape?

These make amazing alternatives to tailored or oversized coats during the chillier months – because of their shape and style. They’re perfectly designed to create space around your body while being made of insulating material to trap the heat in.

You can also shop vintage inspired capes, for an authentic but slightly more affordable vintage style women’s clothing affair that includes these incredible garments.

Why not pair your cape with a vintage muff and winter gloves for a fully vintage inspired set?

The Stole

The stole has truly stolen our hearts when it comes to vintage women’s wear for winter.

Plus, faux fur stoles are widely accessible now, as an alternative to the traditional use of fur.

The stole is a great addition to any outfit, providing an unmistakable element of old Hollywood glamour. Many 1920s coats boasted a huge collar, which worked as a replacement for a hat or scarf, creating a seamless look without letting you get chilly.

You can find lots of faux fur alternatives with a little digging, which you can even turn into a detachable collar for your favourite vintage coats.


This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the additions you can make to your winter wardrobe! Everyone has a unique style, even when it comes to a specific era like vintage fashion – so it’s possible that you can find the perfect way to stay warm during the colder months without kissing goodbye to your favourite outfits.

Try a few variations, wear a long warm woolen skirt rather than any of the incredibly warm women’s vintage dresses on offer, for a change up. Try a tailored coat with some thermal undergarments to add an undetectable layer – to get the most wear out of your thinner coats!

Don’t fancy a stole? Why not try some earmuffs? If you’re not a fan of capes, find a well-constructed vintage style jacket or coat to create that layer of warmth. And remember, spring is only a few months away!

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