How to Style Vintage // Featuring Afrobeatnik

Hi everyone!

I’d like to introduce you all to a brand new vintage boutique I had the pleasure of getting in contact with – Afrobeatnik. They are a Seattle-based retailer of consciously curated vintage clothing and handmade goods, who celebrate the diversity of women and clothing. They launched their e-commerce site at just the beginning of this month and already have quite the collection of curated goods.

Now I know vintage clothing can be a little intimidating for some people – not only with the different sizing system or somewhat dated fabrics and prints, but how is one supposed to actually style pieces without looking like they’ve actually stepped back into the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s etc? In other words, how does one style vintage pieces to look modern and chic today!

Well, with the help of Afrobeatnik, I’m going to show you five ways to take various vintage items and style them with everyday pieces you can find in your closet. No worries about looking like a blast from the past, with just a few smart style choices you’ll be able to make vintage look fresh and when asked ‘where’d you get that?’, you’ll have the pleasure of saying ‘oh, this? It’s totally vintage’ {wink}.

So let’s get started!

*Shopping tip: Hover over the images to see where items are from, please note some items do not link to that exact piece but something similar :)

We’ll start off easy, a sweet LBD from the 50’s can be styled just as you would any other LBD from a modern day store. Pair strappy pumps with a neutral ladylike handbag and top it all off with some killer accessories such as a statement necklace and oversized watch. This is perfect for work, church, or even a special date night.


Capes are a great piece to have during those months of transitional weather, especially a vintage cape as it’s something you probably won’t wear too often, but it really stands out when you do! So make sure to let the cape shine by keeping everything else very simple – black denim and a lightweight black turtleneck are perfect as a neutral canvas for the cape. Pair all of this with cognac-colored riding boots and a structured handbag to add a little warmth to the overall ensemble {I personally love the way black and brown look together, tres chic!}. Finally top it all off with some killer tortoise sunglassesfabulous, dahling!


This bright floral blouse immediately made me think of a warm summer day spent at a festival or the park. Grab some relaxed denim shorts and casual sneakers for easy walking. Then have some fun with your other accessories – classic bangles are a summertime staple add a bright, colorful handbag and summery hat for a bold, yet totally cool, summer day look.


This is perfect for a night out on the town! I adore the off-the-shoulder paired with a sweetheart neckline on this blouse and the jeweled buttons just add that extra element of glam. This would pair wonderfully with a simple pencil skirt {make it leather for an extra punch} and leopard pumps for some sass! Finish it off with a neutral clutch and a dark red lip and you’re ready for the night!


Last but certainly not least, as this is probably my favorite, a print blazer is the perfect piece to throw on when there seems to be nothing else to wear. Simply toss it over a classic white blouse or t-shirt, paired with some boyfriend jeans and a chunky sandal. Then layer some simple jewelry such as pendant necklaces and stackable rings, grab a bright clutch {I love how the texture of this one pairs with the print of the blazer} and you’re out the door!

Ready to add some vintage to your wardrobe? Well now’s your chance as Afrobeatnik is offering all my fabulous KATNP readers a 25% discount on your purchase storewide with code KINKPINK! It’s only valid for 2-weeks (ending March 24th) so be sure to check them out as there are some really great items for sale!

Thanks for reading!


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