50 Wildly Cool Styling Tips From Vintage Vogue Editorials

Confession: Recently I fell into a Pinterest rabbit hole of vintage Vogue editorials. It may have taken hours to find my way out, but I reemerged with this gorgeous story. It’s got everything you could want, from a curiously modern outfit idea from 1946 to incredible photos of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss shot by the most renowned photographers in fashion.

Click through to get 50 timeless style tips gleaned from decades of Vogue photography.

1. Layer a dress over trousers.

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Helmut Newton

Celia Hammond photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue UK, February 1968

2. An unbuttoned shirt = instant sex appeal.

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Mario Testino

Kate Moss photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, 1996

3. Layer statement necklaces over a jacket.

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Vogue Paris

Vogue Paris, September 1967

4. Add a normcore touch to your outfit, like Nike logo socks.

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Steven Meisel

Nadja Auermann and Kristen McMenamy photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, December 1992

5. Wear an undone tie as a scarf.

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Vogue

Claudia Mason for Vogue, 1992.

6. Contrast a tough leather jacket with a lace balconette bra.

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Peter Lindbergh

Linda Evangelista photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Paris, March 1992

7. Give your dainty rings a break, and layer multiple cocktail rings on one hand.

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Arthur Elgort

Kate Moss photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue Italia, October 1992.

8. Mix small and large versions of the same print.

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Deborah Turbeville

Photographed by Deborah Turbeville for Vogue, January 1975

9. Scrunch up your sleeves to make your outfit feel slightly more lived-in.

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Cecil Beaton

Twiggy photographed by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1967

10. Feminize an edgy outfit with a ladylike scarf tied around the neck.

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Vogue UK

Niki Taylor for Vogue UK, 1992

11. Pull your collar up over a furry stole.

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Richard Avedon

Karen Graham photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, October 1972

12. Try a double collared look.

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Peter Lindbergh

Pat Cleveland photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italia, March 1981

13. Belt your coat to show off your figure.

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Irving Penn

Photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, September 1959

14. Flip one side of your jacket back behind your hips to reveal your trousers.

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Vogue

Vogue, March 1989

15. Layer a cardigan over a shirt, and top it with a blazer.

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Peter Lindbergh

Linda Evangelista photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue, December 1987

16. Wear patterned socks with heels.

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Jean-Francois Jonvelle

Apollonia van Ravenstein photographed by Jean-Francois Jonvelle for Vogue UK, 1972

17. A matching set is always chic.

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Steven Meisel

Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Carla Bruni photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, March 1994

18. Monochrome is eternally stylish. Camel is especially on-trend.

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Kourken Pakchanian

Photographed by Kourken Pakchanian for Vogue, September 1972

19. But peach on peach is super cool too.

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Mario Testino

Gisele Bundchen photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, December 1998

20. An all-white outfit always feels fresh.

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Steven Meisel

Amber Valetta photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, March 1996

21. When in doubt, channel your inner schoolgirl.

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Steven Meisel

Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Meghan Douglas photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, March 1994

22. Let socks peek out of the top of your boots.

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Steven Meisel

Stephanie Seymour photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, 1994

23. A statement jacket can elevate even the most basic of outfits.

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Steven Meisel

Photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, October 1986

24. Mix geometric prints.

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Richard Avedon

Veruschka photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, March 1967

25. Tie a scarf over a suit with the point hanging down in the back.

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Frank Horvat

Photographed by Frank Horvat for Vogue Paris, 1975

26. File this under genius party outfits: bra top + sequin skirt + metallic sandals.

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Steven Meisel

Linda Evangelista photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, 1989

27. Pair a crop top with high-waisted vintage jeans.

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Peter Lindbergh

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue UK, 1990

28. Gold accessories will always dress up your outfit.

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Frances McLaughlin-Gill

Photographed by Frances McLaughlin-Gill for Vogue, November 1946

29. Make sure patent boots have a low heel, to keep your outfit from looking too provocative.

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Irving Penn

Photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, August 1967

30. Dress down a ball gown skirt with a knit sweater.

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Tim Walker

Photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue, December 1997

31. Master the loose, flowy look by leaving your coat unbuttoned at the bottom with a swingy outfit underneath.

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Mario Testino

Kate Moss photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, March 1998

32. A duster coat looks cool over just about anything.

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Steven Meisel

Kylie Bax & Chandra North photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, November 1996

33. When you have nothing to wear, put on a striped shirt and white pants.

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Mario Testino

Linda Evangelista photographed by Mario Testino for British Vogue, 1997

34. Dressing in head-to-toe black is so slimming.

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Mario Testino

Linda Evangelista photographed by Mario Testino for British Vogue, 1997

35. All you need for a night out: a slip dress & strappy heels.

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Juergen Teller

Naomi Campbell photographed by Juergen Teller for Vogue, 1994

36 Wear your bracelets over your sleeves.

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Henry Clarke

Dorian Leigh photographed by Henry Clarke for Vogue, 1944

37. Tie a scarf around your neck like a turtleneck.

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David Montgomery

Jill Kennington photographed by David Montgomery for Vogue UK, March 1967

38. The easiest prints to match are florals and checks.

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Frances McLaughlin-Gill

Sunny Harnett by Frances McLaughlin-Gill for Vogue, June 1951

39. Leave your shirt buttoned only at the bust for an alluring look.

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Steven Meisel

Linda Evangelista photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, May 1993

40. Winterize a summery tank by layering it over a long-sleeved shirt.

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Richard Avedon

Donna Mitchell photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, February 1972

41. Break out of your black and brown box with colourful faux fur.

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Richard Avedon

Raquel Welch photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, August 1969

42. Leave the bottom half of your shirt unbuttoned.

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Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia, 1973

43. Layer an open, colourful jacket underneath a neutral coat.

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Frances McLaughlin-Gill

Beth Wilson photographed by Frances McLaughlin-Gill for Vogue, October 1945

44. Ruffle-adorned bikinis create the illusion of curves.

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Bert Stern

Photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, June 1969

45. Wear a crop top without showing too much skin by pairing it with a pencil skirt.

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Alex Chatelain

Naomi Campbell photographed by Alex Chatelain for Vogue UK, February 1987

46. A sleeveless sweater plus a midi skirt make quite the pretty outfit.

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Mario Testino

Kate Moss photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, March 1998

47. A statement necklace can dress up any LBD.

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Mario Testino

Nadja Auermann photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, December 1993

48. Plaid on plaid is an excellent combination.

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Mario Testino

Christy Turlington photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue UK, September 1993

49. No shirt, no problem.

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Mario Testino

Kate Moss photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, 1996

50. Knit on knit feels so current.

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Peter Lindbergh

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Italia, October 1997

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