Thursday, February 24, 2011

V is for Vintage

Hello Everyone! I hope you're having a fantastic week so far! :) Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter V. :)

V is for Vintage:

Ms. Garcia writes:

"Vintage items are a fantastic way to add individual style to a wardrobe and set yourself apart from the pack. Nobody is going to have that same dress or coat you got from the local thrift shop. Nobody. The other advantage of buying vintage is that you can find a lot of designer items at bargain-bin prices. If you know your fashion history, you'll know the labels and items to look out for (a YSL tuxedo jacket, a Courréges A-line, a Pucci or Missoni print). However, there are definite pitfalls when buying vintage. One must definitely be aware of the pitfalls, for falling into one can make you go from chic to cheap in no time."

The Key When Buying Vintage Is To Be Strict

*The condition should be perfect. No pulling, stains, or discoloration. This is the difference between looking fab or looking shabby.

*The garment should fit, or at least it should be big enough so that you can tailor it to fit. Never buy too small.

*A vintage designer dress can be found for much less if you know who to look for - Missoni, Pucci, Alaia.

*It is best to start your vintage journey in the accessories section. You generally cannot go wrong with vintage jewelry or clutches.

The Inside Track: A Few Favorite Vintage Shops

*Los Angeles: Decades, Paper Bag Princess

*New York: What Goes Around Comes Around

*Miami: Rags to Riches

*Chicago: The Daisy Shop

*Boston: Second Time Around

(All the information above is from the book)

I personally love visiting Vintage shops to see what treasures I can find. I could spend hours going through the racks, looking at each item, wondering what its history is, and the journey it went through to make it to that particular shop. My love of vintage began back in the 80's when my friends and I would make a weekly trip to the local thrift store. I could find beautiful vintage dresses and gowns there for $.99. That was until the owners got wise to the trend that was going on and started price gouging, unfortunately. They really did get some gorgeous pieces in though and it was a blast visiting to see their *new arrivals* each week. :)

Times of course have changed, and these days you don't even have to leave your house to vintage shop. You can now do it online at such places as Fashion Dig, Free People Vintage Loves, Modcloth, and Posh Girl Vintage.

On the other hand, if you like the look of vintage, but would rather buy new you are also in luck. Several retailers offer vintage inspired lines of clothing are several examples:

*Beyond Vintage Beaded Silk Blouse (This one was also sold at Anthroplogie)
*Beyond Vintage Striped Cami

What are your thoughts on Vintage clothing? Do you agree with Ms. Garcia? Do you have a favorite vintage shop you frequent? A favorite vintage piece you've acquired? Please do share!

Have a beautiful and blessed day!



  1. I love the idea of vintage, I just haven't found any good shops outside of the thrift store to find some really great pieces.
    I'll definitely be taking a look at some of these online resources until I can find that gem of a store in my neighborhood. I'll really craving some wonderful unique jewelry items and I know vintage will be my best resource.

  2. I LOVE vintage! I buy mostly in thrift stores (you have to enjoy the hunt) or in a local consignment shop but have found some great stuff on Etsy or Ebay.
    My favorites are vintage costume jewelry, coats and vintage cashmere sweaters (sooo much better quality than modern cashmere, for the price)

  3. The charity shops (thrift shops) in the UK are amazing. I mean they only take the best stuff and iron and press it to look new. I used to walk past 4 different ones 4 times a day walking to and from work/school. I found some amazing clothing and jewelry in a 2 1/2 year period.

  4. I love the vintage style and Anthropologie has indeed a great selection (plus you have to love their website always so well put together, its quite inspiring).
    I do agree with Stacie though, enjoying the hunt is half of the pleasure! We are going to NY and MOntreal next september so if you guys know about any specific vintage stores, let me know please? pretty please? :)
    Great post sweetie, as always!

  5. I have 1 piece that I bought myself, a necklace for $7, but I have acquired a couple pieces of jewelry from my godmother and my great grandmother and I'm looking to expand! I have actually been getting more and more interested in going vintage 'hunting' for some unique pieces! Thank you for posting Nina Garcia's guidelines!!!

  6. fshnonmymind: If you go to the Fashion Dig website I linked to, you can type in your zip code and it will give you a list of shops in your specific area. :)

    Stacie: I completely agree that you have to enjoy the hunt! I could literally spend hours looking for treasures, as I'm sure you could too. :)

    Anon@12:19pm: How fun to visit the thrift shops in the UK! I can only begin to imagine the beautiful pieces you found. Thank you for stopping by! :)

    Thanks C! Your trip sounds like so much fun. I think that you could try the Fashion Dig site that I mentioned above to find some shops for when you visit the U.S. Just type in the zip code you are going to. :)

    Across the Pond: How wonderful to acquire pieces from your godmother and great makes them extra special! :)

  7. These are the most glorious illustrations! Really dainty.

    I live in Melbourne, Australia, and it is a city seriously obsessed with vintage. Which suits me just fine ~ there are some wonderful unique items to be found ~ and they look lovely mixed in with newer items.

    You have some great points here.