In highschool I was know as the vintage girl. My weekends did not consist of going to the mall with friends, but of scouring Goodwills and other thrift shops for unique pieces. To me there is nothing better than finding fashion treasures from bygone years. Beautiful, embroidered 1950s circle skirts or billowy 70s tops were the usual for my wardrobe. My personal style varied greatly from my peers and without access to blogs, Instagram, or Pinterest, my only real frame of reference for fashion was what was in magazines and on tv. Needless to say, I felt alone in terms of the way I dressed.
It wasn’t until my college years that blogs were beginning to become a thing and I didn’t actually start reading some until after my first summer interning at ELLE. As it turns out, that summer would be an awakening of sorts for me. I was so intimidated being constantly surrounded by so many well dressed men and women. I neither had the funds, nor access to the kinds of brands that came through the doors of the magazine. But what I had begun to realize was that many of these luxury brands had similarities to my well-loved vintage pieces. The difference was in how I was wearing them.
It was like I suddenly had a whole new wardrobe to play with. Living in New York for the first time, I was constantly surrounded by a plethora of different people from across the globe with all types of different styles. Each offering a new source of inspiration.
What I began to realize was that while I had been dressing as though I had come from the past, I didn’t have stick to how they were originally intended to be worn. I could also take those pieces and reconfigure them for the present.
My historic costuming class always liked to say that fashion is cyclical, styles will come and go and then come again. Right now we are in the midst of a resurgence in 70s style, for which I am eternally grateful for. Shopping vintage is a fantastic way to get a special piece that looks far more lux than the price you pay. You also have the added bonus that, unlike the mass market brands that knock off designer goods, older styles often feel similar to a designer brand but aren’t mass produced, so people won’t know where it comes from.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I really appreciate all of your support over the past month if there are any topics you would like us to cover. Please let me know if the comments below. Hope everyone has a Happy New Year and see you all in 2016!
The Everyday Editor
Ruffled blouse: Vintage (Similar HERE). Black long blazer: Elizabeth and James (HERE). Black pleated skirt: Peter Som (Similar HERE). Top handle bag: Rebecca Minkoff (Similar HERE). Suede boots: Duo (Similar HERE). Double spike pearl ring: Antipearle (HERE).
All Photos by Della Bass
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