Monday, January 24, 2011

It’s Not Old, It’s Vintage

I’ve always had a hard time getting rid of clothes and jewelry (why lie, handbags and silk scarves too) due to the mindset, “You never know what may come back in style!”  Granted, you can’t keep everything forever or you’ll be considered a hoarder but it’s always good to hang on a few pieces that you love.  However, I love it when other people get rid of their old clothes, jewelry, handbags and scarves so that I can turn their trash (I’m using the term trash loosely) into my treasures!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a closet full of fabulous vintage clothing or don’t live by any consignment shops – the internet has made acquiring vintage clothing super easy!. While it may be nearly impossible to stumble across a vintage Chanel scarf for $25 online, you can find a ton of other great things in these online vintage boutiques.  (If you want to find a Chanel scarf for a steal you’ll more than likely have to vintage shop the old fashioned way – hitting antique stores and thrift shops.) (However, if you stalk sites like Ebay and Etsy enough you might also find some great things other people missed.  Just this week I bought a vintage Dior suit in perfect condition for $30.  YES, I SAID THIRTY AMERICAN DOLLARS PEOPLE.)

Turning an outfit into a unique look is easy when you invest in a few fabulous vintage pieces.  Here are my favorite essentials.

BlazerS (noun.) a fun way to spruce up a lackluster outfit while staying warm. Comes in a variety of styles, colors and fabrics.
(Vintage Christian Dior Blazer available @, $52.00+)

Statement Bags (noun.) a great investment.  Will never go out of style. An heirloom to be passed from generation to generation.
(Vintage GUCCI Rare Black Monogram GG Satin Clutch w/Enamel GG Emblem, $275.00)

Jewelry(noun.) something fabulous that adds a unique aspect to your outfit.

(Vintage YSL Snake Brooch available @, $49.00)

Silk Scarves (noun.) not just for your grandma.  Wear around your neck, on your head, around your waist, or on a bag.

(Vintage Chanel Silk Scarf available @, $200.00)

Sunglasses (noun.) yes, I’m mysterious and elusive.  Might be a movie star or someone important or might have just left the eye doctor and cannot be exposed to sunlight.

(Vintage Carney 200s available @, $45.00)

More Jewelry(noun. Plural.) better than having just some jewelry.

(Vintage Napier Earrings available @, $29.00)

Do you own any vintage pieces?  Would you?


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