Posts Tagged: vintage

Reader Request: Styling Era-specific Items

Tips for making past-era clothing and accessory styles look modern and updated.

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Reader Krysta posted this question in a comment:

I’d love to see a feature where you give suggestions on how a “dated” item – a sweater duster, a superfringey bag/jacket, etc. – could be styled/worn so that it reads less “dated” and more “updated.” Or something. We all have items we love that look like their year of provenance, and minimizing that look would be useful and interesting…

So. For starters, there’s a fine line between pieces that are recognizably retro, like this vintage printed dress: READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-03-26 06:20:57.

For the Love of Vintage

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Hello there, I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share another post with you! I thought long and hard about what I wanted to discuss this time around and I decided that it’s high time that I really opened up my heart to you! 🙂 Let’s talk “first loves”! To be more specific, I’m thinking about my very ‘first style love,’ which is none other than V I N T A G E!!!

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I recently teamed up with several of my favorite vintage style bloggers for a joint blog post (see here). I started thinking about my style journey over the years, and one thing has remained positively consistent: My love for vintage fashion and style. Although it is totally accurate that at times I shop from so called high-end retailers, I also shop mainstream retail sales, final clearance racks, last calls, estate sales, garage sales, swap parties, hand me downs, and thrift/consignment stores. In short, I shop just about EVERYWHERE! Nonetheless, vintage fashion has hands down been my favorite style genre for 20+ years.  The love that I have for vintage fashion/accessories is not going to change. See examples of my vintage looks here, here, here, and here. READ MORE

Gracey Wears: A Crop Top

Yes, that’s right, several seasons after they came back in style, I’ve decided to try wearing a crop top:

gracey the giant in vintage Jantzen skirt & cropped sweater

And I’m wearing it in the only way I know how; with a high-waist, vintage skirt:

gracey the giant in vintage Jantzen skirt, cropped sweater & cage sandals

One reason I thrift so many midi skirts is that you can hike them up to your rib cage if needed.  I hiked this one all the way up,  so there is no gap between my waistline and the hemline of my top:

old navy cropped sweater & vintage Jantzen skirt close up

I know a sliver of skin can be an effective way to combat the inherent boxiness of crop tops, and is considered on-trend, but not where I work.  In fact, there was a minor kerfuffle the other day over bare ankles (not mine), so, yeah, a sliver of skin is not happening. READ MORE