May 29, 2012

Three Key Vintage Pieces for Your Closet

How many times have you been out in your new outfit, only to find five people wearing the same Old Navy get-up that you had to have? It has happened to all of us. Everyone wants to be unique when out on the town. And while there is nothing wrong with shopping at chains (they are a staple of my wardrobe), remember to step up your personal style when doing so. One way to do that is by incorporating three key vintage pieces into your wardrobe.
My favorite first, vintage boots. They can be a timeless statement piece and are worn year round by both men and women alike. Brands like Old Gringo make beautiful, vintage-looking boots. New is easy and isn't a bad route, but also be on the lookout for 1970s Frye boots or an old pair of dusty cowboy boots at a local shop or online. Don’t be afraid to take risks - boots come in a variety of colors, heights or shapes that are easy to find. For women, you’re lucky to be able to pair your boots with anything! Some of my favorite ways to wear boots are with skirts, dresses or even shorts. No matter what you pair your boots with, the best part about buying vintage boots over the new…you won’t have to break them in. Major bonus.
Another great vintage basic that can do no wrong is vintage denim.
Think jean jackets, jeans, skirts, shirts, dresses and the summer-friendly denim vest. Really, any denim works. Some of today’s hottest styles are chambray tops and denim dresses. And, lucky for me lived in, torn denim boyfriend jeans are still in style. J Crew carries some of my favorite looks. If you don't want to pay money for ripped jeans, you can easily reproduce this look at home by pairing iron-on patches purchased at your local fabric store, or even Walgreens, using some sandpaper to thin out areas and voila, you have the look for less.

For a powerful statement, vintage jewelry is an absolute must. Pair a bold necklace with a chain-store bought T-shirt. In the past couple of years, vintage jewelry has become even more popular since celebrities like Rachel Zoe have showcased their passion for it, and it can be a bit expensive. But, you can still find good deals by shopping local events and craft fairs, like Fredericksburg Trade Days, which is a short drive from me. They have a variety of booths that carry vintage brooches, necklaces and rings at many price points.

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