70 posts tagged vintage shopping
If you have never shopped vintage before, you may find yourself a little wary to start dressing outside of your comfort zone. Why? There’s no reason to be! But, as with most things in life, it’s common to feel a little intimidated by the unknown, and many shoppers feel a little intimidated when they begin to build an uncommon wardrobe. Here are three pieces that you can easily integrate into your wardrobe, making them perfect vintage ice breakers!
Blazers are a great way to start introducing vintage to your wardrobe because they are such wearable, versatile pieces. You can pair them with jeans, dresses, skirts, shorts - practically anything! A stunning vintage blazer can turn around a drab outfit in a second.
Not only are vintage clutches beautiful and attention-grabbing, they’re very functional pieces. If you are looking to introduce your wardrobe to the world of vintage, but want to make sure that you’re buying something that you’ll actually put to use, a vintage clutch is the way to go!
Vintage jewelry is a fantastic way to add an uncommon touch to your wardrobe. Not to mention, shopping for vintage jewelry is a delight, so it’s a great way to get acquainted with the experience. There are so many one-of-a-kind pieces to discover, and no sizing issues to worry about. It’s stress-free vintage dream.
How did you introduce your wardrobe to vintage? Tell us about your first vintage piece in the comments below, or on Twitter!
1. Don’t limit yourself
When we shop, we often begin with a strict idea of what we are looking for. We know the style we want, how we’re going to use the piece, and how much we are willing to spend. Shopping is just the (sometimes stressful) matter of putting all these puzzle pieces together. Although this may be appropriate for certain situations, try to relax these limits as much as possible when you’re vintage shopping. If shopping normally feels like a fox hunt to you, try approaching it more like a treasure hunt!
2. Embrace the great unknown
One of the beauties of vintage shopping is that it’s full of mystery. There’s no way of knowing what you might find. Sometimes this means that it takes a little longer to discover a piece that’s just right for you, but don’t let that frustrate you. When you do find that piece, it will be more uniquely perfect than anything else in the world.
3. Think creatively
Because vintage shopping is so full of mystery and surprise, you have to be ready to think creatively. Be open-minded, and when you come across a piece that intrigues you, take a moment to visualize different ways you could build it into your wardrobe. Maybe you started with something a little different in mind, but could this unexpected piece serve the same function you were looking to fill?
What are your favorite vintage shopping tips? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us!
We love a festive celebration, and a bit of appropriately themed fashion can be just the way to get in the mood. But does festive fashion have to mean awkward Christmas sweaters and garish stars and stripes? Not at all. Remember, it’s all about the details. With a bit of clever styling, you can create sophisticated and festive looks for any occasion.
To give you a little holiday inspiration, we’ve curated some of our favorite Independence Day vintage looks from Wiseling. Which look will you choose to celebrate? Let us know!
Look 1: All-American Girl
1 Stephane Kelian Patent Leather Heels; 2 Vivienne Westwood Gingham Mini Bustle Skirt; 3 White Crochet Short Sleeve Blouse; 4 1940’s Blue Velvet Bow Headband
Look 2: Baby, You’re a Firework
1. Sequin Rays of Glam Blazer; 2. 1950’s Chunky Cobalt Metallic Exploding Clip Earring; 3. Rainbow Woven Striped Cotton Cropped Top; 4. Walter Steiger Gold Metallic Suede + Satin Curved Heels
Look 3: Independent Minded
1. Moschino Couture Marching Band Jacket; 2. 70’s Black Leather Purse w/ Brass Eagle; 3. 1980’s Laura Biagiotti Sunglasses; 4. Vintage 1970’s Jumpsuit
Look 4: Lady Liberty
1. Vintage 70’s Funky Floral Dress; 2. Triple Agate Leaf Charm Necklace; 3. Antiqued Silver Eagle Ring; 4. Oscar de la Renta Basic Blouse
Have a look of your own? Tweet us pictures of your favorite Independence Day pieces!
Street Style: Kasia, photographed in the streets of Poznań, Poland, shows us how to make vintage look modern.
Via the Sartorialist.
Book Review: Wearable Vintage Fashion
Incorporating vintage fashion into one’s wardrobe can be challenging. First, you have to track down a decent quality piece that is worth its investment, which is tricky, given the multitude of cheap knock-offs. Then, you have to make sure that it matches the era that you are going for, of which there have been more than a few each with their own design aesthetics and nuances. And finally, you have to figure out a way to work your new treasure into your wardrobe, a daunting task in and of itself. But the reward is well worth the hard work and this new book written by industry insiders Clare Bridge and Jo Waterhouse takes the struggle out of the process, leaving only the joy of scoring that one-of-a-kind piece. By dividing their book, Wearable Vintage Fashion, into chapters based on decade, Bridge and Waterhouse have created a vintage lover’s resource that is easy to navigate. Each chapter contains a brief overview of historical events that influenced the given decade’s fashion, select outfits that demonstrate the key design principles of the era, and a portrait of a style icon with tips for recreating her look. Our favorite section was at the end of the book, where Bridge and Waterhouse had compiled a gallery of street style photos of women who had successfully incorporated vintage pieces into their everyday looks. This book is ideal for both the novice vintage lover seeking shopping advice and the experienced collector who wants a go-to for styling inspiration.
A grand time was had by all at our first ever listing party in Soho on Saturday. Wiseling staffers and close friends sipped on fresh-pressed juices and munched on a delicious selection of fruit, nuts and cheese. On view were some of the vintage and contemporary pieces available on the site and some beautiful new designer pieces brought by party-goers. A mini photo studio was erected and all pieces were photographed by none other than omnipresent street style blogger and Wiseling-friend Lord Ashbury who was fresh off of his trip to London Fashion Week. One of our friends scored a brand new pair of Acne jeans and another walked away with a lovely leather clutch, all proving that it’s all fun and games until shopping is involved…then it’s a party. Stay tuned for an announcement for upcoming listing parties in NYC.
The Upper East Side is designer label heaven. A stroll along Madison Avenue yields such names as Michael Kors, Gucci, Derek Lam, Christian Louboutin, and so many more. Vintage and consignment are not the first words that come to mind in such an affluent part of the city, but we did the legwork and found two stand out shops packed full of treasures (that just so happen to be right next door to each other!).
Much beloved by both women and men, the cardigan was adapted from the knitted wool waistcoats worn by British officers during the First World War. After the war, it gained popularity with those in outdoor professions, especially fishermen. It was Coco Chanel, however, that brought the cardigan into the realm of women’s wear as a comfortable yet chic alternative to the corseted fashions of the times.
Today, the cardigan has many faces, from the tailored Chanel-esque cardigan jacket to the preppy collegiate inspired versions. With as many styles to choose from as there are personal tastes, this omnipresent piece is sure to infiltrate your wardrobe. We love this A.P.C. cardi as a versatile wardrobe staple.
Wear with jeans and a t-shirt to amp up a casual look or with a jeweled collar button down for a quirkier version. What is your favorite way to wear a cardigan?
Book Review: What I Wore Today
A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed Style Diaries, a book profiling an international selection of personal style bloggers. We had expected What I Wore Today to be something similar, but were pleasantly surprised. This book contains no pictures of bloggers whose fame has granted them free designer merchandise or front row runway seats. Instead, it features images of inspiration collected from flickr and smaller blogs. What I Wore Today seeks to inspire readers with pictures of women like them, posing for small digital cameras and iPhones in their bedrooms, hallways, and kitchens. This is not an in depth inspection of the effect of the internet on street style. However, it succeeds in its goal to make the reader revisit her closet.
Book Review: Nylon: The Story of a Fashion Revolution by Susannah Handley
One can’t shop for vintage without running into synthetic fibers. Especially for those of us with a taste for 60s attire, there is polyester everywhere. Nylon covers the rise, moment in the shining light of fashion, and subsequent fall of all things artificial. Susannah takes a chronological approach to telling Nylon’s story, starting with its creation by the Du Pont Company in the 1930s and the fashion revolution it ignited. She discusses the importance of artificial fibers in the creation of fast fashion in the 60s and its fall from grace at the hands of disco and leisure suits in the 1970s. This book is an interesting insight into the fashion industry and the things we wear today. In the epilogue, Susannah includes a quote by Japanese textiles designer Hiroshi Matsushita in which he stresses that “it is a mistake to use man-made fibers to simulate natural ones because man-made fibers should be appreciated for their distinct qualities.” Nylon is definitely worth a read for those wishing to know what they are wearing everyday, and perhaps even a place on your coffee table.