I loooove getting a bargain! I also loooove to take myself on mini-shopping sprees. But this year has been a bit of a financial doozy, and I forced myself to examine my shopping practices. Gone are the days when I’d drop hundreds of dollars at Gilt Groupe a few times a week. Instead, my equally-shopping-addicted friend and I made a pact — we wouldn’t spend more than $20 on a single item. And that also meant we couldn’t go shopping and buy five items for $20 each — I wasn’t falling into that $100 loophole, either. Keep reading »
This photo from a 1944 issue of McCall’s magazine has me torn: do I yearn more for the vintage patent leather pumps and ornate t-straps, or the adorable terrier who seems to share my taste in shoes? Keep reading »
These teens hanging out in London in 1969 so perfectly illustrate the big trends of the time: bright stripes, slim suits, impossibly over-sized sunglasses, berets, and Paul McCartney haircuts. And check out the girl in the background rocking a striped men’s tie and plaid miniskirt. Be still, my vintage-loving heart! Keep reading »
Lily Allen has announced that she’s abandoning her music career, a least for a bit, to launch a vintage clothing fashion venture. “Lucy in Disguise,” as it will be called, will launch this August at Vintage at Goodwood, a new music and fashion festival in England. Here, she and some friends show off styles spanning from the 1940s to the 1980s. [2/25/10, West Sussex, Telegraph] Keep reading »
The one upside to being a clothes hoarder is that you might keep stuff around for so long that it’s come in and out of fashion and is subsequently worth bank in value. So if you happen to have a pair of Nikes from your childhood, listen up: Vintage Air Jordans from the ’80s are now collectors’ items and can fetch anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to thousands of dollars at auctions, depending on the model and condition. According to Forbes, there’s a bastion of sneakerheads out there scooping up rare shoes, many of them making a business out of it through resale. Could you imagine suddenly finding out those kicks at the back of your closet are worth something? It would be like the best episode ever of “Antiques Roadshow.” [Forbes]
So what else in your closet could earn you some cash? We hit eBay to track the bestsellers in the vintage section and found that some surprising items held value: Keep reading »
Topshop is known for selling clothes that hit all the current trends, but the retailer will take a trip to the past at its flagship store in London this summer by selling vintage clothes and fabrics. Designed by young up-and-comers, the first reworked vintage collection is Sport Nouveau and includes ’70s sports shirts that have been transformed into tennis skirts and old dresses that have been made into jumpsuits. Yum!
The British retailer isn’t the first company to sell old clothes alongside new ones. Urban Outfitters has carried out a similar strategy with its Urban Renewal line since the ’80s, selling both vintage pieces and styles that have been created using vintage fabrics or by reworking items. Where to get the goods, after the jump… Keep reading »