How awesome is this vintage compact? It’s got a surprisingly detailed map of the United States on the outside and pops open to reveal a handy little mirror. Never has checking for food in your teeth been such a glamorous — and patriotic — endeavor. [$12, Etsy] Keep reading »
Even though the leaves are falling and temperatures are cooling down, it’s never the wrong season for sunglasses. I say this as an admitted eyewear addict: the other day a friend of mine shifted slightly in the backseat of my car and was buried in a mini avalanche of sunglasses I’d been hoarding behind her headrest.
“Do you really need to keep mirrored Lolita shades with you at all times?” she asked, picking a hot pink pair out of the pile.
“You never know,” I said. “You just never know.”
Here are my top three rules for the responsible and enjoyable wearing of sunglasses … Keep reading »
Long before she was a TV news anchor in a pink miniskirt, Barbie was just a “girl” with a “purse and hats and gloves galore” in this 1959 commercial. It’s apparently the first Barbie ad to ever appear on television. The times — and Barbie — sure have changed, huh? [YouTube] Keep reading »
While she’s knocked up, Lily Allen is taking a break from the limelight (sort of) to open a vintage boutique with her sister, Sarah, which they’re calling Lucy in Disguise. The girls’ London shop isn’t quite ready to open yet (it will open later this month), so in the meantime, they’ve set up a pop-up boutique in Selfridges to give the public a taste of what’s to come. Keep reading »
My mother has a special face she displays when I show her my latest vintage finds. It says, That’s cute, but how could you ever wear someone else’s clothes? No amount of laundering is enough for her when it comes to my pre-owned finds, because it’s already soiled with the first owner’s issues. While I tend to disagree with her, and fully plan on continuing to grow my ever expanding wardrobe of vintage clothing, there’s one type of vintage that I’ll never touch. Vintage bathing suits. Currently, Resurrection Vintage in New York City has a stock of bathing suits from designers like YSL, Missoni, Pucci, Norma Kamali, and Thierry Mugler; they intend to sell these already worn creations to vintage lovers, but I’m hoping these are going to collections rather than personal wardrobes. There’s a reason swimsuits are sold with those liners, people! I don’t care if it’s vintage, if it’s designer, if it costs only a fraction of the original price — pre-worn swimsuits are not going on my body. That’s like wearing someone else’s underwear, which is just plain nasty. Tell me — would you wear a vintage bathing suit even though it’s pre-worn? [Racked] Keep reading »
Watch your back, “Mad Men”! Katie Holmes‘ costumes for her role as Jackie O in the History Channel miniseries “The Kennedys,” currently filming in Toronto, would make Betty Draper weep. We can’t wait to see pics of Katie in huge sunglasses and a pillbox hat. Keep reading »
Racked takes readers on a nifty pictorial tour through model, singer, and wife-of-Jack Black Karen Elson’s vintage shop in Nashville, Tennessee, Venus and Mars. The store, which is located in a house, is filled with a cornucopia of eclectic old school items, from cheetah clutches to men’s suspenders, day-glo jumpers to thrift store art, summer hats to gold pumps. The showroom, which opened in 2008, is the brainchild of Elson and Amy Patterson. “The aim of the store is to encourage shoppers to think that vintage isn’t just an old hand-me-down,” Elson explains, “but a one-of-a-kind garment with a wonderful story.” You don’t have to make the trek to Nashville to shop there, though; they’ve got a Venus and Mars storefront on Etsy. [Racked] Keep reading »
Next time you’re jonesing for a vintage fix but can’t quite find that perfect floral house dress, take heart in the new ads for London’s Shock and Roll vintage shops. The pleasant advertisements serve as a reminder that the old lady on the corner is going to be dead soon and Shock and Roll is going to scoop up all her quirky old lady clothes for your hipster enjoyment. So yes, that perfect silk dress may be walking around on a grandma right now, but give it a few weeks and it could be in your closet. [Copyranter] Keep reading »
If you know vintage, you know Shareen Mitchell. The former actor and designer has stores on both coasts and a mix of odd and on-trend pieces that routinely sell out. Apparently realizing the awesomeness that is Shareen, Madewell has tapped her to stock two pop-up shops in their New York and Century City stores. All pieces will be under $100 in keeping with Shareen’s desire to make fashion at least moderately affordable, a philosophy we can get behind. Here’s to hoping that Madewell’s natural adorableness and Shareen’s cool touch will make beautiful clothing babies. [Style.com] Keep reading »
I love shopping, which is a shame because I’ve been a shopping idiot for most of my life. I have lots of clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and jewelry. Until recently, though, I was one of those people who never owned any stockings or white cotton T-shirts — yet I had an emerald-colored cocktail dress that matches nothing else in my closet. In the past couple of years, I’ve gotten my closet under control. It’s not more boring, mind you, but I’m at least sticking with a color scheme (navy blue, gold, white, and burgundy) and making sure I have enough basics for layering and matching. Buying plain old cotton shirts isn’t as fun as buying, say, H&M’s bright red bolero from their Garden Collection. But such is life, I guess?
Alas, there’s still more than a few pieces back in the ol’ closet that I’m not sure quite what I was thinking when I bought them. After the jump, allow me to introduce you to the hats, clogs and jackets that don’t match with anything… Keep reading »