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 »
GQ put together what a list of the top 25 vintage shops in the country, and we were sad to see that two of our absolute favorite spots for retro duds were nowhere to be found. Why no Ebay and Etsy, boys? They may have no physical location, but they’ve got more great finds than all the shops on GQ‘s list combined. That said, shopping for vintage in real life is hard: trying to find quality without touching the goods can be really daunting. Take the jump for a few tips to separate the good from the tired. Keep reading »
One of the girls dancing around in this ’90s-era “Promalama Ding Dong” (ha!) Sassy magazine fashion spread is Kelis. As in the Kelis who has grills and got married in a lime green dress and dared b*tches to say something about it. Keep those images in your mind as you check out the rest of the images of a young Kelis looking like a suburban prom-goer after the jump. [OMGBlog] Keep reading »
Been watching “How to Make it in America”? In this week’s episode, the adorable Ben Epstein (Note—no relation, tee hee) and his friend Cam finally got one of their fashion schemes off the ground, completing an order of screenprinted vintage tees. The design, which Ben came up with in high school, reads “New York Eats Its Young.” Pretty catchy and stylish. Want one? Turns out, you can get one from the HBO online store … just don’t count on it looking even half as cool as it does on Ben Epstein’s back, or remotely vintage. HBO’s version comes across as a cleaned-up, too-new translation of something that’s supposed to have some urban wear to it. We would have thought American Apparel would have already been producing these hipsterfied fashions since episode one. [HBO Store] Keep reading »
After reading the New York Times‘ recent “Critical Shopper” piece on Lilly Pulitzer, it occurred to me that unless you were raised in a privileged household on the Eastern seaboard and use “summering” as a verb, as a 20- or 30-something woman who grew up in the grunge generation, you might not be too familiar with Pulitzer’s maniacally colorful prints. As someone who wears black most of the time, I hadn’t really thought much of the brand myself. A few months back I did go on a market appointment to a Lilly Pulitzer showroom, though, and I left feeling a bit intrigued by the whole “lifestyle.” Keep reading »
She might have plenty of money to buy new clothes, but Reese Witherspoon would rather swap with friends. “There are three of us who wear pretty much the same size,” she said in an interview recently. “We’ll get together on a Friday night and I’ll bring clothes I want to trade and they’ll bring theirs. We swap shoes and handbags a lot. I wore my girlfriend’s dress to a wedding recently. It’s fun.”
After reading her quote, I got to thinking. While I’m a huge fan of vintage shopping (despite my mother’s displeasure with my second-hand finds), I never swap clothes with friends. It’s not that my friends aren’t stylish — quite the opposite really. Plus, we’re all just about the same size so clothes would fit perfectly, but as soon as I get tired of an item, I’ll throw it in the pile for Beacon’s Closet or Goodwill instead of thinking of the girls in my life. Shame on me. So here’s a New Year’s resolution I’ll add to the list: more girls’ nights complete with a swap theme. Gossip, drinks, plus new clothes!
What about you? Do you regularly swap with friends? [InStyle UK via SF Gate] Keep reading »
You know that vintage funk smell—a little musty, a bit pungent cheese-smelling and sort of moldy. Well, stink be gone: Janie Bryant, the “Mad Men” costume designer who turns out Betty, Don and the rest of the Sterling Cooper gang in ridiculously sexy (but not always overtly so) looks week after week (and clearly knows a little something about shopping vintage), shares an amazing tip: “All you have to do is mix one part vodka with two parts water in a spray bottle. It works every time—that’s the power of vodka for you.” [Valet magazine via Glamour] Keep reading »
Just this morning, I hauled three garbage bags to the Goodwill instead of trying to sell the clothes, because they’ve been taking up valuable space in my apartment and the hassle is just not worth it sometimes. You see, I’ve tried the whole cash for clothes deal at stores like Beacon’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange, but most times, the effort put out is much less than the reward. If I knew these tips for reselling clothes, I might have had a different outlook on the situation. Check out a few ways to ensure you’ll get more money back for your beloved castoff clothing:
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Everyone wants to surround themselves with rock star paraphernalia right now. Guitar Hero lets you pretend to rock out, there are two Beatles devoted games in the form of Rock Band and Monopoly, and Walmart even dressed up Mr. Potato Head as characters from the band KISS. Michael Jackson’s tribute, “This Is It,” is now open in theaters, and there’s an entire clothing line sold at Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Target devoted to the pop star. The next best thing–and a more stylish option than cluttering up your house with figurines? Band T-shirts. But not just any band T-shirts. Those of the old sort are the most in demand, providing not only the cool factor, but a softness and worn in look that can only come with the vintage factor. If you’re in New York, head to Metropolis (43 Third Ave), Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn (88 N. 11th St), and What Comes Around Goes Around (351 W. Broadway) or for online shopping, check out Monster Vintage, Cheap Jacks, or your local Craigslist. [WWD] Keep reading »