Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vintage Shopping 101

In a world where everything is accessible and ubiquitous, vintage is the way to personalize your look - and one of my favorite ways!) Plus with vintage, you're pretty much guaranteed that your buy will last. Every decade has something to offer: a little black dress from the '50s or a great jersey one-shoulder disco dress from the '70s as signature looks that will last forever. The irony is that vintage is actually what all of the new stuff in stores is made to look like anyway.

Want to know an easy, fun and relatively inexpensive way to do some vintage shopping? Costume jewelry! The nice thing about it is that there's very expensive collectible designer costume jewelry, but some of the cheap pieces are just as fabulous — even if they aren't by famous names. A pair of gorgeous chandelier earrings or a big over-the-top necklace can make something cheap look really cheerful and chic. And a nice, jeweled evening clutch is an affordable vintage must!

Remember the success to being a vintage shopper. . .you have to take your emotions out of it. If something doesn't fit or if it's really damaged, I don't care how great it makes you feel, you have to leave it. The challenge with vintage is that it's an emotional way to shop because you're buying history. But you have to be realistic. Otherwise, you'll take it home and it'll sit in your closet. Think of it as treasure hunting: You have to explore a bit before you find the gems.

1 comment:

  1. I love vintage clothes + costume jewelry! It's so fun to have people rave over it and ask where it's from... only to learn they can't HAVES IT! OOAK!