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Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping?

There’s an amazing vintage store next to the salon where I remove my mustache and beard on a regular basis. Since I get a 5 o’clock shadow that rivals my husband’s, I’m there quite frequently and use it as an excuse to shop as well.

It’s is not just old clothing, but quality ,vintage clothing that’s been inspected and vetted by the owner and labeled according to approximate decade.

Vintage stores used to intimidate me because I wasn’t sure how to integrate items into my everyday wardrobe without it looking like I was wearing a costume. However, I started noticing references in modern clothing to the vintage pieces. Once I began training my eye to see the similarities, I became more adept at picking clothing and accessories to complement my current wardrobe.

For instance, fringe and feathers have been popping up everywhere the last few years. This trend hearkens back to the 1920s (think flapper dresses) and are perfect for when you want to get gussied up for a formal affair. Add strappy sandals and a sleek hairdo to keep it from feeling like you’re an extra in The Great Gatsby.

Old Magazine ArticlesHaute Hippie Bead Embellished Dress at Nordstrom

Another throwback from the ’20s is the drop waist dress. This flirty style has been showing up everywhere from Forever21 to Ted Baker.

glamourdaze.com │ Tom Baker Gillla drop waist bow dress

The slim pencil or A-line skirts of the 50’s can be found everywhere, especially in my go-to stores, Banana Republic (A-line) and J. Crew (pencil).

Here Looking Like You, Kid │ J. Crew pencil skirt

If you’re very lucky, you may find a vintage Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress that’s as new today as it was in the 70’s.

Pauline Loves Fashion │ DVF Heritage New Jeanne dress

The key is to see the similarities, so that when you get back home, you can reference how they are currently styled to make your vintage piece into a modern and chic outfit.

Of course, you don’t need to match items 1:1 by decade (it’s much more fun to juxtapose seemingly contrasting items), but once I recognized the similarities, I found mixing vintage into my wardrobe much easier and shopping more fun!

On this trip, I scored a fab maxi length coat with fur-trimmed sleeves and hood. I was lacking a formal coat for the winter, so this is perfect over a gown or a suit!

Black coat
I look incredible. I’m in this big ass coat from that thrift shop down the road…

I also spotted this delicate gold ring. Delicate, layered jewelry (especially gold!) is so in right now. A vintage store is perfect for quality (re: lasting) accessories.

Finally, I totally lucked out and found a 4th anniversary present for Pete. He loves wearing cufflinks. Since one of the traditional gifts for year 4 is flowers, I was struck by how much these resembled a daisy, which happens to be Pete’s favorite flower.


With a little time and experimentation, a vintage store is a great way to upgrade your wardrobe with unique pieces!

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