How to Mix Vintage with Contemporary Fashion

How to Mix Vintage with Contemporary Fashion

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Wearing: Verge Girl cropped tee & skirt | Chess and the Sphinx handbag | Vintage Express belt | Superga Sneakers 

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Mixing vintage with modern is something I do often. Mainly because I have a serious addiction to vintage shopping that I haven’t been able to kick. I’m also a huge lover of anything stylish and affordable. This is where my love for vintage and contemporary fashion meet! Vintage can be tricky to wear and almost harder to pair with modern clothes. So, here are some guidelines for wearing vintage and modern:

  1. Don’t wear anything too dated: Disco looks from the ’70s will always be classics  and come in and out of style, but don’t get too carried away with dancing-queen dresses. Shoulder pads and a plunging sequin necklines? Not cute then, still not cute now.
  2. Vintage Accessories:  Pairing modern clothing with vintage shoes, bags and sunglasses is an easy way of beginning to work vintage into your wardrobe, as well as a simple way of taking a very special, fancier vintage piece and making it more wearable for today. Pops of color, surprising textile combinations, silhouettes and layers of contrasting patterns always make an outfit appear both uniquely modern and totally timeless.
  3. Contemporary Hair and Makeup:  I’ll bet, unless you’re dedicating hours to recreate vintage hairstyles and makeup, your hair and makeup are already going to look comparatively modern. Simplicity in hair and makeup is a tried and true way of grounding a vintage outfit, such as wearing a 1950’s dress with a slicked back ballerina bun or pairing an Edwardian blouse with a subtly smoky eye.

*Shout out to mamabear for letting me steal your express belt from the 80s!*

Thanks for reading!

xo, L

Verge Girl X Missguided

Verge Girl X Missguided

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Wearing: Verge Girl tee | Missguided skirt| Ann Taylor clutch | L Train Vintage flats

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I’m wearing one of my favorite outfits that I’ve put together lately. This top sold out super quick from Verge Girl, but I found similar styles on their website both priced under $45! I actually just bought the Gucci Life Tee in an XS! Verge Girl has quickly become my go to online shopping boutique. They have one store location, but its in Australia. I sometimes shy away from buying from Australian brands because if I’m not happy with my purchase the return process is usually a HUGE pain. So far with Verge Girls I haven’t had to return anything and always get my order within 3-5 days. The price points are perfect and they offer free shipping on orders $70 or more. Go check em out!

The Missguided skirt also sold out super quick. I picked out my fav similar styles from VG and Missguided for you guys. I definitely plan on wearing this skirt through the fall transition paired with stockings or knee high boots. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to get very excited for fall fashion and obviously for pumpkin spice everything.

In other news, I’m heading to charming little island covered in seaside cottages, quaint inns, chowder shacks, and tiny boutiques this weekend. Any guesses where?

xo, L

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Top 5 Vintage & Thrift Store Picks

Top 5 Vintage & Thrift Store Picks

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Wearing: Zara top | L train vintage Army jacket + Pants | Chess and the Sphinx vintage bag

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For my loves out there who enjoy the hunt for the perfect garment or accessory, Brooklyn’s many vintage and thrift shops offer plenty of opportunities for adventure. First things first, theirs a significant difference between a thrift and a vintage shop. A vintage clothing item is one that is at least 20 years old. Most clothing considered vintage dates from the 1920s – 1980s. Pre-1920s clothing is considered antique. Thrift stores on the other hand don’t care when the clothes were made. They traditionally sell secondhand clothes and other household items. There you’ll typically find fast fashion pieces and former fads at bargain prices.  

For hipsters and fashionistas alike, collecting and wearing vintage clothing is, ironically, fashion forward. I personally LOVE hunting for unique pieces that set my wardrobe apart. I get such a rush when I find that perfect piece that fits like it was custom made! So, here’s a little break down of my favs:

1: L Train Vintage: NUMBER ONE FOR A REASON! It’s my humble opinion that L Train Vintage is by far the best vintage store in Brooklyn. For starters they have 6 locations! 5 in Brooklyn and 1 in the East Village. They even have an online shop. I frequent the Bushwick location because its SO close to my apartment and it happens to be its largest location. I scored both the Army jacket and the wide leg pants there AND I spent less than $10 on each piece. Need I say more? 

2. Chess and The Sphinx: A close second fav is this tiny, super chic vintage shop. It has more of a boutique feel which means less clothes to search through, but every piece in there truly is a gem. A place where fashion treasures hide just waiting to be found. The prices are also shocking! The entire aesthetic of the place lead me to think that it would be a vintage store out of my price range, but I was so wrong! I have gotten 1940’s leather handbags for under $50 and staple pieces for less than $30! It’s an absolute must if you’re ever hunting in Bushwick. 

3. Worship: Another hidden gem nestled in Bushwick. This unisex boutique has 2 locations Echo Park, LA & Brooklyn, NY. They offer a highly curated collection of vintage clothing and accessories from the 1990s. Some of my favorite pieces in closet I found in Worship, from a Celtic Frost vintage tee to a Marc Jacobs summer dress. The buyers absolutely kill it and the prices are very reasonable. 

4. Beacon’s Closet: Is known by the Village Voice as New York City’s best used clothing store. The Gothamist named them one of the best thrift stores in NYC. And New York Magazine said “These chic little shops are stuffed with stylish, lightly used downtown essentials and groovy vintage pieces . . . There’s a great selection of used Levi’s and hip T-shirts.” With 4 locations 3 in Brooklyn and 1 in Manhattan. Locals confirm that Beacon’s closet is THE place to buy-sell-trade. 

5. Friends: The perfect combination of thrift, vintage, retail, and name brands. Located in the heart of artsy Bushwick. They truly have something for everybody! They carry, women’s and men’s, contemporary and vintage clothing, accessories, and footwear. The prices might not be as low as L Train or Beacon’s closet, but definetly reasonable. 

xo, L

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10Wearing: Anthropologie Pants | Fashion Nova Crop top | Millionairess Bomber | Necessary Clothing Mules |East of the River Nile Necklace

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The Spring/Summer season is here in NYC so, today I’m talking about a few of my fav pieces that are all priced under $60 (except for the bomber.) Two of the biggest trends that have surfaced for this season are wide leg pants and mules/slides. Anthropologie has an amazing selection of mules & slides that I absolutely recommend to dress any outfit up or down! Necessary clothing also has a great selection of Gucci inspired mules for less than $25!

I styled these Anthropolgie pants with a Fashion Nova crop and the Millionairess bomber to keep warm. What I love about each of these pieces are their ability to be versatile. Each piece can be mix and matched creating various looks for the seasons to come!

Now, this statement necklace might easily be my favorite accessory I own. It was hand made in Afghanistan and brought to the states by East of the River Nile store owner Ron Munschy. His quiet little shop surrounds you in treasures from all over the world. From handmade jewelry & clothing to furniture & stained glass lamps. For now you can only shop his collection in store (on Block Island) or by phone, but online shopping is coming soon!

xo, L

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4.25 Athliesure + MILLIONEIRESS

4.25 Athliesure + MILLIONEIRESS

 

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Wearing: Nike sweatpants | Forever 21 crop top | Millioneiress bomber | H&M booties 


Athliesure has easily become my favorite trend of 2017 thus far. Any fad that allows me to go to a bar in a pair of baggy sweats and still look trendy really makes this girl happy.

Lemme talk about this bomber for a minute though! Bomber jackets have been back, but Millioneiress puts a unique spin on the already popular jacket. Check out their website and you’ll see that owner Leah Kirsch hand paints not only bombers, but denim and camo jackets with women empowerment slogans. The brand was created to empower women to be unapologetically themselves, to recognize her uniqueness and embrace her flaws just as much as her assets.

I genuinely vibe with their values and dig the entire line of GIRL POWER merchandise. Take a look for yourself and use code ‘MILLI15’ for 15% off!

MILLIONEIRESS

xo, L