Vintage Living || Shopping the OG
I received the first pieces that started my vintage collection when I was 14; beautiful dresses my mom wore gallivanting to places like Studio 54 in the 70s. From there, I started visiting thrift stores and flea markets to find more unique pieces. I loved how each piece was like a discovery, a treasure hunt for style gold. Since then, my love for vintage has only grown. Now, I realize that vintage is not only amazing for being fashion artifacts, but because it is one of the most sustainable and ethical ways to dress yourself. When you shop vintage, you are recycling and reusing already produced garments, not supporting fast fashion lines with questionable labor and environmental practices.
What I've heard from friends who aren't lovers of vintage, like myself, is that they don't shop vintage because they think these pieces will make them look dated or costumey. So here's my stylist solution...
SHOP CURRENT TRENDS AT VINTAGE STORES.
Many of the trends we're seeing right now were inspired by past decades, so why not shop the OGs? The pieces from when the trends were created? The ones that today's designers are tacking to mood boards to try to recreate?
Just buy the original!
Let's take this outfit. I was watching That 70s Show (which is great for style inspiration, by the way) and Jackie (Mila Kunis) was wearing this magnificent rainbow stripe button-up (photo to the right). I was smitten with it, but I was also impressed by the fact that rainbow stripes are very on-trend this spring/summer (examples: Reformation, Madewell, Anthropologie) and here was impeccable costume design that reflected the same trend from the 70s. Here was the original that designers are trying to emulate today!
This led me straight to... Etsy. I searched "vintage rainbow stripe top" and found THE perfect summer top. It's not exactly the rainbow button-up I went searching for but it was the short sleeve, cropped rainbow button-up I needed. I instantly purchased it from a wonderful vintage retailer in California and have been living in it since it arrived.
Same applies to my bag. Wood, straw, and rattan bags are everywhere and, wouldn't you know it, they were popular in the 60s and 70s. This woven rope and straw bag fits right in with modern pieces but was picked up from a second-hand store on Long Island.
Are you interested in vintage now? To help you get started on your vintage journey, I've included a few of my favorite shops below.
- Omnia Vintage - You can shop Omnia in-person every weekend at the Brooklyn Flea or through studio appointments. Otherwise, explore owner Naomi's curated collection online!
- Shop Exile - The Etsy shop where I found the top I'm wearing in this post offers a vast vintage collection online. Peruse their pages and pages of garments for your perfect piece.
Brick & Mortar:
- Lovefield Vintage - I have sung of my love for this vintage shop before on The Paillette. If you're heading to upstate New York for a trip, it's definitely worth a stop in Kingston to visit this storefront and enjoy the town.
- The Times Vintage: Although The Times has an Etsy shop, it's not nearly as fun as experiencing the store IRL. This vintage/antiques/curiosities shop is a blast if you're out on the east end of Long Island.