The term vintage clothing is defined as “previously-owned clothing that with age, looks better and maintains style.” Vintage pieces increase in quality and value with age but age is not as important as enduring style. What’s the point in having an old piece of clothing or accessory if you’re never going to wear it?
A fairly new boutique opened in the lovely town of Sayville about a year ago. The Paper Doll Vintage Boutique specializes in collecting vintage clothing and accessories from as early as 1890. Today’s Fashionista is an employee at this boutique and although she is not the head buyer/collector of the merchandise in the store, she still does her own collecting. She was seen today wearing her favorite collectors piece, a cross necklace, handed down to her from a woman who passed away. Two of her bracelets were from a gypsy and her sunglasses were from Paper Doll Vintage Boutique.
In my opinion, I would prefer to purchase vintage items in person, so here I will show you how to put a modern twist using today’s Fashionista’s vintage inspiration. Sideways cross-connected necklaces are the latest Christian fad and can be found at ASOS. This type of necklace can turn into your favorite everyday necklace since it can be worn with basically anything! Summer dresses, tank tops, sweaters—you name it and it will lay perfectly upon you. Try this Priestley necklace from TOBI if you’d like your cross pendant to stand out more like today’s Fashionista.
The sunglasses worn by today’s Fashionista are considered cat eye sunglasses. This look was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, designers like Dior and Tom Ford still love this style. The glasses shown by Dior are derivative and rounder giving a more modern approach while the Tom Ford glasses represent the thin angular exaggerated look seen throughout the ’50s.
Spotted: In Zac Posen’s spring 2013 ready-to-wear fashion show, vintage inspired models, music and clothing were all incorporated to make his collection stand out. Cat eye sunglasses were worn here showing how earlier eras can have an everlasting style. I like how Zac Posen was able to include the fashion forward strap sandal look with an overall vintage outfit.