STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Be Thrifty

Style Advice of the Week

Lately, I have been on a vintage shopping kick. Jackets, sweaters, purses and even chairs, you name it, I’ve probably bought it or taken it from my mother’s closet (thanks, Mom). Part of my recent scouring of vintage shops is due to the amazing sales some of my favorite haunts have been having, but besides that, I love the idea of putting a modern spin on older items. A floral dress from the ‘90s can get new life from a leather jacket or spiked motorcycle boots, and similarly, a vintage caped coat can be just the right accessory to pull a modern outfit together. Mixing new pieces with old gems creates an eclectic and more interesting wardrobe and allows you to shine with unique pieces.

After a week of gloomy and unpredictable weather, this Fashionista’s brightly accented outfit was refreshing. Paired with a black turtleneck and black mid-calf boots, her abstractly patterned pants became the focal point of her outfit. Making them even more fantastic, she said they are from the ‘50s and she borrowed them from her grandmother’s closet. By accessorizing with a relaxed, citron bag and a silver multi-chained necklace, she put her own fresh take on a pair of vintage pants.

One of my favorite things about wearing a vintage item is that it is not easy to replicate. By combining old and new pieces, you get to create an outfit and style that is all your own. However, these pants from Urban Outfitters are a similar match to this Fashionista’s original high-waisted pair. Add a cozy black turtleneck, a pair of basic boots and bright accessories to round out the look.

Patterned and high-waisted styles were seen on multiple spring 2013 runways, proving that trends continue to be recycled throughout the years.  Take a look through your parents’ closets or spend a Saturday browsing vintage shops. If you prefer doing your shopping online, there are several online vintage stores as well, such as Shop Cuffs, Etsy and even popular retailers like Urban Outfitters.

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