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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Va-Va-Vintage

No longer are the days when you might pass up your mother’s hand-me-downs. There seems to be a fight to the death for that last pair of vintage Levi’s 501s or that Coach purse they just do not make like they used to. Say goodbye to the danger of fashion evolving into tin-foil space suits and futuristic pieces, and when you ask yourself what is in, it’s vintage.

Evolving to fit the need for sustainable fashion, the vintage lifestyle provides the opportunity to dive in hands first at your neighborhood thrift stores and hopefully, grab some apparel from the last millennia. Thrifting transforms the everyday shopping experience, creating a hunt for that vintage diamond among all of the rough. Remember when our parents shook our heads at that pair of distressed denim we paid more for, so that someone else would make it look already worn? Now, the solution seems to be so plain and simple: go thrift shopping, and it’s a guarantee that your finds will not be plain nor simple.

This Fashionista illustrates her vintage flare, stepping out into February air in classically stylish pieces from her vintage wardrobe. She contrasts her timeless pieces with an emerging trend, layering a ruby-red bodysuit tucked into a button-up, dark wash denim skirt. To fend off the February air, she wears a pair of slightly opaque tights under a pair of chunky, knit socks. Her vintage suede jacket, compliments of Red Fox Vintage in Portland, Oregon, serves as the perfect icing for a street outfit in the middle of winter. It’s cozy, shearling lining adds the advantage of both warmth and texture to this multi-fabric outfit. To fully join the combination of vintage and new, this Fashionista adds a bold and timeless red lip. Lastly, she digs out her vintage, leather cross-body Coach bag to match her leather Dr. Marten slip-on booties. This chunky shoe offers a practical and playful way to dress down this outfit for everyday wear.

The allure of vintage is not hard to find when one considers all of the experiences your retro jacket or antique earrings have seen. When one considers the life of their clothes, it’s easy to take them out for another spin. This Fashionista’s strategically planned display of vintage perfection asks the onlooker to pretend that 2015 is a mixture of the four decades preceding it.

How To: Looking for ideas for a vintage-inspired spring once this crisp air gets a little sunshine? Try replacing the tights and skirts with do-it-yourself denim shorts. Buy a pair of thrifted Levi’s 501s and cut them to the desired shortness. This puts a playful, throwback spin on the spring necessity: a pair of high-waisted shorts.