how to shop for and wear vintage

Updated on Jun 14, 2010
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I get many emails/comments asking me how to shop for vintage since about 50% of my closet is vintage/secondhand. Thus I’ve decided to divulge a couple of my fruits of experience in vintage-shopping. I’m definitely no vintage guru so take these tips as merely guidelines!

Shopping for vintage:
I usually have the most luck in blazers, blouses and shoes when shopping at thrift stores. Check for moth holes, armpit stains, loose threads/beads/sequins, and disinfect the shoes by spraying the insides with at least 70% ethanol (rubbing alcohol). If the shoes are leather and you are afraid to ruin the outside appearance, use sticky plastic wrap to protect the outside while you spray the insides. Online sites like etsy are good places for affordable vintage scores if you don’t have a nearby thrift store. This is where I buy most of my vintage gold jewelry.

Wearing vintage:
Wear shorter hemlines with vintage if you’re not into grandma chic will modernize your look automatically. The above look would have looked too dated if I wore a knee-length skirt in the same style/color. Experiment with heels, belts, hemming and layering pieces. I love to belt my peplum blazers to accentuate their silhouette and I love hemming long lacey maxi dresses into mini dresses and blouses.

http://diyainherstilettos.blogspot.com/2010/06/prep-school.html

Comments (100)

DoreenFaith
DoreenFaith on January 02
AMAZZINNNNNNNNG
LyssBlondish
LyssBlondish on November 14
wow !
Stiletto_Goddess
Stiletto_Goddess on October 01
Hard to pull off professional and sexy...but u did it girl! Hot
angelserrano
angelserrano on September 26
love the blazer :0 so fab :)
mrsbin1991
mrsbin1991 on June 28
Thanks for the helpful post, ur style is so chic
cuteebutterfly
cuteebutterfly on May 12
you look amazing
TheSkinny
TheSkinny on December 14
Cute!
stylishdreamer
stylishdreamer on December 14
Love the outfit.
KaileeBroadway
KaileeBroadway on October 31
love it
kyutiel
kyutiel on October 03
love your blazer! :)
chelyuson
chelyuson on September 13
the blazer & the skirt are amazing;)
olive831
olive831 on August 06
love the blazer with that skirt
rachelbeau
rachelbeau on August 04
haute blazer w/ belt!
butterfliesandkisses
very chic
skinnycorset
skinnycorset on July 30
simple yet so chic!
destineddiva93
destineddiva93 on July 30
love it
christinaaa
christinaaa on July 24
CHIC!
creepybeautiful
creepybeautiful on July 12
belted blazer, super! Skirt, Gorgeous!
RosiTonaco
RosiTonaco on June 20
this look is fabulous
alice26
alice26 on June 20
Amaizing !!!!
Urbansparrow
Urbansparrow on June 19
I love this look!!!!!
fille
fille on June 17
I love the look of this blazer on you and the skirt with it is tres chic!
gucci
gucci on June 17
this is just amazing. Gray and brown. So chic. And you have fantastic legs
Lidia
Lidia on June 17
I loved the look
PaleFoxx
PaleFoxx on June 17
so hot
jOYFOOL
jOYFOOL on June 16
i LOVEEEEE THiSSSS!
TIPP
TIPP on June 16
Great combination!
milayerfacee
milayerfacee on June 16
love how it all ties in.
daisymay
daisymay on June 16
great look, love the blazer
dardoll
dardoll on June 16
love the blazer
Devon_Thomas
Devon_Thomas on June 16
Absolutely love the blazer!
iVdw
iVdw on June 15
you always amazing !
funnychubbybunny
funnychubbybunny on June 15
love that skirt!
VioletlyPurple
VioletlyPurple on June 15
That skirt! Lovely!
jtodd
jtodd on June 15
you are so adorably lovely! love your utfit.
YeonjooLee
YeonjooLee on June 15
chic chic chic!
LaurenSchoon
LaurenSchoon on June 15
very chic!
Junkie4Fashion
Junkie4Fashion on June 15
Nice blazer!!!
charchelle27
charchelle27 on June 15
super pretty! i love the belted blazer idea!
GlammcouturE
GlammcouturE on June 15
cute :)))
Kodi
Kodi on June 15
another gorgeous skirt...u wear it so well
Nanooosh
Nanooosh on June 15
OMG! love this cut hun !
TamQuoia
TamQuoia on June 15
this is amazing. perfect 10!
benzerj
benzerj on June 15
love the blazer!
ukiuki88
ukiuki88 on June 15
love how you belted the blazer!
bostonian1828
bostonian1828 on June 15
so cute!
patriss
patriss on June 15
love that outfit you look so chic like always...chic!!!
SonjaG
SonjaG on June 15
love it!! so chic!
S_agapoxxx
S_agapoxxx on June 15
Hot skirt!!!
OhMyDarling
OhMyDarling on June 15
cute!
mee_mee01
mee_mee01 on June 15
so chic, love the belt round the blazer with such a pretty skirt :)
ellejewels
ellejewels on June 15
love it!
pyrofina
pyrofina on June 15
chic, as usual
Annachiara
Annachiara on June 15
Loovely :D
dlauerbach
dlauerbach on June 15
My goodness this blazer is adorableeee!!
TheSkinny
TheSkinny on June 15
So Pretty And Feminine
SheLovesYou
SheLovesYou on June 15
I love this, it's really cute!
Bernadeth
Bernadeth on June 15
super loove this ensemble!=)..love neutrals!
RosetteAdel
RosetteAdel on June 15
Nice!
Kana
Kana on June 15
Aww the skirt is adorable!
TamQuoia
TamQuoia on June 15
i love the dress and this whole outfit! this outfit is just amazing and perfecttt -Tammy
erikareyes
erikareyes on June 15
tres chic!
eboni103
eboni103 on June 15
Fabulous! LOVE that blazer and love how you belted it with the feminine dress!
mahtwistedwayz
mahtwistedwayz on June 15
gorgeous
laurenstar
laurenstar on June 15
GORGEOUS! =)
SomethingWithChic
SomethingWithChic on June 15
love it!
vernenciso
vernenciso on June 15
sexy!
atul0481
atul0481 on June 15
wow..Abs amazing. Love it
Orientalindulgence
Orientalindulgence on June 15
cute outfit!
miaamos
miaamos on June 15
GORGEOUS!!
MikiGumia
MikiGumia on June 15
the perfect definition of CHIC
OneEyeCat
OneEyeCat on June 15
great look ! love the skirt+blazer combo !
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON on June 15
You can never go wrong :D This is so you :D Love every single item, mostly the belt and how you styled it :))
nicolethedressupdoll
cute blazer:)
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on June 15
the blazer with the belt is so chic
goldencor
goldencor on June 15
Gorgeous look!
Starhill
Starhill on June 15
cute!
cityofbugs
cityofbugs on June 15
the blazer is perfect belted, you look so chic and sophisticated :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on June 15
you look absolutely tdf! gorgeous gray tones and perfect pairing of blazer and skirt!
ricadeleon
ricadeleon on June 15
nice skirt!
TheDemoiselle
TheDemoiselle on June 15
SO CUTE!
buffy6490
buffy6490 on June 15
very cute i love the contrast of colors :D
mizmay
mizmay on June 15
OMG..you are stunning! love every touch on this outfit.. Hot!!!
daine
daine on June 15
Vintage blazer rocks!
angiekje
angiekje on June 15
extremely chic, love the length of the skirt, love the blazer, great belt, great bag, gotta love the shoes :) perfect: faved!!!!
CalifornianDreams
CalifornianDreams on June 15
LOVE! <3
Millo22
Millo22 on June 15
Love everything about the outfit!!
hadelicious
hadelicious on June 15
loving the preppy sexy look!
cherryl
cherryl on June 14
so fab!
theMUSE09
theMUSE09 on June 14
so so chic!!!
FabyLovesYou
FabyLovesYou on June 14
WoW!! Love this outfit, so chic!!! You're fabulous!!
snugglesbunnie2
snugglesbunnie2 on June 14
super super super cute !
mandigarcia
mandigarcia on June 14
VERY VERY CHIC
sweetnicide
sweetnicide on June 14
i love the skirt very chic
theclassicsilhouette
love the blazer!
redpepper
redpepper on June 14
love you blazer and the whole outfits ! so beautiful !!
EvilDancerRec
EvilDancerRec on June 14
lovely
vegangela
vegangela on June 14
Love the belted blazer... actually, I LOVE the whole outfit! :)
dorotron
dorotron on June 14
very pretty!
sandywich
sandywich on June 14
love the whole look! Aaah! So well put!
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