We drudged around in a grunge-fueled haze (see yesterday's post!) of printed and pastel polyester shirts, vintage tweed jackets, that were so stiff from age, they could stand on their own, and went on a never-ending quest for the "widest-leg pants." Finding your size was like a gift from God, and the endless Minnesota weather and short days provided the perfect sullen backdrop for all of our fashion rebellion and Cobain-style, old man sweaters. Before Juno was a glint in eye...there we were.
To really pull off vintage eclectic style, without looking like you are auditioning for Mad Men (Don Draper, I heart you) you have to have be a skilled curator and a fierce editor, both in decor and fashion. Sometimes things work together unexpectedly, sometimes they don't. Its trial and error.
Anyway, now that I'm older wiser, and slightly less sullen, I am still obsessed with vintage. I have always been attracted to that special aesthetic fusion of vintage items and more modern pieces, a'la Anthropologie or Restoration Hardware. And I love having that beautiful, unique piece that no one has.
|modern shapes with vintage images...Anthropologie|
|vintage key necklace|
|leaves from a vintage brooch|
|Vintage Metal piece with "now" colors|
|Assemblage Vintage Necklace with Fiber baubles|
|One of my all-time faves|
|vintage beaded clutch "One Man's Trash'd"|
|metal filigree from a vintage junk necklace|
A few favorites from my own collection (all under $10):
|Art Deco earrings picked up at thrift stores|
|Black sequins, black patent leather, gold lame', beaded silver, and needlepoint. Oh my.|
|my faaaave necklace that I wear all the time!|
|a pile of metal chunkies|
|For channeling Jackie O...Flea market find $2.|
|Two pieces I picked up for my wedding in '09. I wore the one on the right...|
|Look at that pale Minnesota skin! ha!|
Here's to all objects that get better with age, outlive trends and make life more beautiful. I love you, vintage.