Take a Ride on the Vintage Express
by Holly Wilensky
Aug 13, 2010 | 15554 views | 1 1 comments | 579 579 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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If your wardrobe goal this fall is to give some vintage looks a spin, you’re in luck. With vintage styles, clothing and patterns more popular than ever, there’s more than enough in Grandma’s closet to go around. If you are shopping for vintage clothing in Brooklyn or Queens, you can try these stores:

1 of a Find NYC @ 633 Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights | 718.789.2008

Guvnor’s Vintage Thrift @ 178 5th Ave, Park Slope | 718.230.4887

Amarcord Vintage @ 223 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg | 718.963.4001

Instant Replay @ 7220 Austin St, Forest Hills | 718.544.3556

ReDress NYC @ 109 Boerum Pl, Cobble Hill | 718.522.7962

Odd Twin @ 164 5th Ave, Park Slope | 718.ODD.TWIN

La Belle Vintage @ 8022 Parsons Blvd, Queens | 718.502.3644

Understand that everything always comes back in style. With the fashion cycle rotating every 20 to 30 years, the styles that were popular decades ago are now being featured in stores and shows. Here are a few examples:

PRINTS | ditsy floral prints, tie dyes, tropicals, nautical stripes

DENIM | acid wash, ripped and slashed, zippers on the ankles, high-waisted

ACCESSORIES | large hair bows and bow headbands a la Madonna’s “Borderline” video, circa 1984, Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses a la Tom Cruise in Risky Business, circa 1983.

SHOES | Mary Janes or babydoll shoes, Keds/canvas tennis shoes, combat/military style lace up boots

DRESSES/SKIRTS | dress bodies and silhouettes from the 1960s, thanks to the television show “Mad Men,” form-fitting A-line dresses, printed party girl dresses, pencil skirts, A-line skirts

When shopping from vintage and thrift stores, take note when choosing your favorite vintage ensemble. Always look twice for damage. Rips, tears and stains can hide at seams, hems or armholes.

Always check to make sure the zipper works and that there are no missing buttons.

When buying shoes, check the soles for extra wear or weakness. Make sure closures function properly.

ALWAYS try on your prospective purchases. Sizes from 50 years ago are light-years away from what standard sizing is today. The size scale was much smaller when manufacturing clothes in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

Hand wash or clean immediately after purchase. Most vintage clothing has been stored for a good amount of time and could possibly carry damp or musty odors.

In a wardrobe slump? Try shopping vintage for a breath of fresh fashion air. Mix neutrals and modern pieces with some vintage flair when creating your daily outfits. Vintage evening accessories such as shoes, jewelry, hats, and bags easily transition from day to night. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your fashion comfort zone to explore blasts from the past that will always revolve back in style.

For more styling tips, vintage, and fashion inspiration, please visit www.thedressrecycler.com.

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