How To Wear Vintage: 5 Things Your Vintage Wardrobe Is Missing

When you go thrifting, what should you look for? It's hard enough finding clothes that feel beautiful when you're at the mall, let alone while digging through Granny's Bargain Bin! I wore an outfit today that employed some of my most revered rules of thrift shopping.

1. Neutral colors. I wear a lot of black, because it's really easy to make black clothing look chic for cheap. It's always in season, and it always makes you look slimmer. White can be tricky due to nasty stains, so I always go for ivory, brown, and grey when shopping vintage and stick to new pieces when I want a crisp white.

2. Flattering Silhouettes. See how the dolman sleeve on the top hangs as if it's a modern top? See how the skirt nips in at the waist and flares out, highlighting my silhouette? Look for pieces that highlight the best parts of you, and fit perfectly. Trust me, you won't fix that hem anytime soon.

3. Natural, durable materials. Skip the funky paisley polyester and reach for the classic silk, wool, cotton, and leather. Natural fabrics breathe better and stand the test of time. They also make your clothes look more expensive than they really are (bonus!).

4. On-trend colors or patterns. Watch for trends you love & search for them on the vintage racks. This season, try floral, geometric, nautical, & tribal prints, along with leather, black + white color blocking, peach, emerald green, navy blue, mint green, and lavender.

5. Crazy accessories, not main pieces. When I want something kooky to spice up my wardrobe, I almost always go for a scarf or piece of jewelry. Go nuts on these items and keep your silhouette classic and modern, and you'll look sophisticated & timeless rather than costume-y or outdated. Try dark skinny jeans, solid colored blouse, and a kooky paisley scarf; or try that funky African-looking wooden necklace with your favorite little black dress.

This time my accessory of choice was a peach & gold marble necklace, handmade by me! Stay tuned, because it'll be in the New Eve Shop very soon!

What are your vintage shopping & styling tips? Share in the comments!

Vintage Valentine's Day Fashion: One Modern Dress, 3 Vintage Ways

First fashion post ever! I'm really excited to bring you this series where I show you some of my sweet vintage fashion finds! Excuse my photo quality while I learn the ins & outs of it all.

Look 1: Simple & Classic
I got this dress for a mere $27 at Forever21.  I love the gorgeous merlot color.

I wanted to jazz it up with a little bit of vintage, so I sprinkled on a New Eve Locket:

And my favorite vintage woven loafers:

Look 2: V-Day Date!
A vintage lace top from a church rummage sale is layered over the dress:

This repurposed bullet shell & quartz crystal necklace gives the look a harder edge:

 Look 3: The Office 

I added a vintage pencil skirt in a coordinating pattern and vintage black leather belt for a fun & work-appropriate look:

 Outtake just to show you that I'm human. But you probably guessed that.

How do you style your modern basics with your wild vintage finds? Share in the comments!

My Vintage Finds: My Almost-Antique Masterpiece

I'm planning on making my vintage inspiration/ vintage find post a weekly thing! Keep me company on my journey of sharing the stories of some amazing vintage items I've found over my life.

Today, I'm talking about a beautiful, almost antique book I once found: Pilgrim's Progress. The title page said it want printed in 1924! I had trouble getting a non-shiny photo of the front, but it's pretty simple.

It's got this amazing gold foil work on the spine:

And this bookplate! Who was Everett C. Somers? I like to imagine he smoked a pipe. I mean, if his candle was that smoky, and he had owls perched upon his books, I highly doubt the man was pipeless.

Oh, this scrollwork. I could just die. I want a dress made of this pattern and I want to wear it every day!

The modern English translation of this is "A romance, and this I took. To read and drive the night away." - Chaucer. Ever had a night where the darkness felt like it was closing in on you? Or you just couldn't turn off you brain? I have. I've often pulled out whatever beautiful book I've been reading to drive the night away. I love this quote.

In the 20s and 30s, the publisher  Everyman's Library created these elaborate title pages based on the wingding floral designs of William Morris, the frontman of the arts and crafts movement. Gah, his work is so amazing, and definitely an inspo post for another day!

I know. I can't even stand it. It's too gorgeous. His work and philosophy of integrity of craft in the modern age inspire me even today. Now come back in a couple of weeks for some W. Mo Inspo! Yeah, I just said that...

What's the most beautiful vintage book you've found? Share in the comments!

Last photo courtesy of Design Decoration Craft.