Here are some of my latest vintage additions to my Etsy/Depop Shop(s)!
Don't be intimidated by prints or if these silhouettes are new to you - these shapes and colors can become a staple in anyone's wardrobe; it's all about how you pair them! And... confidence! If you have that, you will always look and feel good. That's what getting dressed is all about.
Use the links below to shop and to find some styling inspo I have for each piece - how you can incorporate them into your current wardrobe with excitement and easeeee. 🍰
Vintage Kimono Top/Tunic/Robe (what you make it!): I'd style this piece as a dress with sandals or these shoes just cause they are too cute, on sale, and versatile!
For a 70s vibe, you can even pair this with jeans and platforms.
For an elevated look, I recommend wearing this as a tunic with tight, black trousers and some slick, pointed-toe black booties. Don't forget the "tight" part to balance the billowy-ness of this kimono. The square neckline of this piece is what makes it so unique. Keep your bottoms simple so your top can do all the talking.
And, if you really want to get funky, I think this kimono could look so cool with some black combat boots (maybe with some lacy socks if you're feeling frisky), and feel free to add some biker shorts underneath to dress it down all the more.
Vintage Christian Dior Suit Jacket / Blazer Dress: I am a little tall (5'10") - so fear not if you think this guy is a little short on me, but, hey! A little leg also never hurt anyone. Which is exactly why I would personally wear this blazer as a dress. Ooh, and as we transition into fall... add some white tights, a headband, and you can consider yourself Blair Waldorf in the flesh. Thank me later.
1950s Slip Dress: This lil' lady has a special place in my heart. I love her precious details on the bust. Of course, the obvious is to wear her at home, but sometimes things are too cute to keep to yourself. I'd drape a denim jacket over this dress and pair it with some keds to make it picnic-appropriate. (As long as you wear nude undies underneath her, you're golden!).
Vintage 80s Dress: This. Dress. Though. Ugh - so good. Great Vintage quality + great for salsa dancing 💃🏼So comfy with good stretch, while hugging every curve. Every woman needs a dress like this! While I love being able to dress pieces up and down, I think the nature of this dress should be honored - honored by only wearing your sassiest of heels, simple jewelry (if any - maybe some hoops!) and your hair just the way you love it - a style that makes you feel your sexiest. Now, go dance your booty off in this before someone else does!
Linen Kimono: This piece is heavenly. It's perfect for prancing around your home, pinkies up, sipping tea with a face mask on, of course! But, I also recommend this kimono for your next poolside and/or beach cover-up. I styled it here with my white one piece, and I think this babay was made for this look! Now, all you need is your bf to fan you with a big, green banana leaf has he hand-feeds you grapes. :)
P.S. Leave me a comment if there are types of pieces you'd like me to be on the lookout for! Consider me your personal shopper. You could say I am a professional at the sport.
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As you all probably know by now, I have quite the appreciation for vintage. Are ya sick of that word yet? :D Though my blog has undergone some ebbing and flowing if you will, my devotion to vintage remains! You've also probably noticed continuous shout-outs to my stylish momma. She's my inspiration; not just behind this blog and now online store, but my love for wardrobe styling in general. She's got a good eye and she's a classy broad, so she knows when something will stand the test of time. Aaaand she's also really bad at getting rid of shit, so, lucky for me, these now vintage pieces are mine! My mom's old clothes have allowed me to recognize the value in well-made clothing and get creative on how to work the old in with the new, and vice versa.
Which now brings us to my own creative outlet in which I hope to benefit all of YOUR closets. This is a place to shop pieces that remain stylish despite their age or perhaps getting left behind at a Goodwill. It's also a place to stay inspired - how to breathe new life into existing items, plus styling tips & tricks along the way!
No need to buy "new" when there's so many amazing pieces already made. Introducing your latest, sustainable resource to discover those cool pieces you didn't know existed. Welcome to In With The Old!
And no, I will never sell my mom's clothes. Ever. :) But, I'm on the hunt for new pieces this weekend and I can't wait to post them to my Depop and Insta Shop for all of you. Happy, ethical shopping ladiezz. Shop the pieces below, now!
I like sharing what I love and promoting good people and the important stuff theyâre doing so I felt the need to share some blogs/bloggers, artists, influencers, & podcasters that have been inspiring and teaching me as of late:
The Skinny Confidential - All right, her aesthetic is pink AF, so with all this neon at first sight, you may judge that she's not for you... and maybe she just isn't BUT, I assumed the same thing and boy was I wrong-o. Lauryn Evarts Bosstick gives so much inspiring, educational and delightful content. She is the content QUEEN. She blogs every day and podcasts at least once a week with her hubby (The Him and Her Podcast). They are awesome and hilarious together, like laugh-out-loud-awkwardly-alone-at-your-work-desk hilarious. Podcasts have been so good for my brain at my current desk job. With hers, I am scribbling notes on random post-its all while laughing my butt off.
What I also love about Lauryn is that she stays true to herself! Though my personal style is so different from hers, she sticks to what she loves and I respect that. She is consistently authentic and it's so refreshing. She is blunt and witty and silly as balls! I also appreciate that she takes the time to document and actually write out all of her tips and tricks she knows or has been taught. In an instant-gratification industry of simply posting a pretty picture and ending there, she goes above and beyond and gets specific (specific is her favorite word) with her writing and the content she puts out. She basically goes the extra mile to really inform her readers. I highly recommend her specifically for her book club, beauty tips, the âreal shitâ, and her podcastâif nothing else, listen to the podcast! This is where I think all can be pleasantly surprised. Their guests range from doctors, reality TV stars, MMA fighters, to spearfishing professionals - it's a friggin' melting pot. She and her husband make a great interviewing team.
Melissa Wood - As said initially, promoting who/what I love or have been impacted by comes very naturally to me, so much so that I've jokingly referred to myself as a "Melissa Wood Advocate." This woman's workouts have changed my life (and belly button... I kid you not... it like, changed shape. I guess that's what happens when you start to see baby abs!âemphasis on baby, and that's okay). As I wrote on some physical ailments I have been struggling with, plantar fasciitis + dynamic valgus, and impingements in my hips, yay! These workouts are not only easy on my joints, but they're good for them. And given my belly button transformation (lol), you see #longleanlines, when you are diligent with her workouts. When I really saw results, I was doing her workouts at least 4-5 times a week over the course of several months. Of course meal prepping and intermittent fasting helped! Results come from changes in from all aspects of your health journey :)
For me, what really helped me stick to her workouts was not just the workouts themselves, but how she teaches. Melissa is so pleasant and likable. Her videos are calming and fun! I have also loved following her along on social media. I'm not sure how she has such thoughtful captions to write with every post, but each will leave you feeling inspired (AND who doesn't love nakey baby bums?!). :D
Violette_Fr - Oh, my, Violette! Her content is almost as stunning as the makeup looks she completes. I love that she isnât just a beauty vlogger doing her makeup in front of a mirror in her bedroom video after video (nothing wrong with that), but she makes her videos more into works of art. With each beauty vlog, she usually picks from an assortment of lovely cafes or restaurants in her city of NYC as the location to do her makeup (the options are endless there so I have yet to seen a repeat!). This way she can share her favorite places, cocktails, and dishes and teach us her beauty tricks all at once. The glowy film over her videos is so precious, oh and donât get me started on her accent! You will not only learn new ways of doing your makeup, but will be put into a relaxing trance as you consume her videos and their stunning execution. This gal makes me ask God, why did you make me American? Jk. Sorta.
One of my favorite tricks I've learned from this Parisian, is to leave the bridge of your nose (as it is the high point of your face) bareâno makeup. Even if you have makeup on the rest of your face, this gives the illusion that you aren't wearing any! The French way, baby: your strategic efforts to make you *look* effortless.
Style Blogger OGâs:
Song of Style - she may not be new to you, but in a world filled with beautiful people that can be given great clothes to wear and then deemed âan influencerâ while Aimee Song truly has style. Sheâs been a source of inspiration to actually give me new ways to style/wear something. Iâve found that my Instagram feed can easily be filled with people wearing pretty/cool outfits, but WHO actually sticks out and is showing a way to wear something that feels new? Not many. But Aimee is one of the few. Her series, Style By Number, is a great way to get the most out of pieces you love by mixing & matching and thinking out of the box. (P.S. Check out her new collection that just dropped on Revolve).
We Wore What - ditto on above ^ I love that even though sheâs now a kick ass Forbes 30 under 30 raking in the big bucks, she still keeps it real. Her blog started as a street style blog. (I hope she one day does some throwback tributes. Iâd love to see her roam NYC and interview people again). Anywho! Danielle, to me, is also a stylist, like Aimee. And I love that Danielle has been doing a âget ready with meâ feature on her Instagram Stories - taking us through the process of how her brain works when she puts her cool outfits together. Also, she keeps a nice balance of high and low price points, so no matter your budget, you can find pieces/looks she recommends that are right for you. (P.S. If youâre up for a $200 bathing suit, her designs are sexyyyyyy & prints, so unique).â
Dr. Caroline Leaf - I discovered cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Caroline Leaf, through a pastor I love, Steven Furtick. You can listen to/watch the specific sermon she was interviewed on here. I get weekly newsletters from her straight to my inbox. The newsletter is convenient because it will link you to both her blog and podcast - so there is a resource for whatever style you prefer. I tend to prefer her podcast. It helps to hear it to really switch my brain off. She is incredibly intelligent and so caring all at once. (For such a time as this, posting this amidst COVID-19, I think we all could take notes from her teachings).
I have friends with big hearts, wit, and courage. Check out their work and inspo!
For inspiration & strength: Renaissance Rahela, By Rahel Admasu.
And for a good laugh (with a side of truth!) and sigh of relief amidst this thing called life: Natalie Reviews Things, By Natalie Wink.
My friend Anna is a multifaceted, Jane of all creative trades! Still an avid petal pusher, now she is getting into Interior Design. Eek!
My friend Sarah Urmston always inspires me with her words.
And that's it for now folks. I wrote this shit a year ago lol and it all still holds to be true so I am not wrapping this up eloquently (nor am I proofreading it!) and have decided to just hit post.
Me again! Wearing my mother's vintage, of course. Sporting Terry Flanigan's silk blouse with Reformation jeans (similar here), a sweet little bag from Room Shop Vintage, and my kicks are mama's vintage, too!
'Twas a little drizzly that day so I layered my pearlescent TexileHaus Wrap Around Jacket atop my getup. Its made from water-resistant polly taffeta to be exact—I asked the designer herself! My friend Anastasiya Yatsuk, founder and designer of the sustainable brand (read/see more on it here and here) made this jacket.
My favorite thing to say is “Thanks! It was my mom’s” when someone compliments or asks about what I’m wearing. My second favorite reply is “my friend made this!” Not that my whole closet is this way, hence the Ref jeans here for example, but it just feels good knowing that some of my favorite pieces in my closet came from women that inspire me. I like when clothes tell a story or hold some special meaning. I guess we could all say that about most of our belongings. Yeah, when it comes down to it, it's just "stuff" but given that we all get dressed every day, clothes are important. Though I wish we could all roam naked like the stone structure making out behind me, Eve, that son of a gun, ate the damn forbidden fruit so here we all are naked and ashamed. So! Clothing it is. And I think there's nothing wrong with having fun with what I believe to be an art form. And even better when those pieces were made and passed down with care.
*Side note: God, thank you for Your grace. Because while we deserve that shame, You give us freedom to walk in the light instead. Also, for Your grace when it comes to my potty mouth (i.e. above). Appreciate Your grace there, too. :)
If you don't have vintage easily accessible (check out my post for vintage resources here) or creative friends who can make sh*t with their own two hands, no worries... 'Cause here are some brands I truly love that are sustainably & lovingly crafted. So the next time someone compliments your outfit, you can still feel good telling them where it's from:
The Line By K - This is my number one favorite line currently. Other than my mom's pieces, all of my Line By K items never fail to make me feel confident.
Reformation - Maybe not everyone's price point but worth it for most! And if not, their sales are the bomb diggity, so get on their mailing list to be in the know.
Everlane - They work hard to keep costs down but quality and ethics UP, yo.
By Signe - Organic fabrics, and effortless silhouettes any woman could cling to.
House of Sunny - This London brand is too. dang. good and is honestly a great price point for its unique, intricate pieces.
H&M Conscious - YES. You heard right! H&M! And this shiz is cute and affordable, all made from organic fabrics. I also recently learned that H&M collects shoppers' used textiles of any kind and re-purposes them! Literally, any kind of textile... like, your curtains are acceptable. I've been meaning to drop some things off myself. Living in the city, there aren't many locations to donate clothing near me, so this is a convenient way to give my goods! Woo!
With all that, lest we forget, the utmost sustainable way to buy is by thrifting/vintage hunting. Duh. If you can swing it, buy something that's already been produced and needs a new home! But either way, just know that quality always wins. Quality is the reason why I can say "Thanks! It was my mom's" so often.<3 So, buy well, with a purpose, and when ya can, as sustainable as possible. It's good for errybody.
Photography by my dear & talented friend: Khrystyna Oros
I love the crap out of this sweater of my mother's (you'd know it's true if you saw the tears on the back). It's classic, easy, and even a little sexy--three perfectly good reasons for me and my sisters to fight over it. Luckily it is now safe and sound with me alone in Philly! (Mwaha! Sorry Flanny's). The design is simple but there’s something about it that makes it perfect in nature and has allowed for this timeless silhouette to make a huge comeback right now.
I paired it with my all-time favorite color in heavenly pant-form by The Line By K, and slingback kitten heels from Target (yesssss, Target).
The lucidity of this design allots for all kinds of creativity. Wear yours billowy & belted, itty-bitty cropped, layered with your favorite boyfriend blazer, or even as a bathing suit cover-up. There is a cardigan out there for your shape and personal style and I believe it’s a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.
Styles of the classic cardi I’ve seen floating on Instagram that I admire:
Photos by: Gina DeSimone