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Venice_Beach_BoardwalkI’ve always been a huge fan of vintage and love going vintage shopping. I picked up this embroidery shirt while on vacation in Asheville last month. There isn’t a label, which is often times a good thing with vintage. The detailing and boho vibe was too hard to pass up. The vintage sunglasses are rare 1970’s Brigitte Bardot, which she designed when she decided she wanted her own line of sunglasses. It takes some studying and experience to determine what is quality vintage. Here are a few of my tips for shopping for vintage.

vintage embroidery shirt

  • Look at the labels – The label is a good place to start when shopping for vintage. Look for a label that is hand sewn and not made on a factory machine or stamped onto the fabric. You can also tell if the label looks old, worn and is fully sewn into the lining.
  • Check the material – Look at the label to see what it’s made from. Touch the fabric and feel the quality. Keep an eye out for any stains, snags, and rips that might not be repairable.
  • Know the era – The fabric, cut, and style of a garment are the easiest way to determine what era it’s from. Go in with some knowledge of the styles that were popular in certain eras. It may be best to choose an era you like and start there.
  • Shop designer – Look for top designs, like Gucci, Versace, etc., which are often times cheaper when you get them secondhand. But be realistic, some pieces that were expensive then are still expensive now.
  • Study – Grab a vintage fashion book and do a little studying before heading out on your journey. It could be helpful to have some knowledge of past designers you may not know.

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Vintage Embroidery Shirt {Similar}, 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Vince Camuto Shoes, Brigitte Bardot Vintage Sunglasses {Similar}, Madewell Leather Purse

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70s style

I’ve always been a big fan of 70’s fashion. The high waisted bell bottoms, florals, muted tones, wedges…I can go on. I recently pulled out this floral Free People blouse and was feeling the 70’s vibe. It’s loose enough to wear during the summer and the bell sleeves made me want to twirl to show them off. There are some fun 70’s trends for fall that I can’t wait to wear. I’m ready to bring out my retro brimmed hat and get some bright 70’s plaid.

Free People Shirt, 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Tiger’s Eye Ring {Similar}

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Beach Wedding Guest

Last month I attended a black tie wedding by the beach. When I got the invitation I had no idea what to wear. Black tie and beach wedding don’t often go together, but when the ceremony is at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito and the reception is at the exclusive Coral Casino Club, it all makes sense. I knew I wanted a maxi dress and something that I could dance in. When I think of black tie, I think of a tight evening dress, but I couldn’t wear that to the wedding. I love dancing too much. This Free People floral maxi fit the bill. It has a breezy beachy feel, while still being formal enough for a black tie wedding. And lets be real, black tie doesn’t mean that every man is showing up in a tux. It implies a nice suit.

If you’re heading to a beach wedding choose a dress that gives you that free dancing on the beach feeling. And if you’re heading to a black tie wedding, still find something that you can dance in.

Free People Mixed Floral Maxi Dress, Kate Spade Twist Bangle, Kate Spade Building Blocks Bangle

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Go West Style

I’ve been eying Janessa Leone hats for quite some time now. I would see the hats styled in my Instagram feed and on my favorite blogs. Last month I finally decided to pull the trigger and invest in one of the timeless pieces. I went back and forth about which hat I should buy as my first Janessa Leone, and finally decided on the wool Gabrielle. All of her wool hats are sustainable and cruelty free, made from 100% virgin wool take from a lamb’s first sheering, which makes it the softest and finest wool available. Call me crazy for wearing wool in the summer, and a wool hat let alone, but it’s such a unique classic piece I can’t help it. I brought it on my trip to Asheville, so if you’ve been following along you’ve already seen it. But it’s just too great!

I’m looking forward to taking this hat into the seasons.

Janessa Leone Gabrielle Hat, Splendid Dress, Madewell Bandana, Saint Laurent Paris Booties

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Bandana style

Summer style should be easy and carefree, like the season. Or at least that’s how I think summer should feel. One of the easiest ways to change up an outfit is to add a bandana or head scarf. I’ve posted about my love of wearing head scarves and different ways to wear them, but have yet to post it styled this way. This bandana has become my new favorite accessory for the summer. I’ll be sharing another way that I styled it soon!

Madewell Bandana, Banana Republic T-Shirt, Hudson Jean Shorts, Saint Laurent Paris Booties

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