Thursday, January 5, 2012

What I love about vintage...

I have a penchant for daydreaming. Ever since I was little, I found ways to make things more exciting. I used to loathe cleaning my room, so as a result, I would pretend I was Sherlock Holmes looking for clues to a very important case. This often led to other side missions that left my room perhaps not as tidy as it should have been, but still! On a weekly basis, I'll fight under General George Washington's army, visit the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, and even spend time in Los Angeles in the 1930's.

I think that's what I love so much about vintage. Working here at Street Scene allows me the privilege to see amazing items all day everyday. I can touch them and research them and find out (occasionally) when and where they were made. When I can't find the exact details, my mind races to come up with a story about who used it, and where the particular item used to live. As much as I love buying things from IKEA, there isn't much to be said for their back story. No romance, just amazing Scandinavian design sensibilities.

I find things from the past so enticing. There's a palpable romance that I attach to any item that is over 50 years old, and I am immediately transported to another place and time. I don't find myself daydreaming about the future much. When I do, I'm actually in that 1940's-1960's sci-fi scene, so technically, its still the past. Good job, Kate. Even your future is old.

Another reason I love vintage, and its sort of a silly one, is that I love having one-of-a-kind pieces. I take a sense of pride when I can say, 'This is the only one I've seen like it'! I find that I treat my vintage items with more care than I do items that I know are replaceable if they break. When you damage or break a vintage item, there is always that chance that you will never find another one like it. I almost threw up typing that sentence. Treat all your items, but especially vintage, with care!

Why else do I love vintage? Because of things like this:
A few months ago a wonderful ostrich cape came into the store, and my life has never been the same. It is perfect. Where else could you find such a beauty?!

I love so many things about vintage. What is your favorite thing about shopping vintage? I'd like to know more about what you are into! Send me a message or leave a comment! Until next time!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{Look of the Week}: Pretty in Pleats!

This week's look is all about one of winter's hottest trends, pleats.  Pleats are constantly reappearing on the fashion scene, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries and becoming widely popular in the early 1900s, 1940s, and again in the 1970s.  Our look is all about this fabulous wine-colored accordion-pleated maxi dress with tie-top.  We layered a silky striped top underneath for a pop of rich color and texture.  For accessories we added an arm full of gold bangles and a simple gold belt to cinch in the waist.  We also have a rack of pleated dresses and skirts, so you can mix and match your own look!

shirt-$12                 purse-$20
belt-$6                    dress-$18

All the celebrities love to wear accordian pleats of all colors and lengths!  Check out the above photos for some pleated outfit inspiration!

Accordian pleats are even all over the New York Fashion Week Runways.  Above are two looks from the Doo.Ri fall fashion show.  Check out this post on to see even more photos of pleats from New York Fashion Week.