With the slow down in schedules and the promises of the new year, it's the perfect time to readjust your wardrobe! Want to pare down and start cultivating a solid wardrobe? Want to branch out a little and see what stylish trouble you can get in? No matter the answer, the place to start is and always shall be, at Street Scene. Whether you're looking for basics or for a crazy pair of printed pants, vintage is the place to start. Fashion is a cyclical beast, with trends resurfacing decades after they rear their heads the first go round - whether it's quilting, plaid, winter pastels or leopard. Also, thanks to style icons like Jackie O, Brigitte Bardot, Edith Head (a la Audrey Hepburn), and Loren Hutton, certain items will remain classics (think striped breton tees, cardigans, pointed flats, etc). Because of this, vintage can always be used to infuse your wardrobe with unique, green and budget-conscious items.
I've thrown together five outfits that aren't too wild, but have at least one unique item that really sets the ensemble apart from what you see day-to-day.
Look 1: Pinned to Perfection
Though there's nothing too wild about a belted shirtdress/cardigan combo, you don't need much to add a twist. Enter, the floral pin. I have such a huge collection of vintage pins that I never know how to wear, but wearing it as a decoration on a hip pocket is both unexpected and fun! It'd be awesome to add a collection of three pins to a pocket and really make an impact.
Look 2: Workwear Wow
This look hinges on this incredibly fabulous 40s blazer. It has broad shoulders and the most nipped-in waist and it's so flattering! A good black work blazer is a cornerstone to a solid wardrobe and can be reworked in innumerable ways. Add a quilted printed skirt (and throw on opaque black tights and some black kitten heels) and you'll have a work look that turns heads but isn't inappropriate.
Look 3: Street Style Bait
This outfit is the wackiest of them all, but could be seen on the streets of New York or London. Thanks to the fuzzy, oversized cardigan and the textured maxi skirt with a sheer strip, this look is one for those who want to step out of their comfort zone want to try out a model off duty kind of look. Both pieces are vintage but are being reproduced by fast fashion stores such as NastyGal, H&M and Forever21.
Look 4: Cocktail Hour
This dress is really the centerpiece of this outfit. We've had it in the store for a while now and I just don't think people have had the chance to see it shine! Though holiday parties are over, that doesn't mean you won't need a little something for your winter fetes (and this one can transition to spring/summer!). It has an off-the-shoulder design, a full skirt and a matching scarf that I've draped around the neck and down the back. It's flattering and a good go-to dress thanks to its seasonless style.
Look 5: Textured Temptress
In the same way the above dress hasn't had its fair shake, this quilted jacket has not gotten the accolades it deserves. Made by The Villager (one of my absolute favorite vintage lines), this puppy has a peter pan collar, small but bold red and navy flower print, is quilted and also has a fitted waist! In order for it to look more modern, I left the jacket unbuttoned, added a textured black miniskirt, a worn brown leather belt, a kitschy beach tank and a black infinity scarf. I would wear this everyday if I could fit into these pieces. Thanks to the jacket it's a stylish but not in-your-face outfit that would set off your 2014 wardrobe.
We've got racks set up around the store to help you choose outfits according to style or color and of course, we're always here to help.
Here's to a stylish 2014!