his black floral midi dress is one I re-sewed last year. It was originally a long sleeve, high neck blouse with a lace collar. I chopped off the sleeves and collar and used that fabric to create straps.Read More
I have had so many friends comment on my vintage and thrift finds saying “you find the best stuff, I need to go thrift shopping with you!”. I also have found myself with WAY too many clothing items that I don’t possibly need from all my vintage and thrift hunts. So I decided to do us all a favor and start a little shop selling some of my thrift and vintage finds to you all!Read More
One of the events we planned for our honeymoon was a luau - when in Hawaii right? I got this vintage skirt before our trip and intended to cut it up and use the fabric to make something else.Read More
I have been so busy finalizing wedding details over the past few weeks that I have been very neglectful of my blog. Now that we are officially married (woo hoo!) I am planning to get the content train back up and running on Fizz and Fade.Read More
Who says you have to go on vacation to get that careful summer look? We spent the day in Central Park last weekend I took the opportunity to pull on on of my FAVORITE new Magill tops that I designed a few weeks ago that is easy, breezy and beautiful.Read More
Lately I have been on the hunt for more vintage items that I can re-work into modern and wearable silhouettes for spring and summer. The reason I like to do this instead of just buying new fabric is for the great prints that vintage items often have.Read More
We had a surprisingly nice day this past Saturday with 60’s and sun. I’ve talked a bunch recently about my love of vintage scarves and how I’ve added a few new ones to my collection. This is one of the scarves I recently bought at No Relation Vintage (for a mere $5!). I love the subtle color and print, just enough to add a hint of interest to an outfit without overwhelming the look.Read More
I have multiple pairs of jeans in my closet but time and time again I end up reaching for the exact same ones. Why? Because they are the best-fitting ones. I know that I can pull them on and feel confident that they will flatter and enhance my look.Read More
Over the course of the past year I have been sharing more and more of the clothing I have created on Fizz and Fade. I love being able to envision a garment and make it a reality hanging in my closet.Read More
I am a huge fan of vintage and thrift shopping, I just love it. I feel this sense of competition when perusing second-hand wares, like I am competing to find the best hidden gem for the best price. For me, it's not just about getting a cool item but getting it for so cheap that when someone asks where it's from I can proudly say I got it for $5 and wait for their incredulous response. It's a similar thrill I get when finding amazing buys at fast fashion retailers but we'll save that for another post. Today I wanted to talk about my top tips for buying from vintage, thrift and second-hand stores and highlight some of the looks I have worn on Fizz and Fade that include vintage pieces I have scored over the past year.
Vintage Find : Men's Hawaiian Shirt
Tip #1 : Think Outside the Box
I don't focus on the womenswear section of a vintage shop, I look at everything. Men's, children's, home goods...I scour all of it. With changing trends, there are often styles worn by men or kids of yesteryear that are now on-trend for women. Case in point - Hawaiian shirts. Last summer I had seen some pricey versions of the classic vacation topper being sold by trendy retailers such as NET-A-PORTER and Revolve. My local vintage shop had some great Hawaiian shirts...in the men's section of course. Some quick alterations to narrow the width and tack the rolled sleeves and I ended up with the above shirt (worn originally in this post). I have also found sweaters in the kids section, shawls in the home section and jackets in the men's section so make sure you get a look at everything not just the pieces for "women".
Vintage Find : Women's Housedress Re-designed Into Wrap Skirt
Tip #2 : Fabric First, Fit Second
Unless the item in question is super teeny, the fit of a vintage piece is totally irrelevant. I scan the racks for fabrics before I even pull anything out to see what it looks like. Why? Because everything can be altered, tailored and adjusted but the fabric is what you're stuck with. Just by scanning the racks I can see if there are specific colors, prints or textures that catch my eye. I found a bright blue floral housedress last spring at my vintage shop that was a size XXL. It was comically huge on me when I tried it on. Which was the jackpot in my eyes since it meant I had a ton of fabric to work with. I ended up cutting this up and creating the above wrap skirt with the fabric (worn originally in this post). I know not everyone is going to create a brand new piece like I did, but simple alterations are easily done by any tailor. So focus on the fabrics, not the fit. You can never go wrong with a great vintage print!
Vintage Find : Beaded Clutch
Tip #3 : Look Off the Beaten Path
Unless you are willing to pay more than you have to, never go to the famous vintage shop or market looking to buy clothes. They jack the prices up at these places since they know tons of tourists will be there. Instead I like to hit up the the more unexpected spots. Beyond my local vintage shop, I check out Goodwill, Salvation Army and random mom and pop shops. Oftentimes the people who are shopping at these stores aren't interested or even know what the "trendy" styles are so your competition for finding an amazing piece is way less. I even scored a beaded blush chiffon vintage flapper dress from Buffalo Exchange for $12 once, so I don't write those places off either. On one visit to Goodwill I found the above white beaded clutch (worn originally in this post) sitting in a bin in the "accessories" section. Though I imagine it is from the 80's, it had a great Art Deco feel to it and has served me well at multiple weddings. I think it cost $6 or so, can't beat that.
So those are my top tips! I hope this has inspired you to get out there and dig for hidden gems at your local vintage, thrift or secondhand store. Not only will it save you some money, you get something totally unique and help reduce waste by recycling old items. Let me know if you have any other tips for finding great vintage!
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Basket bags are having a moment this summer. One scroll through Instagram and I see a ton of woven varieties worn to the beach, pool or out to dinner. The style is popular for good reason - the shape is ideal for toting around beach or picnic essentials and the texture compliments summery fabrics and colors.Read More
When I left my fashion design job three years ago to attend business school, I didn't put too much thought into how my creativity would be impacted. I was used to being surrounded by fabrics, colors, textures and silhouettes all day. Whether researching trends online or attending model fittings or developing color boards, I was able to channel my creativity into my work.Read More
1. Bright tangerine loose button down top; purchased at Salvation Army.
2. Matte Watch Sunglasses; purchased in the men's department of Urban Outfitters:
3. Straw Fedora; purchased on the streets of the West Village last summer, after a particularly rowdy brunch.
4. Levi's; purchased at Salvation Army, that were cut, ripped and bleached by yours truly.
5. Urban Outfitters Tank; neon yellow, perfect compliment to a tan.
6. Vintage pendant; purchased at Green Eyed Lady in West Chester.
7. Friendship bracelet!
8. Vintage bracelets; gold purchased at Green Eyed Lady, turquoise purchased in Paris.
9. Sparkle Studs; purchased at Urban Outfitters.
10. Cream bag; I am currently putting a gold chain strap on this; purchased from H&M.
11. Berkenstocks; say what you will, but these shoes are darn comfy, and I think with the right outfit can look even chic.