VYING FOR VINTAGE

Five fab NYC stores

February 24, 2016  |  New York, NY

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Admittedly, my personal vintage clothing obsession peaked in early 2000.

But during the decade leading up to that, I scoured Pont de Vanves in Paris for silk slip dresses and authentic French camouflage; retraced as many of Kate Moss’ steps as possible in London to find the perfect quilted burgundy velvet jacket; rifled through stacks of dead-stock gems at Screaming Mimi’s in NYC; scored a black faux fur coat at a Harvard Square street fair that made all my Hasty Pudding Club gal-pals swoon; and plunked down $250 (on multiple occasions) for more clothing, bags and costume jewelry than I could carry at a modest, now-long-gone outpost in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

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I have purged my ever-expanding wardrobe of most of these once-beloved treasures, but this Aquascutum wool plaid cape is one of the few pieces that remains. As many of you know, I am definitely a cape girl, but there’s something particularly timeless about this one, with its split personality – part genteel British schoolgirl, part wayward VOGUE fashion editor (only one of which applies to my personal history).

So why, then, a vintage post, besides wanting to celebrate my green plaid cape, procured at that tiny aforementioned shop in my Pennsylvania hometown?

Well, back in November, I was the editor of the debut issue of The Seen, a style-focused spin-off of The Village Voice, and one of our features was a guide to the five NYC vintage stores with something for everyone (written by Natasha Foo). And, since the demographic of that one-off issue is quite different from the Anchors & Sirens demographic, it seemed like the perfect gem to share with my like-minded, live-life-fabulously readers (you!), many of whom I know continue to rejoice in discovering those one-of-a-kind prizes.

 


Click HERE to check out the shops!


 

 

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SHOP THE LOOK:

 Target sunglasses  | Black ribbed turtleneck  | Vintage Aquascutum cape (sorta similar| McGuire Majorelle jeans  |  Stuart Weitzman bag (similar)


PHOTOS BY CARTER FISH

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One thought on “THE LOOK: VYING FOR VINTAGE

  1. Love the post! I think I shopped in a few of those same places too! Screaming Mimi’s and the “Wyomissing” shop… There are still amazing finds out at Renningers on 272 outside of Wyo….. Now my daughter likes to go:)

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