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The New Vintage January 9, 2010

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J Crew

J Crew

 

 

 Thanks to Mad Men, the ’50s and ’60s are back.  Now you can get that vintage look without scouring vintage shops for finds still in decent shape.  One of my favorite pieces is this nubby wool tweed chain link evening bag.  This vintage look makes you look and feel like a lady, while still keeping up with modern trends like the chain strap bag.

 

You can recreate the whole look with a pencil skirt, a cardigan, and some pumps, or reach for this bag in your leather jacket and jeans.  You can never go wrong with an elegant accessory.

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Draped Skirts December 16, 2009

Draped SkirtsI love the elegance and sophistication of a draped skirt.  It can be a throwback to the ladylike fashion of the Mad Men era, or a modern twist on a mini.  Try a longer skirt in a neutral color (I’m loving shades of gray, slate, and mushroom right now) to keep the look appropriate for work.  Try a shorter style in a brighter color to liven up your look for a night out.  Pair them with anything from platform heels to riding boots, but stick to a sleek cut with a few strategically placed folds in the front for a flattering shape.  Avoid a skirt with drapes on the sides over your hips, this will make you look wider.

A few of my favorites, clockwise from top left:  Elizabeth and James, Bolongaro Trevor, Elizabeth and James, Silence and Noise, Alexander Wang, Main Range, and Paul Smith.

Get your culture on:  Did you know there is an Institute for Draped Clothes?  It exists for “the research, study, preservation, and promotion of draped clothing such as saris, belted plaids, Roman togas, sarongs, and other unstitched costumes found all over the world and history.”  Who knew?