As I get older, learn to embrace and love the little things that used to bother me about my appearance I am also noticing my shopping habits evolving. I realize that I now go for versatile and classic pieces. Items that say who I am even in years to come. I'm learning the importance of detaching from "things" which I discovered is necessary for my lifestyle. BUT there are some things I believe are timeless in a woman's closet. These 2 solid pieces will come with you when you move homes or travel, the climate doesn't matter. I believe these items don't get enough credit in fashion but think we all appreciate them in our wardrobe very much. Any guesses on what these two pieces may be? I'm talking about a vintage pair of classic blue jeans and a jean jacket.
I can't live without my distressed vintage Levis (originally a "boyfriend pants" fit but have gotten them tailored and now feel like sexy mom jeans) and of course my 90's oversized calvin klein jacket in a light denim wash.
I found both of these in a very serendipitous manner at the Melrose Flea Market, one of my favorite places to shop whenever I'm back home in L.A. and just knew I needed to have them.
Through traveling I have found loads of awesome and cheap pieces to add to my wardrobe by shopping at different flea markets. The Madrid Sunday market is AMAZING for leather bags. The Chiang Mai-Thailand one is perfect for home decor, woven bags, band tees, organic soaps. The Ubud market is also lovely for handbags, beachwear, and boho home decor. I've had friends tell me the London open market is also great for vintage jewelry and clothes.
Tips to Buying Vintage
I have been buying vintage all my life, I think I always will. I like to mix old with new, I like how much more character vintage conveys to the most basic outfit like a vintage piece of furniture in a modern home. I think my appreciation for antiques is derived from my childhood and perhaps naturally being an old soul! I grew up with my parents taking us shopping to yard sales on the weekends and shopping at local melrose antique shops. The smell of old clothes, or haggling for a piece that you see potential in bringing back to life, getting your creative juices flowing. So what I have learned from a life of second-hand shopping is the following:
- Get over the clutter & dust: Get ready to shop in an open minded state
- Thoroughly inspect garments- Hold up that dress in the light, check for wears & tears, under the armpit in jackets, buttons missing, stains etc.
- You can't rescue everything - don't buy a bunch of pieces you'll say "I'll get fixed later" but then never do, for example in size. I've done it and it will just sit in my closet forever (pointless) just don't buy it if it needs loads of repairs. Also keep in mind sometimes it will cost you more to get something tailored than it did to purchase it.
- Don't mind the size- seriously you guys don't let that stop you. Sizes change and sizes can vary in countries. I have bought in the kid section and bought a size larger that ended up scaring me but who's checking!
Do you agree on denim classics like mine? Where have you found some of your favorite timeless pieces? And did I miss any tips on shopping second-hand?
Like always, sending you all lots of LOVE!