Stylish Resolution #25: Start Your Own Vintage Collection

Do you love antique brooches or vintage handbags? Is there one designer – past or present – that you absolutely love and would buy anything they’ve ever produced?

I’m definitely a collector.  Aside from my obsession with shoes, I also love to collect vintage clothing, especially Halston. I like the idea that each piece has a story behind it and that I’m carrying on that history. I get lost in thinking about who the person was that owned it before me and where they might have worn it.

This year, start your own collection. With sites like Etsy, eBay, 1stDibs, the RealReal and more, it’s easier than ever to score hard-to-find vintage and designer pieces. Decide what it is that you love, and then go out and find it. Fill your closet with historical pieces that bring you joy and stir your imagination.

Things I Currently Have in my Vintage Collection

     

A Halston dress like the one SJP wore on SATC | This dress Kelly LeBrock wore in Weird Science

   

This stunning 1980s St. John by Marie Gray dress

Stylish Resolution #20: Get Primed

Let’s face it. Amazon rules the world. And I’m kind of okay with this.

I, like most people, shop on Amazon practically every week. It’s just so damn easy and I always find the coolest things. I figure, why fight the crowds at a mall and waste time that could be better spent working out, reading or relaxing when I can get pretty much anything I want on Amazon?

Here’s what I got on my most recent purchase. (I mean really…how cute is that laptop case?)

 

 

I’ve also been binge-watching like crazy, thanks to all the great options available with Amazon Prime Video. I just finished the first – and unfortunately, the only – season of Good Girls Revolt. It’s based on the book by Lynn Povich about the women of Newsweek who, in 1970, filed a lawsuit against the magazine for discrimination. And just last night, I watched Glory Daze – a documentary about Michael Alig, the “King of the Club Kids” back in the early 90’s in New York City, who was convicted of manslaughter after he killed his roommate in a drug-induced haze.

Amazon just raised the monthly rate for Prime Membership to $12.99, but to me it’s totally worth it for the free 2-day shipping, video streaming, and unlimited photo storage option.

So, if you haven’t already, make your life much easier in 2018 by getting Primed!

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Stylish Resolution #18: Mix it Up

Your closet does not have to be filled to the brim with the latest designer clothing in order for you to be stylish or fashionable. It’s much more fun (and affordable) to mix a few high-end pieces with trendier, less-expensive or vintage items.

I do this all the time. I tend to only spend a lot of money when it comes to investment pieces: a really good designer bag, great shoes, and fabulous coats.

This year, invest in a few lust-worthy purchases and pick up the more trendy items at Target or your local thrift or consignment shop.

Lust-Worthy Investment Pieces

 

                            

Totally Affordable

 

                     

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Stylish Resolution #14: Shop Local

We should all do a better job of supporting our local small businesses.

As much as I shop at Target and on Amazon, I do try to frequent some of the small businesses and boutiques in and around my hometown. Not only do I find truly unique and one-of-a-kind items and really great food and drinks, but I also get to give back to my community, and meet some pretty amazing friends and neighbors in the process.

Take some time this year to drive around your hometown and visit some of the local businesses, restaurants and shops. It’s a win-win situation.

 

Some of my favorite spots

     

Recycled Style Vintage Shop, Montgomery NY | The Dead Rabbit Bar, NYC | Crawford Craft, Pine Bush, NY

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Stylish Resolution #13: Steal Some Style

Have you ever been watching a movie and thought to yourself, “Damn, I wish I had her wardrobe?” I do that all the time, which is why I created the post on “How to Get All the Looks From The Devil Wears Prada.

The real stars of some of the greatest fashion films in history are not the actresses themselves, but the costume designers. For me personally, my favorite film characters’ looks include Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30 (Susie DeSanto), Jennifer Aniston in The Breakup (Carol Oditz), the entire cast of Sex & the City (Patricia Field), Amy Adams in American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson), again, the entire cast of The Devil Wears Prada (and again, Patricia Field), Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled (Deena Appel), Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface (Patricia Norris), and Sharon Stone in Casino (Rita Ryeck).

What are your favorite movie or TV character wardrobes? Watch them again and make notes. Pause the screen and snap a photo or look them up online. Then take that inspiration with you the next time you go shopping. It’s perfectly acceptable to steal their style. Just don’t forget to thank the costume designer.

My Favorite Film Wardrobes

    

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Stylish Resolution #11: Consign to Shine

Whether you want to make money selling your own clothes or build a new wardrobe of designer pieces, consignment shops are where it’s at.

Check your local area for consignment stores and spend a Saturday digging for treasures. If there are no consignment shops near you, there are plenty online. Tradesy, TheRealReal, Consign of the Times and 1st Dibs are some of my favorites.

And of course, be sure to check out Shop Stylaphile. I am constantly rotating and updating my closet, and everything at Shop Stylaphile is less than $100 with free shipping.

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Stylish Resolution #6: Get Help

 

You don’t need to pay a professional stylist in order to get great style advice!

Just go to Google or Pinterest and type in “street style.” Or you can follow hundreds of stylish people and style icons on Instagram. You can even save your favorite looks.

This year, make it a point to find your style mates. You might even become an inspiration to someone else!

 

Check out Stylaphile’s “What to Wear” Galleries for outfit inspiration.

    

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