So I'm sitting in Boston, just landed from L.A., when I receive an email from a vintage boutique owner based in Brooklyn. Turns out, we're both from Baton Rouge. Also turns out we went to the same high school at the SAME TIME. You guys, this world is small and brilliant and you never know how you'll connect (or reconnect) with someone so unexpectedly because of they path you take. It's so wild.
Once upon a time, my very first crack at blogging was called Rags to Vintage and it was all about vintage shopping and fashion history - all that fun stuff. It was read by exactly three family members and like two of my friends that were interested in fashion. And no one else. I still have my vintage roots though, so I'm always really excited to do a style feature like this one! Doubly excited when it's about a very bad-ass store, LDV Vintage, owned by a hometown babe. Triply excited when I get to run around Manhattan Beach in a authentic 70s bohemian dress in the most shocking shade of hot pink.
Isn't it so dreamy? The lace, the pleats, the length, the off-the-shoulder design - it's so my style. I mean, of course it's my style because I'm so heavily influenced by the 90s (which is so heavily influenced by the 70s). It's one thing to wear an imitation of an original and come close to achieving the authenticity of a fashion epoch, but there's nothing like the real thing, baby.
I always preach two reasons people should invest in vintage clothing: quality and design. Before there was fast fashion, a trap that is admittedly hard to not fall into, there was an actual artful process that went into creating clothing. It wasn't about supplying quantities for an ever growing demand, it was about creating classic styles that can be not only hold up for twenty years, but could be passed down with minimal wear and tear for generations. This dress is AT LEAST 40 years old. Think about that the next time your $12 top or $25 dress falls apart after one wash. PLUS, no one can cop your vintage game. Not risking the embarrassment of being seen in the same outfit at the same place as another blogger is reason enough for me to invest in my closet.
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