We are all anxiously awaiting spring here in the Midwest. We had our first 60º day on March 1, and the next day, it was back in the 30s again! How *dare* you get our hopes up, March!
In this transitional period when the weather is so unpredictable, you need items that you can can wear in breezy mornings and sunny afternoons alike and feel comfortable and stylish no matter what. We picked out 5 vintage items you should be on the lookout for to make the transition to spring a piece of cake!
Light Wash Denim:
A GREAT-fitting pair of vintage, high-waisted jeans is are versatile enough to work in literally ALL seasons! This spring, go for a light wash. A few vintage brands we are always on the hunt for are Levi, Calvin Klein, Lee and Wrangler. If you know what to look for, you can find an amazing fit that you can pair with any t-shirt, blouse or sweater to give you that effortlessly cool vibe we all strive for. You also can't beat the fabric content—vintage denim is free of spandex or other stretchy materials, so they fit to your body but still keep their shape. I will say this ’til end of time—a great vintage denim is a staple in all wardrobes!
Let's talk prints! Winter and spring prints are drastically different, but with a little care, you can find a balance between the two. A great neutral print like gingham, herringbone, paisley or stripes can carry you through most seasons, so save the florals and reach for the classics until the weather warms up. We recommend finding a great-fitting printed pant or a blazer or jacket that you can wear with many different pieces in many occasions. The pants above are wool, so they're perfect for those days that feel a bit more like winter than the rest—but if you can find a great cotton or silk pair, you could wear them longer into the season and maybe transition them into summer!
Every good stylist will tell you it’s all about layering. Knowing how to layer well takes a lot of practice, but once you figure out how you like to build an ensemble, it becomes second nature. One of my go-to layering tricks is the good ol' 90's turtleneck/dress combo. You can also layer t-shirts and tanks under summery dresses to make it work for spring. Experiment with jumpers, overalls and sundresses and you will be shocked by the new looks you create from your existing closet. We are getting new spring items everyday at the store, so come see what sparks some layering inspiration!
A great vintage basic with gorgeous details can amplify your everyday looks! A simple t-shirt-and-jeans-kinda-day can be transformed completely with a tee like the one pictured above. Throw a cardigan or blazer on top to take the look to the next level. Celebrating the details in your clothing will make you love them that much more, and having unique pieces you really enjoy allows your personality to shine through. That is the most lovely part about style—it's a piece of your personality!
Silk is by far my favorite fabric. It is very elegant, it breathes well and it literally looks great with every other fabric. A great silk tee is a treasure, but also having a few silk blouses, a pant or a jacket can lighten up other winter pieces to transition them to spring. It's easy to throw on with a pair of jeans, and you will look effortlessly chic.
Stop in and ask a shop girl to help you find all vintage/re-sale treasures like the ones above—we're all in this transition together! :)
Today’s style lesson is how to survive when it’s -2ºF at 8 AM and 50ºF at noon. Unpredictable Iowa weather is no excuse for looking sloppy, so hang your ratty coats and mismatched mittens by the door.
This look’s je ne sais quoi comes from just how classic it is. For the Audrey Hepburn version, pair it with sleek kitten heels; for the contemporary I-live-in-Paris-and-I-hardly-even-tried-to-look-this-good take, go for a low-profile sneaker.
Go sporty with a puffer, luxe in faux fur, or even all-business with an Oxford shirt under a knit vest. Play with accessories or patterns to keep it from falling into Revenge of the Nerds territory.
A crop sweater with a high-waisted midi skirt is a well-known formula for defining your waist—but with a long sweater and some textural interest, it has unexpected appeal.
This one goes out to all of you working in an office that hasn’t quite gotten around to turning off the A/C yet. (Our condolences.)
Long considered a style sin, this cozy combo has been on the streets a lot lately. A great place for a pop of color in an otherwise neutral outfit.