An unseasonably warm Sunday called for a getup featuring a few of my favorite vintage finds, and a photo shoot stopping traffic on Sixth Avenue. Because there’s nothing that screams “The polar vortex is over!” like getting hit by the Sex & The City tour bus. There’s also nothing that screams “Superbowl Sunday” like a sequin jacket & metallic pumps, but in the interest of maintaining friendships, I did change into a slightly more casual (read: forgiving in the waistline) outfit for the big game.
This blazer and this necklace are two of my most beloved second-hand steals. The necklace I procured at the ever-prosperous Artists & Fleas market in Williamsburg (there is an outpost in Chelsea, as well). Artists & Fleas, in addition to being an excellent location to scout for vintage and handmade baubles, is one the first places I check when looking for a special gift for ladyfriends and manpals alike. For the girls, there’s an awesome selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry and home decor. For the men, pieces like artisinal cufflinks, framed old maps, and other knick-knacks abound. Plus, the Brooklyn location is a convenient walk from Smorgasburg (an outdoor, weekly, food market), so if all else fails, you can stroll down to the waterfront and enjoy a Ramen Burger for yourself and a bag of the best jerky I’ve ever had for your gift recipient (For your foodie friends, Smorgasburg has a great variety of other food-related gifts as well, including amazing pickles and homemade Bloody Mary Mix).
This blazer was a lucky find at Village Style, a nondescript thrift store on East 7th Street. Truth be told, I never would have known about or ventured to Village Style if it wasn’t several blocks away from my apartment. My vintage shopping falls into two categories: excellently curated consignment stores, and hot-mess-meccas-of-crap in which I accidentally find my favorite garment ever, and with it’s tightly packed racks of denim, fur, and 70s swag, Village Style definitely lands in the latter. That being said, there is nothing more rewarding than finding a cashmere lined, perfectly fitted sequin blazer for $50 at a hot-mess-mecca (I’ve also picked up a fur stole and several pairs of incredible boots here), so if you have a patient pal and a good eye, I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
Outfit credits after the jump.
- Sunglasses: Garrett Leight (borrowed from the boyfriend, buy them here)
- Beetle Necklace: Vintage via Artists & Fleas (shop other jewelry made out of bugs, if you’re into that kinda thing, here, here and here)
- Jacket: Vintage via Village Style in the East Village (buy similar here from French Connection or here from Alice & Olivia)
- T Shirt: J.Crew (buy it here)
- Purse: Botkier ‘Charlotte’ (buy it here)
- Jeans: Forever 21 (last seen here, buy em here)
- Pumps: J.Crew (buy em here)