by Helen Banzet Wallace
Sanction of Style, www.sanctionofstyle.com
Photos by Joe Reale
I have long appreciated and loved clothing from past eras. The exquisite designs, fantastic prints, beautiful fabrics, and painstaking attention to every last detail can be mind boggling. This kind of craftsmanship isn’t always easy to find in our day and age of mass production.
New to the vintage fashion scene? Maybe you have a misinformed or preconceived idea about vintage fashion? Or maybe, you’re simply curious and want to learn more about how to buy and wear it?
Regardless, here are a few things to know. Vintage is not the same as thrift. Quality, well-curated vintage has been hunted, sourced, cleaned, and repaired before items hit the rack. Unless personal alterations are required, it’s ready to wear. Most vintage buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts considered vintage to be a piece that is twenty years or older. Prices can vary and are typically determined by rarity of the piece, age, condition, desirability and of course, labels. High profile designer labels can fetch big dollars. I was delighted that many of my favorites were affordable.
A stroll through Raleigh Vintage will cheerfully ease newcomers or any second-guessing skeptic. Andi Shelton and Isaac Panzarella have transformed a former illegal nightclub (back in the day) into a beautiful, ethereal space with the most amazingly curated selection of vintage clothing, some pieces dating as early as the 1910s. My favorite decades? The sixties and seventies of course. What you’ll find: denim, t-shirts, jeans, embroidered tops, tunics, jackets, amazing sweaters, knits, day dresses, dresses for evening, jumpsuits, jewelry, accessories, and lots more. Raleigh Vintage has the goods one would expect to find in larger, fashion-forward cities like New York and Los Angeles. But it’s all right here in our city. Behind an unassuming white door marked by the number 18.
The best way to wear vintage? Mix it up. Start by incorporating a single vintage piece. This pair of high-waisted 1970s snap-front jeans (pictured) would be a great place to start. Wear them with a well-loved concert tee or tuck in a pretty blouse that’s already hanging in your closet. Want the look that’s pictured? Snag this 1970s medieval-theme printed blouse, too. Incorporating vintage into your wardrobe and wearing it isn’t new.
Swing the pendulum from casual to dressy with this 1970s red floral chiffon maxi dress (pictured) Pull it all together with a pair of edgy pumps and an upper arm cuff, if you dare. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for fantastic vintage accessories including necklaces, rings, bracelets, and belts. You will never go wrong keeping it minimalistic and simple by styling a classic white t-shirt, jeans, and your best leather sandals with a great vintage leather bag.
House Of Landor’s Mary Beth Paulson stocks the loveliest selection of vintage dresses and coats from labels including Donald Brooks, Halston, Jacqueline de Ribes, Malcolm Starr, and Mollie Parnis to name a few. And Revolver’s Liz Johnson Flaherty has been selling consignment and vintage to local customers for over ten years.
Doesn’t it feel great to wear something totally unique and one-of-a-kind? Give new life to a vintage piece today and add a new chapter to the story...
Please feel free to send an email with any style questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, I am always eager and happy to assist. Fashion is a serious business, but personal style should always be fun!