So, for those of you who know me I usually buy off the rack, not because I love it but because I am a college student and to quote Tim Gunn, have learned to make it work. But, there is an affordable way to ensure that you have some good pieces that help you to stand out without breaking the bank. That my friends is vintage pieces. For some of you the first thought in your minds is probably ew it’s old, out of style, and probably has someone else’s germs on it. This is just not the whole truth. Vintage pieces usually have withstood the test of time so you know it will last longer than some of the things on the shelves today and it has been washed so you do not have to worry about germs. Most importantly, because it is not in every store, you won’t be caught wearing the same thing as some of your friends. My favorite vintage shops are in SoHo in New York but since I can’t travel there every day here are a few online and local alternatives. Unique Vintage is based out of California but has been featured in numerous media outlets so don’t worry, to my knowledge it’s legit. Their selection ranges across the board. Some of my favorite pieces now include plus-sized Collins Color-Block Top, sequined sleeve dress, and the famous PANAM orion bag. If you have a chance I suggest checking out this site, it’s definitely one of my favorites. As for the New York shops, I am lucky enough to have some favorites with an online component as well. RESURRECTION, a vintage store in New York and California, is on the pricier side because they carry all designer pieces such as Chanel, Dior and so on. Therefore, you know there would be a price tag to match. Oddly enough I’ve had my eye on their Chanel Faux Fur Muff for years but, given my college girl budget, that purchase is not going to happen anytime soon. Thus, the reason why I am presenting this store to you is just to show the higher end spectrum of vintage. When it comes to designer vintage you get a little piece of your favorite designer and sometimes at a lower price than what is in retail stores today. It may still burn a whole in your pocket but not as much as the newer version. Obviously though, there are plenty of other places out there. Where is your favorite place to shop for vintage?
Before the new week begins there are a few sales that you may want to take advantage of. Anntaylor.com is having a buy one get one 50% off sale for full price items when you use the code SHOPBOGO. This sale is until 11:59pm on Sunday night but don’t be alarmed, not everything at Ann Taylor is for the older generations. In fact, they have a cute outfits for misses and business casual that will definitely come in handy. Here are some options that will assist any closet. This striped side panel sweater dress can be accented with a long statement necklace, clutch, colored tights and pumps. Or if you are looking for something you can run to class in and still feel comfortable yet stylish there is the classic dolman sleeve tunic or cotton jewel neck long sleeve tee that can be dressed up or down at a moment’s notice. Kohls is also having a sale of 40-60% off outerwear which presents you wit the opportunity to be warm, comfy, chic and monetarily sensible this . Like with every store, Kohls is not without its options. Some include the Bromley Wool Coat – which is actually similar to one from Kenneth Cole Reaction a few seasons ago – and the aqua Generation NXT Hooded Puffer that looks warm as well. Otherwise, in stores Old Navy is having a buy one get one 50% sale. Here I would suggest using your savings on their colored corduroy pants, polka dot crewnecks, boyfriend cardigans – that you can dress up with an infinity scarf, boots and leggings – and other trendy pieces as most of the things I get from Old Navy are basics and are worn so much they only last about a season. Have fun and remember no matter where you shop there is usually something good hiding in the racks, you just have to look for it.
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$36,070 – asprey.com