Tell me about your outfit.
I put together an outfit that seemed very on-trend, but was a mix of different pieces from different eras. Off-the-shoulder shirts are everywhere right now, so I paired a houndstooth, silky green off-the-shoulder top from the ‘80s with a pair of super high waisted cropped bellbottoms from the ‘70s.
So, you can still dress trendy even if you’re wearing vintage?
Oh yeah, a lot of the fashion designers get their inspiration from vintage pieces. A few of the designers here, including me, sell at the Brimfield Antique Show in the summer and we get all the New York design teams coming through buying. So if you buy from us, you’re getting the pieces that might inspire Ann Taylor’s next collection or Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters.
Also, vintage denim is very popular right now. The thing is, the old denim doesn’t have the spandex that modern denim has in it. So you want to buy your jeans really tight everywhere but the waist because it will stretch out.
A third tip is that while we try to do all our own mending so items we put out are as pristine as possible, we don’t do alternations in the shop. My favorite place to send people is Marysia’s Custom Tailoring on Hope Street.
The Vault Collective
235 Westminster Street