Lookbook: Welcome to the Sixties
Dress, vintage (via The Cure). Necklace, handmade. Nails, “Haymarket” (Nails, Inc.)
New York vintage shopping is made out to be legendary. The blogosphere is chock full of stories of bloggers digging tirelessly through their neighborhood vintage shops and emerging with designer dresses in mint condition. Given my proximity to an incredible vintage shop (The Cure, proceeds go to diabetes research) – all of fifteen steps away from my dorm – I had to give it a try.
I quickly discovered this little gem. Fresh out of the 1960s, this dress has an orchid boatneck top, a flattering natural waist, and a psychedelic floral print ballgown skirt complete with a tulle petticoat underneath! I was hesitant to try it on, fearing I would fall in love with such a completely ridiculous gown and not be able to tear myself away from it. I tried it on and… I was right. When I asked the salesman where I could possibly wear such a thing, his answer was beautiful: “Wear it everywhere. Wear it to the grocery store, wear it to bed, wear it to school. Honey, why wouldn’t you wear this dress everywhere?!”
The dress’s maiden voyage was to the Tibi show at Lincoln Center. I was running a few minutes late and had to sprint through the subway while holding up the long skirt to prevent it from dragging on the ground. I felt like Cinderella, trying to make it back home (or back to Fashion Week) by midnight! Once I got to Lincoln Center, the dress drew in street style photographers. If that’s not a sign of vintage’s true transformative power, then I don’t know what is.
Do you like to wear vintage? Do you know of any affordable vintage shops in NYC?