Those Some Cheesy Threads, Yo! Vol. 1
I LOVE vintage fashions and there are so many stores in Philadelphia that cater to the striking looks of days gone by. I’ve always admired those who shopped in these stores, their fashions always being so unique and ironically fresh. But for me, I always seem to come out empty-handed. I have decided that my vintage fashion block end right here, right now. I have embarked on a thrift shop tour of Philadelphia in hopes of curing my ailment.
First stop, Retrospect Vintage. I found this shop to be a great place for beginners. It has a large selection of goods, but it’s not overwhelming, like a SalVal. There are both men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, and even some home goods. I’ve heard a lot of people say that it tends to be overpriced, but in my humble, albeit it novice, opinion, I didn’t think it was too outrageous.
My game plan was to find one piece. Maybe in time I will be able to shoot for the a whole outfit, but I gotta keep it simple for my first trip. So I hit the racks looking for any pattern and color that appeased me, pulling the garment and doing my best to withhold all judgment upon its full reveal. With a mountain of clothes in hand, I headed for the dressing room. With very little expectation, I was floored to discover that I wanted to purchase about eighty percent of what I had selected. I guess my mom was right, you never know how it’s going to look until you try it on.
It was a difficult decision, but I decided to go for a long navy blue dress with tiny white polka dots. I loved how massive the top was on top of the fitted skirt. I had visions of hemming it, pairing it with bright neon bandeau tops in the summer, layering boyfriend sweaters on top of it in the winter. So, without further adieu, here are two looks I’ve put together.
Retrospect Vintage * 508 South St. * http://retrospectvintage215.blogspot.com/
-Written by, Sam