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Vintage, the Original Green

Really, you can officially call all clothing made before the 80’s “vintage”, but let’s just call all the good, quality and beautiful  but used clothing vintage! Are you with me? I hope so!

Vintage is really recycling and keeping clothes from going into the landfills, so Vintage is the original Green!

I always feel very happy when I find an item that used to be pricey, is in great shape, and looks beautiful. And if the price is low now, and it fits me, it’s a deal! Most of the time people compliment me more when I wear something that they don’t recognize as something they have seen in recent fashion shows.

A great place to shop is I.N.A. NYC, a place with amazing secondhand dresses suits, barely worn shoes, bags, and accessories from all the major designers you can think of, for women and men! It is a fashionistas heaven, and their stores are all over downtown NYC.

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But that’s not all–they have an online store, so literally anywhere in this world you can look at the clothes and order them. If you live in the area, you can also make an appointment if you have clothes you want to sell. If they take it, they take a percentage from the sold price.

Besides INA, New York City has many other secondhand and vintage stores. Some focus on the 40’s and 50’s, others on mainstream brands for extremely cheap. I know Fabienne, who writes for Organice Your Life®, bought a dress for 4 dollars! The trick is to really dig in, and really look at each piece of clothing. Maybe one of them is your gem. Some of my friends where hesitant at first, but when we found his almost-new cashmere sweater, he is more into the concept. It takes a bit of practice and time, but it is definitely fun!

There are many other places to find amazing vintage. What about your mom’s closet? Maybe your grandmother’s? The thing with fashion trends are that they come back every so many years, of course reinvented. So what is old and ugly right now, you might want to keep in your closet a few years–it might be fashionable again.

Doutzen & LonnekeAlso, I keep a “Magic Closet”, where I store all my unwanted clothing. Coats, dresses, bags, shoes, you name it. My friends come whenever they want, and exchange clothes with me. This way I find something new, and they do as well. It gives you the same feeling as when you go shopping; but this way it is shopping for free, so it feels even better! If you do have unwanted clothing, you can do the same, or you can give it away. You can give it to the Salvation Army, or bring it to collection points in your area. Those clothes will find a good new owner.

If you are actually looking to expand your wardrobe, first ask if friends have some stuff they want to get rid of. Most of the time they then suddenly think of that one dress they haven’t worn and you might like… Otherwise: go shopping!

Did you know a lot of celebrities get their unique pieces from vintage stores or flea markets?

Here are a few of my favorite vintage stores around the World:

INA NYC
High-end designer consignment. I find the best quality designer clothes & shoes here and I absolutely love this store (many locations in NYC, check it out)

Second Time Around
Mostly mainstream clothing, great deals. Again, you can bring your gently-worn designer clothing to these stores in NYC for resale (consignment). Like INA but usually cheaper designer clothing.

What Goes Around Comes Around
More really old pieces, found all over the world, really one of a kind leather belts, antique clothing and more www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com

Stella Dallas. A small vintage store with dresses and accessories mostly from the 50’s and the 60’s as well as pieces that are from beginning of the 1900’s. Located at 218 Thompson street in NYC.

Doortje Vintage, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Doortje Vintage features a wide selection of the finest vintage from the ’50, ’60, ’70, ’80 and ‘90 and source worldwide. Each and every item is personally hand selected with care for it’s one of a kind style, quality and authenticity. Pieces are professionally tailored in house, to provide an additional edge to the latest trends.

Love, Lonneke

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