As college came and went, I wore vintage less and less. My beloved vintage treasures were put in a donation box and replaced by Gap denim overalls and striped turtlenecks (sorry, it was the early/mid 90s). By the time I was 30, I was carrying a Louis Vuitton "Alma" monogram bag, donning Prada sunglasses, and 'strutting my stuff' in my Citizens of Humanity jeans. What happened to the vintage girl? She was lost in a sea of Neiman Marcus receipts and Burberry scarves. The girl who once pined for saddle shoes, platform heels, chiffon scarves, and boiled wool cardigans traded her style in for couture accessories, Chanel lipstick, and Gucci G's.
When I lost my weight, I discovered my vintage soul and I "cleaned house." I sold most of my designer wares on eBay and made a nice 'chunk of change.' My ski trip in 2007 was partially funded thanks to the sales. My fancy clothes were donated and I was left with an empty closet and a wish list that contained beaded cardigans, bakelite, Re-Mix wedges, Polly heels, snoods, vintage denim, wool pencil skirts, lucite bags, Hawaiian dresses, house coats, and girdles.
Over these eight years, I have started collecting various "must-have" clothing and accessories that can truly give a vintage look to even the simplest, modern made pieces. For example, a simple black tee from Target and a pair of Levis 501s (cuffed) will come to life with a Pendleton 49er jacket, black engineer boots, and a studded belt. You can also get a cropped, black leather (or pleather) motorcycle jacket, throw on the same black tee and complete the look with a leopard hair scarf and skinny jeans or pencil skirt.
Here are a few of my favorite, must-have rockabilly gal essentials:
1. Warpath Leather Goods! Matt Strickland's belts just incredible and he is super nice! I have this one in tan and another in black.
So, what are your vintage style accessory musts?