vintage week

  • Meet Shannon Hoey, the Queen of Vintage Couture

    With Shannon Hoey, the force behind the museum-quality clothing collection known as New York Vintage, the term actually fits. Hoey, whose business is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, looks unassuming in her casual uniform of jeans and a cashmere sweater, but when she talks about seaming and craftsmanship, it’s immediately clear she knows her fashion history inside and out. Hoey came into fashion through a side door, after studying art history and working with her husband—who was raised in the antiques business—sorting through vast estate sales.

  • Secret Tips and Tricks From a Professional Vintage Shopper

    It’s Vintage Week at Yahoo Style! In honor of our favorite environmentally friendly way to make sure you’re never wearing the same outfit as everyone else, we’re bringing you insider intel on the best vintage — what to look for, where to find it, and how to make the most money when selling yours. Stay tuned all week for more.I’m the type of girl whose bedside table is loaded with 1950s party dresses, and that’s just a small part of my ever-growing collection. Clothing to me has always been a way to express my mood, showing my individuality, and to remind people (and myself) that it’s OK to be a weirdo. Over the years, I have done my time as a buyer for vintage clothing stores, and I now dress people and spaces for movies and television. The world of wardrobe and props is insanely fast-paced. I’ve had to make a futuristic space suit with a working record player attached to it. And as for my personal style, in New York I’m surrounded by wardrobe innovators and am constantly challenged to step up my outfit game. At least once a day, I see someone and think, “Damn, that shoe-earring combo is aces!” and race home eagerly, trying to piece together how I can pull off the same look. I know vintage shopping can be overwhelming. It’s so tough to figure out where the heck to start. Are you new at the game and want to know how to make sense of what’s out there? Or are you a vintage freak looking to push the boundaries? Well, I’m here to help. Photos: Joel Barhamand for Yahoo StyleFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • Why Is Plus-Size Vintage So Hard to Find?

    It’s Vintage Week at Yahoo Style! In honor of our favorite environmentally friendly way to make sure you’re never wearing the same outfit as anyone else, we’re bringing you insider intel on the best vintage — what to look for, where to find it, and how to make the most money when selling yours. Stay tuned all week for more.

  • Enter the Door to Narnia, New York City’s Most Magical Vintage Shop

    Photography by Roy Beeson for Yahoo StyleAt Narnia Vintage, in Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg neighborhood, shoppers often describe their experience at the small, hidden boutique as “magical.” This is perhaps in part because of its spiritual decor — crystals outlining the store’s walls, crocheted tapestries, and once even a yurt in the backyard where people could meditate on hot summer days. But it’s also a destination for fashion lovers, who can score some serious one-of-a-kind pieces, like an archival Yves Saint Laurent jacket (long before Hedi Slimane and Stefano Pilati) or that never-been-seen Maison Margiela dress circa sometime in the 1990s.Narnia’s owner, Molly Spaulding, calls her shoppers “treasure hunters” — and rightfully so, as many of them tend to keep Narnia’s “treasure chest” of designer vintage a secret. “The highest compliment I’ve received was from a shopper, who admitted that they won’t tell any of their friends about the store,” Spaulding said, “as they wanted the clothes all to themselves!”Yahoo Style caught up with Spaulding, who dished on her favorite vintage haunts and important tips for clothing collectors.Yahoo Style: How long have you owned Narnia?Molly Spaulding: Narnia opened its doors in 2002. It opened with a partner under another name originally, but after two and a half years, I became the sole owner of the shop, renaming it Narnia.YS: What do you look for when buying vintage pieces for the store?MS: There’s generally a feeling or sensation of some kind that draws me to a specific piece — a pattern, stitch, or texture — and the evidence that someone’s hands have touched the garment.YS: What’s the most coveted piece in your shop?MS: That’s tricky! I’d say that it changes very often, but this pair of Z Cavaricci pants [pictured], as I love the marriage of patterns and shapes. I have also been very drawn to sheer Jean Paul Gaultier shirts, dresses, pants, and skirts.YS: What are your tips for someone who’d like to collect vintage?MS: Clothes are for wearing. People should look for something that they love, bottom line.  They should love to look at it, love the way it feels on, feel comfortable — and, it should transport them to another aspect of life.YS: Vintage “rocker” T-shirts seem to be making a comeback, but they’re retailing for $300 to $500. How do you justify spending that much on a T-shirt?MS: I’ll never tell someone how to spend their money, but I definitely have paid unreasonable amounts for something that held some perfection in my eye. It’s difficult to beat a soft, worn T-shirt. Though I can acknowledge that it’s exorbitant.YS: What are some of your favorite vintage shops?MS: La Rena, which was on Avenue C in Manhattan. I am also really loving Anna Corinna in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s a mix of objects and textiles that feel very personal.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed every day.

  • "Be Normal, Just Don't Go Normcore!" Vintage Experts Share Their Style Philosophies

    It’s Vintage Week at Yahoo Style! In honor of our favorite environmentally-friendly way to make sure you’re never wearing the same outfit as anyone else, we’re bringing you insider intel on the best vintage — what to look for, where to find it, and how to make the most money when selling yours. Stay tuned all week for more.For the fashion-lover, shopping for vintage clothing is an art. Finding the perfect piece is akin to striking gold. You feel connected to history and better yet, your one-of-a-kind piece will most likely never lead to being fashion twins with someone at a party. To get the secrets, inspiration, and expertise behind the magic of vintage clothing, photographer Joel Barhamand turned to the ladies of Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn, New York. The store features everything from 1970’s department store labels to last season’s Marc Jacobs, and their selection is carefully curated by the storekeepers. We asked six of them to share their best style tricks and life philosophies.Photography: Joel Barhamand for Yahoo StyleFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • 11 Actresses Who Made Vintage Gowns Look Like a Million Bucks

    It’s Vintage Week at Yahoo Style! In honor of our favorite environmentally friendly way to make sure you’re never wearing the same outfit as anyone else, we’re bringing you insider intel on the best vintage — what to look for, where to find it, and how to make the most money when selling yours. Stay tuned all week for more.The red carpet is where we look for the most “aspirational” fashion — that is to say, the most outlandishly expensive and out of reach. For well-connected stars, custom-made couture gowns or dresses from collections not yet available in stores are standard fare. In this, the era of the superstar stylist, it’s rare to see a true curveball on the red carpet — unless, of course, a celeb opts for vintage.For stars who can pull it off, vintage dresses can be a shortcut to standing out on the red carpet. They neatly avoid the trap of looking too on-trend. They can be as luxurious and museum-worthy as a 1950s Dior or Balmain design, or as simple as a body-skimming ’90s Alaïa dress. For advanced practitioners like Winona Ryder, they can even be $10 thrift scores. In honor of Vintage Week, we rounded up 11 stars who made vintage finds look like a million bucks — even when they cost a tenner.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

  • The Smart Girl’s Guide to Shopping Vintage Like a Pro

    If you’re a fiend for fabulous ’80s fashion, but your name isn’t Lourdes Leon … or if you thirst after ’70s style, but your mama ain’t Cher, then you’ve got just one viable option: shopping vintage.

  • The Normal Girl’s Guide to Buying Vintage Denim Online

    At 32, I simply don’t have the patience to rummage around most thrift shops looking for that one pair of perfect-fitting jeans in just the right wash. The good news is that it’s easier than ever to shop for vintage denim online, where shops like Re/Done, Denim Refinery, and even Urban Outfitters offer plenty of old-school styles, sans the musty smell of the vintage store.

  • The Best Vintage Stores From Coast to Coast

    It’s Vintage Week at Yahoo Style! In honor of our favorite environmentally-friendly way to make sure you’re never wearing the same outfit as anyone else, we’re bringing you insider intel on the best vintage — what to look for, where to find it, and how to make the most money when selling yours. Stay tuned all week for more.A few months ago, we posted a story listing 13 of the best vintage stores in the country. Apparently, a baker’s dozen wasn’t near enough — or at least that’s what we gleaned from the comments, which offered up even more great secondhand shopping options from coast to coast.We dug in and did our homework, and — voilà — we came up with a collection of 13 more of the best vintage stores in the United States. Click ahead for more killer vintage destinations from New York to Nebraska.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.