A Vintage Debate

Part of what makes people covet an advanced style wardrobe are all those amazing vintage pieces that have been collected and cared for over the years. When I ask older people about their favorite fashion decades many lean towards the 1930s and 40s, when they were younger and a certain glamor still existed. Their tastes seem to be invested in the past but informed by current fashion. Mimi Weddell would always wear a vintage hat but was super modern in her approach to style. The first time I met her she was wearing an over sized men’s tuxedo shirt, black tights and vintage Chanel ballet flats. While looking through Vogue she commented that the styles were lacking a curvilinear and serpentine line that she felt was so elegant. Line,Play of proportions and quality are what compromised style for Mimi. She didn’t leave the house wearing all vintage, as if she were stepping out of the 1920s, but rather mixed and matched her beloved quality pieces with modern elements.

What I find so interesting about this uniting of vintage and modern, high and low,( One of Iris Apfels style tips) that is so common in Advanced Style, is that the overall look seems to lean towards the past, yet a new, thoroughly modern, updated past. Women like Mary, who has a whole collection of vintage clothing, will choose to wear only a few carefully selected “antique” items like a beaded jacket, or broach and combine them with more contemporary styles. Mary won’t wear all vintage which she feels is more suited for younger gals and may look to costumey on her, but she does appreciate how her favorite designer Nanette Lepore’s cuts and quality remind her of her garments from the past.

Incorporating vintage and thrift items is smart and economical way to add personal expression and style into your wardrobe. While older people seem to have a treasure trove of designers duds from the past stored away, the advanced style set still shops at thrift stores. Debra scours Manhattan’s consignment and thrift stores looking for creative ways to update her wardrobe. She imbues a discarded neon green top with new life and her refreshing take on style is a mix of avant guard and classic.

Advanced Style Fashionistas are expert curators, blending old and new,avant guard and classic to create looks that are inspirational full of personal expression. They are experienced fashion icons leading the way for a new generation of vintage and thrift store shoppers. A touch of red lipstick, an old stetson, or an antique pin can take you one step closer to ageless style.

  • you're amazing.

  • TRUTH! I just wanted to let you know that I loveee your work! I too adore and respect the way our elders dress! I am soo happy to know that your blog shows us real vintage and let us younger ones know where it really came from. They are the original trend setters and you show that to us all! =]



    – Teeney

  • Anonymous

    Hi Ari!

    Wonderful examples of true advanced style. Each individual has his/her take on what's fashionable and what's intrinsic to their own sense of style.

    I love the photos, and especially love your musings on the topic. I think about that stuff all the time, too. Glad to know I'm not alone!!

    Best, J.

  • they all look AMAZING.

  • Love what you wrote here. Wonderful "definition" of advanced style.

  • I love the woman in the second photo, with the blue shirt, yellow pants and incredibly funky shoes (boots?). That is how I want to look in my silver-haired years!

  • Fantastic piece!! Very inspiring…

  • barbara

    Myself made the big mistake to get rid of the most pieces of my closet during the years. Did not collect or keep them. Since I read your blog, I have reviewed everything of the items I owned and it's so regrettably that they are gone.
    But, now I am sensibilized!

    I'm leaving my home for six weeks now for going into the outback.
    Hopefully I can get a net for my laptop to follow your blog.

  • Kim

    I really enjoy following your blog, although I don't usually comment. Favorite time to read: in the morning while still in a bathrobe. Great inspiration for the day. Thanks for this extra-interesting post.

  • Swooning over lady in chiffon leopard scarf and big black glasses–and man in tobacco suit wearing spectators.

  • Dear Ari,

    I love this post, filled with inspiration and education by our advanced modes for moderns.
    I especially like when you cite how Mimi Weddell would leave the house with a mix and match of vintage and modern elements, rather than be dressed head to toe in a particular vintage era.
    As my dear friend, the great drag queen, Ms. Vaginal Davis once told me," Honey, never be a museum piece. It is quite acceptable to mix your decades when it comes to dressin' up and steppin' out."

    I look forward to your blog each day, dear Ari, and for the lovelies that you snap and interview.