I’ve loved vintage, when it was called “used”..At age 7, (ask my mom) I would jump for joy at the sight of hand me downs, like I had just won the lottery. Salvation Army – Goodwill – and upscale showrooms like Hollen & Jen have always been my happy places. So when in Miami for New Year’s Eve- I had the pleasure of being photographed in looks I found at Hollen & Jen Showroom – Designer Vintage…My Dream!!!
Being influenced by my new town and its bohemian nature – I decided to get in character and pretend I was finding looks for a week long music festival – ahhhhh that would be fun… So here ya go…My music festival editorial..
Photographer Cara called this “the Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks dress”. Perfect attire to see your favorite folk rock band on a beautiful night. The gold leaf necklace gives the look a Grecian feel. I think an empire waist flatters most figures – especially when you’re pregnant. A favorite look used often in the 1970’s, empire waists have stood the test of time.
This is my ode to the Olsen twins and Lisa Bonet. A favorite look i’ve had since my early days of second hand love- layering using jackets and vests. I’m not tall, so in reality, I would have to wear sky high heels to pull this off. And with larger breasts, it’s also really tough to wear non-fitted clothing – but again, I think this looks really cool. And another perfect music festival ensemble- one that’s not in the summer.
I’ve been using belts as my automatic seamstress for years. This dress, I’ve shortened a good 8 inches – all with the magic of a 1980’s tie belt. And the off the shoulder action, is only because the dress is a little loose on my frame. Another benefit of vintage clothing, you really can re-design something for your body..just add a little creativity.
Accessories and a great pair of jeans – and you can pull anything off. Feeling funny about showing off your belly? Wear a long necklace with a huge heart to cover most of your belly. These jeans fit so well. They’re not tight where my skin goes over the top – which is not a great look when you are revealing your stomach. Vintage stores have the best collection of jeans, you can find ones to flatter your body shape and they come already worn in!! I adore this white belt with the gold details and have been pulling it off with everything from dresses to leggings. The fur wrap (I hope it’s faux, but we know it’s old) is great to add warmth and a little 1970’s action…. Heels are tough to wear at a music festival, but I’m not one to back out of a challenge
This is not an outfit you can wear sitting on the grass..this mesh shirt looks so fly with the brown leather bomber. The earrings are long and gold – and show up in my wild mane. A tiny, mini skirt is not for everyone – sometimes when it’s denim, it seems more casual and less va va voom. When I wear very short skirts, I wear boots – usually ankle. Boots add an edge, and give you rock-n-roll, urban style.
Hollen & Jen Showroom carries an incredible collection of designer vintage – at pretty amazing prices. Some people get high playing a guitar on stage or jumping out of an airplane, I get high in the presence of second hand clothing, where I can try on things from every generation. Hollen & Jen have great taste, and can help you pick out the perfect look for a music festival or a South Beach night out – and guess what? No one will be wearing anything remotely like you- – that’s the beauty of vintage. We’re all unique, and this type of shopping allows us to express our individuality in a fun and creative way. http://www.hollenandjenshowroom.com
Fashion Shots by the talented, celebrity, rock-n-roll photographer, Cara Bloch, www.carabloch.com