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Update: Thrift Store Find: Vintage Selby Tuxedo Pumps

In January I wrote a post in my thrift store find series about scoring vintage tuxedo pumps at the Salvation Army for the budget-friendly price of $1.

I wanted to wear the vintage shoes immediately, but didn’t have the chance. As classic menswear-inspired shoes I wanted to wear them with business casual clothes, not my everyday jeans.

After receiving an internship opportunity in February, I finally got the chance to wear them in an office setting. Here’s my look from today:

[I finally wore my vintage Selby tuxedo pumps to the office. Photo by Kara Hudson.]

My outfit isn’t particularly exciting for a fashion blogger, but I love to pair simple clothes with statement shoes. The stretchy top and basic dress pants were super comfy and the two inch heels on these shoes were perfectly manageable at the office.

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Do you love vintage? Then check out other vintage finds from everyday threads:

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Thrift Store Find: Vintage Polka Dot Fashion Scarf

This ’80s vintage scarf by Mosly doesn’t actually count as a “thrift store find” because I found it in the back of my grandma’s closet, but it does represent the kinds of scarves readily available at secondhand stores.

[This fun vintage scarf went from the back of my grandma’s closet to my everyday wardrobe. Photo By Kirsten Hudson.]

Vintage scarves, like this one, are in line with fashionable scarves today. Right now stores are displaying lightweight, flowy scarves with interesting patterns—everything from delicate florals to bold stripes. But rather than spend $20 to $25 on these scarves, why not purchase a vintage one for $1 to $2 at a thrift store?

To me, the patterns on vintage scarves have timeless character that you just can’t find in scarves today. I adore the geometric polka dot pattern on this scarf. Its use of the vibrant primary colored dots is striking, but the pale blue color throughout creates balance. Like other scarves, wearing it can add pizzazz to any outfit—from jeans and a sweater to a nice dress.

The only downfall to vintage scarves is their square shape, which makes them difficult to tie. I’ve found that the best way to tie square scarves is to fold them diagonally into a triangle, then pull the end pieces around the neck, with the triangle in the front. This fold looks great tucked into a coat.

I also like to fold the scarf in the same triangle, place it around my neck and then loosely tie the end pieces together. I then arrange the scarf so that it’s slightly off-kilter, with the tied ends near one shoulder and the triangle near the other. Check out the slideshow on different ways to tie this scarf below!

Four ways to tie a square-shaped scarf

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Do you own any vintage scarves? Would you ever wear one? Would you NEVER wear one? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out these other fun thrift store finds from everyday threads:

  • These menswear-inspired tuxedo pumps were found at a local Salvation Army. Guess how much they cost?
  • Check out these ’80s suede and leather ankle boots found at an antique mall.
  • It’s not all about vintage. Sometimes you can find great contemporary clothing at thrift stores too, like these Armani Exchange pants.

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Thrift Store Find: Vintage Selby Tuxedo Pumps

Before the holiday season, I scored these classic black and white pumps by Selby at my local Salvation Army for just $1.

[Wear these chic vintage tuxedo pumps with other menswear-inspired clothing.]

These snazzy menswear-inspired pumps are probably from the 70s or 80s. I immediately singled them out from all of the other shoes on the rack as vintage shoes, but what I love about them is that they still have a modern look.

These shoes’ classic two-toned coloring and punch out etchings give them a conservative look that’s perfect for the office, but still fun. Plus, they have a manageable two-inch heel.

I’d wear these tuxedo shoes with other menswear-inspired pieces such as tailored dress pants and a classic fitted oxford shirt or a belted cardigan.

The outsides of both shoes are still in great condition. The inside linings on both shoes are starting to pull away, but that won’t matter once I put them on (which I plan to do and frequently!)

Do you love vintage? Have you scored any vintage pieces lately? I’d love to hear about your finds in the comments section.

Photo by Kirsten Hudson

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out everyday threads other fun thrift store finds:

  • Discover how vintage scarves can look oh-so modern.
  • Check out these ’80s suede and leather ankle boots from an antique store.
  • It’s not all about vintage. Sometimes you can find great contemporary clothing at thrift stores too, like these Armani Exchange pants.

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Thrift Store Find: Vintage White Suede and Leather Ankle Boots

This blog often focuses on finding trendy modern clothes, while staying on budget. Another option (and to me, the more fun option) to find cheap stylish clothing is to buy vintage.

To highlight my love for vintage, I’m starting a segment on this blog called “Thrift Store Find,” which will feature vintage clothing or accessories that can work for a modern wardrobe. Here’s the first one:

[Find fun vintage pieces for cheap (like these ankle boots) from antique malls, thrift stores and estate sales.]

Recently, I found these adorable white ankle boots at a local antique mall for $16. The boots didn’t have any markings or tags, so I wasn’t able to research their age, but my guess from the style is that they’re from the ’80s.

These boots immediately caught my eye because of their cute shape. I love the cutout detailing on the top of the boots and the combination of suede and leather. Normally I wouldn’t have purchased a vintage item that was so scuffed, but they were just too sweet to pass up.

So far I’ve worn them with skinny jeans and a chunky sweater. They would also work with a mini skirt and leggings.

What do you think about my vintage find? Do you buy vintage? Tell me about it in the comments section.

Photo by Kirsten Hudson

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out other fun thrift store finds from everyday threads :

  • These menswear-inspired tuxedo pumps were found at a local Salvation Army. Guess how much they cost?
  • Discover how vintage scarves can look oh-so modern.
  • It’s not all about vintage. Sometimes you can find great contemporary clothing at thrift stores too, like these Armani Exchange pants.

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Fashion Trend: Combining Vintage With Modern

Delicate jewelry. Embroidered tops. Lace. Nothing looks more feminine than clothes with vintage touches. Keep your look fresh, and not reminiscent of your grandmother’s wardrobe, by pairing vintage with modern pieces. Think skinny cargos and moto boots.

Want to add a little romance to your wardrobe? Check out the looks below to learn how to mix vintage elements with today’s trends.

[Pair soft and edgy pieces to update vintage items for fashion today. Photos courtesy Maurices and Forever 21.]

The look above mixes hard and soft elements to create an outfit that is ultra-modern. With a floral overlay, fluttery sleeves and a soft cream color, this vintage-looking top from Maurices is super sweet. But when paired with skinny jeans or cargos, and these edgy brown moto boots from Forever 21, the top goes from sweet to sexy.

[Menswear-inspired pieces combined with ultra feminine, vintage styles keep this look fresh. Photos courtesy American Eagle and Forever 21.]

Combining a classic, like this white oxford shirt from American Eagle, with a vintage piece, like this flowy gray skirt from Forever 21, creates a simple, yet sophisticated look. Add some vintage jewelry to up the feminine feel of this outfit.

[Military-inspired clothing is super fun to pair with girly pieces. Photos courtesy American Eagle and Old Navy.]

This pretty bronze-colored tank with fabric flowers from Old Navy goes great under an army green military jacket, like this one from American Eagle. Pair military-inspired styles with ruffles and lace to keep the look feminine.

Do you like the vintage look? How do you like to wear it? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out this blog series featuring vintage clothes and accessories salvaged from thrift stores, auctions and garage sales:

  • These menswear-inspired tuxedo pumps were found at a local Salvation Army. Guess how much they cost?
  • Discover how vintage scarves can look oh-so modern.
  • Check out these cute ’80s suede and leather ankle boots found at an antique mall.

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Green Fashion: Five Reasons Why It Matters

Long before I knew about reducing my own carbon footprint beyond turning off the water while brushing my teeth or switching off the lights when I wasn’t in the room, I was already dressing myself in sustainable clothes without even realizing it. Through my middle school and high school years (and today!) I loved visiting Goodwill, the D.A.V. and thrift stores to find unique clothes.

[Green your wardrobe for a healthier planet and a more personalized style. Photo courtesy jodigreen/Flickr.]

The idea of reusing an old fashion in a new way always appealed to me. Plus I always love a good bargain! Not only does buying others’ unwanted clothes create a personal wardrobe unlike any other, but it exemplifies living a sustainable lifestyle. And that’s just one of the reasons you’ll see listed here about why sustainable fashion matters.

1) It’s environmentally-friendly

To get that perfect outfit onto the racks, the fashion industry creates a huge carbon footprint. The energy, toxic dyes and pesticides used to produce the clothes plus the landfill waste after they get tossed all have a negative impact on the environment.

Choosing sustainable fabrics is an important first step to creating an eco-chic wardrobe. Twenty-five percent of all pesticides in the U.S. are applied to conventional cotton. But certified-organic cotton requires that no pesticides or chemicals be used to grow the plant. Choosing green fabrics such as those made from hemp and bamboo is also an eco-friendly choice. Both hemp and bamboo are renewable resources because they grow so quickly. They also are resistant to weeds and pests, which allows them to grow well chemical-free.

2) It’s people-friendly

Buying sustainable clothing also contributes to making sure the workers creating the clothing are treated fairly with safe working conditions and reasonable wages. Although clothing doesn’t have Fair Trade certification yet, you can check to see if the company you’re purchasing clothes from is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

3) It’s animal-friendly

Even though that cute pair of leather boots may be tempting, cruelty-free clothing makes a better statement. Cruelty-free clothing means wearing no leather or fur, and for some, no wool or silk. This “vegan” clothing may seem difficult to find, but there are options out there. Jade Planet sells vegan accessories including leather-like purses and bags made from rubber-tree sap and The Vegan Store offers winter wear, shoes and belts. Feel better about what you’re wearing when you pull on cruelty-free clothes.

4) It’s local

Carry that “go local” methodology you use for shopping for food over into your clothes. Search for local designers or boutiques to minimize the impact of buying clothes that get shipped all over the country.

5) It gives you a unique, personal style

Make your own eco-fashion statement with vintage clothes. Great thrift store or Goodwill finds create a personal and sustainable wardrobe. Or if you’re a savvy sewer, break out the sewing machine and repurpose old clothes into new fashions.

How do you make your wardrobe eco-friendly? Leave me a comment and tell me about it.

This blog post was originally published on Natural Home magazine’s blog, Leafy Greens. View the original post.

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