Don't Waste Your Money on Trends



Don’t Waste Your Money on Trends


vintage meets modern



What’s old is new! Vintage styles are always cycling back into the trendy sphere, and we love seeing our favorite classic shapes become popular, but with any trend we evaluate against what actually looks best on a specific person’s figure.

We keep up with the runways in Paris, New York and Milan, what’s featured in the fashion magazines, and what’s coming through Instagram from some of our favorite designers. What I find myself doing, nearly every day, is identifying the features modern designers pull from our preferred style period: late 1950’s to early 1960s’, with a spattering of 1940’s styles. It reassures me, because I just don’t have the resources to replace my entire wardrobe every year to meet the next trend. Plus, I tend to consider some of the pieces in my wardrobe “old friends” and I can’t part with them anyway. I’ll just hold them until they are likely circling back to trendy, or I’ll wear them with more modern elements and go for the always-fun eclectic look.

I did have a teaching moment right when finishing grad school. My classmate was interning at the US Housing & Urban Development (HUD) agency. She was also house-sitting for a HUD Manager. The HUD Manager’s house was worth a small fortune due to the gentrification of her neighborhood in the years of her career, but a cursory glance in her closet – yes, I did peek – showed a wardrobe that was stuck in the mid-1970s, about the time she began her career. Unlike her neighborhood, her wardrobe had not gentrified; it had “petrified,” as in petrified wood. No life or attention to the world around. From that point on I promised myself even if I went to work in government, which I ultimately did, I would commit to a vibrant wardrobe.

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Flattering in any shade, designs are



Let us know what you like and we’ll pick through the trends to avoid those that won’t last. We’ll help bring out the timeless elements of all the pieces you design with us.

Susan Stimart