The Value of Vintage

March 12, 2016 | Fiorellas Files

Have you noticed the trend to recreate the vintage look? From jeans, to tee-shirts, to tennis shoes, to jewelry – the list goes on and on. Yes the vintage style for new products has run rampant, and so today when I say the “Value of Vintage”, I don’t mean the recreated vintage wannabe stuff; I’m referring to the real deal. I’m talking about something that has earned the bragging rights to be called “Vintage”.

From my closet I have something I feel has earned such accolades. It’s a pair of Wrangler jeans that I purchased semi-used in a thrift store when I was 16 years old – now that’s what we call vintage. At least they still fit me after the 3 munchkins. These things have been with me through thick and thin (my weight that is) and I could never put them in the Goodwill pile because I just love them. That pair of jeans is like a family member to me and I always find a way to work them into my ever-evolving wardrobe.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat I love most about them, besides the fact they feel like a blood relative, is the patina and texture that occurred naturally over the years. This is something you just can’t recreate in my opinion. I also love to combine them with modern pieces to give the ensemble a richness an all new outfit struggles to accomplish. Amazing how those 20+ yr. old Wranglers create a harmony and balance with many things that reside in my closet.  For example, I am a big fan of the easy fit white tee-shirt mixed with a splash of color and my vintage jeans. Add a neutral color scarf for texture and great pair of boots and you are ready to rock and roll!

So it is all about how you combine the new with the old and when to keep something in your closet because it is truly timeless and only gets better with age. So grab your 3 Lily Pads bag and mix it with your favorite old piece to create something unique and trendy.