Spring Trends to buy Vintage

With every season there are the new offerings, and the temptation to buy all new things. I love the cycle–but staying on trend doesn’t mean that you have to buy all new. What if I told you that there was a way to stay on trend AND shop resale/vintage? Shopping vintage was one of the first ways I was able to buy brands I loved at prices I could afford. And shopping vintage opened up a whole new world for me.

There are several reasons to love vintage: price, quality, style. I’m a huge fan of mixing old and new. And there are times when old is new–what’s the saying everything comes back around? This season there are some amazing trends to play with, and some of these spring trends are best bought vintage. From logos to costume jewelry, buying vintage can get you what you want (seriously, some of the vintage logos are EXACTLY like to the new offerings), and save a bit (to buy more of course!).

These are the items that are on trend but you should be buying vintage this spring:

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Logos
From bags to clothing, designer logos are in–and vintage. Buying these pieces vintage not only allows you to get pieces at a fraction of the cost of new, some of the vintage offerings are identical to what went down the runways. Here are some of my picks:

Shoulder Pads
Love them or hate them, a strong shoulder is “in” for Spring. I went through a period where I HATED this look, but I have to admit, I now kinda love it. My styling tip? Less is more and use the shape to make your waist look tiny. Also, stick to colora and patterns that you love, a strong silhouette is not the time to try a pattern you’re on the fence about! Here are some of my picks:

Top Handle Bags
Ladylike and a great investment, this a trend that you should ONLY buy vintage. Why? You can get quality bags that are stunning for less than $35. Here are some of my picks:

Lace
Vintage lace is often hand made versus machine made, making it higher quality. There are so many ways to get vintage lace (dealers sometimes sell it by the yard), but there are so many dresses, tops, and skirts out there at amazing prices, this spring trend is too good to pass up! Here are my picks:

Costume Jewelry
From pearls to gold chains, vintage costume jewelry is a higher quality and better made than much of modern jewelry today. Even faux pieces were often gold plated, and could pass for real! Here are some of my picks:

I’d love to know: what are your go-to vintage buys? And do you buy new trends vintage? What about these spring trends?

Xo RA

Trend to Try: Headbands

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Investmentpiece: Headbands

I admit that a little bit ago when I got sent a “trend watch” email and it let me know that headbands were coming back, I didn’t believe it. Then I pulled out an old black one and began wearing it during the holiday season. Then I noticed other bloggers wearing one. Then Kate (you know, the Duchess) wore one. And finally, in my past President’s Day Holiday shopping headbands were everywhere.

And my loves, it’s time. I think headbands are a trend to try.

Here’s why I’m loving them:
*You don’t have to do your hair, but it looks like effort
*Hides that you may or may not need to get your roots done (just me?)
*Hides dirty hair
*Headbands are a way to punch up an outfit

I admit it, I’m drawn to the bigger, satin headbands that seem to be popping up in my life, though I’m not against a wrap around headband either. This is the headband that has me looking for anything satin, though this is the headband that started my little obession:
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(The headband pictured above is a wraparound that I’ve had for years. It used to be my go-to on Self-Care Sundays and Cleaning days, but I’ve been wearing it out!)

Below are some headbands I’m loving and thinking of building outfits around:

(Styling tip: I’m personally avoiding bows and a ton of embellishments as I feel like that can read a little young on me. If those are your jam, by all means rock them. Headbands are accessories so my theory is we have free reign to have some fun with them!)

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Another note: while I love some of the designer headbands, this is a trend you can try at a reasonable price! In my selections there are picks from Target/Amazon/etc!

I would love to know: are you rocking a headband?
XO RA

Fall 2018 Trends

Loves! It’s mid-September, does it feel like fall yet?

For me? Not quite. Maybe that’s due to the fact that it’s still hot outside, maybe it’s because I’m still processing the fall trends and deciding what I love! (Because CLEARLY fall doesn’t start until we shop for the season).

Here’s the thing: the list below of trends that are presented to you this fall 2018 is by no means final. There are other lists and other trends, take from each what you love. Yes, some trends are call backs from years past (everything comes back), which can be a great excuse to splurge on accessories to update your look. Trends are not the only fall offerings, there will be classic updates, new takes on things, and good pieces that don’t fall into a “trend” category. Take from those what you love.

I’m a big fan of us mixing trends and classics, new and old, and things we love to tell our stories with fashion. These are just a few of the trends and stories you’ll be seeing on me in fall 2018.

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Power Suits
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I’m excited about this because I love me a good suit. Chic, elegant, powerful, and customizable, what’s not to love? From bold colors to patterns to details, there’s a suit for everyone. My take? Don’t be afraid to wear the blazer as a top or pair it with a graphic tee. Suits also good great with sneakers!

(Related to this trend is tailoring, but I’m not calling that a trend. I’ll just say that great tailoring makes you look great and you should embrace it at every opprotunty)

Here are some of my suit picks:

Boots
This may be a time when you’re asking yourself: “How can boots, a fall and winter staple, be a trend?”
Loves, have you seen this season’s boots? Fall 2018 gives us everything from combat to western inspired, to cut outs and more. From ankle boots to over the knee, you can get your staples and your trends!
Some of my favorites:

Leather
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From accents to outfits, leather is in (was it ever out?). I’m such a fan of great leather pants, skirts, dresses, and jackets. From matte to patent, I don’t think there’s a “wrong” way to wear leather. And I love it when we take something like a leather jacket and wear it in an unexpected way (like a dress).
Here are some of my leather picks:

(Note: this is a great trend to buy in vintage pieces or resale to keep your budget on trend, too!)

Patterns

Again, maybe not the newest trend around, but Fall 2018 offers us patterns in the most luxourious sense of the word. From houndstooth to plaid, from silk to wool, I’m thrilled to not only wear these patterns, but to mix them!
Some of my picks:

Are these trends the only things I’m loving? Nope! There’s so much more, but this is my jumping off point for my Fall 2018 trend shopping.
Bonus/Street Style Pieces that are hot (and I’m loving)right now: neon, prairie dresses, 90s, Peacock colors (blues and greens), all day sequins, sneakers, and more.

I’d love to know: what trends are you looking to add to your story this season?
Xo RA

Trend to Try: Summer Bags

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I fear this may be another trend to try that’s not really a trend. Because summer bags? We know them, we love them.

There is no way I will be the first to tell you that a basket bag is something you should get. Not only is it perfect for every summer occasion (beach, bbq, rose) as you can hold all the things, it gives an air of casual-ness that I love. And yet, it’s pulled together. Basket bags are just a classic.

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Is there any one brand of basket bags? Nope. Not at all. Bag in the middle. Open. Latched, unlatched. Your options are endless, and another thing I love about a basket bag.

Another summer bag trend to try?

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White.
Because as we know, I think that white accessories (and dresses, and jeans) are great for the summer. So why not a summer bag? They’re classic, but give off a little bit of an edge. Also, with white there is always the chance of spills, so there’s an air of danger.

*Side note, you can also use white bags in the fall. I won’t judge you. In fact, make white not only your summer bag, but your go-to color. Do you.

Investment Piece: Trend to Try: Summer Bags

My favorite summer bag, though? The net. Yes, this style gained popularity last year (that’s when I got this number). Yes, there are all sorts of verisions: from the plain net (I throw a clutch or wallet in mine), the net over a bag, the net in a bag. What I love about this summer bag? It gives off the casual vibe of summer, yet manages to not be just basic. Oh, and you can use it for your groceries!

When it comes to trends and summer bags, you have options. Beach bags, tote bags, and of course, my picks! I would love to know: what kind of summer bag are you carrying?

I’ve linked bags I love below, let’s get to summering!

XO RA

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Trend to Try: Vinyl Shoes

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This is one of those trends to try that I haven’t tried yet. But I’m dying to! You may be seeing vinyl shoes all over your shopping feeds. It feels like there are vinyl shoes offerings from almost every brand and at every price point. They are the new nude shoes. And for good reason.

The vinyl shoe elongate every leg-and the illusion of “nothing” gives an air of sexiness that’s perfect for summer. There’s nothing this trend to try doesn’t go with-skirts, shorts, jeans.

I can’t help but think that they’re a grown up version of the jelly shoes that I loved as a kid. Meaning, I really want some!

Investment Piece: Trend to Try Vinyl Shoes

Heels? Flats? Vinyl shoes come in all the styles. Yes, they are a trend, but they feel a little timeless (maybe people have always wanted their legs to look longer?).

So, I would love to know: have you tried this trend yet? what are you wearing yours with?

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite vinyl shoes for your shopping pleasure below–I’m sure you’ll be seeing me rock some of these soon!

XO RA

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Trend to Try: Vintage Dress GiveAway

Investment Piece: Trend to Try: Vintage Dress Giveaway

This is the space where we chat about trends I think we should try, and how I plan on wearing them. Sometimes, the pieces I suggest are not really trends, sometimes I’m already trying them, sometimes I’m not. I love fashion and investment pieces, and I have a complicated relationship with trends-even the ones I love. What can I say?

This month, we aren’t really chatting trends. But I’m still calling it “Trend to Try”-go figure!
As part of our month long birthday celebration (see here and our other giveaway here), we’re giving away 2 (yes, TWO) vintage dresses!

How are vintage dresses a trend? Fair question. As you may have caught on, I’m a huge fan of vintage. I love mixing it with modern pieces, I love wearing it in different ways. I love making it my own. That may not be a “trend”, but it’s my style. Is your style a trend? Maybe, maybe they go hand in hand. Or maybe not. That’s a huge, and worthy, discussion for another time. Now, you’re just wondering how to get your hands on the goods and what a vintage dress giveaway has to do with a “trend to try”, right?

Right.
The goods:

Investment Piece: Trend to Try: Vintage Dress Giveway
Pink lace with satin tie, measurements: Bust: 36 Waist: 26 Hips: Open

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Black lace dress with bow. bust: 34 Waist: 24 Hips open.

The downside and the upside of this vintage dress giveaway? These are real pieces from my closet. I’ve worn them (and cleaned them). So they are my size–but hopefully yours?

Here are the Giveaway details:

So, while vintage might not be a trend, I think the way you can style it and make it your own can be trendy. I love seeing how any piece can be transformed and fit seamlessly into someone’s personal style. That’s the best kind of trendy I know. Here’s how you can win one of these beauties to make your own!

*Let me know how you would style it. From shoes to accessories, I want to know how you would make one of these vintage numbers your own!

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* Good Luck! The winners t all of our birthday giveaways will be announced next week (yes, you can still enter the t-shirt giveaway!)

If these dresses are not your size: you can tell a friend, or if you love them and want to cut them up to make them your own, we want to hear about that too!

Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to hear about how you would rock these vintage dresses!

XO RA

Trend to Try: Short Shorts

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This “trend to try” is not:
*Something I’ve tried
*Something I’ve seen out yet (though I love these editorials)
*Something you could wear to work

BUT I love it.

These short shorts give off such a vintage vibe (they remind me of play suits), would be perfect for the summer, and I love how daring and fun they are.

Investment Piece: Trend to try: Short Shorts

To be clear, we aren’t talking about your mom’s short shorts. (Though if she has some that you love, rock those!) These shorts are almost hot pants: super short, designed to elongate your legs, and for some reason I’ve only seen them in stripes.

I’m sure that there are verisions of this short that are not stripes, I just haven’t seen them. These Khaite shorts and these MDS Stripes shorts have been all over my Instagram feed lately, and I couldn’t help but be intrigued by them. Shorts and I have a love/hate relationship (I’m not the only one who worries that shorts make my legs look weird, right?), but I’m wanting to try these–and yes, they are short.

You could make these work or outing appropriate, I love the above picture with the shorts under a dress. OR you could be daring, and wear them with a blouse or shirt and heels and sandals. And of course, they would look amazing pool or beach side.

Investment Piece: Trend to try: Short Shorts

Things I think we should keep in mind when we try short shorts:

*The biggest thing to wear with a piece like this is confidence. If you love it, people will love it. There is no hiding that the shorts are short. I think the trick is to embrace that. Also, maybe we broke our legs?

* Super short and super tight often don’t go well together. These aren’t the shorts to wear completely oversized but don’t be afraid to play with the fit here. I hate to try things on (but I love shopping, another one of my juxatipositons), but these short shorts are a piece to play with the fit.

I would love to know: would you dare to try these short shorts?

Below I’ve linked some other pairs I’ve found, but I have to say I’m loving these stripes!

XO RA

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Trend to Try: Colored Tights

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Loves, I have a confession to make. Usually when we chat trend to try, I’ve tried the trend. The trend might be something I’ve been wearing and love, or something that I’ve recently tried and decided that you HAVE to try. This trend? Colored Tights? I haven’t tried it. In fact, I’m a little scared of it.

BUT. Colored tights are a trend. Don’t believe me? Read Vogue, Man Repeller, any trend list, or head over to Atlantic Pacific (who rocks this trend beautifully). Colored tights are a thing. So, are they a thing we should try?

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I love a great patterned tight. I love fishnets. I love wearing tights.

So, are colored tights the next step? And if so, what do we wear them with?

Investment Piece: Trend to Try: Colored Tights

These are my thoughts: we have two options when it comes to colored tights.

One, wear them as a color pop. If your outfit is monochrome, your tights can be the pop it may need. I think this might work best with black or camel outfits. BUT. If you’re willing to play with the color of your tights, why not experiment?

Two, wear tights the same color as your outfit. If this counts there’s a chance all of us have been ahead of this trend when we wear all black and black tights. Somehow, I think this colored tights trend may pack more of a punch when the color is not black. Red, purple, blue, yellow’ why stop at black?

Though, this is not the part where I talk badly about black tights. We all need some. And black is a great color.

However, back to colored tights. Do you dare? With what? What did people say?

I can make you a deal, if you can try this trend, so can I! So, what do you say?

And yes, if you email me (racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com) with a colored tights outfit, I will wear it!

I’ve linked some colored tights below! Happy Trend to Try!

XO RA

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Trend to Try: Are Socks With Peep Toes Something We’re Doing?


There are times when I think of trends for us to try, that aren’t exactly trends. Socks with Peep toes? Not only was it one of my very first posts (look below, I’m so grateful you stayed with the site while we grew. We’re still growing!); I keep seeing this look everywhere!

And I get it! It’s a way to: show off a great pair of socks, hide a bad pedicure, wear heels in the winter, and make a statement.

I loved this “trend” years ago, and I still do! See:

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What is it about socks with peep toes (or any heels) that’s such a pull? I love that it’s slightly cheeky, slightly edgy and slightly classic. It’s just the combo that seems both fashion forward and almost geeky (can we admit that fashion can be geeky?) all at the same time. A trend? Not really. Something you should try? Absolutely!

Below is my orginal post and thoughts on the matter:

Are Socks With Peep Toes Something We’re Doing?
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Investment Piece: Trend to Try: Socks With Peep Toes
They are something we’re doing.Look at any magazine, any campaign right now and there they are–peep toe shoes worn with socks. Do we like it? Is this what we want? I will be honest–I was hesitant, but I LOVE these Chanel boots that look like socks:

So I thought: How bad can it be?

And here’s the answer: Surprisingly enough, not that bad.

I found it’s really comfortable. I think it looks best when the colors match– but it can be fun. So if you like it–why not? And if you can’t–I get that too.

 

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Happy Wednesday! xo RA

Details: First look Skirt Zara, Sweater JCrew, Shoes Chanel

Second Look :dress Zara, Shoes Sophia Webster

Third: Dress Zara, Shoes LK Bennett

Fourth Sweater JCrew, Skirt Zara Leather, Shoes Kelsi Dagger

I’ve updated some shopping options for you! And would love to know: would you rock this trend to try?

XO

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Trend to Try: Leopard (EVERYTHING)

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Ok. You got me. Leopard is not a trend to try. In fact, haven’t you heard? Leopard is a neutral (everyone says so). I love a great leopard piece: shoes, skirts, dresses, pants, jackets, tops, you name it. It goes with everything (I love mine with pops of color and concert tees) and yet manages to stand out. I’m a fan of anything that knows when to blend in and when to say something, so it’s no secret that leopard and I are old friends:

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And I’ve always done my best to alert you to all the amazing leopard pieces I find. I feel as if leopard makes an appearance on every fall trends list (see the one I did this year here), but this year is special. Yes, leopard is still on the list, but look in every store, every magazine, every editorial. Leopard EVERYTHING is everywhere.

Leopard suits (I love the blue one from Banana Republic pictured above. Shop it here). Leopard pants. Leopard shoes. Leopard skirts. Leopard dresses. Leopard everything you can think of. Not only is it available everywhere you shop, but we’re being shown outfits, outfit inspiration, and outfits to try that include leopard not as a neutral or as a statement but as the star, and leopard everything. I LOVE it. Leopard suits? Let’s wear them. Leopard skirts with leopard shoes? Let’s do it. A leopard dress and a leopard belt? I’m in!

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What about you? Are you on board with leopard everything? Do you prefer to keep leopard as an accent? Do you wear leopard as a neutral?

I’d love to know!!

I’ve picked some of my favorite leopard items below (these are affiliate links, I do get some commission from them, but that does not affect your price). These would be great as an accent to anything you own, layered together, or with more neutrals. I would love to know how you rock your leopard!

XO RA

And loves, as it is Halloween, if you’re scrambling for a last minute costume: try all leopard! Then you are a leopard! Have fun and be safe tonight!

PS LOVES! It’s the day of our giveaway (check details here.) We’re waiting till the end of the day to give you time to get your entry in and we will contact the winner tomorrow! Good Luck!