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Bow Tie Bohemia

Written by Natalie Garza

When I walked into New Bohemia, I was exited to see that the store was filled to the brim. There are great handpicked items from every decade for men, women and even children. I was immediately started picking up dresses, which are always my first go-item in any store. I tried on six different dresses and ended up purchasing this one. It’s not a coincidence that it was also the cheapest thing I tried on. Although the store had a great selection and was neatly organized, most of the things I picked up were between $45-$55, except for this $28 dress.

Vintage dress from New Bohemia

I really like this navy dress, which has an allover bow tie print. It’s really light and comfortable, so it’s perfect for the Texas heat. It’s exactly my style and I already have a lot of great accessories to go with it. It seems like there are an unlimited number of ways to style this versatile dress.

I'd probably wear this version to class. Oxfords are comfortable enough to walk around campus.

These are also comfortable shoes. I feel like this version looks a little dressier than the last, especially with the red belt.

I could never make it to class on time if I wore these shoes, but I love them.

The perfect outfit for my imaginary vacation to the French Riviera.

Which version do you like best?

Stripe Hype

By Destinee Hodge

On my visit to Ermine Vintage, I spotted a fabulous striped dress that had to come home with me. The dress was made sometime in the 1980s but has style references from the 1930s and 40s.

I have to say that I’m pretty bold with color combinations, but I don’t typically wear blue and purple together. However, something about this dress just works. I can’t wait to pair it with a nice belt (to break up the stripes) and some cute boots to make it come alive.

When I talked to Elizabeth (the storeowner) about the dress, she said it was one of her favorites from the store because it was made by Lanz of Austria. The Lanz brand was started by Josef Lanz and Fritz Mahler in  -you guessed it- Austria in 1922. Josef moved to the U.S. and in 1936, started a new store in New York. The brand has spread round the country ever since.

What started as a business based mostly on the manufacture of traditional costumes for Austrians quickly turned into an American favorite. This brand is on the top of the list for those vintage shoppers who go label hunting.

Anderson said she replaced the elastic band in the dress as a part of typical refurbishing she does to items she puts in the store. There are a million things you could rave about, but I think that the best thing of all is that the dress was only $10. That is by any standard, pretty hard to beat.

Savers: Thrift Store Heaven

By Natalie Garza

 

I’ve always been a fan of shopping at Goodwill, so when I heard that Savers is even better, I was pretty excited. I went for the first time last Wednesday, which is my only free afternoon of the week. I figured I’d probably be there for at least an hour and a half. That’s the thing with shopping at thrift and vintage stores. You have to be willing to dig through a lot of stuff to find the hidden jewels, so it’s not usually going to be an in-and-out kind of deal.

My technique for shopping in places with a LOT of clothing is to pick up the items that my eyes are drawn to. Basically, I first look at colors, then I check the material and feel the texture, and finally I check the size. I try to imagine it with other things in my closet and if I can think of with at least two outfits, it goes in my cart. Yes, they have shopping carts!

If you’re lucky, you can find a vintage item at a thrift store. I didn’t find any on this trip to Savers, but there’s always next time. Keep in mind that the sizing is different and you’ll probably be about 4 to 6 sizes larger than your regular size. For example, I’m an 8 in modern clothing, but the last few vintage dresses I bought were 12’s and 14’s. I also get a lot of clothing, mostly dresses, altered to fit perfectly.

After trying on about 12 things, these are the items I bought:

I'm looking forward to wearing the tunic on the right with my white skinny jeans and some wedges.

Dresses are always my favorite finds.

This fur scarf will be perfect with cardigans next winter.

I got everything for $32. On Wednesday’s, students get 20% off each item. Just remember to take your ID!

Here’s a great tutorial about thrifting, written by a Elissa, a blogger I met at the recent Texas Style Council Conference. This is just Part one of the Dress with Courage Thrifting 101 series. She’s written nine!

Here’s a great blog post about shopping for vintage clothing.