By Kimberly Rae Miller
Name: Sarah McColl
Borough/Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Park Slope
Sarah McColl has loved vintage clothes since the moment she realized an hourglass figure was more in fashion in the middle of the last century. She blogs about living life with style on Pink of Perfection and Yahoo! Shine.
How would you define your personal style?
1950’s coed with a bad reputation
Favorite item in you closet?
Right now, my favorites are these slim cut cropped navy pants (the Minnie from J Crew) and striped tops. But on the hottest days I just want to wear loose poplin dresses.
Are there any trends that you wish would just go away already?
It would make shopping for jeans a much more pleasant experience if the whole low-rise phenomenon would die. I’m also eager to see hemlines on skirts and dresses approach the knees again. What can I say? I’m modest, I guess. Also, who but teenagers can appropriately wear miniskirts?
Any tips for using vintage items successfully?
The trick with vintage is not looking like you just stepped out of a period film. Mixing old items with modern ones is key, like pairing a sweet ’50s sundress with 21st century shoes will usually do the trick. It’s also fun to play with different vibes, like, if you’re wearing a girly lacey dress, toss a tough jacket on over top.
Favorite Five in the Five Boroughs?
Flirt! This affordable, feminine boutique is a filled with creative clothes with unique touches: great wrap dresses, tops, and skirts.
Creed: this perfumerie has made custom blends for Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Obama. You won’t get quite the same treatment, but you will walk out with one of their gorgeous scents that’s right for you.
Matter: For cool, designy housewares, this place can’t be beat.
Brooklyn Flea: Finding vintage treasures in NYC is no small task, but your chances to score are best here. Tons of vendors with vintage clothing and accessories, as well as housewares and indie designers making bags, jewelry, and bath products. Come hungry!
H&M you might have heard of this place (wink, wink). It’s a perfect place to load up on tees and blouses, as well as cheap accessories and trends of the moment.
Intimacy on Madison: Hands down, my favorite shopping experience in the city. The right bra makes all your clothes look better, and the sales clerks here seriously know their stuff and won’t make you feel the slightest bit awkward when you’re standing in front of them topless.