February 15, 2012

The Ram Runway: Vintage Value

Who says that you can’t be cute when walking around Fordham? Even during January, a month filled with snow, sleet, and freezing rain that makes many students hesitant to leave their dorm rooms, pulling together a nonchalantly cool ensemble can be easy.

For Fordham students, browsing New York City’s plentiful vintage shops and flea markets is key.  From my own experience, I have found the most adorable, affordable, clothing and accessories from Beacon’s Closet, Shareen Vintage, the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, and Brooklyn Flea.  For those of you who are not fans of buying vintage, these stores will convert you!   Even though, in recent years, the cost of vintage clothing has skyrocketed in New York, it is still possible to find cheap vintage clothing that is truly unique. A trip to the best vintage store--your mom’s closet--can also be worthwhile to find pieces to spice up your wardrobe! Best of all, while staying warm and stylish in your thrifted threads, you’ll never have to worry about running into someone in the same Forever 21 top.

If you still need help to pull of a winter-proof, vintage ensemble, look no further than Madi Caruso for inspiration. A Los Angeles native and Gabelli School of Business Freshman, she proves that looking simply chic is possible with an outfit can go from around campus to a ski resort in the Swiss Alps. Her sweater, with its triangular print falls in-line with the eighties trend found in Dolce & Gabbana’s fall runway show. The simple, black, leggings pull the ensemble together, and the floral-print Doc Martens add a touch of tough fun.  To hold essentials, like dorm keys and a Fordham ID, she brings along a simple black purse.  When asked what her wardrobe inspiration is, Madi simply responds, “comfort”. As Madi shows us, denying oneself cozy clothing is not necessary to look chic. What also makes this ensemble wonderful is that this outfit is affordable on a college girl’s budget.  The sweater was a steal from the Salvation Army, the purse was only a dollar from LA vintage store Jet Rag, and Madi’s leggings were found in her mom’s closet!  The adorable, floral-detailed Doc Martens were the only splurge of the outfit (and every college girl deserves those guilty-pleasure items).

Remember: vintage is your friend! There is nothing more rewarding than venturing into thrift stores and flea markets is very rewarding and leaving with wonderfully original, warm, and chic, clothing (like Madi’s graphic sweater) that is also affordable. Who can succumb to winter blues when you look this great?

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