Can’t Find The Right Way To Shop Vintage? Blogger Sami Miro Answers All Your Questions

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Vintage, vintage, vintage. It always seems better in concept than in practice, doesn’t it? That white weasel fur coat you saw on Etsy ends up having awkwardly short sleeves, or smelling like your grandma’s old perfume. And even though the flea market experience allows you to avoid online shopping disasters like that one, it still tends to leave something to be desired. But queen of the past, Sami Miro, just launched her namesake blog, and her unique, specific style (which involves wearing shirts backwards, tons of menswear, and of course, clothes that leave you nostalgic for 80’s era Madonna), left us wanting to give the clothes of yesteryear another chance. Thankfully Sami took pity on our vintage woes and blessed us with some tips and tricks to maximize your vintage shopping experience and help you find the most unique, and non-comparable pieces. Get a taste of Sami here, and head to her blog for more inspiration.

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What are some of the best places to shop vintage in NYC and LA?

In NYC I always head to Metropolis Vintage and Beacon’s Closet. Williamsburg also has some gold mines around Bedford Ave.

Best bang for your buck in LA is definitely Jet Rag. It’s a two-story massive haven of vintage – you just have to be patient and ready to dig, which I love because when you find a gem, it is that much more precious. If you have a deep pocket, head to What Goes Around Comes Around for beautifully curated vintage.

What are some good places to shop vintage online?

I have been a die hard eBay fanatic since I was 13 (which was a phenomenon back then). Etsy is also amazing but has a smaller vintage selection. Both avenues are especially helpful when you have something specific that you’re looking for, like a vintage Chanel purse or an original tailoring mannequin from the 80’s.

What do you love about vintage style? 

(1) Fit (2) Fabric and (3) Uniqueness. When I find a piece I really love, the fabric hangs in a way that new clothing just cannot due to decades of wear and tear. It also brings me joy knowing that I am one of a few or zero people around with that piece.

What generation would you have liked to live in?

I like living in this generation and getting inspiration from the past, but if I had to pick I would go with the 60’s.

What’s your most coveted vintage score?

The most miraculous coat the world has ever seen.

What are some things to look out for when shopping vintage?

T-shirts, blazers, flannels and denim.

How do you spot a fake?

There is nothing wrong with asking if something is real or fake. For a purse, the hardware is the best giveaway. Look for heavy, luxurious zippers and closures vs small, cheap black zippers. For clothing, a lot of brands are trying to recreate a vintage inspired vibe, but an experienced eye and hand can see and feel the difference.

What are some good outfit ideas to incorporate vintage and new?

Try a vintage t-shirt with your favorite jeans and dirty Converse or vintage Levi’s with a sandal heel and fitted blazer. I also love a vintage floral dress with a long coat and thigh high boots.

How do you know when a piece is worth the investment?

When you feel incomplete without it. Happens to me all the time.

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Look 1:

Styling: Sami Miró Vintage

Blouse: Vintage sheer white (SMV)

Pants: After Party Vintage patch up bell (Nasty Gal)

Bra: Agent Provocateur axis bra

Shoes: Giorgio Armani pumps

Photography: Michael Clifford Photography, MCP

Makeup: Nicola Hamilton at Exclusive Artist Management using Malin and Goertz and Kevyn Aucoin

Hair: Joseph Chase at Exclusive Artist Management using Oribe

Look 2:

Styling: Sami Miró Vintage

Jacket: Jocelyn Fifi pink marabou feather bolero

Button up: Vintage Moschino blue linen (WGACA)

Pants: O-mighty pink silk kitten trackiez

Bikini: Vintage orange top (SMV)

Purse: Chanel black crystal

Shoes: Adidas Superstars

Photography: Michael Clifford Photography, MCP

Makeup: Nicola Hamilton at Exclusive Artist Management using Malin and Goertz and Kevyn Aucoin

Hair: Joseph Chase at Exclusive Artist Management using Oribe

Look 3:

Skirt: Dior 90’s leather houndstooth (from What Goes around comes around)

Jacket: Adolfo 60’s red/black sequence fur (WGACA)

Shirt: Vintage black jersey v-neck (Sami Miró Vintage, SMV)

Flannel: Vintage Wrangler black/white/red (SMV)

Boots: Nasty Gal black neoprene

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