"It’s really easy to look rich but secretly be broke."



Broke AF: High Key Style on a Low Key Budget, Courtesy of Vintage Valentine

It’s that time of the year again: another season of NYFW has launched, and with it, every fashionable New Yorker has come out of the woodwork (did they ever disappear in the first place?) to display their latest and greatest style finds, front row and elsewhere. And while we’re down for a good old-fashioned fashion week fit parade, we’re here to say that the true authority on style lies elsewhere. Speaking of: vintage keeps us feeling fresh, and Carly Russ of Vintage Valentine is pulling up this fashion week with a west coast how-to on where to source the best finds, which decade wins the prize for best style, and how to keep that high key style on a low key budget. Watch the vid above, and get some more Vintage Valentine wisdom from Russ below.

What inspired you to start Vintage Valentine?

I’ve always had a love for it, and use to sell back when I lived in Chicago. But this time around I wanted to be a little more serious about making a brand for myself revolving around vintage. Honing in on my favorite decades, and creating a cool girl community around it.

What’s the biggest misconception about vintage in your opinion?

I don’t know if there are a ton of misconceptions, I think there can be a lot of stigmas around it like its gross to wear other people’s clothes or the prices are too high for something that’s used but for the people who value individuality and never seeing the same piece on someone else, it’s the only way to go.

What’s the best part about vintage in your opinion?

The best part for me is you’re saving the earth (yay) and I sleep peacefully at night knowing my wardrobe is one of a kind and no one else is wearing the same thing. It makes your style unique. 

You said vintage is sometimes too decade-centricwith that said, what’s your favorite decade stylewise?

If i had a gun to my head and had to choose, it would be the 90’s. It’s just so exquisite to me. Like art. 

What’s the key to hunting down the best pieces for Vintage Valentine?

If you’re looking at a long rack of clothing at a thrift store, I single out all the Leopard, gingham, and sequins first. And then go from there with specific colors.

I love that you have budget in mind when pricing your items. What is your advice for someone who wants to have high key style on a low key budget?

It’s really easy to look rich but secretly be broke. I’ve been doing it for years. Accessorizing with chunky gold pieces and lots of Leopard always helps. Most the time people don’t know I found that gold chain belt in the dollar bin somewhere. But that’s why I’m happy to provide my eye for picking out these pieces, with the best prices as much as I can.

Images courtesy of Dillan Pea

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