Flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, etc. aren't just ideal sources for home furnishings. They're also great sources for vintage fashion. Here are three of today's hottest accessories to buy secondhand:
Though detachable embellished collars are one of today's hottest fashion accessories, they're not unique to the 21st century. Scour vintage clothing stores, antique malls, and permanent indoor flea markets -- at the latter two, look in the locked cases containing silver, jewelry, and smalls -- for antique and vintage collars encrusted with rhinestones, pearls, sequins, or beads. At the latter two, look in the locked cases containing silver, jewelry, and smalls.
From beaded Victorian reticules to mid-century Lucite box-style creations, vintage handbags add interest to nearly any outfit. Though they're quite collectible, vintage handbags are relatively easy to find and you can find them in a wide range of price points. To make the hunt easy, shop vintage clothing stores and online auction sites such as eBay. If you don't mind digging, look for steals at flea markets and thrift stores. Expect to browse through rack after rack of cheap vinyl bags at the latter, but you might just find a Wilardy, Enid Collins, or Koret hidden behind the trash - and the price tag will probably be well under $10.
If you've picked up a clothing catalog or fashion magazine in recent months, you've seen the term "statement necklace." The pieces are large and showy, making them the focal point of an outfit. You can wear them with nearly any neckline. If you pair a statement necklace with a button-down blouse, you can leave the first few buttons undone and let the necklace fill the open space. Or, button your shirt all the way up and wear the necklace on top, tucking the back and sides under your shirt collar.
Statement necklaces include bib, collar, collarette, torsade, torc, en esclavage, festoon, and fringe styles. They may feature rhinestones, semi-precious gemstones (both transparent and opaque), pearls, beads, rough crystal, enamel, metal, wood, or a mix of two or more.
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