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Do pay homage, throw back and go retro.
Don’t go the way of the “reenactors.”

As a stylist and amateur fashion historian, I almost obsessively collect vintage and vintage-inspired items. Wearing head-to-toe retro in a modern setting (say, a holiday cocktail party) makes me feel too conspicuous, as if I’m in costume; instead I time-travel through my closet and handpick the best pieces from various decades, mixing 1920s glamour with 1940s flair and even some 1980s sass. Since fashion trends are cyclical, it is exciting to think that the next “new” trend could already be in my wardrobe. — Darcy Camden, City Arts Style Editor


Photo by Sunny Facer

IN AND AROUND DARCY’S DRESSER THIS MONTH: wool cloche hat (Eek! By Eugenia Kim); tweed mini jacket (Crossroads Trading Co.); black lace pencil skirt (Buffalo Exchange); vintage jade brooch necklace (Darcy’s personal collection); Blooms chiffon rosette scarf (Banana Republic); ebony engraved jewelry frame (Urban Outfitters); golden art deco–inspired bracelets; sequined coin purse (Urban Outfitters) [“Inspired by a ’50s vintage cigarette case, it not only makes me feel like a badass pinup girl, it perfectly fits my iPhone!”]; fishnet stockings (Victoria’s Secret); golden-and-black leather gloves (Deena & Ozzy); “Autumn Berry” red nail polish (Bartell Drugs); Kestrel Winery’s “Lady in Red” (Metropolitan Market); “Ornate Plumage” feather hair trinkets (Tiffany Lowry for Violet Magpie, Velouria); black suede shoeties [shoes + booties] (Banana Republic).

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