Virginia Eader

WHO Virginia “Vee” Frances Eader, the 31-year-old stylist, business owner and blogger at Thrifting with Vee. Eader grew up in the small town of Kalama, Wash., where she spent her free time sewing clothes and poring over fashion magazines. She moved to Seattle seven years ago to attend graduate school at UW’s School of Social Work and has been working in that field since. After gaining attention for her blog, she launched Vee Vintage, an online boutique and occasional pop-up shop.

THE LOOK “Mixing and matching: The beauty of dressing vintage is that you have 70-plus years of fashion to choose from. I believe the brighter, bolder, more patterned, the better. Can I make someone smile or brighten their day simply by what I’m wearing? In the words of Iris Apfel, ‘More is more and less is a bore.’ Boots are my favorite form of footwear. I love high-waist circle skirts from the ’50s. My current obsession is ’70s gold and wood jewelry.”

ICONS “I’ve been told more than once, ‘You dress like my six-year-old.’ I take no offense. Six-year-olds know how to pick out an outfit like no other, matching patterns and colors with no preconceived idea of what’s supposed to go together. So in that way, a six-year-old is my ultimate style icon. Also Jesse Kamm, Coco Chanel, Iris Apfel, Patrick Kelly, Betsey Johnson, Alexander McQueen.”

UP NEXT Eader’s worlds of style and social work will finally collide with her forthcoming styling enterprise—with the term “style therapy” as its foundation. On Sept. 10 Vee Vintage will pop up at the Georgetown Art Attack.