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The Magic of T-Shirts

Nicole Couch

They're simple, comfortable, and perhaps one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own: we're talking t-shirts! If you're like me, you probably buy a tee every time you go to the beach or to a concert--out of all the drawers in my dresser, my t-shirt collection takes up the most room. T-shirts are a staple for lounge-wear, pajamas, and active-wear, but have you ever realized how much you can wear them as part of your daily wear as well?

We chose one simple t-shirt and styled it in tons of different ways to show just some of the many easy ways a single shirt can be worn. Keeping all of these possibilities in mind extends the smallest wardrobes into endless possibilities that keep all of your clothes exciting and fresh. This eliminates the need to buy more clothes, freeing up some space in your closet and dresser, and it certainly saves you a few bucks, too!

Here is a montage of style, profiling one single t-shirt. Imagine all of the t-shirts that you've collected over the years and enjoy!

 

With a pair of black denim shorts and a denim jacket, this look couldn't be any easier. A pair of high-top Converse give it an edgy, timeless flare, and the jacket is the perfect layer for transitioning between hot summer day and cool summer night. This look is great for spring and warm fall days, too.  For high-waisted shorts, tuck the shirt into the waistline so that the full effect of the style of shorts is achieved.

With a pair of black denim shorts and a denim jacket, this look couldn't be any easier. A pair of high-top Converse give it an edgy, timeless flare, and the jacket is the perfect layer for transitioning between hot summer day and cool summer night. This look is great for spring and warm fall days, too.

For high-waisted shorts, tuck the shirt into the waistline so that the full effect of the style of shorts is achieved.

For a slightly dressier and more feminine style, simply wear the t-shirt over a lightweight dress! Of course pairing the shirt with a skirt will achieve the same effect, but why not get a little more use out of a sundress by turning it and the t-shirt into a whole new ensemble? For a more flattering look, tie the shirt into a knot at the waist.  Wear this look with a pair of boots or sneakers. Layer it with a jacket or a blazer.

For a slightly dressier and more feminine style, simply wear the t-shirt over a lightweight dress! Of course pairing the shirt with a skirt will achieve the same effect, but why not get a little more use out of a sundress by turning it and the t-shirt into a whole new ensemble? For a more flattering look, tie the shirt into a knot at the waist.

Wear this look with a pair of boots or sneakers. Layer it with a jacket or a blazer.

For a cooler weather outfit, tuck a t-shirt into your favorite pair of jeans and tie a flannel around your waist. A pair of sneakers finishes the casual look in a perfect way, and for added detail, try cuffing the sleeves of the shirt. This immediately transforms a big, casual shirt into something more form-fitting that is more appropriate for different styles.

For a cooler weather outfit, tuck a t-shirt into your favorite pair of jeans and tie a flannel around your waist. A pair of sneakers finishes the casual look in a perfect way, and for added detail, try cuffing the sleeves of the shirt. This immediately transforms a big, casual shirt into something more form-fitting that is more appropriate for different styles.

These looks are perfect for sporting your favorite band, sports team, or place in cute ways! Do you have any of your own unique ways to wear a t-shirt? Share them with us!

2018 Pittsburgh VegFest

Nicole Couch

In case you haven't heard, CHC will be open for business at the 2018 Pittsburgh VegFest! If you're in the area, come see us on Saturday, August 4 from 11:00-5:00 at Allegheny Commons Park. All customers will have the chance to browse our selection of dresses and jewelry in person and even try things on. See something you like? Take a quick moment to subscribe for a subscription box of items that we will hand-pick just for you. 

This is a really exciting event for CHC, as we love meeting and interacting with our customers face-to-face. This is one day that all of you can get in on the fun and see so many dresses and other vintage goodies in person! 

The VegFest is always filled with so many kind-hearted and compassionate people who are looking to do good in the world--whether you're there as a vegetarian, vegan, or as someone who is simply interested in looking around, we can't wait to be part of such a happy and driven crowd. The perks of shopping vintage fashion are not far at all from the benefits of eating cruelty-free. Together we are building a kinder and more environmentally-friendly future that we can all be proud of! 

2018 PITTSBURGH VEGFEST
Saturday, August 4, 11:00-5:00
Allegheny Commons Park

We can't wait to see you there!

Stevie Nicks Style

Nicole Couch

For some ideas on how to bring Stevie Nicks' style into your modern wardrobe, have a look at the outfits below! These ensembles are created using many pieces that most of us already own. Incorporating looks like this into what you wear every day will have you dancing to your favorite Fleetwood Mac songs in no time.

This look is a take on Stevie's iconic gothic style--a black ethereal dress paired with celestial earrings are chic and edgy, and a pair of heeled, knee-high boots in a contrasting suede finish the look in a classic Stevie way. No matter her ensemble, knee-high boots are often a big component.   Stevie is also known for mixing and matching textiles and textures. If there's one thing we can take away from her style, it's to stop stressing about being so matchy-matchy! 

This look is a take on Stevie's iconic gothic style--a black ethereal dress paired with celestial earrings are chic and edgy, and a pair of heeled, knee-high boots in a contrasting suede finish the look in a classic Stevie way. No matter her ensemble, knee-high boots are often a big component. 

Stevie is also known for mixing and matching textiles and textures. If there's one thing we can take away from her style, it's to stop stressing about being so matchy-matchy! 

For a more casual look, we're in love with these flattering denim overalls paired with a boho kimono. The flared legs of the overalls are totally Stevie, and the embroidered star boots finish off the look in such a cool and effortless way.  This outfit would look great with a little satin tank, as shown above, but any sort of graphic tee, tank top, or blouse would look totally cool with this whole ensemble. 

For a more casual look, we're in love with these flattering denim overalls paired with a boho kimono. The flared legs of the overalls are totally Stevie, and the embroidered star boots finish off the look in such a cool and effortless way.

This outfit would look great with a little satin tank, as shown above, but any sort of graphic tee, tank top, or blouse would look totally cool with this whole ensemble. 

This boho look plays on Stevie's softer, more ethereal looks. A pair of earth-toned culottes paired with an embroidered, lightweight blouse are pretty and feminine, and a pair of white calf-high boots make the look a little sharper. A hat and beaded moon necklace are two accessories that are so Stevie.   This is a great look for just about any day that can be worn casually or for something slightly more formal. 

This boho look plays on Stevie's softer, more ethereal looks. A pair of earth-toned culottes paired with an embroidered, lightweight blouse are pretty and feminine, and a pair of white calf-high boots make the look a little sharper. A hat and beaded moon necklace are two accessories that are so Stevie. 

This is a great look for just about any day that can be worn casually or for something slightly more formal. 

Finally, this ensemble that was styled by @magicfabricride on ShopLook is such a classic Stevie look. We love the unusual combination of fabrics and prints, and each accessory brings in an edgy flare that we know Stevie would love. (https://shoplook.io/outfit-preview/28150)   This is a slightly bolder look that perhaps not all people would be comfortable wearing, but that's the beauty of fashion--pick and choose what you like, and incorporate Stevie's style however you may!

Finally, this ensemble that was styled by @magicfabricride on ShopLook is such a classic Stevie look. We love the unusual combination of fabrics and prints, and each accessory brings in an edgy flare that we know Stevie would love. (https://shoplook.io/outfit-preview/28150) 

This is a slightly bolder look that perhaps not all people would be comfortable wearing, but that's the beauty of fashion--pick and choose what you like, and incorporate Stevie's style however you may!

Audrey Hepburn Style Inspiration

Nicole Couch

She was glamorous, sophisticated, and the embodiment of grace. For decades, she has been a style icon and has served as inspiration to women all around the globe. She's known for her LBDs and strands of pearls, and during her lifetime, she dazzled on and off the screen. She is Audrey Hepburn, and this is how you can dress like her.

 

Let's start with some dresses--notice that each of these four dresses share similar lengths & form-flattering silhouettes. Although dresses like this may be too dressy to wear to the office, each of them would be great for a date night or any formal event.

Inspiration behind these dresses? Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's. With that being said, however, Audrey Hepburn was known for bringing her own style into the lives of the characters she played.

If taking Audrey to the office with you is what you want to do, this is the way to do it. Perhaps as much as the dresses she wore, Audrey was often photographed wearing pants and loafers. Comfortable, chic, and elegant, but simple and clean-cut. Here are a couple of ways to do just that with clothes that you most likely already have in your closet. These are timeless pieces that can be mixed & matched and worn through most seasons.

Bright colors were not often Audrey's first choice. She tended to stick to a neutral color palette, which offers effortless sophistication and the ability to easily mix and match just about any clothing to create endless ensembles.

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However if color is something you cannot go without, rest assured--you can still easily achieve the Audrey Hepburn look, but with a little more pizazz. The prints & patterns are up to you; what we're really looking to Audrey for is silhouettes and accessories. Above are two very different dresses with very different accessories and shoes. Both dresses, however, could be mixed and matched with any of the accessories & shoes. If there's one thing that we should learn from Audrey, it's how to mix and match.

With most outfits, Audrey wore very minimal accessories. They were usually simple and classic, like a pair of diamond earrings. However, the occasional bold accessory, like a wide-brimmed hat, always went effortlessly with whatever outfit she was wearing. There were never any forced mixed prints or clashing silhouettes.

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Last but certainly not least, this is a fun and casual way to dress like Audrey. Sticking to classic silhouettes, like straight-cut jeans and a simple quarter-sleeve shirt would do the trick, but why not have fun with some playful styles? Although vamped up a bit, these clothes still give very classic impressions. One thing that Audrey often wore is a pair of espadrilles. Have fun with a cute & summery pair, or stick to something a little more muted like a pair of suede mules. A pair of flats would be great, too! One thing that you absolutely can't go wrong with these days is a small scarf or bandana tied around your neck, which is a favorite look of ours that has been carried through decade after decade without a glitch. (Check out our YouTube channel for videos (like this one, and this one) about how to style scarves!)

Whether it's what you wear every day or if you're just looking to add a few pieces to your wardrobe at a time, you can never go wrong with Audrey Hepburn-inspired style. For decades, women have been looking to her for inspiration, and for many decades more, she will continue to serve as a style icon for anyone interested in a little black dress or elegant, Parisian-esque style.

What are your favorite ways to wear Audrey Hepburn style? If you have any classic looks or try any of these, let us know! We'd love to see.

Also take a few minutes to check out our Pinterest boards dedicated to style icons of the decades, and scroll through Miss Hepburn's personal board for even more inspiration!

Why You Should Buy More Vintage

Nicole Couch

Here are a few reasons why we think you should buy more vintage.

 

 

When you buy vintage, you're buying clothes that are unique or rare. This means that you're chances of matching anyone else is highly unlikely.

 

 

Most of the clothing in today's fast fashion chain stores are made of cheap materials to save on costs. Contrarily, most vintage items were created with more attention to detail & prove their higher quality by withstanding the test of time.

 

 

Because big fashion retailers decide to skip costs and use cheaper materials, their mass produced clothing items are more likely to be damaged, broken or go out of style quicker than their vintage counterparts. So why not spend a little extra to get something that lasts?

 

 

Many times newer trends are just old trends reinvented. By buying vintage you're basically buying the 'real thing'...the clothes that were cool BEFORE it was cool. Tell that to your trendy friends...

 

 

Wearing vintage ensures that you'll have your own unique look. Since it's not something displayed in store windows anymore, you really have stylistic freedom and can get creative with it however you want.

 

 

Buying Vintage = Recycling = Saving the Planet. 

It is estimated that the world is consuming 400% more clothing than we did just 20 years ago (Livia Firth, The True Cost). So step up and do your part! Keep trendy vintage in rotation.

 

 

Lastly,

You're unique, beautiful and rare. There is no one quite like you. So don't buy clothes that disguise that! Invest in clothes that understand what it's like to be one-of-a-kind.