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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!

Ethical Makeup Brands

Nicole Couch

Walking through the aisles of drug stores, department stores, and beauty stores while shopping for makeup can be utterly overwhelming--the bright lights, endless brands, and uncountable products can turn a quick trip to buy a lipstick into a confusing and frustrating process. Deciding between brands, products, and colors is hard enough, but recently one more layer of consideration has become important to many shoppers--ethics.

"Cruelty-free" cosmetics are becoming more and more popular, yet some brands are still falling behind. Here are five drugstore brands that you can be sure do not test on animals and create products that you can always purchase completely guilt-free.

1. NYX

" NYX Professional Makeup is certified and acknowledged by PETA as a cruelty-free brand. We are committed to producing cruelty-free cosmetics. We do not test any of our products on animals.

"NYX Professional Makeup is certified and acknowledged by PETA as a cruelty-free brand. We are committed to producing cruelty-free cosmetics. We do not test any of our products on animals.

2. wet n wild

"Wet  n  wild® NEVER tests on animals, and we are super proud of this. We never have, and we never will. We believe in beauty without cruelty first! None of our furry, feathery, or scaly friends were harmed in the making of our products. Whether you’re a card-carrying vegetarian who is committed to animal rights (and good for you!), or you just love puppies and bunnies and want them to smile (and who doesn’t?), we are with you! We want that too! In fact, most of our products are not only cruelty-free, but vegan as well."

"Wet n wild® NEVER tests on animals, and we are super proud of this. We never have, and we never will. We believe in beauty without cruelty first! None of our furry, feathery, or scaly friends were harmed in the making of our products. Whether you’re a card-carrying vegetarian who is committed to animal rights (and good for you!), or you just love puppies and bunnies and want them to smile (and who doesn’t?), we are with you! We want that too! In fact, most of our products are not only cruelty-free, but vegan as well."

3. Pixi Beauty

" Pixi does  not  test on animals, nor do we have any other parties, such as suppliers, conduct any animal testing on our behalf. Pixi uses only the highest quality ingredients which have a proven safety record and are widely used in the cosmetics industry."

"Pixi does not test on animals, nor do we have any other parties, such as suppliers, conduct any animal testing on our behalf. Pixi uses only the highest quality ingredients which have a proven safety record and are widely used in the cosmetics industry."

4. e.l.f. Beauty

"We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project."

"We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project."

5. Essence

"Essence cosmetics is owned by Cosnova Beauty from Germany where animal testing for cosmetic products has not been permitted since 1998. All of essence products comply with the European and American ingredient, manufacturing, and testing standards. Our suppliers are also held to these same standards and we only partner with the ones that do not test on animals."

"Essence cosmetics is owned by Cosnova Beauty from Germany where animal testing for cosmetic products has not been permitted since 1998. All of essence products comply with the European and American ingredient, manufacturing, and testing standards. Our suppliers are also held to these same standards and we only partner with the ones that do not test on animals."

Our Pinterest is Here to Help YOU!

Nicole Couch

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Whether you are part of the CHC subscription services for fun or to save you some time, one super important detail we need you to tell us is who you look to for style inspiration. We absolutely love working with our customers and introducing unique and special vintage garments to your wardrobes, so we ask these questions to make sure we're sending each of you clothes that you're comfortable wearing.

The good news is that we're here to help! Choosing personal style icons out of thin air can be difficult to do, especially when you like certain aspects of multiple people's style. And sometimes, different people have very different perceptions of a fashion icon's most well-known style. We want to provide a tool to ensure that we are always on the same page as our customers when discussing style icons.

We are excited to say that we are now featuring different style icons of all eras on social media, and particularly on Pinterest. Check out our Style Icons board to view some of the most famous style icons through history, and take a few minutes to go through each of their folders to see some of their most famous looks. As a new feature, we have begun adding various outfit boards as examples of how to make each of their styles into modern outfits. See Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Stevie Nicks, and many more to come soon. Learn about some of their most iconic fashion moments, and use their outfit boards to inspire your own wardrobe!

While you're on our Pinterest, check out our fashion decades boards, which currently range from the 1940s through the 1990s. See dozens of fashion pictures on each to get a good feeling for each decade. Use these to inspire your own outfits, and discover what you really love about fashion in history. Who knows, maybe these will even change what styles of vintage clothing you'd like to order from us in the future!

We want to connect with all of you! Follow us for style inspiration, vintage fashion ideas, and so much more.
Pinterest: CHC Vintage
Instagram: @chc_vintage
Facebook: CHC Vintage (@chcvintage)

Art Deco Evolution

Nicole Couch

“Art Deco” is the name of a style era that bloomed after World War I. Everything from fashion to interior furnishings and household appliances to cars were influenced by this glitzy, high-tech style. The aesthetical intent of this era was for people to believe in a technologically-advanced future of glamour and luxury. The Art Deco look is heavy with geometric patterns, dark colors like satin black and emerald green, and lots of gold. Velvet is very prominent, as are shapes and tones of jewels, which give the appearance of wealth and tangible success.

Today, Art Deco is still a very popular style in both fashion and interior decorating. The last few years in particular boasted trends of gold, velvet, and glittery details that seemed to be as fresh and prominent as they were in the early 1900s. At this point, the ultra-flashy parts of Art Deco have arguably fallen to the wayside a bit, and a softer and more relaxed "retro" has filled in the gaps. Softer color palettes with more subdued and velvety hues have replaced harsh shapes and flashy textures. The glitzier parts that were in our faces for so long have had their time and are now retiring into a more mature and elegantly-sophisticated look. Currently, my favorite trends and ways of decorating include simple, classic, modern, and somewhat minimalist bases with Art Deco-inspired details and flares throughout. The "Millennial Pink" fad has lent itself perfectly to this trend.

Now, Art Deco feels fresh and sweet, yet it remains a very unique and retro style. New trends have come into play, but for as long as "Art Deco" lives, its characteristics will be unmistakable. In fashion, interior decorating, and every other aspect, this is one trend that I truly hope never dies.

Six Nail Art Ideas to Give Your Fingers a Little Pizzazz

Nicole Couch

Happy Memorial Day, and happy summer! As the hottest and most invigorating season kicks off, fashion really comes alive with bright, bold colors and festive prints. Why not add a little pizzazz to one more small but mighty part of your look: your nails! Solid colors are sweet and simple, but here are six ideas to try this summer to give your busy fingers a little boost.

1. Picasso Faces

Let these oh-so-glam gals take your imagination to another place—maybe Pablo Picasso’s hometown of Barcelona? Stick with this chic black & white duo, or spice it up with some brighter shades.  Tip: Try using a nail art pen for manageable lines.  (Art & photo by Hang Nguyen, @thehangedit)

Let these oh-so-glam gals take your imagination to another place—maybe Pablo Picasso’s hometown of Barcelona? Stick with this chic black & white duo, or spice it up with some brighter shades.

Tip: Try using a nail art pen for manageable lines.

(Art & photo by Hang Nguyen, @thehangedit)

2. Groovy Flowers

Bring some vintage flare into your look with these 60s & 70s-inspired flower motifs! Use any solid color as a base (clear looks great) and have fun with colors and designs.  Tip: Let each layer dry  completely  before moving onto the next!

Bring some vintage flare into your look with these 60s & 70s-inspired flower motifs! Use any solid color as a base (clear looks great) and have fun with colors and designs.

Tip: Let each layer dry completely before moving onto the next!

3. Real Flowers

Carry teeny pieces of nature with you wherever you go and use real flowers! Place petals of dried flowers over a dewy coat of clear polish in a design that suits you, and simply add another coat of clear overtop to polish everything off.  Tip: While some flowers may be too big to use, take smaller petals and fragments of flowers to create a floral shape and design.

Carry teeny pieces of nature with you wherever you go and use real flowers! Place petals of dried flowers over a dewy coat of clear polish in a design that suits you, and simply add another coat of clear overtop to polish everything off.

Tip: While some flowers may be too big to use, take smaller petals and fragments of flowers to create a floral shape and design.

4. Geometric Free Draw

For a playful and dashing look, start with a base color of your choosing and have fun with some lines and shapes. There are no rules to this look! Use your favorite colored nail art pens or fine-tip brushes and let your imagination free.  Tip: Use tape or flat edges to get straight lines. Trace a sequin, paperclip end, or anything else small and round for circular shapes and lines!

For a playful and dashing look, start with a base color of your choosing and have fun with some lines and shapes. There are no rules to this look! Use your favorite colored nail art pens or fine-tip brushes and let your imagination free.

Tip: Use tape or flat edges to get straight lines. Trace a sequin, paperclip end, or anything else small and round for circular shapes and lines!

5. Glitter Galore

While glitter-based nail polishes are easy and fun, try your hand at designing your own glittery look. Using a nail tool, pen, or any other pointed utensil laying around, add star (or other shaped) sequins to a still-sticky coat of nail polish. Cover with a layer of clear polish for shine and a solid hold.  Tip: Place the sequins all around the nail, or try just one at the top center of the nail for a minimal and chic look!

While glitter-based nail polishes are easy and fun, try your hand at designing your own glittery look. Using a nail tool, pen, or any other pointed utensil laying around, add star (or other shaped) sequins to a still-sticky coat of nail polish. Cover with a layer of clear polish for shine and a solid hold.

Tip: Place the sequins all around the nail, or try just one at the top center of the nail for a minimal and chic look!

6. Dainty Diagonals

Put a twist on a standard coat of nail polish and create diagonal lines! Place a piece of tape diagonally across each fingernail (Scotch tape works just fine) and paint with any color right over top! Start with either a clear coat as a base, or use a second color for a fun two-toned look. This design is so summer in such a simple way!  Tip: Wait extra, extra long for each coat to dry over the tape before peeling it off. Removing it too early will result in jagged lines. Clean-cut is everything for this look!  Tip 2: Create the diagonal lines anywhere on your nails! A line lower down could give a modern spin to a classic French manicure.

Put a twist on a standard coat of nail polish and create diagonal lines! Place a piece of tape diagonally across each fingernail (Scotch tape works just fine) and paint with any color right over top! Start with either a clear coat as a base, or use a second color for a fun two-toned look. This design is so summer in such a simple way!

Tip: Wait extra, extra long for each coat to dry over the tape before peeling it off. Removing it too early will result in jagged lines. Clean-cut is everything for this look!

Tip 2: Create the diagonal lines anywhere on your nails! A line lower down could give a modern spin to a classic French manicure.

Meghan Markle's Clothes: Why They Matter

Nicole Couch

For months and months, the biggest question in fashion has been “What wedding gown will Meghan Markle wear to marry Prince Harry?” As Meghan stepped out of a vintage Rolls-Royce Saturday morning to ascend the steps of Windsor Castle and walk down the aisle to her groom, all eyes around the world were on her and the hand-made, one-of-a-kind Givenchy gown falling elegantly from her shoulders. In royal life and long before, Meghan has always been known for her sense of style, and as is the case with every royal bride, as much attention is paid to her style as it is to her humanitarian work and lifestyle. With such an impeccable sense of style, and considering that she’s being dressed by the best of the best around the world, we should be paying attention to what she’s wearing. After all, people like her are often who determine what many of us end up wearing.

However, as is the case with all aspects of fashion, what Meghan chooses to wear is so much more important than what the clothing looks like. Where each garment comes from, who makes each garment, and what resources are used to make each garment are crucial in considering what to wear. Whether you're a fan of her style or not, Meghan Markle should absolutely be an inspiration and fashion icon to many, particularly because she cares deeply for each of these considerations and makes huge statements with many of her ensembles that go far beyond their exterior aesthetics.

As every royal occasion requires the perfect ensemble, the pressure for Meghan to wear the right clothing must be quite high. But as someone who has been speaking out about equality and women’s rights from a very young age, the fact that Meghan would often choose to wear clothing of thoughtful designers is no surprise. On many occasions, Meghan has worn ensembles by vegan and sustainability-advocating designer Stella McCartney. The very reception dress that Meghan wore after marrying Prince Harry was a Stella McCartney original. Meghan’s wedding dress was also incredible, and for more reasons beyond the way she looked in it—the Givenchy one-of-a-kind was designed by the first ever female director of Givenchy. As an avid feminist, it is no surprise that Meghan would decide to have the most important garment of her life created in such a way.

The very simple truth is that the fashion industry needs to change, and it needs our help. In the past decades, the path of the industry has taken an extremely sharp turn toward toxic fast fashion, which is monopolizing the industry to the point of world-wide destruction at the cost of the planet, people, and animals. For many people, “sustainability” is a huge word that means a little too much to comprehend. Just like anything else that will yield positive changes, practicing sustainability takes time, effort, and dedication. Sure, not all of us are wearing Stella McCartney on a daily basis, but there are other ways. Pay attention to where clothing comes from, who is making it, and what your purchase of a garment (whether $5 or $55) will really cost in the long run. Make the effort to research different brands that use organic resources and fair labor. Pay attention to brands, whether up-and-coming or already established, that work for women’s rights and human rights. Shop vintage! Use the history of style and clothing to inspire how you view modern fashion, and change your shopping practices to eliminate fast fashion and its cruel consequences.

An absolutely amazing documentary that I highly recommend to anybody is called “The True Cost.” Just over an hour and a half in length, the depths of the fashion industry and its darkest, goriest secrets are explored, from the very beginnings of the production stage in cotton fields in Texas, to working conditions in factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Haiti, to the consumption stage in retail stores around the world, and even to what happens to these non-recycled garments when we mindlessly throw them away. This documentary will open your eyes and at times leave you speechless.

Making major changes in the fashion world is absolutely imperative, and there are endless ways for all of us to start small. As a new royal figure steps up to her well-deserved platform, I am beyond happy that Meghan cares so deeply and advocates for issues like the ones plagued by the fashion industry.

So the next time that something Meghan wears catches your eye, take a minute to consider why she may be wearing that and where the clothing came from. Not everything she wears has hidden meanings, but as all eyes are on these clothes, it’s so important that at least some of them do.

Fall Trends 2017

Nicole Couch

With the start of fall on Friday, a new season of trends as started. While you might be thinking ‘I know the trends. Wear burgundy, boots, and have a pumpkin spice latte in my hand,’ you would be wrong. Well, not entirely wrong, but this season brings about a whole new set of trends that are so cute, you’ll throw the burgundy sweater to the side (but don’t throw it too far. You’ll want it back).

 

One trend seen all over runways and in stores is fringe. And fringe can come on a lot of vintage clothing, like from CHC Vintage. It’s a fun way to look dressed up while wearing a comfortable jacket or shirt. Having the fringe hang from the sleeves of your shirt or even on an understated bag and liven up any look this fall.

https://www.fabric.com/buy/hddr-1314/6-faux-suede-fringe-trim-black

https://www.fabric.com/buy/hddr-1314/6-faux-suede-fringe-trim-black

 

Another big trend is fur. Right now, the humid weather wouldn’t allow everyone to go out and wear a cumbersome fur coat. However, as we digress into colder months, fur will be everywhere. Have it plain or liven it up with some color. Just be sure to double check that it’s fake!

https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/faux-fur-throw-amber-fox/

https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/faux-fur-throw-amber-fox/

 

Thank goodness for this next one - lounge wear! Grab those leggings, a comfortable t-shirt and throw your hair in a messy bun. Keep it classy or make it grunge (there are really cute vintage tees from CHC Vintage to help with this look). Have a more leisurewear look with some workout pants and a pair of sneakers. Comfortable will be your favorite look this fall season.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CHCVintage

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CHCVintage

 

Last but not least, keep a lookout for anything shiny. Metallics, glitters, and anything that sparkles is a must have this fall. Rock a full metallic outfit or keep it simple with some sequins on your favorite shirt, pants, or dress. Tis the season to be shiny!

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http://postandgrant.com/2011/12/19/modern-spin-on-metallics/

 

The upcoming season is full of fringe, glitter, and comfiness. Make sure you shop at CHC Vintage to get an even more unique look this fall!

 

Style Icon Elizabeth Taylor

Nicole Couch

Known for her glamour and beauty on and off the screens, Elizabeth Taylor knew how to rock some serious fashion trends. Here's a look back at 10 fashion moments that are too good not to re-post.

 

 

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https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/vintage-fashion

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Which was your favorite & which look would you try?

5 Easy Street Style Trends

Nicole Couch

Do you ever go on sites like Instagram or Pinterest to get style inspiration? Did you know that recreating those looks can be simple and easy?

No joke.

CHC Vintage offers a variety of unique pieces on Etsy that can be styled to fit any of today's hottest trends! Don't miss out. Once the items are gone, they're gone!

 

 

Day to Night Lingere

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Office Chic

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Bohemian / Festival Style

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90's Throwback

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Shimmery Showstopper

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Whatever style you're going for, make sure to stop by CHC Vintage on Etsy for one-of-a-kind vintage pieces like these!

 

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CHC Customized Boxes

Nicole Couch

Did you know CHC Vintage offers a variety of Customized Boxes on Etsy and CrateJoy? Well now you do! Sit back and relax--let us handle the shopping and styling for you! BONUS: We'll even deliver it right to your front door.

Here's a few of the boxes we offer:

 

The 90's Grunge Dress Box

"90's Grunge ONLY. Characteristics of a 90s Grunge Dress include dresses specifically from the 90s, Mini or Maxi Length, Slip Dresses, Large Florals, Lingerie Dresses, & Babydoll Dresses."

"90's Grunge ONLY. Characteristics of a 90s Grunge Dress include dresses specifically from the 90s, Mini or Maxi Length, Slip Dresses, Large Florals, Lingerie Dresses, & Babydoll Dresses."

 

 

The Wholesale Vintage Dresses Box

Choose from Bohemian, Florals, Vintage Prints, or Plus Size. "We ship our one of a kind vintage designs to you in cohesive collections that will hang beautifully in your shop or boutique and give you pieces you can price wherever you want, because no one will have them but you! ( Not even us! )"

Choose from Bohemian, Florals, Vintage Prints, or Plus Size. "We ship our one of a kind vintage designs to you in cohesive collections that will hang beautifully in your shop or boutique and give you pieces you can price wherever you want, because no one will have them but you! ( Not even us! )"

 

 

The Custom Lingerie Box

"Lingerie as street-wear is a huge trend right now, so whether you are are slipping into something comfortable at the end of the day or grabbing your daily Starbucks, you will love your CHC Vintage lingerie!"

"Lingerie as street-wear is a huge trend right now, so whether you are are slipping into something comfortable at the end of the day or grabbing your daily Starbucks, you will love your CHC Vintage lingerie!"

 

 

The Vintage Tee & Jewelry Box

This box includes one vintage tee and one piece of vintage jewelry. "Try this as a unique Gift for Her, Bridesmaid Gift or Gift for You!"

This box includes one vintage tee and one piece of vintage jewelry. "Try this as a unique Gift for Her, Bridesmaid Gift or Gift for You!"

 

 

The Vintage Formal Dress Box

"Formal dresses ONLY. Wedding, Graduation, Class Reunion...we have you covered! Plus styling tips on how to wear your dress casually after your event is over."

"Formal dresses ONLY. Wedding, Graduation, Class Reunion...we have you covered! Plus styling tips on how to wear your dress casually after your event is over."

 

 

The Vintage Printed Dress Box

"Printed dresses ONLY. Characteristics of a Vintage Prints Dress include dresses from any era, prints of all kinds & dresses that are one of a kind."

"Printed dresses ONLY. Characteristics of a Vintage Prints Dress include dresses from any era, prints of all kinds & dresses that are one of a kind."

 

 

The Vintage Vacation Box

"Want different pieces? A skirt instead of a romper? 2 dresses and no shorts? No problem, Just ask! We can do substitutions!" - Owner, Nicole Couch

"Want different pieces? A skirt instead of a romper? 2 dresses and no shorts? No problem, Just ask! We can do substitutions!" - Owner, Nicole Couch

 

 

The Vintage Beach Box

"Swimsuit and cover up will coordinate but not match exactly. Cover up could be a sarong, kaftan or beach dress."

"Swimsuit and cover up will coordinate but not match exactly. Cover up could be a sarong, kaftan or beach dress."

 

 

The Vintage Boho Dress Box

"Bohemian dresses ONLY. Characteristics of a Bohemian Dress include mostly from the 60s & 70s eras, loose cuts, and a hippie vibe."

"Bohemian dresses ONLY. Characteristics of a Bohemian Dress include mostly from the 60s & 70s eras, loose cuts, and a hippie vibe."

 

 

Before placing your order, we'll get your size and ask you to fill out a quick survey to give our stylists a better idea of your sense of style. Once we receive your order, our stylists will hand-pick the perfect vintage pieces for you and ship it right to your doorstep. PLUS all orders in the US ship FOR FREE! That's right. What are you waiting for? Try a box today!

Tips for Styling Vintage Clothing into Modern Looks

Nicole Couch

Have you ever passed up on cool vintage pieces because you didn't know how to incorporate them into your modern wardrobe? Well this article is here to help! Here are 5 tips for styling vintage clothes into everyday looks.

 

 

1.) Mix & Match

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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/218917231866293801/

You don't have to wear vintage head-to-toe! Mix in one or two vintage pieces (ex. a vintage dress & necklace, a vintage blouse and ring) but modernize it by using trendy pieces for the rest. Think: cardigans, leggings, sweaters, and jeans (basic pieces that can be layered over or under).

 

 

2.) Modern Accessories

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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/9710955424839491/

You can make any vintage piece feel modern again by adding trendy accessories. Try a fashionable handbag, a cool belt, your favorite heels or a stylish fedora.

 

 

3.) Contemporary Hair

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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/179299628893646516/

You can rock vintage while also wearing your everyday hair style. Just because you're wearing clothing from a certain era doesn't mean you have to look like that era. Bring the look into the 21st century by adding your own personalized touches and keeping your hair simple.

 

 

4.) Mix & Match Eras

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https://www.pinterest.com/explore/vintage-style-outfits/?lp=true

Mixing clothing from different time periods has a way of looking very cool and trendy. Wearing vintage from only one era can oftentimes look costume-y or like you're trying to live in that era. If you incorporate looks from different time periods you're more likely to blend in and look fashion-forward.

 

 

5.) Be Comfortable

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https://www.pinterest.com/explore/vintage-style-outfits/?lp=true

This is probably the most important tip. If you don't feel comfortable in an outfit you'll probably look uncomfortable to others. Make sure to style the vintage pieces in a way that makes you feel happy and natural.

 

 

We hope these styling tips help and encourage you to add more vintage into your everyday look!

Relatable Fashion Gifs

Nicole Couch

Here is a collection of GIFS that basically sum up the life of a fashion lover

 

 

1.) You never have anything to wear, even though your closet begs to differ

 

 

2.) When people ask you if you want to go workout

 

 

3.) When you see full-on pajamas in public

 

 

4.) Your favorite store happens to have a huge sale the day you go in

 

 

5.) When you really didn't need to buy anything but justify it anyway

 

 

6.) When co-workers tell you you look nice

 

 

7.) When you qualify for free shipping

 

 

8.) When you're waiting to be asked if you're a member of the store's loyalty program

 

 

9.) In the fitting room when the outfit works

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10.) Getting asked why you care so much about fashion

Fall into Fall: This years colors

Nicole Couch

It's hard to believe that it's already the middle of June! Summer seems to be flying be, so it's a fashion must to always be thinking ahead for next season. Soon it will be time to pack away the shorts and bring out your favorite knit sweaters! But what colors will be in??? Pantone has the latest on the colors that you should be wearing this upcoming season. 

1. Exhibit

In Fall 2016 look for deep blues, purples, reds, and browns. With a theme of exhibit, these colors allow each person to walk with confidence! 

Velvets at Dries Van Noten, Ellery & Haider Ackermann, courtesy of   REX Shutterstock.    2.  Reflect     Colors such as greens, oranges, tans, golds, and silvers will also be very popular this Fall. These colors "reflect", accent, shine, and flatter everything that they touch. 

Velvets at Dries Van Noten, Ellery & Haider Ackermann, courtesy of REX Shutterstock.

2. Reflect

Colors such as greens, oranges, tans, golds, and silvers will also be very popular this Fall. These colors "reflect", accent, shine, and flatter everything that they touch. 

Image taken from pinterest.com

Image taken from pinterest.com

There you have it! Pantone's Report for the top colors for Fall 2016! Make sure to keep an eye out for these colors when you're shopping your fall favorites! 

Weekend Getaways: Pittsburgh Edition

Nicole Couch

Now that you're all packed, it's time to check out some of the most popular weekend getaways from Pittsburgh. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and lock the door! The beautiful summer weather is finally here, and I'm here to share some great places to cover your weekends. 

 

1. Ohiopyle State Park 

Ohiopyle is filled with some of nature's best beauty. Ohiopyle is a center for any adventurer as there are mountain bike trails, water slides, hiking trails, waterways, and even rock climbing! You couldn't possibly fit this all into one day though, so why not spend a night camping? Covering almost 80 miles in length, Ohiopyle is on our summers "To-Do" list. 

                             One of Ohiopyle's falls, image courtesy of google images.      2. McConnells Mills State Park   This is another summer "must do," because of their gorgeous summer trails. Perfect for any hiker, these trails provide not only a great workout but also an amazing view. Spend a weekend away checking a glimpse of some of the best creations in nature.    

                             One of Ohiopyle's falls, image courtesy of google images. 

 

2. McConnells Mills State Park 

This is another summer "must do," because of their gorgeous summer trails. Perfect for any hiker, these trails provide not only a great workout but also an amazing view. Spend a weekend away checking a glimpse of some of the best creations in nature. 

 

Just one of many trails that McConnells Mills features, image courtesy of google images,     3. Moraine State Park   This park is a perfect one to spend the day or weekend with family and friends. Bike, hike, and boat here, Moraine offers a fantastic view of the water. There are even a couple beaches right by the water that are perfect for tanning & a cookout!      

Just one of many trails that McConnells Mills features, image courtesy of google images,

 

3. Moraine State Park

This park is a perfect one to spend the day or weekend with family and friends. Bike, hike, and boat here, Moraine offers a fantastic view of the water. There are even a couple beaches right by the water that are perfect for tanning & a cookout! 

   

Moraine State Park on a gorgeous summer day, image courtesy of google images.      So unplug and destress for a weekend and spend a couple of days in nature. With these three places, you'll be able to getaway without having to go too far. Happy exploring! 

Moraine State Park on a gorgeous summer day, image courtesy of google images. 

 

So unplug and destress for a weekend and spend a couple of days in nature. With these three places, you'll be able to getaway without having to go too far. Happy exploring! 

Summer 2016: How to Travel and Pack like a Pro

Nicole Couch

As we start the summer off, I’m sure many of us are planning a weekend away from our jobs and our everyday hectic lives. Whether you might be planning a vacation across the country or a place a couple of hours away, we can probably all agree that packing might be one of the hardest parts of traveling. I had an amazing opportunity to travel all around Europe last semester, and since the summer holidays are upon us, here are a couple tips on how to travel stylishly and comfortably. 

Photo taken by Maggie McGouldrick in Dungarvan, Ireland.   1. Pack a pair of flats   
  
 
  
     
  
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     A cute pair of flats is one of the best ways to travel and be comfortable and chic. If you’re flying to your summer destination, they are perfect for going through security while carrying your bags and personal items. Stick to neutral colors such as tan, black, and brown to match almost anything in your wardrobe. 

Photo taken by Maggie McGouldrick in Dungarvan, Ireland.

1. Pack a pair of flats

A cute pair of flats is one of the best ways to travel and be comfortable and chic. If you’re flying to your summer destination, they are perfect for going through security while carrying your bags and personal items. Stick to neutral colors such as tan, black, and brown to match almost anything in your wardrobe. 

Ballet flats that are perfect for mixing and matching, Image courtesy of google search engine.    2. Embrace "Athleisure"      
  
 
  
    
  
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  Athleisure is currently one trend that is dominating the house of fashion. Fashion forward pieces in Jersey, Lycra, and Cotton/Poly blends will keep you comfortable and well ready for a plane ride. Many celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Taylor Swift, and Vanessa Hudgens are strutting this style this summer.

Ballet flats that are perfect for mixing and matching, Image courtesy of google search engine. 

2. Embrace "Athleisure" 

Athleisure is currently one trend that is dominating the house of fashion. Fashion forward pieces in Jersey, Lycra, and Cotton/Poly blends will keep you comfortable and well ready for a plane ride. Many celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Taylor Swift, and Vanessa Hudgens are strutting this style this summer.

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     While packing light will help you save room for souvenirs on the way home, be sure to pack at least a couple of statement necklaces or scarves to update your look. These are perfect to pair with a t-shirt, cardigan, and a pair of jeans! 

Vanessa Hudgens sporting "Athleisure", courtesy of google images. 

3. Be Bold and Brave

While packing light will help you save room for souvenirs on the way home, be sure to pack at least a couple of statement necklaces or scarves to update your look. These are perfect to pair with a t-shirt, cardigan, and a pair of jeans! 

As seen on the runway in New York Fashion Week, this statement necklace is from J.Crew. Photo credits to Elle.com.   So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and head out for a fashionable vacation! Stay tuned to the blog for more of our favorite fashion trends and summer must-haves! 

As seen on the runway in New York Fashion Week, this statement necklace is from J.Crew. Photo credits to Elle.com. 

So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and head out for a fashionable vacation! Stay tuned to the blog for more of our favorite fashion trends and summer must-haves!