Archive for January, 2014

How to wear your grandma’s vintage fur (or someone else’s)

Candace Kristin mink stole casual

denim: J brand / blazer: Theory / belt w scarf: Cristella / shoes: Brian Atwood / watch: Ulysse Nardin / sunglasses: Tom Ford

My grandfather said it best..”ones man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. I am certain that statement holds true with my Grandma’s hand-me-down circa 1963 brown mink stole. I also think my grandfathers quote rings true with consignment shopping. I am a huge and I do mean huge consignment shopper. Why you ask? My response is why not?? I’m not afraid to admit that some of my most prized wardrobe pieces (aka, nuggets) come from popping in and out of consignment stores when I happen to stumble upon one. One can find amazing vintage designer accessories, clothing and furs (like my grandmas) for a fraction of the price. The really good consignment stores will only sell items that are in excellent condition, gently “used” and often never worn with tags (SCORE).

Candace Kristin mink belt

jumpsuit: Young Fabulous & Broke / belt: Gito Englewood, NJ / necklace: So Sweet Jewels / bracelets: J. Crew and vintage / purse: Alexander McQueen

One day while browsing in my very favorite consignment store, I picked up a vintage fur (similar to my grandma’s) and thought “how can I translate this super chic vintage fur piece into my wardrobe today?” A light bulb went off and I went home in search of the one bestowed to me 15 years ago that was just sitting in my wardrobe. As I was shifting through the very back and darkest section of my closet (the area perfectly described as the closet black hole). I know you are chuckling as we all have one or two drawers where things seem to get lost forever. I found the stole and pulled it out (YES!). I took it to one of my closest friends (AKA, my tailor) and had it cleaned, relined and mended. Once it was returned, I started figuring out how to incorporate my new found piece into my personal style.

Candice Kristin Stole Fashion

jumpsuit: Young Fabulous & Broke / belt: Gito Englewood, NJ / necklace: So Sweet Jewels / bracelets: J. Crew and vintage / purse: Alexander McQueen / shoes: Gucci / sunglass: Ray Ban Aviator

I discovered that wearing the stole just draped over my shoulders felt dated just like the way it was donned when first purchased in the 1960s. In order to bring your vintage piece to today try pairing with a belt. Don’t just wear it with a dress for going out, but try it casual over a blazer and denim. Or tossing it over a cashmere turtleneck sweater and long casual skirt with a shoe bootie (instant chic!) How about changing the inside lining to a light pink silk or animal print that you can purchase from a local fabric store. Pin a really chic statement brooch onto your fur and pair it with an all black outfit underneath (aka, a black out).  SUPER FAB.

Candace Kristin belt jewelry mink fur

denim: J brand / blazer: Theory / belt w scarf: Cristella / watch: Ulysse Nardin / bracelets: J. Crew and vintage / ring: Carrera y Carrera

Perhaps I have inspired you to pull out your vintage hand-me-down or head to a consignment store and to find one. However upon entering the shop, remember my grandfather’s quote while browsing. If you tried my suggestion I would love to know, send me a photo or leave me a message! xo- ck

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