Category: Fashion

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

Blog from a personal fashion stylist

I am not a complete slave to fashion.

That’s a strong statement! But it is the honest truth.

I do not necessarily follow all the trends and won’t tie myself, or anyone else, down to a particular fashion fad. As a stylist, my goal is to help you discover your style and love it.

Everyone has a style.

About Candace Rosenberg - personal fashion stylist

Shirt: Elizabeth McKay / Sweater: found in Paris / Necklace: J Crew / Rhinestone skull necklace: Meghan La

 

You may not recognize it, but you do. And I believe that one’s true style is very personal. What works for you might not work for others. For years women followed the same “inform” of dress based upon that specific decade. If a particular designer in the past told you to wear a specific style people would wear it whether it suited them or not. I read a quote in a recent Harper’s Bazaar that said “designers have realized that the modern woman doesn’t come in a cookie cutter package”, I could not agree more. The times we are living in now is a complete change from the “cookie cutter”. WE are in charge of creating our own “inform”.

Fashion today allows us to express our own personality. Pintrest, blogs, magazines and fashion websites give us a creative outlook to find ideas and styles that best suits our own needs. We can change our personal style daily, from bohemian one day to urban prepster the next, all from the knowledge (information) so easily obtained by our fingertips. With just a click, we can get ideas on how to enhance our own personal style.

Candace Rosenberg - Personal Fashion Stylist - New York - New Jersey - Connecticut - Candace Kristin

Dress: Alexis / Necklace: BCBG / Rhinestone statement necklace: J Crew / Ring: Meghan La

 

Do you need a stylist or ever thought would it would be like to work with one? Here are a few clues that you might benefit from working with me. Do you own clothing that still have tags on it? Do you find yourself staring blankly into your closet, muttering “I have nothing to wear”? Do you have items of clothing that you love but rarely wear because you don’t know what to pair with them? Do you wear less than 50% of your wardrobe? If yes, working with me does not mean investing tons of money in a whole new wardrobe. In fact, I promise (that’s a big word) I will style you completely out of the 50% of your wardrobe you are not currently wearing. So put the credit card down and stop shopping. I am going to shop you right out of your existing wardrobe.

Working with me, you will see I don’t do a bunch of “try this” and “try that” when it comes to understanding your personal style. A lot of thought and creativity will go into helping you fine tune you and your wardrobe. I am a personal stylist that requires you to fill out a questionnaire prior to meeting me. I use this to understand your unique style and what you are looking to convey to the universe around you. Many stylists do not do this – I find that completely mind bending. How can they know what to recommend to you if they don’t know you?!

In short, I am not trying to create a world of my minions, where everyone looks the same. My desire is to create the best version of YOU, and to have you love it! Yves Saint Laurent said it best “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it”. I believe in empowering woman and men (PERIOD!).

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