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Friday, January 8th 2010

Studio Style: Vintage Prints and Pendants

The Shopbop studio stylists seem to wave a chic little wand and voila!—a limp tee and a rumpled pair of jeans transforms into something high voltage. Today, Pa dishes on vintage fashion, crush-worthy pendants, and how to mix prints.

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Pa styles a print dress by A Common Thread.

Suzanne: Tell me more about your fabulous vintage sweater.

Pa: I stole it from my mom! It was one of her most cherished pieces, purchased at a flea market in the late ’80s; we believe it may be from the 1960s. She’s petite like me, so it fits me well (a little slouchy, just the way I like it). I absolutely adore the color/print and the beautiful embroidery. It’s now one of my favorite pieces and current go-to when I wanna feel a little special.

S: What advice do you have for how to style prints?

P: Mixed prints is a huge spring trend! I’ve always been a big fan of prints and love to play around with them. It can be a bit tricky, but if done right, you’ll look fantastic! If you’re new at mixing prints, try neutral colors or keeping the colors on top and bottom similar. Mix larger prints with smaller prints so it’s not so overwhelming. Check out Rebecca Taylor’s spring 2010 runway for inspiration. She’s so good at prints, and I love the way she mixes them up.

S: Also love your cross necklaces! Crosses have been around since, well, biblical times—what is your advice for making them look modern?

P: Keep it causal-chic. Wear them with a simple outfit—an oversized tee, cardigan, and skinny jeans—for a modern look.

S: We’re seeing a lot of unusual pendants come through the Shopbop offices—nuts, bullets, functional harmonicas. Do you have a favorite pendant?

P: Yes!! I’m in love with the CHRISHABANA Nailed Necklace! It’s great to layer or wear alone—edgy yet so simple.

S: If you could own any vintage piece from any designer, what would it be?

P: A vintage 1950s Balenciaga cocoon coat! Forever chic and stylish.

Pa wears:
*Vintage sweater
*Marc by Marc Jacobs top
*Grey leggings
*Alkemie Rings
*Antiqued brass cross pendants
*Black Pelle Moda platform booties

--Suzanne

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