Flea markets are the hub of summer-shopping goodness. Just one afternoon in a jam-packed parking lot and you can walk away with several new vintage dresses, the throwback round sunnies you've been after forever, and the dinged-to-perfection nightstand of your dreams. But equally as difficult as rummaging through the stalls is knowing how to dress for a day at the flea.
True, when you see that girl with her jacket in one hand, her iced coffee in the other, and her heels swaying left and right, it's easy to know what not to wear. But we've got a few more concrete ideas to solve your ensemble conundrum. From a tied-waist shirt that won't make you look like a tourist to the perfect hands-free bag, these outfit solutions are easy, adorable, and totally worthy of an afternoon at the market (and brunch before!). Now, if only finding that limited-edition vintage record you've been rummaging for was this simple.
Check out three casual-cool looks that are perfect for scouring NYC's chicest flea markets.
Hands-free shopping is more important at a flea market than almost anywhere else. With so much ground to cover (and awesomeness to sift through), it's important to keep your paws open for inspecting the perfect gems. We love this super-summery straw purse paired with a light jean dress.
Not only do we love the look of pastels and whites for spring and summer, but they're great for spending all day in the sun. Play with sheers and mix softer tones to keep those rays off your back. The last thing you want when you're inches away from those covetable vintage sunnies you've been after is to get overheated. Not chic!
Steven Alan Mary Jane Sandals, $248, available at Steven Alan; Essie Fear Or Desire Nail Polish, $8, available at Essie; Current/Elliott Stiletto Jean, $319, available at MyTheresa; Madewell Silk Singalong Top, $69.99, available at Madewell; Rebecca Minkoff Straw Affair Bag, $250, available at Rebecca Minkoff.
It's rare you find a flea market booth that comes equipped with a private stall. Instead, layer up on your favorite cami as a means of trying things on. If you've ever been to camp (or lived in a dorm room), you know what we're talking about. Wriggling on the new garment for fit and sliding off the one you came in also works well with tube dresses. Plus, while tying sweatshirts around your waist may scream "out of towner," we think a chic button up cinched around mini cut-offs is actually a cute, punky way to make your layers work.
Splendid, Layers Cami in Agave, $48, available at Otte; Current/Elliot Boyfriend Shorts, $182, available at Otte; Acne Capri Sandals, $370, available at Acne; Topshop Tusk Lariat necklace, $26 available at Topshop;Tarte LipSurgence Lip Stain in Lively, $24, available at Sephora; Topshop Long-Sleeved Striped Shirt, $76 available at Topshop .