Vintage Tips From R29's Most Eclectic

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Don't get us wrong: We love fast fashion. But, those easy-to-wear, easy-to-buy finds from our favorite stores inevitably end up on everyone. And, we'd rather not come down with a bad case of samesies. This is why a vintage shopping habit is a good shopping habit — it can truly save the (outfit of the) day.
Besides being unique, vintage pieces are filled with history. Who owned this '80s sequined stunner? How many concerts have these Rolling Stones-print pants been to? And, what clubs did this gold blazer frequent? These are the questions we asked while rounding up R29ers to try on the vintage gems — all scoured from the B.O.R.N. vintage shop in Harlem.
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The boutique is cherished by New Yorkers for both its high-end throwbacks and mysterious treasures. But, even if you won't be in the city anytime soon, you can still visit the store when its lifestyle makeover series, B.O.R.N. To Style, premieres Tuesday, July 15 at 10p ET/11p PT, on FYI Network.
Until then, get your vintage fix here. We challenged our editors to mix the old with the new, and ahead are the results. But, clicker beware: You might have the urge to bust out your mom's '70s kimono.
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Annie Georgia Greenberg, senior style editor

Vintage pieces: Samuel Dong rain jacket, ruffled heels

My personal style in three words is...
"Very mood based."

My vintage-hunting strategy is...
"Looking for standout items I couldn't buy from contemporary RTW stores."

This look is so me because...
"I love the combination of the ripped jeans, the super-vintage feminine heels, and the statement piece — the jacket. It sounds like a lot, but it weirdly makes sense when put together, which is very emblematic of my personal style."

I work vintage into my everyday style by...
"Getting totally into the vibe of many different eras and styles, which means each day presents something new. That said, I think the consistency in my everyday dress is the high-low mix."

Vintage pieces from B.O.R.N., Annie's own jewelry, stylist's own top.
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My favorite part about wearing vintage is...
"Feeling like what I'm wearing is unique, has history, and rounds out contemporary wear."

My trick for scoring the best vintage gems is...
"In order to find the perfect piece, though, you've got to be willing to try on EVERYTHING."

My all-time favorite vintage find is...
"A pair of '90s Prada shoes from the Salvation Army on Long Island."

My vintage style rule is...
"Do it often."
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Samantha Yu, editorial assistant

Vintage piece: Sequined crop top

My personal style in three words is...
"Comfortable, minimalist, high-waisted."

This top was a daring style for me because...
"There were a few characteristics that had me a little nervous at first. The piece is covered in sequins and has not one but two bold prints. I tend toward neutrals and solids when I'm shopping for myself. But, I tried it on, zipped it up, and didn't want to take it off."

The best part of this vintage piece is...
"The silhouette. And, the black-and-white color palette is 100% me. The top is a bit fancier than what I would pick for everyday wear, but if I was going out for drinks I would definitely pull this out of my closet."

Vintage top from B.O.R.N.

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My favorite part about wearing vintage is...
"I think one of the great things about vintage is that you get to discover pieces that you truly fall in love with and get to share those with whomever sees you. But, truth be told, I'm still new to the world of vintage. I have only two or three pieces in my closet at the moment."

My all-time favorite vintage find is...
"This fantastic high-waisted, floral maxi-skirt that I scored at the R29 HQ vintage sale last summer. It cost me five bucks, fit perfectly around the waist, was a great length (and trust, that does not happen very often for me...I'm just under five feet tall), featured a pretty print, and had POCKETS. Win, win, win, win, win!"
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Hayden Manders, assistant entertainment editor

Vintage pieces: Kimono jacket, Comme des Garçons clutch

My personal style in three words is...
"Nu-rave business meeting."

This look works with my everyday style because...
"Oh, everything works! It's all black! The shorts have a casualness about them. The kimono is beautiful, but it's one of those pieces you don't wear on the daily. "

I would describe this vintage piece as...
"Fantastic — very Rei Kawakubo."

My vintage style rule is...
"Don't buy something you know you could find at a chain store. Vintage shopping is about finding and collecting pieces, not bulking up a closet."

Vintage pieces from B.O.R.N.

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My favorite part about wearing vintage is...
"The story behind how it came to be in someone's possession. Everyone knows a vintage item has a backstory, but I always want to know how someone acquired the vintage they have right here, right now."

My all-time favorite vintage find is...
"This beautiful brown, leather tote bag that I stumbled upon on my first real vintage shopping trip in the city. It looked worn, smelled worn, and was simple — very elegantly masculine. It cost me a cool $20. I brought it back home and when I went to further explore the bag's details, I discovered a faded Coach stamp on the inside zipper pouch! Turns out I snagged my first designer bag on the cheap."

My trick for scoring the best vintage gems is...
"Have patience, kick whatever agenda you have out of your head, and listen to your gut. You'll know the moment you look at an item whether it's right for you."
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Kelly Bourdet, health and wellness director

Vintage piece: Gold metallic blazer

My personal style in three words is...
"Minimal, sleek, cat-like."

My vintage-hunting strategy is...
"Shopping for vintage online as it's less overwhelming for me. I typically search by brand."

My final look is...
"Not something I would typically wear, but I liked it. The best part is the vintage gold blazer."

Vintage jacket from B.O.R.N., stylist's own heels.
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My all-time favorite vintage find is...
"A pair of S/S '98 Chanel cream light-wool riding pants with brass buttons."

My vintage style rule is...
"I don't have any style rules with vintage or with regular clothes. I just wear what I feel like wearing. I tend to wear a lot of black with a pop of color because it's easy to match."
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Larissa Green, social media editor

Vintage piece: Comme des Garçons pants

My personal style in three words is...
"Funky, innovative, confident!"

I keep my style fresh by...
"Switching it up twice a year — just by looking at fashion I used to wear and what's popular or innovative in style now. So often my friends and peers can get caught up in designers and trend pieces, but for someone who hasn't always been able to afford that, I'm able to choose my daily style freely and just go totally tomboy one day and pretty-girl corporate the next. It's very freeing."

My secret to scoring vintage is...
"When you feel overwhelmed, pull back and only allow yourself three things. Opting for the jean short, a '70s graphic dress, and a worn-in tee are my usual go-tos. I just think that shopping without a plan is SUPER fun, but not super wallet-savvy, so when possible, jot down a quick plan!"

My favorite part about wearing vintage is...
"No one else has the pieces I have, and I love being able to be like, 'Come get your hands dirty with me and FIND your style!'"

Vintage piece from B.O.R.N., Schutz heels from B.O.R.N., pink sunglasses from B.O.R.N., stylist's own necklace, stylist's own jacket.
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Out of all the pieces in my look, I'm really digging...
"These pants! Holy heck. Also, I usually don't wear high heels because they kill my feet, but they always elongate my short figure."

My trick for scoring the best vintage gems is...
"I find the perfect pieces by following other fashionable people around a store, doing some online research, and looking at my favorite Etsy stores and thrifty bloggers for inspiration on the pieces I need."

My all-time favorite vintage find is...
"My amazing '80s, acid-wash, pleated pants. If my $14.95 sparkle, platform-ish jellies were vintage, it would be them — but they're just from a cheap jewelry store in Astoria."
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