Here are some fresh new ways to wear the classic plaid skirt. Whether preppy, mod, or retro, the plaid skirt seems to always find its way back into our closets. Shop Jessica Alba’s 1960′s style skirt here and the shorter kilt-style plaid skirt here.
It’s not surprise, being the avid vintage/consignment/thrifter that I am, that people frequently ask me “What are Miami’s best vintage and consignment stores?” So I figured I would spread the love and the word and give you all the low-down. I hope to eventually make this into a series of articles if to help you find the best vintage stores in a variety of different cities. I will, of course, start with Despy’s home city: Miami.
Miami has a great variety of vintage, consignment and thrift stores and they all have a little something different to offer. This is a breakdown list of the my personal favorites and strengths of each one:
The Consignment Bar
5580 NE 4th Ct Ste 4A
(305) 751-9996 - http://consignmentbar.com
This consignment store is hands-down my favorite when it comes to designer handbags. You can go into this chic boutique consignment shop and find anything from top designer dresses, shoes and handbags, but their strength is definitely their excellent selection of handbags and accessories. I have purchased my last several designer handbags from this store and haven’t been let down. Since top designers are what they carry (LV, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Dior etc), you should plan on spending a lil dough here, but you won’t be disappointed as all the handbags are in great shape and all guaranteed to be authentic.
Consign of the Times
1635 Jefferson Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 535-0811 - http://www.consignofthetimes.com
This consignment boutique is a great little shop off of Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. This shop is small and quaint, but full of goodies. They have a great selection of designer handbags, clothing and shoes and extra bonus of male clothing and accessories as well. This is a great place if you are looking for top designer items at a discounted prices.
Second Time Around (STA)
1630 Jefferson Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-0144 - http://www.secondtimearound.net
This consignment boutique is best known for its stint on a reality show on BRAVO. The original store where the show was filmed is in NYC and they recently opened this Miami location off of Lincoln Rd (across the street from its rival Consign of the Times). The store is pretty quaint and small, but has a decent selection of designer duds. I find that in comparison to the other consignment shops, this one has a bit more variety for those of us shopping on a budget.
7235 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 332-4156 - http://www.flyboutiquevintage.com/
A long time favorite, this boutique never disappoints. This is one of the largest and most known vintage boutiques in Miami and as such has a large variety of items from accessories, to handbags, to shoes, dresses, vintage sweaters and hats and on and on! Although they also do consignment, this store is more for the vintage buff looking for beautiful pieces to add to their vintage collection. Due to the wider variety of items in the store, the prices are more varied, as well.
13702 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami Beach, FL 33181
(305) 945-7770 - http://www.cmadeleines.com/
Another veteran in the Miami vintage scene, this is THE vintage store to visit in Miami. Known for the biggest selection of its one-of-a-kind designer pieces this store is like a vintage fashion museum! Located in North Miami, this is one store not to miss on your Miami vintage shopping tour.
Lincoln Road Antique Market
Lincoln Road Mall
Miami Beach, FL 33139
I couldn’t go without mentioning the great Lincoln Rd Mall Antique and Collectibles Market in Miami Beach. This is an outdoor market that takes place every other Sunday during Miami’s “high season” starting in December and ending in early May. This is a street market full of private vendors selling anything from collectible antique furniture to vintage furs and vintage designer handbags. Much like a flea market, you will find a little but of everything here, but that’s part of the fun! This is an excellent market to visit while in Miami and looking to score vintage finds.
2121 NW 21st St.
(305) 325-9114 - www.goodwillsouthflorida.org
Now for my fellow thrifters out there looking for the ultimate bargain, this is one of the top thrift stores in Miami. Although there are many Goodwill stores, this particular one is a Flagship store packed with a little bit of everything. Nothing beats finding amazing vintage finds for the best prices out there, but with that said, thrifting requires work and much patience since these treasures may be few and far between. The key is to go with time and patience in tow!
Red, White, and Blue Thrift Store
12640 SW NE 6th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33161
(305) 893-1104 - www.redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com
This is every Miami thrifter and vintage buff’s best kept secret (you’re welcome). Located in a strip mall in Hialeah (surrounded by several other thrift stores), this is the largest, craziest thrift store in the city and a must in Miami thirfting. Here you will find everything from vintage leather handbags to sweaters, fur jackets, dresses, mens, childrens, you name it. This store is not for the faint of heart. Prepare yourself for a crowd complete with crying children, and bumper to bumper shopping cart traffic! I have found my best vintage finds here.
And, as always, if you prefer to shop beautiful vintage fashions at the best prices from the comfort of your home and leave the digging to a pro: SHOP DESPY.COM!!
The much awaited Neiman Marcus for Target Holiday Collection launch is soon approaching! The final items that will be available from a variety of top Designers have been released and below I have a few of my personal faves. I’m loving that it’s not just apparel, but home goods, accessories, pet items, even a bicycle! The items all look really designer-esque and the prices are on point, with many items below $60! These will all be available December 1st, perfect time to start making a dent into that Christmas list!
Oscar de la Renta Tote $59.99
Tracy Reese Blouse $79.99
Tracy Reese Dessert Plates $39.99
Tory Burch Drink Container $24.99
Oscar de la Renta Collar and Leash $39.99
Oscar de la Renta Pet Bowl $29.99
Prabal Gurung Cape $79.99
Brian Atwood Gloves $49.99
DVF Yoga Mat $49.99
Marc Jacobs Scarf $69.99
I had the pleasure of going to a Custo Barcelona Fashion show a few days ago. The show was part of Miami’s Funkshion Fashion Week and this show was put on by Vanidades Magazine. The night was very short and sweet, but I was left very impressed with the Custo Spring/Summer collection as I knew I would. I absolutely adore the combination of colors, patterns, and textures that has always attracted me to this designer. This collection definitely had all of that and then some while at the same time being very wearable and not overly whimsical. No doubt, current trends have caught up with Custo Barcelona’s characteristic bright colors and mix-match of patterns making this collection a sure hit for Spring/Summer!
Here are some behind-the-scenes, sneek peeks and out-takes from the shoot we did a few days ago. We shot on location in Coral Gables, Florida. I had a terrific team and am so appreciative because everything went very smoothly with everyone’s help! We are editing the pictures which will be featured as the next Despy Lookbook and website banner pictures. Thanks a milli to:
Models: Izabel Sophia and Anna Moreno
Hair: Miriam Meza
Makeup: Anais Habbar
Photographer: Krystle Fleischmann
Just posted this super comfy cute vintage cardigan and wanted to post some street style pictures I’ve come across of great ways to wear this classic. As you can see, the options are endless! From layering it over sundresses, skirts and blouses, even layered over other sweater and the list goes on! Has me itching for the cool Fall breezes ahead!
Pictures sources: internationalstreetstyle.com, refinery29.com, pinterest
I have a confession. I have come to the realization that I look forward to and enjoy the street style pics more than the Fashion Week shows. I love the fearlessness of some of these avant-gard fashionistas and always get inspired to make a trip to my closet to play around and conjure up new, fresh looks. Here are some of my favorite street style shots so far this NYFW to get you inspired to go out on a limb, push the limits! That’s what makes Fashion so much fun!
To all you ladies looking to make a statement, this one’s for you; Behold Violent Lips temporary lip tattoos. These temp tattoos come in more patterns and colors than you could imagine, from animal prints to polk-a-dots to special messages like “B-Day Girl” and “Kiss”. The patterns are a bit risk-ay and more editorial-type looks, but there are also “glitteratti” and more basic colors that are easier to wear. What do you think? Would you give these temp tats a go?
I went to Boston for a weekend trip and wore these great Pinkerton silk pants on the flight there. These pajama pants are perfectly comfy for travel. It was as hot and steamy in Boston as it is here in Miami so I was grateful for the super light material since we went straight on a mini tour of the downtown area after arriving. Pre-pregnancy, I preferred to wear them with a cropped flowy top for a lighter, airier look, but my options are a little more limited nowadays. Silky pajama pants have been heavy on the street style circuit, check out other cool ways to style them below. I love when clothes are just as comfy as they are fun to wear! Click here for a similar style now at Anthropologie.com.
Pants: Pinkerton (Anthropologie.com) | Top: Roberto Rodriguez | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Sunglasses: Valentino | Purse: Fendi
- One of my favorite news in the fashion world this past week is the announcement of the Target and Neiman Marcus collaboration for this coming Holiday season. They promise to have great products from top designers such as DVF, Rodarte, Alice & Olivia and many more at Target-based prices. Hope they don’t disappoint!
- H&M to start selling homeware products in the US!
- Here is a run-down of top fashion events and news in August. I’m ESPECIALLY marking my calendar for the first online Barney’s Warehouse sale on August 23rd (up to 75% off)!
- Vanity Fair has released its 2012 International Best Dressed list. Check out who made the cut.
- Believe it or not, Fall is just around the corner! Check out Style.com’s biggest fall fashion trends to prep you for your Fall Shopping spree!
- For us Fashion TV lovers, MTV’s House of Style to return to the Network!
- Blake Lively is the face of the new Premiere Gucci Fragrance. Check out the sexy sultry video here.
- Here is a comprehensive look at the Miami Beach Fashion Swim Week which took place last week.
Going into any kind of discount store can be a daunting and intimidating task; large thrift stores and vintage shops included. Being a seasoned discount and vintage shopper, I am happy to share of my tricks of the trade. Here, I will focus on specific items in thrift and vintage stores to keep a look-out for as they are usually the best “finds” and value-wise you’ll get the most bang for your buck.
When in thrift stores that are overstuffed with all kinds of goodies (and not-so-goodies), good tops can be one of the toughest things to find. They are usually wedged in between a whole lotta garbage.
One tip is to feel through all of the tops. Use your sense of touch! You may not be able to see all the items, and instead may be able to feel that vintage silk blouse or soft vintage angora tank sweater crammed in between all that polyester (not that I’m against all polyester!).
Another definite vintage goody are vintage dresses! There are always amazing vintage silk dresses up for the grab in thrift stores. One thing to look out for are STAINS! Sometimes in these poorly lit shops you wont notice a small grease stain until you arrive at your home and its, too late (no refunds at these store)! I have found some great dresses that I’ve purchased even with stains, only to find out that my cleaner can’t remove these age-old stains most of the time .
Another important tip when looking and purchasing vintage dresses is to try them on before purchasing them. Vintage molds and cuts are quite different from modern day molds so it is important to try on before purchasing. I frequent some mega thrift stores that do not have fitting rooms so I go in my leggings and tight shirt uniform and try on in front of whatever mirror I can find!
Although these are pretty tough to find, finding adorable vintage pumps and shoes always gives me an extra thrill. They are tougher to find, because vintage shoes in good condition that are good quality are just fewer and farther between. On top of that, you have to hope and pray the pair you find will fit your foot. It’s not a hopeless task though. There are plenty of beautiful italian leather pumps out there for the taking. Just have patience and return often for a looksy around.
Vintage purses are an easier find to keep an eye out for.The best ones to look out for are beaded evening handbags or leather clutches since these are usually in better condition being that they are more gently used.
Vintage purses are a perfect items to add a little pop and vintage feel to an otherwise contemporary look.
When I’m having a thrifting off-day (not finding any vintage apparel), I go for an accessory search. Thrift stores are a great place to score furs. I have purchased at least 4 different amazing vintage fur coats all well below $30 each. My most recent fave fur find was this gorgeous classic mink stole that I am dying to wear in the upcoming Autum/Winter months. I also wear my fox fur collar religiously with just about any sweater and coat in the cool months.
Not into fur? Other great vintage store accessories you’re sure to find: silk scarves, wool coats, and HATS! I’m in the middle of a hat obsession at the moment so I am always on the lookout for hats and have found so many amazing HIGH QUALITY vintage wool and beach hats recently. New, good quality hats nowadays are costing a pretty penny so put your thrifting skills to work!
AND of course last, but not least, my BIGGEST TIP when it comes to vintage and thrift shopping is SHOP DESPY!
Let me do the dirty work for you. Just sit back, kick your feet up and visit the website often for guaranteed great vintage finds at amazing prices. )
Last week I attended Cosmopolitan En Espanol‘s 40th Birthday Bash celebrated by way of a Summer Splash Fashion Show held at Soho Beach House here in Miami. The evening was super sticky hot and crowded, but the show was great. This is a perfect venue for something like this with the extra long lap pool as a perfect runway setup. Some of the designers featured were: Barraca Chic, Zingara, Samsara Imports, Luli Fama, and Maya Swimwear. My favorite trends were the big floppy hats and chunky necklaces paired with the suits. Seeing all these swimsuit models made me wish I had skipped dessert that day (and every other day of my life thus far)! Blame it on the baby bump!
Dress: Velvet Torch | Necklace: Nordstrom | Handbag: Vintage | Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Last Wednesday Lincoln Rd’s Juicy Couture store had an event in collaboration with MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). It was a great night of mingling and browsing at Juicy’s new Fall Collection. I was pleasantly surprised at the new collection featuring a great silk paisley section which resonated with Juicy’s new more sophisticated and chic look. I am pictured here with the Juicy Visual Team Experts Jeromy and Ben and below with DJ Irie as well as SEE Store Manager Anna Moreno. Great night filled with two of my favorite things- fashion and friends!
Summer in Miami can be steamy hot to say the least. I’m always on the lookout for the lightest, smallest summer dresses that still look classy and that can be a lot to ask for. What makes this task even MORE challenging is my belly bump which seems to be growing a mile a minute these days. Having a newfound round Winnie-the-Pooh shape, I find that I really want to show off my legs to balance out my roundness and make me feel feminine! This dress is one I recently found at TJ Maxx for just $40 (on clearance, of course!) and it more than fits all my requirements. I absolutely love it. I paired it with my-oh-so-loved YSL Platforms (purchased at the yearly designer shoe sale at Off Saks a few months back), and my new love-of-my-life hand-stitched Fendi purse (purchased at the ONLY place I buy designer handbags- Consignment Bar). There is something about walking out of my house in an outfit I love that makes me feel like I can take on the world!
Dress: Winter Kate | Shoes: YSL | Purse: Fendi | Necklace: Zara | Bracelets: Paris street vendor
- By now, you’ve probably paid more than a few trips to the pool or beach being that we’re in full summer mode. Here is a nice slideshow on some tips for best swim suits for different body types. Every little bit of help counts when we’re baring it all!
- And while you’re at it, look at this great slideshow of the evolution of the swim suit from Vogue’s archives. Great vintage pics!
- One of my favorite things about Fridays are all the best dressed of the week and street style shots that are published. Here and here are a couple!
- wmagazine.com & vogue.com
- Renowned High Fashion Stylist Carine Roitfeld is set to launch her very own magazine called CR Fashion Book come September. Read more details here.
- Have a closet full of nothing to wear? Check out these tips for styling ideas for revamping your summer look.
- I’ve always said I love when Fashion mixes with Art. Click through this slideshow of Fall 2012 ad campaigns to see why!
- Read about the latest collaboration between eccentric Japanese artist Kusama and Louis Vuitton.
- Nordstrom to sell Topshop in some stores starting September! Hoping Miami is one of the selected cities!
- The Royal family of Qatar purchased Valentino Fashion Group for the small sum of $858 million. Chump change. More details here.