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Fashionista of the Week: Vintage Star

April 20, 2011

I love fashionistas who mix and match–especially those who add a touch of vintage to their modern outfit. The key to successful dressing is mixing cheap with expensive, old with new, classic with trend. Take a salvo T, pair it with Joe’s jeans, and punch it up with forever21 bracelets and your grandma’s vintage necklace. Voila, c’est tres chic et original!

It just takes a teeny bit of creativity. Now that warm weather is here, fashionistas can really let their creativity shine. This week’s featured fashionista, Tali, a sophomore in the Arts and Sciences school at Syracuse University, has made a bright splash for spring. She has done the whole mix and match thing impeccably. I love how she has added bold pattern to her overall girly look. She’s accessorized perfectly, adding just enough bling without going over the top (though as Rachel Zoe says, you can never accessorize too much). Here’s Tali’s look:

*  Black pointy flats by Mia

*  Bookbag by Nicole Lee

*  Antique gold dangly earrings from Forever21

*  Cuffed skinny jeans by Diesel

*  Vintage animal print midriff shirt from a thrift store

*   Shades from Some Girls (under $30)

If you’re stuck on campus without access to any thrift shops or the salvation army (cheap and chic, yes dolls), consider one of my favorite vintage fashion sites: The Missing Piece Online. It’s updated regularly with exclusive vintage finds, which are all priced under $200..impressive for one-of-a-kind vintage. If you get in touch with the site’s creator, Samantha Brown, a certified stylist trained by the fabulous Stacy London (“What Not to Wear”), she can personally come to your home for a personal style consultation. Great concept.

Now, check out how to get Tali’s look the Phantom Fashion way:

a) Mia Parisian Jeweled Ballerina Flat in black by Mia. $70 from

b) The Chelsea Skinny Jean by Joes Jeans. $167

c) Feathers & Chains Earrings. $3.80 from Forever21

d) Eva Studded Embroidery Kiss Lock Tote in black by Nicole Lee. $70.40 from

e) River Island Oversized Gold Trim Sunglasses. $23.31 from

f) Doucette Duvall Feather Print Blouse. $48 from

Ready…set…go! Look through your closet or your grandma’s and then hit the mall…have a ball darlings

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