Modern Mod

 COAT:  FOREVER 21  / DRESS:  J. CREW  / TURTLENECK:  UNIQLO  / BAG: VINTAGE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE  [SIMILAR]  / BLACK TIGHTS:  GAP  / LACE UP HEELS:  FRANCO SARTO  / EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR [ SIMILAR, ONLY $14! ] / LIPSTICK:  MAC COSMETICS IN CAPTIVE .  ALL PHOTOS BY  STEPHEN J. CARUSO

COAT: FOREVER 21 / DRESS: J. CREW / TURTLENECK: UNIQLO / BAG: VINTAGE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE [SIMILAR] / BLACK TIGHTS: GAP / LACE UP HEELS: FRANCO SARTO / EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR [SIMILAR, ONLY $14!] / LIPSTICK: MAC COSMETICS IN CAPTIVE.

ALL PHOTOS BY STEPHEN J. CARUSO

My fascination with vintage fashion knows no bounds, and I love to gather inspiration from the 1920s, 1940s, and 1960s. I've always loved to hunt for treasures in thrift stores and vintage shops, no matter where I am, but there is a certain way to wear something that is vintage or even just vintage inspired, as this outfit is, to modernize it and freshen it up.

I style my outfits with some of this, and some of that, to add visual interest, minimize looking like everything came right off a mannequin, or thrifted head-to-toe. 

Here I paired a vintage-looking leopard shift dress from J. Crew, classic black tights and turtleneck, sentimental jewelry (the earrings I wore to my sister's wedding), with lace-up shoes, which seem to be sold almost everywhere these days-- and aren't they fun? 

My formula for a stylish ensemble for any occasion is, "something vintage, something classic, something sentimental, something new" and from where I stand it proves itself a good combo every time. 

What do you think of my modern take on mod? Part of me wants to wear this outfit every week and channel vintage screen sirens as often as possible. 

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