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Vintage Vibe: When What’s Old is Gold

“The runway must be your guide but not your God.”

Donna E!


Have you ever met “season snobs”? You know, the people who say, “That is so last season!” The comment is usually accompanied by a disdainful huff as if the item being discussed became immediately extinct the second the new collections hit the runway.  When I hear that statement I immediately think, “missed style opportunities…”

Do YOU! Never allow the runway to run you.   When you dress based solely upon what is “in” – there is no opportunity for creativity.  Lack of creativity is the death of style.
Honor the work of great designers.  Outstanding designs don’t have a shelf life, they are classics. Treat them accordingly.

Continue to wear what looks good on you and update your look.  Mix it up.  That’s what makes it interesting.  Let’s face it, everything in fashion will be retro at some point.

That said, look for Typical Chic’s series on vintage stores called Vintage Vibe.    We will highlight excellent vintage venues for you to sample. We are also asking for you to rate our picks as well as vintage stores in your area.  Is the store a Delete (never again) or a Repeat (do it again) and tell us why.  Send us pictures of your looks.


Shoe Shine: How to Shoe Shop in Every Size and Have a Fairy Tale Ending


“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

Marilyn Monroe

Most of us know that finding the right shoe is no small feat. How do you become the modern day Cinderella and step into success wearing a size 4, 7W, 8N, or 15? Fear not, there is a happy ending to this story.

Know your feet, what looks good on you and what you feel comfortable wearing. Be honest about your size. Don’t get hung up on the number – focus on the look and feel of the shoe. In this century there is no reason to sacrifice comfort for style because there are too many choices.   You can even design your own shoes and details on how to do that are below. Here is a comprehensive list of Fairy Godmother Stores that will put you on the good foot:

Wide, narrow, large and small feet

  • Zappos
  • Shoes of Prey (you can design your own shoes at www.shoesofprey.com )
  • Nordstrom (Nordstrom Rack has more reasonable prices)

Large Feet (Sizes 11 and up)

Note: Plus size designers usually carry larger shoes

  • Longtallsally.com
  • Largefeet.com
  • Isybshoes.com
  • Smash Shoes
  • Torrid
  • Barefoot Tess

Small Feet (Sizes 5 and under)

  • Aldo
  • Jeffrey Campbell
  • Marmi
  • Paolo
  • Pretty Small Shoes
  • ASOS
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • Cinderella of Boston

Narrow Feet

  • Shoebuy.com
  • Munro
  • Naturalizer
  • Zulily
  • The Walking Company
  • onlineshoes.com
  • Shoemall.com
  • Footsmart

Wide Feet

  • Birkenstock
  • Stuart Weitzman

Now get to steppin’ ladies!  Leave your footprints on the Repeats and Delete Section by sharing and rating  your shoe shopping experiences.