Retro Plus Retail Equals An Oxymoron

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Surprise! Miss me? Good. Ditto. Discussion on the absurdity of Spring’s Retro Trend shall heretofore commence. Clarifying the meaning of “retro” as it relates to style is probs a good place to start. Let’s jack some knowledge from Wikipedia: Retro is a culturally outdated or aged style, trend, mode, or fashion, from the overall postmodern […]

Marc Jacobs’ Vintage-Inspired Dress vs. The Real Deal

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This is a dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs‘ latest runway show.The technical term for a dress like this is vintage-inspired. Horseshit. This is highbrow copycatting at its most uncreative.I mean, if you’re going to highjack a design from a previous era, at least DO SOMETHING to it to make it your own. Why buy […]

Spring Stock Preview!

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Thrifting a Goodwill Outlet Center isn’t just challenging: It is a trying test of spirit and will. I’ve been at it for two years now, and it knocks me on my ass EVERY SINGLE TIME.High volume thrift is a dangerous journey. Here’s how the clothes-by-the-pound game is played: Approach massive bin of donated crap. Plunge […]

Salvation Army Family Day: Dresses

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I’m generally unimpressed by the prices at Manhattan-based charity thrifts a la Salvation Army and Goodwill: Both chains tend to use their upper crust locations as grounds for ripping people off. There is, however, one exception to the marked-up donations trend, and it happens once a week at Salvation Army’s Hell’s Kitchen location.FAMILY DAY.For six […]