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Static Vintage - San Francisco

Hi Vintage Darlings,

This week we were in the beautiful city of San Francisco checking out the vintage scene out there. It was rather a whistle-stop tour so I mainly found myself roaming up and down Haight Street, with an aerated coffee in my hand (it's a thing out there).  The vintage shops there are fantastic, most featuring well curated collections and reasonable prices. 

This post will focus on my favorite store of the street "Static Vintage" at 1764 Haight Street. A vintage co-op managed by the fabulous Kelsey who allowed me to pick out some looks to try on and photograph. 

I know vintage to some seems a little daunting, so below each outfit I am starting a new feature called #threewaystowear. This was a concept dreamed up by my Mum, Sally, when she used to send me care packages to university. She would send an item of clothing and, in the enclosed letter, give me a handy 'three ways to wear' checklist so that this poor student would always look fabulous even recycling the same outfit over and over again. Thanks Mum! 

So, I am lauching the hashtag #threewaystowear - if you are so inclined send me your own styled up vintage with your three wears to wear and we'll feature you on the blog!

Ruthie Darling xoxo

Look 1:

So that was a fabulous floral 1950's number with a gorgeous back.

Three ways to wear:

#1 Wear with an up-do so that the back makes the maximum impact

#2 Add a sweet little pink or green jumper/sweater over the top

#3 Wear with converse sneakers for a more day time look

Look 2:

Another gorgeous early 50's number

Three ways to wear:

#1 Go all out glam. High heels and red lips all the way

#2 Wear with a full petticoat to really accentuate the shape 

#3 Add a cropped leather jacket and biker boots to toughen the look

Look 3:

A darling 1960's shift dress with lace overlay

Three ways to wear:

#1 Add a messy beehive to give a nod to the era whilst still keeping it modern

#2 Wear with pink ballet flats to compliment the bow and get places faster ;)

#3 Add some little white gloves and pretend you are in Madmen

Look 4:

A delightfully aged and delicate kimono

#1 Throw it over jeans and a t-shirt

#2 Belt it and wear it as a dress with black tights

#3 Layer on the ethnic jewellery and wear it to the beach

As a bonus here is Kelsey, the manager, wearing a cute 1970's dress with penguins on the back. I am always a little reluctant to wear 1970's garments as the fabrics are so often polyester, however this dress was beautifully soft. I also love the way she wears it with a 1940's fur to mix it up.

Next time you find yourself in San Francicso check out this wonderful store. All the dresses featured are available for purchase at time of publishing and are in a size 4 (ish) American - size 8 British.

A huge thanks to Static Vintage for being featured on this post.

Photo credit: Isabel Lyndon - Thanks Isabel you're a doll!!

Ruthie Darling