Monday, February 1, 2010

What Goes Around Comes Around

Bin #1: Leisure suit. Scrunchies. Stirrup leggings. Yikes!

Bin #2: Mesh crop top. Parachute pants. Gold lamé jumpsuit. Seriously?

You’d love to rock a little vintage. But it can be tough to find actual oldies-but-goodies among the blasts better left in the past. Lucky for you, we’ve tracked down a handful of local, online vintage boutiques that have done all the work for you—scouring the globe and hand-picking the best one-of-a-kind finds.

Lei ChicFiregypsy Vintage
Who: Operating out of Keaau on the Big Island, this Etsy store offers an extensive mix of clothing, accessories and home accents from the 50’s on.
What: A ton of amazing dresses, from Mad-Men-esque cocktail shifts to breezy bohemian tunics from the 60’s, and glam 70’s and 80’s party frocks. Plus, an impressive handbag selection of ladylike frame purses, perfectly worn-in slouchy leather hobos, and chic little straw envelope clutches.
Where: Click here to shop. Photo: Firegypsy Vintage

Lei ChicThe Ultimate You
Who: This former brick-and-mortar store originally opened in 1983 and had locations in Ward and Kapahulu. Its new home on eBay carries the same assortment of stylish, slightly newer designer clothing and accessories at deeply discounted prices.
What: Silk Gucci and Fendi scarves, sleek leather totes from Barneys and Michael Kors, and clothing from the likes of Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Burberry, and more.
Where: Click here to shop. Photo: The Ultimate You

Lei ChicChop Suey Sisters
Who: This Pearl Harbor based eBay shop carries a playful mix of vintage clothing and jewelry, and super-cool 50’s pinup-inspired rockabilly dress reproductions, done in retro Hawaiian prints.

What: The actual vintage assortment here includes everything from 60’s charm bracelets and Hawaiian-style hibiscus earrings to 50’s Alfred Shaheen tropical-print blouses and dresses, and kitschy little collectibles.
Where: Click here to shop. Photo: Chop Suey Sisters

Lei Chic Wear Me Down Boutique
Who: For vintage with a fresh, hip vibe look no further than this Honolulu eBay boutique run by Kauai native Lachelle Yasutake, who sweeps the state’s consignment shops and thrift stores for vintage classics and trendy, newer items.
What: Recently spotted favorites include a swingy 70’s tank dress, a fitted high-waisted pencil skirt, a sequin bow-adorned cardigan, and a dainty beaded evening clutch.
Where: Click here to shop.
Photo: Wear Me Down Boutique


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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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