The days of Michael Jackson, video arcades and “The Breakfast Club” may be behind us, but the ’80s are decidedly back in style. Vintage fashion is taking the world’s runways by storm as designers and trendsetters alike continue to rediscover the bright, eclectic fashion of decades past. Structured silhouettes, neon colors and miniskirts are just a few of the looks making a reappearance this fall.
Today’s world moves at the speed of light, and it is far too easy to get caught up in work. So this fall, hit the rewind button and embrace the simple joy and nostalgia of the ’80s with looks inspired by the iconic decade.
Vintage meets modern at Pretty Chic on 1671 Wisconsin Ave NW in the Book Hill area of north Georgetown. Time knows no boundaries as the past, present and future of fashion coexist within this quaint chandelier-lit space. The boutique aims to provide its customers with high-end pieces at affordable prices. Specializing in clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags and other accessories, Pretty Chic offers a wide variety of consignment, vintage and new pieces waiting to be discovered. Visitors can find anything from modern Turkish jewelry to handmade vintage dresses to stylish designer purses, as well as a plethora of other gems. Pretty Chic exudes an old European charm both in design and in special events like its grand opening, an elegant garden party. The vibrant vermillion that lines the wall of the store coupled with its levels of natural light create the perfect environment for finding timeless, feminine outfits in this hidden gem.
Joint Custody, an eclectic vintage store on U Street, describes itself as Washington, D.C.’s “home for the strange and freaky.” The small-but-mighty vintage resale and record store is home to funky thrift clothing and even funkier decor, with games and other relics of decades past. The buy-and-trade shop’s best finds include offbeat concert tees and jackets featuring the distinctive neon of the eighties. For those feeling nostalgic for the era of vinyl, Joint Custody merits a visit — it boasts a wide array of records ranging from Motown to grunge. Joint Custody’s collection of vintage finds makes it the perfect venue for rediscovering the past.
Current Boutique offers a diverse selection of thrifted gems for fashion lovers both online and in its four store locations in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. Customers are drawn to Current Boutique’s Logan Circle location by its simple, chic exterior and will be compelled to stay upon coming across retro pieces not listed online. Over the past ten years, Current Boutique has sought to create a fashion community for the modern woman. Founder Carmen Lopez had the idea to construct a system through which women could “recycle” their gently used designer clothes in exchange for other pre-loved pieces. Although its inventory consists largely of designer pieces, Current Boutique also carries a number of more affordable looks. Moreover, Current Boutique endeavors to provide its customers with the best quality both through its clothing and its service. This team’s dedication results in a meticulously curated collection of designer clothing, fine jewelry, leather handbags and stylish shoes that every modern, trendy woman will want in her closet.
Editor-in-Chief: Ian Scoville
Issue Editor: Meena Raman
Design Editor: Anna Kooken
Photo Editor: Caroline Pappas
Managing Editor: Anna Kovacevich
Contributing Editors: Mac Dressman, Kiera Geraghty, Cat Kendall, Susanna Blount, Robert Treval, Maddie Finn, Sarah Cammarota, Dennese Mae Javier
Photographers: Stephanie Yuan, Julia Alvey, Maggie Chen
Models: Joseph Sonza, Odunayo Durojaye, Emily Shambaugh, Ismary Guardarrama, Alessandra Ruggiero, Naomi Dukaye, Trevor Brown
Makeup Artist: Dalila Cuevas Rodriguez
Venue: Joint Custody