How to Use Vintage Clothes to Look On-Trend

In the whirlwind of a new season’s arrival (and yes, there’s another one here with Pre-Fall 16), it’s all too easy to get caught up in newness. But there are ways you can tap into the moment’s top trends without buying the exact same thing as everyone else—simply shop vintage. We say simply, but we know it’s not as easy as swooping into Zara and scooping up a rail full of the latest goodies to make you look instantly bang-on. However, with a little know-how, a smidgen of effort, and a desire to look unique and individual (well, who doesn’t want that?), this can be your road to sartorial salvation each and every time the fashion mood switches up. 



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Vintage guru J.J. Martin on the streets of Milan.

There’s one woman whose vintage shopping and sourcing nous never ceases to impress me: J.J. Martin. She’s the striking Milan-based editor at large of Wallpaper* magazine. Her personal collection and major passion for luxe thrifting has turned into a business in itself; her site,, is not only an e-commerce hot spot stocking carefully edited vintage buys, but she’s also designed a new range of super-wearable dresses and separates using vintage prints in modern silhouettes. (Shop LaDoubleJ Editions here!)

So, if anyone can give you top advice on how to wear vintage clothes and look on-trend, it’s J.J. Keep reading to see—and shop from—her guidance…

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