Shopping for vintage pieces that fit in a modern wardrobe is definitely not my strong suit. So when I saw Claire at Hoot and Louise, I had an instant lesson in how to pull off a very classic look, without looking like a walking anachronism. I commented on her spectacular shirt with detailed beadwork, and when she admitted she found it at a thrift store in Chicago, I was instantly envious of her great find — even more envious because I knew I couldn't just find the store and buy the same top. Of course, that's the great part of shopping vintage: No one else will be wearing the exact same thing.
Claire's overall look hit on several modern trends I've been wanting to try. Her sheer top isn't just for the beach; the beading elevates the style and contrasts well with the dark floral print underneath. The blue skirt, which is also vintage, is the perfect pop of color. She completes the ensemble with her classically styled hair and make-up, adding a modern touch by taking her lip color from an expected deep red to a brighter and pinker tone.
Claire works at Hoot and Louise as she studies photography and non-profit work. Here favorite places to shop are Crazy Beautiful and Urban Outfitters.