I’m here today to answer one of the most common questions I’ve gotten as the owner of a vintage business. “How do you decide which clothes to sell and which clothes to keep for yourself?”
I’m answering this on the heels of a new haul of clothing, which I go into detail about on my alternative blog on Sephine Vintage! (Please check it out).
Out of the 15-ish garments I collected, only one stood out for me as something I had to keep for myself. It’s a 1950’s black chiffon dress that was so akin to something Marilyn Monroe would classically wear. It had it all – the breezy skirt, the wrap-around wide-cinched waist, the cascading fabric bust that tied around the neck and left the back uncovered. To some, just a little black dress, but I knew the instant I put it on that it was a staple of my own personal style.
If I could, I would absolutely wear everything in my store 24/7. I am proud and envious of all my wonderful customers who get to call Sephine collected pieces their own. But when you have such a wide array of clothing to select from, you must narrow it down to not only fabulous pieces, but pieces that speak to you as an individual. This discernment is essential. You must figure out what type of person you want to be, and make sure your wardrobe speaks to this. The Marilyn Monroe dress spoke to me because it embodied elements of femininity, sexuality, and power. It’s playful with an edge. A rose with thorns. A woman with a sharp gaze. Enchanting-yet-mysterious has always been my favorite elegant woman quality.
Oh, and did I mention it’s incredibly fun to dance in?