Tag Archives: Vintage

7 Reasons to Buy Vintage

30 Jun

1. It’s Truly One of a Kind: When you buy clothes from your favorite modern shop around the corner, you may not be the only girl or guy at a party wearing that outfit. There is more room to be unique and stand out when shopping vintage!  ( See our previous article on stores that try to be unique.)

2. Tree-Hugger Approved: We learned our three “R”s in class… Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Well, this can be applied to your closets as well. Being wasteful with your clothing is just as bad as being wasteful with food or garbage. Just think about where your clothing goes when you throw it out- it’s not biodegradable! Reusing clothes will reduce the waste left behind. According to thisarticle by Earth911, synthetic materials we still make today can be extremely harmful to the environment.

3. Surpassing the “Trends”: Vintage clothing comes from every style and era, so there is much more of a variety to choose from. I can’t even count how many times I went shopping and found myself disappointed that all the stores had the same styles, same colors, same everything! Most stores will find what is cheap and trendy for the year – they just want to make big bucks on mass marketing. This is your chance to break the mold…

4. Investments? Ka-Ching! Like aging a bottle of wine, or fixing up an old muscle car, vintage clothing can go up in value with time. Think about the difference in price of a 90’s party dress versus a 1920’s flapper dress. Big difference? Yes! Just remember to keep you clothes in good condition.

5. Quality Check: Many fashions of the past were made to last, using materials such as knits, silk, velvet, wool, linen, etc. Many companies today work with cheap and thin materials that tend to rip and wear easily.

6. Make Designers Drool: Fashion designers look to the past for inspiration, so take your creative eye to the vintage shops and beat them to it!

7. Know Your History: Keep up on your facts and learn about the era your clothes came from, who was wearing it, and why. This can make for very interesting conversations. For instance, one trend this year is the maxi dress or maxis skirt… but where did it originate? Worn Through gives a great Mini History of the Maxi Dress!

*Above dress can be found at our store Fyrafix.com.

Vintage Home

24 May

Seeing Red

4 Mar

Compare Avion Feminin to Fyra’s:  Vintage Red Blouse “The Shorthand Blouse”

Honestly, we hate markups, and the fashion world today just loves to do it… marking their items up a minimum of three to four times. Crazy.

On the left, red blouse from Avion Feminin. (Apparently it used to be $550) So how much did they buy it for? And WAIT, it’s not vintage?

Well, we got the goods: Need to add an air of professionalism to your wardrobe, but don’t want to go the boring route? We know just what you need. This 70s blouse is light, easy and subtly sexy. In the perfect lipstick red and finished with ties at top it’s the shorthand version of work wear. Check out the Shorthand Blouse.

So Bright: Reconstructed Lamps

17 Feb

Turning rusty, old things into bright new friends…

Above is a beautiful chandelier made from spectacles.. yes, that’s right glasses! And look at the way the light reflects through all the lenses onto the walls. Created by Stuart Haygarth.

Also above: mason jar lights and wire whisk lamp

Lamps above from: Poetic Home

Lamps above: Vintage Tumbler Lamp | Vintage Decanter Lamps | Vintage Birdcage Lamp

Now I’m inspired…

Vintage Sewing Patterns

9 Jan

Taking a look back at vintage sewing patterns, I realized how much I miss the quality of these drawings. Full of inspiration, color, and -of course- great clothing,  I was excited to find many of the patterns full of look-alike clothing that we have collected and reconstructed at Fyra! These come from Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, and more… And while they aren’t the actual patterns for the clothing, they come quite close…

Vintage 1960's Dress

Above: 1960’s Queen of the Castle Dress

Vintage Dresses

Above: Sweet Caroline Vintage Dress | Shorthand Vintage Blouse

Vintage Skirt

Above: English Class Vintage Skirt

Vintage Poncho

Above: Berkeley Poncho

Vintage Plaid Skirt

Above: Philosophy Class Skirt

Vintage Wool Jacket

Above: Plumage Reconstructed Vintage Jacket

Holiday *Bling*

14 Dec


“Shiny and fabulous” can be worn all year round, but the holidays gives us an extra excuse to add on the continuous sparkle – dazzle, glitz, whatever you may call it – these are just a few fun ways that will make you look classy and glamorous!

Pictured above (from left to right): Oxford Underground Headband $14 , Gift Wrapping Skirt $40, Anklyosaurus Bracelet $18, King Midas Earrings $18.

More radiant ways to celebrate (above): Hologram Skirt $40, Laney Dress $40, On the Strip Clutch Purse $28.

Happy Holidays!


It’s Not Unique When It’s Sold Everywhere

14 Oct

For months we’ve noticed how certain popular stores are really trying to sell on hopes of coming across completely unique and different – when in fact, they are just as manufactured as any other company you see day-to-day on every street corner. The only difference is they market themselves intelligently, in a way that tries to deceive most consumers. Unfortunately it works… a lot…

Today’s post is a Reblog inspired by Huzzah Vintage! and  The Violet Reaction. After reading their posts, it’s hard to not shake your head in disbelief (and laugh at the amazing conversations that come from such a topic):

“When The Only Thing Unique Is The Price”

View more from Huzzah Vintage!

View more from The Violet Reaction

While it’s hard to not enjoy the quirky titles given to clothing on these sites, it IS hard to enjoy some of the unnecessary price increases. Not to mention that sense of security of walking into the room with the only vintage dress of its kind is completely lost…