I recently went looking at spring fashions at Nordstrom online and I am here to show you why you might want to start your spring shopping with vintage.

Just to be clear, this isn’t about Nordstrom. I am from Seattle, Nordstrom’s home, and I have loved Nordstrom ever since I was a child and a shoe salesman gave me a pair of shoes because I sat on some gum. They’ve always had wonderful customer service.

It’s just that I can’t help but do head-to-head comparisons with some of the items I have in my own shop. I suspect the vintage items are of equal-to or greater quality even as compared to modern well-made designer items.



1960s vintage De Liso Debs pumps, $67 and Manolo Blahnik pumps, $695

Dolce&Gabbana black fit and flare dress, $2,895 and 50s vintage black fit and flare dress, $135

St. John Collection gown, $1,795 and late 40s/early 50s vintage designer gown, $220

Kay Unger pumps, $250 and 60s vintage pumps by Socialites, $29 

Valentino blush pink dress, $5,690 and 60s vintage blush pink dress, $120

Comme des Garçon bloomers, $420 and 20s vintage bloomers, $79

Eliza J floral skirt, $188 and 50s vintage floral skirt, $39

Michael Kors pleated skirt, $995 and 50s vintage Koret pleated skirt, $54

Simone Rocha embellished cardigan, $795 and 50s vintage embellished cardigan, $44

Adieu oxfords, $645 and 50s vintage oxfords, $38

Dolce&Gabbana striped skirt, $695 and 50s vintage striped skirt, $44

Marc Jacobs leather moto jacket, $2,100 and 80s vintage leather moto jacket, $80

Chloé gladiator boots, $1,450 and 60s/70s vintage Thom McAn gladiator boots, $79

Slip dresses, nautical stripes, flowered handbags, wooden box bags, lace...I could go on and on and on!

And you know what? My customer service is pretty good too—I was inspired by Nordstrom after all!

Nordstrom HQ in Seattle, and Me-alias-denisebrain (a very small business!)

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