Stripes and Suede

I went thrifting the other day and scored the most amazing suede skirt — for $4!

When buying suede secondhand, it’s always wise to get it cleaned first, because the person who owned it before you probably didn’t. (It’s kind of gross, but true. Have you ever cleaned your leather jackets? Probably not.)

I go to Ivory Leathers in West Fargo, but any leather shop can help. If in doubt, ask a biker for their recommendation. (Seriously.) Even if the biker look isn’t your style, a skilled leather worker knows the material better than anyone and can help with repairs like zipper replacements and extra grommets — even on boots or accessories — that your regular tailor or cobbler won’t touch.

To keep this suede mini from looking too ’80’s, I paired it with a classic striped top and my favorite vintage necklace.

I’m in love with this articulated owl necklace. For some reason, I have a thing for owls. Maybe it’s genetic. My Grandma Johnson has a very similar piece from the ’70’s, but her owl has little white enamel paillettes for feathers. Jealous.

Because the necklace is big and has a thick gold chain, it can read gangster pretty easily. So I avoid solid colored shirts and pair it with strong patterns or ethereal, ’70’s style silhouettes.

Get The Look:
Shirt: Thrifted
Skirt: Vintage.
Tights: Topshop
Booties: Steve Madden
Bag: Morgan de Toi
Necklace: Vintage

Photos by Moonfire Photography, Inc.

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