Being that my friend Aviana Monasterio’s style has always reminded me of Edie Sedgwick (remember this City Style post), I was wasn’t surprised when she + her sister Erica Kristen launched their vintage Etsy Shop Ciel Violet a few weeks ago. Filled with little goodies they’ve scoured during their travels (girlie, patterned dresses and high-waisted denim) , the affordable shop (as of now, nothing is over $30) is growing daily.
I met with the sisters a few weeks ago for a fun little modeling session (all clothing is from Ciel Violet) and Aviana filled me in on her thoughts about vintage + style.
How long have you been collecting vintage?
I started working when I was in the 10th grade, and I would take my little paychecks I got working at Claire’s Boutique and go to thrift stores with my friends. I started buying vintage clothes for myself around the age 14-15 and just never stopped!
What’s your favorite time period in fashion? Why?
My favorite period of clothing and style is the 1960s. I always loved the look and style of the girls back then. Growing up, my mother and I would watch that 60s vampire soap opera called Dark Shadows. I would try to emulate the characters’ style because I seriously thought the female roles in the show (Victoria Winters, Caroyln Stoddard and Maggie Evans) were the prettiest ladies ever… I loved the eye makeup and teased hair and the color schemes and clothes… I always have. I remember playing dress up once and trying to make my hair look “big” like those 60s chicks.
Who are your style icons?
My style icons are my French ladies: Jane Birkin and Sylvie Vartan.
How do you keep your vintage pieces from looking costumey?
By using solid colors + small patterns (black and white are my favorite) and sticking to simple, classic prints and textures. I pay a lot of attention to fabric patterns, textures, fits, and cuts. For my own personal pieces, I always get them tailored to fit me just right.
Where do you find style inspiration?
I find style inspiration from visual things like movies, magazines, and books from the 50s-60s. I love going through my 1967 Seventeen and Vogue magazines to search for inspiration.
What does “having great style” mean to you?
Being comfortable with who you are. If I ever have to question something I put on, then 9 times out of 10 I don’t need to wear it because I will be bugging my girlfriends all night asking them the same question over and over….”Does this look weird on me? I feel like it does but I love the pattern.” Having great style means to feel comfortable in whatever it is you are wearing and just being yourself.
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