If there’s one thing we’ve learned from having the glamorous and stylish Dita Von Teese as our guest editor, it’s that she’s an expert in what she loves. Nothing she does—or wears or drinks or listens to—is done without care and consideration. To find out more about how she creates her amazing wardrobe—a beautifully curated mix of modern and vintage style—we talked with Dita about how she shops for both contemporary designs and retro pieces. Below, her seven savvy tips for cultivating your own glamorously eclectic closet.
1. Wear something great when you go. “Whenever I go shopping I wear something that I love- great shoes, a great outfit, a great bag and I think to myself before I buy something would I leave what I'm wearing in the dressing room for this? Is this better than what I'm wearing right now? If its not, I don’t buy it..”
2. Want it? Think on it. “Usually when I do want to buy something I leave it, and if I think about it the next day, I go back and get it. I'm a very savvy shopper like that. I do not impulse buy.”
3. Think of clothes like cars. “When I shop for modern clothes, it’s the same way I’d shop for a modern car; I think about it longer. I want good quality even though it’s more expensive. I think more about, “Will I wear this dress for every season or is this something people are going to say, ‘Oh, isn’t that Prada from three years ago?’”
4. Think about long-term wear. “I shop for the non-trendy things; I look for simple shapes or for simple patterns, things that I can accessorize in different ways.”
5. Fall is the time to buy. “I tend to buy modern clothes in the fall and winter and never really in the summer and spring. I wear more light, vintage, airy, summer 50s dresses in the summer time and then in the winter is when I like to wear more lux, modern clothes.”
6. Vintage shopping is like creating a valuable collection. “I buy more impulse things with vintage—this is like adding to a collection; an archive something that is actually retaining its value no matter what. Older things like antiques and vintage keep their value. I’ve been collecting vintage for a long time, so I shop for things that will inspire my lingerie collection or my dress collection. I shop for things that have inspiring elements—sometimes even things that I’ll never wear or that don’t fit me. I’ll notice a certain pattern or print that I think is really interesting or a stitch that I think is really special.”
7. It’s okay to get imaginative with vintage shopping. “I have a really big collection of archives of vintage clothes, and a lot of these are really extravagant and kitschy and funny because I constantly have these fantasies of these things I'm going to dress for. For example, I found this 1960s jumpsuit recently, and I fantasize about what kind of party I'm going to throw to wear this balloon-pant jumpsuit—I do that a lot. That’s probably why I have too many clothes that are too eccentric for most outings.”