Modern Vintage Chicago Worked Vintage into the Modern Working Woman

by Rachel Yeomans | October 19th, 2009   

As much as I love the fashions, I admit that I’ve been getting a little tired of the Mad Men fashion references. However I found myself constantly referencing the hit television show during the Modern Vintage Chicago event this past weekend. Randolph Street Market, the creator of Modern Vintage Chicago, opened up the loading docks of Chicago’s fashionable West Loop neighborhood to present the workings of fashions through the eras.

Spreading throughout 26,000 square feet, Modern Vintage Chicago showcased a fantastic array of both contemporary and vintage fashions that would make a costume designer for Mad Men swoon alongside any fashionista. Friday night was the preview party for the weekend-long event, and I took full advantage of the array of merchandise presented by both dealers and designers in putting a vintage spin on my working wear.

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I got some working ideas from the preview party runway show, showing me that I can work a presentation not just in a great suit, but a great suit accented by a mock crocodile briefcase, or with a vintage scarf, brooch or pendant. Proceeds from the pre-party benefitted the Chicago Fashion Foundation (CFF), which provides academic scholarships to Chicago-area college students majoring in fashion-related studies and coordinates educational programs for the fashion community.

I also was so relieved to find some perfect coats to warm up with between meetings along with long leather gloves and flapper hats to showcase that I can work a look both in and outside of the office. The event included the talents of Heidi Hess, Shernett Swaby and Paoo, and vintage dealers such as J. Brett Benson, 29 Palms and Top Hat Antiques. I may think the Mad Men fashion angle has been over-discussed, but maybe it’s a topic worth discussing, and hopefully one that will stick around long enough to influence all of our working dress codes.

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