A little while ago I paid a visit to Omaha, Nebraska with a friend for a shopping day. I came across an old, rough-looking brick building with big black letters that said vintage with little flowers decorated all over the letters. Along with the unique exterior the store had a quirky name called “The Flying Worm Vintage.” Now here is a good tip, never let the outside of a store determine the contents of what’s inside. I wasn’t expecting much from the outside, until I entered the store and realized I had hit a gold mine of vintage.
I love digging through bins of old scarves, sifting through racks of jackets and sweaters, but the best part is when you find that one “golden piece” that almost seemed meant for you. I used to love going to the Goodwill and finding Ralph Lauren sweaters when I used to look super preppy back in high school. Since then my style has changed, but I still love to wear a good Oxford shirt, L.L. Bean duck boots, and J. Crew statement necklaces every once and a while.
When I first entered the shop, I went immediately to the fur and or faux fur coats hanging in the center of the shop, didn’t find anything there. Then, for some reason I was attracted to the rack of fringe jackets. I knew that fringe was making a comeback so I was interested in maybe finding a good suede or leather fringe jacket. Remember, be careful when it comes to fringe unless you are going for the John Wayne-Texas ranger look. In my opinion, black fringe is the best way to go. I may be biased because I am a lover of practically everything black, but I find it the easiest to wear and match. I found this black suede fringe jacket (pictured below) with silver zippers on the sleeves and a silver western style belt around the bottom of the jacket. I could tell that it was definitely vintage by the style of the jacket and the sheer weight of it. The jacket had a late 80s – early 90s vibe because of the large shoulders, which also made the jacket a lot heavier…definitely not a summer jacket unless you want to be roasted alive. The jacket was in good condition and to my surprise it was from Montréal, stated by the tag on the inside.
I brought the jacket home and had a fun little photoshoot with it. I like fringe, but I’ve always been afraid to wear it. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and wear it despite what other people thought about it. The jacket made me happy and I liked it and that’s all that mattered. I would wear this jacket to class and I would get tons of complements on it. Plus I felt pretty cool wearing it… might I even say I felt a little bit bad-ass. Put me in this jacket and give me some black aviators and I could rule the world. That’s another thing I love about vintage, each item has its own story and we bring it back to life when it finds a new home so the story can continue. Whenever I look at a vintage piece I wonder where it came from, who wore it, and what did it “see” or what’s its life story? Sometimes it’s fun to live in the past and reminisce about the clothes and everyday items people used to use and wear.