When she’s not modeling or designing her own line of fashion, Karen Elson travels the world with her political cabaret troupe The Citizens Band (past members have included Zooey Deschanel and Maggie Gyllenhaal). Along the way, she’s developed a distinct taste and love for vintage clothing. With key pieces in her closet ranging from eye-catching, sequined jackets to lacy sundresses, this supermodel-turned-musician gave us a list of her go-to vintage boutiques in some of her favorite cities.
Local Honey may not be a "true" vintage boutique, but the Nashville-based store supports young, local designers, many of whom have transformed and embellished older pieces of clothing into unique works.
2009 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN, 615-915-1354, Localhoneynashville.blogspot.com
Savant Vintage Couture
Also located in Nashville, Savant Vintage Couture is filled to the brim with intricate, colorful vintage objects and clothing.
2302 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, 615-385-0856
The Way We Wore (image at right)
"Doris Raymond is fabulous," says Elson of the store’s owner. Featuring both high-end vintage and more casual contemporary pieces, this LA staple is a must-visit.
334 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 323-937-0878, Thewaywewore.com
"I love Decades. Obviously."
8214 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 323-655-1960, Decadesinc.com
Bygones Vintage Clothing (image at left)
If you’re in the market for a period piece, Elson says Bygones Vintage has "the most gorgeous archives dresses you’ll ever see." Located in Richmond, VA, this boutique has been catering to the history-lover since 1979.
2916 West Cary St, Richmond, VA, 804-353-1919, Bygonesvintage.com
To see Karen’s signature sequined jacket looks—and four different ways to style it—pick up the August issue!
Image of The Way We Wore courtesy of Google Street View, image of Bygones Vintage Clothing courtesy of Bygonesvintage.com.
More on Luckymag.com:
- The Lucky Denim Guide
- Shop It Out: Lana Del Rey’s ‘National Anthem’ Video
- How-to: Care for Vintage
- LSC Links: Outdoorsy Dresses and Dainty Baubles
- Sales to Look Out for: Fourth of July Outfits and Party Supplies
Keep up with the Lucky team on Twitter: Follow @LuckyMagazine