I Got Schooled on How to Properly Vintage-Shop

Kat Collings, our esteemed editor in chief, can make a $15 vintage find look designer like that—and I recently decided it was time to prod her for her secrets. As someone who’s always ready to shop at a moment’s notice, Kat tells me to meet her Friday morning on La Brea at The Way We Wore, a veritable institution where in-the-know Angelenos regularly score designer pieces in tip-top shape.

Kat arrives wearing a typically effortless pink-on-pink look with her go-to Vans UltraRange, ready to adorn herself with vintage jewelry finds (and show me exactly how it’s done). “My ideal outfit for vintage shopping has to be comfortable. If you’re going to really dig for gems, you don’t want anything fussy holding you up,” she tells me as I fumble about in my heeled boots. (Oops, I’ve already failed the first test.) Watch the video of our vintage adventure, and keep reading for Kat’s best vintage shopping tips.