Take one part vintage, and one part modern, and what do you get? Keiko Lynn, our Blogger of the Moment! She effortlessly transforms vintage pieces into new creations that have the same romantic feel as their predecessors, but fit the lifestyle and mindset of a girl on the go. Plus, she designs clothing and accessories that we simply love.
Read on to hear Keiko Lynn dish on her style inspirations, favorite finds, and just how a girl goes about starting a blog. You also won’t want to miss her favorite ModCloth picks, including the Keiko Lynn Dress, named just for her.
You’re great at combining vintage and modern pieces into one seamless outfit – any tips for getting your effortless look?
I mix different eras, in order to avoid looking too dated. Bold colors paired with vintage silhouettes keep it looking a little more modern, and I love color! I also like to make minor alterations to certain vintage pieces. Purists would hang me for it, but I think it’s better to be able to wear a piece of clothing, rather than let it sit in the closet. Sometimes, just bringing up a hemline or taking in the sleeves is enough to bring it to the next level.
You always have amazing vintage finds – any retro shopping tips you can share with us?
Patience is essential. Unless you have an unlimited budget (I do not), thrifting, estate sales, yard sales and flea markets are the best options. You need to rummage, hunt and dig, because you won’t find much if you’re just scanning the racks. I go through hundreds of castaways, before I find something worth purchasing. As far as purchases go, if you wouldn’t look twice at it if it was full price, you might want to reconsider buying it at all.
What’s your favorite vintage purchase?
For things I actually wear, my fifties cotton day dresses. They are so comfortable and flattering to my figure. For the collection, a wool swimsuit from the 1930s, in perfect condition. I can’t wear it, but I also wouldn’t dream of getting rid of it.
Biggest fashion inspiration?
Iris Apfel, for her unabashed, eccentric sense of style. I’m also head over heels for Chuck’s wardrobe in the now-defunct show, Pushing Daisies. The wardrobe stylist pulls from all different eras; that’s a person after my own heart!
Harold and Maude; I quote it more often than I probably should.
I’m rather predictable in my tastes, as I love the classics. I particularly love anything by Kurt Vonnegut. Did you notice a trend? I admire offbeat characters.
What style blogs do you follow?
I don’t have a ton of time to keep up with all of the blogs I try to follow, so I usually check concentrated sources of bloggers’ styles via Weardrobe and Wardrobe Remix (on Flickr). The individual blogs I tend to check most often are LeBlogdeBetty, Liebemarlene and Painfully Hip.
What inspired you to start your own blog?
I’ve been blogging since the days of Open Diary. Back then, it was all about the depths of my angsty teen heart. Once I moved away for college, I switched to LiveJournal. Shortly after I started college, I started making and selling clothing on my site, Postlapsaria. I starting using my LiveJournal to promote my clothing, but wanted to keep it personal, as well. The more people showed an interest in taking a peek into my daily life, the more I started to document it. Late last year, I made the transition to Blogspot, where I could have a fresh start.
Any tips for girls wanting to start their own fashion blogs?
- It’s important for your photographs to be good quality; it’s the first thing people will look at when visiting your blog. You don’t need a professional camera, but natural light always looks better than flash or artificial light.
- Network with other fashion bloggers. Comment on their blogs, add them to your links, and request that they do the same. Sites like Weardrobe, Modepass and Lucky Style Spotter are great for networking, since they are full of girls who love fashion. You can also utilize your facebook, twitter, flickr, etc. to promote your blog and gain readership.
- Update regularly. Readers will lose interest if you have lack new content.
- Be yourself. Individuality is charming and refreshing. If you let yourself shine through in your photographs and writing, readers will be more likely to feel a personal connection. The connection is what keeps people coming back!
Here’s what Keiko Lynn has to say about some of her favorite ModCloth pieces:
Want to be a Blogger of The Moment? Here’s what you need to do to be eligible:
- Feature ModCloth items in your outfit photos on your blog.
- Link to ModCloth whenever you’re wearing a ModCloth item in a photo.
- Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a link to your post and don’t forget to post your pictures on the ModCloth Style Exchange!