Taste Takers’ Keyla Marquez shares her tips to find the best vintage outfit – Culture

With Marinero, I was like, okay, he loves vintage, he loves retro, but he also

With Marinero, I was like, okay, he loves vintage, he loves retro, but he also loves to put in his own flair there, and that’s what I do, which is why I feel like our relationship on that day was a nice little flow. We both see fashion the same way: as an extension of the things that we love from the past and the things that we love in the future. And we just mix those two.

Imagine you and I are going out thrifting. What tips would you give me for putting together an outfit?

Number one: mind what fabrics you choose. A lot of vintage polyesters don’t breathe. When you’re going out, you don’t want to be wearing something that’ll make you too hot in ten minutes. Make sure you find something comfortable. I love rayons or cottons, fabrics that will last forever and breathe. Keep in mind the maintenance of your clothes. Yes, you’re buying something for $10, but you’re going to have to dry clean it forever. Also, if something doesn’t fit, don’t give up, because there’s great tailors. You can get anything tailored to your body and it’ll give business to a great local tailor. I have literally four different tailors in LA and I go to all of them for different things: leather, suits, evening dresses, etc. There’s a tailor for everything.

Another tip: not picking colors that wash you out just because the outfit is cool. I see that happen so many times, someone will be like, ‘This looks so cool!’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but the color sucks, and it washes you out.’ You have to buy things that go with you in terms of color and tone. I feel like people forget that, for style, there are laws of infinite potential. Sometimes, my clients say ‘Oh, I could never wear that.’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, you could!’ Everything has potential – don’t discard something you like because you’ve never worn anything like that. Give it a try.

It’s all about having that power within yourself. You can literally make anything happen. It’s really all confidence. And it’s all attitude, and it’s all about the way you approach things. And if you approach things from a point of view that’s full of power, light, and love, I feel like you’re gonna get that in return.

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Launching my company Lujo Depot: The first online wardrobe rental showroom for the industry by the industry. I am extremely excited and passionate about this new chapter in my life as it encapsulates my life experiences and my love for fashion and community and that is deeply rooted in the foundation of the company. I have been working on this for the last year and a half and we are launching this summer. Half of the website will be a free membership based platform for fashion industry creatives to rent new up and coming and established designers as well as vintage. The other half will be a blog highlighting the designers we carry as well as telling their story, their creative process and their influences behind their collections. Oftentimes we see clothes and admire it for its beauty but we forget how much magic and love there is in the creative and creation process. That documentation is just as special and my goal is to highlight that, tell those stories and build community along the way. I want to be a vessel for a new way of storytelling because not everything has to be transactional – there is so much intention and meaning behind fashion and I’m here to shine a light in that world and the geniuses behind it.

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