Secondhand Sartorialism: Nothing New Under the Sun

My obsession with vintage clothing has been a large part of who I am for about as long as I can remember. Sure, some could interpret such an obsession as my just being superficial, but I like to think of myself as someone who has an eye for quality and a love for pieces that have stood the test of time—pieces with history, with love literally worn into them. This obsession has given me quite the wandering eye over the years. I know that sounds naughty, but it really isn’t. It just means that I’ve fallen for pieces that I can never own. Pieces that I’ve glimpsed as their owner rode by on a bicycle, strolled by on the mall, or stood next to me at a bar. Sometimes, I have to say something, simply must let their wearer know how amazing their piece is-- which is what happened with Zed’s boots.

Zed is one of the students in the French class that I recently started taking, and it did not take long for a vintage lover like me to notice that he has a pretty darn impressive collection of great vintage pieces—especially his square-toed boots. Dark leather and worn in just enough to look worn without looking broken down, they are of a style that lends itself equally well to dressing up or down and, aesthetically, they are quite possibly perfect. Zed has such a knack for wearing vintage clothing, and for making it his own, that I simply had to ask him to share his thoughts on shopping, and wearing, secondhand. I’m glad that I did, because I believe that you’ll agree that he has quite an interesting take on the merits of secondhand sartorialism.

Name: Zed Ireland Age: 22 Occupation: Full Time English Student Hometown: Denver Shirt: Vintage Shop Jeans: Friend Shoes: Vintage Shop

Do you wear a lot of vintage? A fair amount. Roughly half of my wardrobe is vintage or secondhand.

How long have you been into vintage? I got started off thrifting a few years ago but have really gotten into it in the past year.

When getting dressed, are you generally drawn to your vintage items first? Are they the “building blocks” of your wardrobe? Yes, I consider my vintage articles to be the staples of my wardrobe as well as the most fashionable.

When you go to a secondhand shop or sale what do you check out first? Sometimes I’ll have something specific in mind (i.e. a shirt or vest) but most often I just head towards whatever catches my eye.

Do you have a favorite piece that you ever found at a thrift store, yard sale or vintage shop? Yes, my red leather jacket. It’s absolutely my best find yet.

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