Donae Chramosta Cangelosi, is the woman behind the popular luxury vintage store, The Vintage Contessa. Donae not only finds amazing pieces for her store but is always on trend with her personal style as well. We chatted with Donae on everything spring fashion to help get you inspired for the warmer weather.
What are your favorite spring 2019 trends?
Polka dots are on trend but I always have loved them because of the vintage inspiration. I think about a yellow polka dot bikini and imagine a woman on the beach in the 1950s. My most recent polka dot blouses came from Houston Designer, Hunter Bell. I also love color for spring, specifically pink! This years trend of the pop of color comes in the form of mixed prints or a full monochromatic looks in one bright color. More Than You Can Imagine is my favorite for vintage suiting and dresses.
Where are your favorite places to shop for these trends?
I love The Webster for special occasion dresses. Their store looks like a luxury closet a celebrity would have designed. It makes you feel spoiled like YOU are a celebrity.
Tootsies is also great for classic timeless pieces that are also on trend. Last spring I got a white pantsuit that I will be wearing this season to embrace the “monochromatic suiting” trend. Pieces like that even though on trend, never go out of style. And cannot forget, Vintage Contessa & Times Past for accessories!
What is the best way to finish a look no matter the season?
The perfect way to finish the look is adding accessories- including a luxury preowned bag & jewelry. Buying preowned allows you to have more accessories in more colors. I started buying one or two bags a year in my 20’s, to build up a bag wardrobe over time. So, when you are on to the next trend you have the ability to sell it to us (Vintage Contessa & Times Past) or trade it in. Always remember to take good care of your bags!
What are ways to transition these trends from spring into summer?
I love silk dresses for the spring and summer. Adding a jacket helps transition from the cooler months into the hotter summer months. Luckily, we have to air-condition everywhere, so layers are a must no matter how hot it is. My favorite jacket for the season is a Balmain denim jacket purchased from the Webster.
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