Endless Racks of Timeless Fashion

If you've been perusing the fall mags, you know it's all about shoulder pads this season. The September issue of Vogue has a fabulous spread on 1940s-inspired fashions, reminding us that retro is always in. The Vintage Fashion Expo is here just in time to help us style-up for fall 2009, September 19 and 20, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. 

Now in its third decade, the Vintage Fashion Expo is back again - this time at the Concourse, allowing more space for more vendors and more goodies for us. Approximately one hundred dealers come from around the country offering vintage clothing and accessories from the 1900s to the 1980s. Oakland designer and seamstress Deborah Starks is one of the regular dealers at the Expo and is known for her exquisitely decorated booths and vintage ethnic clothing. "To me the Vintage Fashion Expo is the best place to shop," says Ms. Starks, "because it offers such a variety and wealth of vintage that can be mixed and matched and used to create an unusual look."

Among retro must-haves for fall are:
    •    big jewelery (yes, still in)
    •    camel hair coats
    •    pencil skirts
    •    gloves
    •    hats, hats and more hats
    •    padded-shoulder jackets
    •    cardigan sweaters  

"We're all looking for enduring quality and terrific value these days without sacrificing great style," says show producer, Lis Normoyle, "The Vintage Fashion Expo has all three - quality, style, value."

Make your list, mark your calender and we'll see ya at the Vintage Fashion Expo.

Vintage Fashion Expo, September 19 and 20, Saturday, 10:30-6:00, Sunday, 11-5, Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street., SF, $10, go to the website for a $2 off coupon.

Moya Stone writes for SFBayStyle

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