Vintage Muse – Romantic in Vintage

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solanah hernandez in vintage dress

When I started reading Solanah Hernandez’s blog, Vixen Vintage, I was mesmerized by her romantic vintage style. Her hats and girly dresses make me yearn for tea parties and lunches. With an eye for vintage clothing like hers, it’s only natural that Solanah own a vintage clothing shop by the same name on Etsy. You can tell she offers clothing she can envision herself wearing – usually with a striking hat and gloves. Meet Solanah Hernandez!

Name and City you reside

My name is Solanah and I live in Vancouver, Washington, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Portland Oregon.

Favorite vintage piece

My favorite vintage piece is my bird hat. It’s just a simple little black velvet cap, but has feathers shaped into a life sized bird flying on the side. It pretty much makes an outfit.

Favorite vintage store, brick and mortar or online

The store I work at, The Urban Eccentric, would have to be the number one place I shop. It’s very affordable, has tons of items, plus I get a discount ;)

Favorite decade

It’s so difficult to choose a favorite decade. Every so often it seems to change, but I think I’m pretty set on the mid 30s right now. In the U.S. its such an overlooked decade for clothing thanks to the Great Depression. Women would use the clothing they had until it was no longer wearable, so to find a 30s piece is much more exiting to find than a 40s or 50s piece. I’m also attracted to the soft, feminine silhouette, and the lengthening quality the clothing, especially skirts have.

Vintage icon

Since I was 14 Coco Chanel has been my vintage icon. Not just for her design genius, but for her fabulous lifestyle. She was skilled at selling her image to promote her label, something I look up to right now. I think above all else she was a business woman, but in a way no one had even realized. After all, her designs are still prominent in fashion today.

Why do you love vintage?

I could fill a book with reasons why I love vintage. I think it’s romantic, daring, flattering, unique, powerful, mysterious. It’s something everyone can wear, and yet look completely different. I love to be a part of a story that is carried through a dress, or a hat, I just wish I could know what those items saw in their original days of wear.


solanah hernandez in vintage swimsuit
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1 carole { 06.19.09 at 5:45 am }

I have seen alot of vintage clothing but Solanah wears it best!!!

2 reilly { 06.19.09 at 9:06 am }

It’s great to see Solanah here! She has such a terrific blog and etsy store. :]

3 eyeliah { 06.19.09 at 4:09 pm }

Oh he is new to me, will start reading her blog. :-)

4 maggie/denisebrain { 06.19.09 at 4:37 pm }

I really, really admire Solanah’s vintage style, and it’s nice to know her a little better…must go check out her blog now!

5 Solanah { 06.19.09 at 9:39 pm }

Thanks again for the interview, it was fun writing back and fourth! I’ve linked you on my blog :)

6 puglyfeet { 06.19.09 at 9:46 pm }

Great interview!

7 Amanda { 06.19.09 at 9:47 pm }

Thank you so much for featuring Solanah. I absolutely love her blog. She has such great style!

8 Tom Tuttle from Tacoma { 06.20.09 at 1:01 am }

wow. i can only dream of looking like her. really impressive.

9 kat { 06.22.09 at 9:51 am }

oh wow, this girl has fantastic style. i really love when people are dedicated to wearing proper vintage clothing

10 Shrimpton Couture { 06.22.09 at 1:47 pm }

Great blog – thanks for the intro to it

11 Bette D. { 06.27.09 at 5:47 am }

You have a unique styling, love it ;)

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