- Banana-Yellow Magic Julies Barrueco
- Reflections on the Height of Style: Surviving a Suburban 1980's Haircut Jen LiMarzi
- Grace Katie Marks
- Boat Shoes and Other Serious Considerations D.W. Martin
- Four Statement Pieces, One History Jenny Sadre-Orafai
- That's Just What They'll Do Emma Törzs
- The Red Sweater Collection Kayla Washko
Vintage Clothing Tips
The world is filthy, so I am careful where I lean,
who I let hold me. Only cold water removes
blood. These clothes watched from the closet
while I was being born. Some even watched
my parents being born. Thank you, Pack
Rats. Thank you, houses with walk-in
closets. Thank you, compulsive shoppers.
Thank you, under arm shields.
The woman who sold me a 1940's dress
warned me to be careful—I bought a piece
of history— but I had to try it on. I ruined
history with my broad shoulders. Fabric chokes
when stored in plastic bags. Clothes commit
suicide on wire hangers. Moths are after my wool.
I leave out a more delicious outfit, a decoy.
I lure them with a poisoned sweater. I suspect
the best shop constructed a time machine. When I ask
directly, they squirm. There is no other explanation
for a 1920's party dress glittering blue like a waterfall,
every rhinestone water droplet still sewn into place.