The DFW Style Daily team adores our fellow fashion addicts, and we delight in revealing their stylish obsessions. Today, we’ll step back in time with Julia Andalman, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Wade College and Board Member of Fashion Group International of Dallas.
Andalman, who is also a contributing Fashion Editor for SWAGG Magazine, had a little help from her family in curating her current collection of vintage finds. In addition to sharing the story behind her most special pieces, she’ll also dish a few choice tips for anyone wishing to add vintage flair to his or her wardrobe.
The Obsession: Revealing her fabulous fixation, Andalman admits to obsessing over vintage finds for her wardrobe, jewelry box, and home.
The Confession: Andalman credits her chic grandmother for her love of pieces that boast both history and style, explaining, “She was a New Orleans boutique owner, a style icon in her day, and a jewelry collector with impeccable taste. Her pieces are as relevant today as they were 60 years ago.”
The Rationalization: “Wearing a true vintage piece means that it was made well enough to withstand the years, and that someone else loved it enough to take care of it. While there’s a place for the mass-produced, I find that a touch of nostalgia and sentiment go much further when it comes to style,” Andalman notes of her appreciation for unique, storied items.
The Collection: “I recently inherited my grandmother’s costume jewelry and mink coats,” Andalman reveals of her enviable stash. “When I wear her jewels I’m reminded of her perfectly-coiffed auburn hair, how she adored her miniature dachshund, Hans Christian Andalman, and that she never left the house without red lips and a ballsy personality.”
Shop It: Finally, though she’s acquired many of her pieces through her family, Andalman also gave us the inside scoop on her top vintage destinations in Dallas. “Shopping estate sales is a great way to snag unique pieces that often end up being quite valuable,” she says. “Also, one of my favorite stores for sifting through drawers of antique accessories is Curiosities in Lakewood.”
(All photos, credit Julia Andalman)