7 signs that your vintage fixation is taking over your life

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1. You keep saying you will thin out your vintage clothing collection. It gets larger every month.

2. You can’t simply pass by a vintage shop because the owner knows you. He or she probably bought something recently at an estate sale with you in mind.

3. One look at the zipper, lining, claps or buttons and you know what year it was made.

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4. You cried when you walked by Dr. K’s shop on U street and the sign was GONE. And just like that, you have no other reason to be on U Street on a Friday night.

5. Even YOU know you have too many old bikes. What other people say never matters.

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6. You got to DC Flea as early as possible when it was here so people would not buy what was meant for you, and only you. You wished more people bought stuff at DC Flea so that it didn’t have to die.  You’re thinking of a petition aren’t you?

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7. You can’t show up on Sunday wearing the same look you rocked at last year’s tweed ride. You might just have to head to one of these shops on Saturday after brunch:

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Junction Vintage

Polly Sue’s

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Nomad Yard Collectiv

Rock it Again (Find them at Eastern Market)

Brown and Williams Clothiers

 

 

 

So much fun with feet that fidget!

 

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Fidgety Feet dancers help get us all moving to the music at every post-ride party! DC’s own Lindy Hop dance troupe showcase vintage swing and jazz dance moves to the sounds of Dandy Wellington and his Band. This year there will be more room than ever to boogie thanks to ample space at Roofers Union.  You don’t have to be a dance pro to join the action. Moving to music of Dandy Wellington is easy and you can watch the masters for cues on how keep the time as you whirl around the floor. We’re thrilled to have them join us for the Jazz Age Jam after our 6th Annual DC Tweed Ride.

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Back by popular demand: Bethany’s boutonnières

 

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Those floral arrangements you see on the lapels of tweed coats. That’s the work of Bethany Karn. All of her flowers are locally sourced and they are made especially for us in advance of the DC Tweed Ride. You can pre-order with her, arrive to the start location, and have it pinned to your lapel, hat, dress or your bicycle handlebars! You take off on your bike looking even more splendid than you did when you showed up.

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Bethany’s Boutonnières have been a hit since she joined us at the 2012 DC Tweed Ride. Contact her at Bethany925 at Gmail to pre-order yours.  If you send a pic of what you are wearing, she’ll create a boutonnière to match.

 

 

 

Vintage rides available at Velocity Bicycle Cooperative

 

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Visit Velocity Bicycle Cooperative in Alexandria, tomorrow, if you need an inexpensive used bike for Sunday’s ride and want to have something of your own to get you around town.

The crew will be on hand this Sunday to help with last minute bike adjustments. If nearly flat tires, a dry chain and a little fender rub are slowing down your steed, Velocity can help you sort it out.

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Amalgamated Classic Clothing and Dry Goods is only a few doors down. Score a some vintage gear while you are in the area.

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Simple style pointers for first timers: For the Gentlemen

Presenting a few pointers for guys consider joining the DC Tweed Ride for the first time but admit to complete sartorial cluelessness. Hint: make an effort!

Behold the simple sweater…

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Never ever wear a suit? Don’t own one and won’t buy one? T-shirts under slouchy sweaters are the antithesis of what this event is about. It says, “I hardly bothered to dress for this but didn’t want to miss something that seems special.” Avoid looking like an event tourist and be part of what’s happening! Opt for something more fitted and widely available in any fashion-focused retail store.  Consider an updated shawl collar wool sweater or cardigan over a button up with a tie. Add period head wear and some slim fit twill slacks and presto. You belong!

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Own a few suits you bought more than a few years ago? Lose them. Chances are they don’t fit well at all and will have you looking like a random bureaucrat on a bike. Retailers that aren’t targeting your father’s generation have updated their approach to suiting. Don’t want to splurge on an entire suit? Consider a tweed jacket.  Pair it with jeans and you’ll be able to get plenty of use out of it after the ride if you don’t mind looking well dressed.

Want to update your look in general and go all out for a fall suit?

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Owning a great suit can be a much smaller investment than you think. Current off-the-rack suits by retailers such as Suit Supply and Gant feature throwback-inspired fabrics with a tailored look.  Appear as someone who is in step with current trends and own something that will always be a classic.  It’s really a great time to invest in menswear at affordable prices.

Remember that what makes the DC Tweed Ride so special is the thoughtful approach to style people bring to the event.   I’ve heard people say they were embarrassed at how little effort they put into dressing when they arrived and I’ve also seen folks who simply showed up and should have been embarrassed to be there.  Respect what attracted you to the DC Tweed Ride and contribute to the celebration with purpose!