Belgian-born Natalie Joos knows a thing or two about vintage fashion. While she worked as a stylist with major players like Helmut Lang and Phillip Lim during her 17 years in the New York fashion industry, her blog Tales of Endearment and vintage-inspired knitwear collection are an ode to old. Now that she's on the best coast (she moved to Los Angeles in 2016), she's channelling her love into leggy shorts, sock hop-inspired skirts, and lots of decade-spanning dresses—and we can't get enough. Here's how Natalie Joo's old-school style can give new life to your own:
Joos has said, "After living in New York for over thirteen years it’s only natural I am influenced by brands like Ralph Lauren or J.Crew." The brands' influence is most clear in her adoption of stripes—Ralph Lauren's striped button-downs are iconic; J.Crew has declared National Stripe Day a "holiday." We love the variety in which she styles them—from a pop of stripe in a '70s inspired jumper, to a show-stopping horizontal orange-and-blue coat.
While miniskirts immediately call to mind 1960s London vibes, Joos updates them with new silhouettes—an asymmetrical front, feathers, and untucked men's shirt that feel thoroughly modern.
Red toes the line between dramatic and bold, and loud and fun, depending how you style it. By sprinkling in hints of nostalgia, it's clear that Joos' definition of "red" is all about having fun, with high-waisted pants paired with a cheerleader crop, a Rosie the Riveter-esque bandana, and embroidered stones reminiscent of old-school brooches.
If you ask Joos, there are no rules to mixing patterns—the bigger the better. A bold floral dress? Sure! Leopard print shoes with a leopard print jumper and a polka dot coat? Definitely! Don't be afraid to mix—hold the "match."
Joos makes it clear that the socks-and-sandals trend is hardly one-style-fits-all. We love how she paired classic white socks with black peep-toe for a sock-hop vibe, and a peachy shade with bold purple pumps. Lesson learned: Socks are another way to weave textures into an outfit—don't be afraid to play around with colors and shoe styles!
In scrolling through photos of Joos, we found her in nearly every shade of pink—from a brilliant lavender-hued bomber to a Barbie-pink mini. She's living proof that pink can be as sophisticated as it is playful.
What do you think of her style? Check out all past Style Breakdowns here.