It’s official. I’m too old for the rumpled yet cool college sweatpants and t-shirt look. It’s okay, though, because now I get to shop at boutiques like Vu where I can find clothes that are stylish enough for the office or an evening out. This bright and well-edited shop specializes in high-end vintage clothes ranging from the 1920’s to almost modern-day. From a lightweight Escada wool shirt ($85) to a Chanel Creations coat ($995), Vu's prices reflect the quality and condition of the shop's inventory. Owner Huan Vu subtly tailors many of the pieces to modernize the fits himself (think: shorter hemlines and sleeves). Vu re-imagined the neckline on the Saspareo dress ($245, pictured above) which enhances its 1960‘s London-style vibe. More spring clothes (breezy skirts and blouses) were recently added and look for summer clothes to appear mid-March. Many of these are investment pieces, but the quality fabrics and uniqueness make it worth every penny. Who knows, this grownup thing might not be so bad after all!
Vu, 313 E. Pine St., Capitol Hill; 206.621.0388; Mon.-Sat, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.