A visceral passion for fashion, a keen sense of humor, sharp writing skills and the most unique style has named Lynn Yaeger one of the most influential and respected journalists in the fashion scene. A contributor to magazines such as Vogue US, The Wall Street Journal and Travel & Leisure, she is also the curator of the vintage area on yoox.com, a field in which she is considered a true guru. An insatiable collector of rare pieces, she lives in New York and travels the world scouring flea markets in search of one-of-a-kind pieces.
When did your admiration for vintage clothing begin? What was the impetus?I have been fascinated by clothes ever since I was a young girl. I didn’t really have the money to buy designer fashions then, so I discovered vintage and learned that if I looked hard enough I could find unique, beautifully made pieces.
What do you love about vintage clothing? I love the adventure of finding something really special—and it’s all one-of-a-kind.
You have a very specific look: how does vintage work with your aesthetic? For years I dressed almost exclusively in 1920s clothes—I thought that style suited me better than contemporary fashions. I still love to find clothes and accessories that fit with my vision.
What is your ultimate vintage find?I found a rare Schiaparelli sweater with a trompe-l’oeil bow from the late 1920s at an antiques market many years ago. It ultimately ended up in a museum in Kyoto.
As the curator of the vintage department for yoox.com, what do you look for? I look for special unique pieces that define an era or a fashion moment, but are still wearable today.
What are the secrets to buying vintage clothing, especially online? You must be very careful about size! Follow the measurements carefully, and don’t be afraid to contact the seller and ask questions.
If you could have access to anyone’s closet in history, who would it be? I am still dreaming about the clothes of Marlene Dietrich, which I saw in a museum exhibit in Paris some years ago. She was not only incredibly glamorous and talented with amazing style, she was a war hero.
Do you ever purchase pieces merely because you appreciate them as beautiful objects? Yes and this is actually a big problem! I wish I took my own advice! I have bought some gorgeous things that will never, ever fit me.
How important is tailoring in the way a vintage piece will fit? Do you believe in it? Yes! But believe me, it is a lot easier to make things smaller than it is bigger…
What is your favorite part about living in New York? Least favorite? I like everything about living in New York! I wish the rents were more reasonable so younger people could live here too.
Are there any characters from films who have influenced your personal style? Clara Bow, Jean Harlow, Shirley Temple when she is under 8 years old.
Do you ever use online shopping as a way to procrastinate when you have a deadline? All the time! I was just shopping online before I forced myself to answer these questions!