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Challenger: Katelyn Herlein, Juice Writer and Katalina Girl blogger & stylist

Newer isn’t always better, especially when it comes to fashion! The vintage style scene in Iowa continues to grow proving that fashion’s revolving-door theory really is true — past trends do come back. To share some of Des Moines’ great vintage fashion, I headed to Hill Vintage & Knits in the East Village. Hill Vintage & Knits—which started in a 1964 camper trailer in 2010 — is owned by vintage-lovers Jessica Miller and Erica Carnes. At Hill Vintage & Knits you’ll find vintage and resale clothing for the modern person. But that’s not all. The knits side of the store offers a full range of yarn, notions and knitting and crochet classes. Plus, this past July they even added handmade items by local artists!

Outfit 1: Sweet + Flirty

Whether you’re headed out on a date or to the Farmer’s Market this fall, check out these looks, modeled by Danae Cierzan, 23, to inspire your vintage style.

Dress: $36

Belt: $12

Splurge items: bag ($30) headscarf ($10), sunglasses ($12)

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Outfit 2: Date Night

Dress: $24

Clutch: $16

Splurge item: Girl Friday necklaces ($30 each)

The next time you head to do a little vintage shopping, keep these four things in mind:

Time Limited Aren’t Allowed: Vintage stores are usually packed with product. Take your time and look through every rack.  You never know what you are going to find.

Have an open mind: Your favorite piece will probably be something that you didn't go in looking for.

Sizes vary: If a store is separated out by sizes look through all racks and try things on.  Sizes are much different then were even just 20 years ago.

Budget-Friendly: Shop vintage and your bank account won't really notice. Mixing vintage into your modern wardrobe can expand your closet in a very economical way.

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Find it: Hill Vintage & Knits in East Village

Info:hillvintageandknits.com | @hillvintage on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

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