There are two breeds of street style stars. The first group has a knack for trends and flattering poses. But the second group elevates dressing to an art, displaying a level of connoisseurship not unlike art collecting. Casting director-turned-blogueuse Natalie Joos is firmly in the latter camp. The Belgian-born beauty — now based in Brooklyn, New York — uses her near-encyclopedic knowledge of vintage fashion to create daring, eclectic ensembles that have both Instagram and IRL appeal.
On Tales of Endearment — her well-trafficked blog-qua-visual diary — Joos documents her outfits and inspirations, giving her readers an understanding of how to modernize designs from any decade. In addition to requesting that she browse our virtual racks as a 1stdibs Saturday Shopper, we also asked Joos to impart her stylish wisdom and offer up a tutorial to style several of her favorite pieces from 1stdibs dealer Alan Hsu Vintage Modern. We visited Joos’ apartment — her decor’s worth a closer look, too — to shoot the below images with photographer Meredith Jenks. Enjoy!
This 1960s “Celeste” silk bow tie dress by Geoffrey Beene — reminiscent of a Rosemary’s Baby-era Mia Farrow look — goes from innocent to urban when paired with a 1970s wool sleeveless coat by BIBA.
A master of print mixing, Natalie throws a 1970s hand-embroidered vest over an open-back silk top by Oscar de la Renta. To balance these boho-luxe pieces, Joos paired them with a pair of faded, wide-leg Levis and oversize hoop earrings from her own collection.
The vaguely collegiate, Love Story-esque vibe of this 1970s silk foulard dress by Geoffrey Beene is amplified in contrast to the subversive, militaristic wool poncho by Junya Watanabae for Comme des Garçons.
Vintage made easy. In these images, Joos makes a case for the maxi dress — this 1970s trompe-l’oeil knit dress by Roberta Di Camerino is an artful, playful means of creating a full head-to-toe look with a single piece.
All photography by Meredith Jenks