Live From the American Express Skybox: How to Shop Vintage from Cameron Silver of Decades


Shopping another decade's wares can be quite challenging for even the most seasoned designer enthusiasts. This week American Express provided its cardmembers with access to one of the industry greats. Cameron Silver, the owner and founder of Decades and star of the upcoming Bravo show Dukes of Melrose, popped by the AmEx Skybox to share his insight and advice. He joked about the crowd being able to see his Spanx (we couldn't), why we need a copy of his bookDecades: A Century of Fashion, and who we can expect to see on his reality show.

“There are twelve episodes that I hope will give you an insider's experience of the world of vintage and what it's like to be an independent retailer,” he told cardmembers. “That sounds so not sexy,” he laughed. But you know what is? The opportunity to see celebrities like Dita von Teese, Rachel Harris, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Jennifer Tilly, plus the show marks Phyllis Diller's last television appearance .

Because we couldn't have the “King of Vintage” in the Skybox and not talk vintage, Cameron dished on his top tips to help navigate the treasure troves:

1. First buy the book.

See we told you we had to have it.

2. Look at the modernity of the garment.

Ask yourself, does this look modern? Is it sexy? “I'm about the democratization of sexy. I don't care what size you are, if you're of age, you get to own it.”

3. Condition is paramount.

“It's very easy to be swayed and seduced by a designer label, it's about getting beyond the name. You don't want to look like you're wearing a Halloween costume.”

4. Figure out if your body lends itself to a decade.

“If you have a small waist, great bust, a little booty, a fifties dress would be perfect for you. Narrow shoulders? Maybe try a bold blazer from the 80s.”

5. There are no rules.

“Break every rule I say, but you have to know the rules to break them,” Cameron said.

For those of you who aren't in Los Angeles and can't get to Decades, fret not as a pop-up shop will be coming to NY in March to celebrate the launch of the show. For more of Silver's style, tune into Bravo on Wednesday, March 6th at 10:30 for the premiere of Dukes of Melrose.