Introducing a new column in which we give a stylish local somewhere to go, so they can get all Dressed Up.
Annette Ramos’s career as a stylist at Vice spans eight years, and started shortly after she graduated from high school on the Upper West Side (“they raised me,” she said, of the magazine). She lives in the East Village now, two blocks from Dusty Buttons — the boutique we chose for this first installment of All Dressed Up. She met us outside of the East Ninth Street shop wearing chunky high-heeled combat boots and an acid-washed denim jacket sprayed with silver paint — a look she described rather inaccurately as tomboy.
Dusty Buttons is a chronicle of the 20th century in vintage dresses, with an emphasis on the ’40s and ’50s. The racks are surrounded by decades-old knickknacks, and the four-year-old store also offers several lines of new European shoes, new fair trade dresses by American designers, and a sprinkling of vintage accessories, like diamond necklaces and an electric blue fascinator veil that no one would wear on a regular day, although somebody really should.
The local boutiques Ramos haunts most often are all high-end vintage: Williamsburg’s Bird, designer thrift shop Tokio 7, and What Goes Around Comes Around, one of the few vintage spots in Soho. Her favorite designer is John Galliano (“He’s still brilliant,” she said. “Everybody says stupid shit sometimes”). Click through the slideshow to see what went down when she stepped into Dusty Buttons.
All photos by Scott Lynch.