Earlier this year, we called La Double J — the e-commerce site created by J.J. Martin — our favorite vintage shopping site on the web. Part of its appeal has to do with Martin's ability to scout one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and put them on Milanese women in their perfectly appointed homes, and part of it is the thrill of seeing vintage clothes mixed together with current-season pieces. La Double J makes 50-year-old items look like what you need to wear now.
The site's new recurring feature, Vintage Wars, elaborates on that theme: What happens when you give a single vintage piece to two stylish women and ask them to wear it however they want? Every Friday, we'll bring you a new installment: one piece, styled (and modeled) by Martin and her impossibly chic friend Viviana Volpicella. First up, a "1970s crissing, crossing, pie-trimming skirt" that we picture being the perfect thing to wear to a picnic this summer.
J.J. Martin: God, I love this skirt. I’d wear it every day of my life if I could.
Viviana Volpicella: Me too. It’s genius. My look is dedicated to Uberta Zambelleti [owner of the boutique Wait and See in Milan]. She’s always dressed like this — with stripes and a big print.
J.J.M.: Are you a milkmaid or what?
V.V.: It’s a farm-life outfit. After I leave my fashion job, I’ll dress like this in the country.
J.J.M.: This is how I dress every day of my life. A screaming skirt with a novelty-looking top. I’m loving Lorenzo Serafini’s new Philosophy collection — this cardigan is so chic with its shaggy little border and I love it with these Aquazzura flats.
V.V.: This is your uniform. I always see you dressed like this.
J.J.M.: Wait ... did I just win the war?
Multicolor linen skirt, 1970s, $395.