VOGUE ITALIA: #TBT Sami Miró Style Memories / by Sami Miro

Written by SHOMARA ROOSBLAD  March 24, 2016

What fascinates me most about fashion are the story behind someone’s personal style and the story behind a unique garment. So, when I stumbled upon Sami Miró, I was immediately impressed by her remarkable sense of style and her knowledge of garments. The LA-based style maven works as a vintage curator, stylist and creative director and often collaborates with brands on campaigns, cover shoots and lookbooks, advising them with her expertise and passion.

Today, Sami shares some of her most memorable style moments with “Vogue” that made her one of the most coveted girls of the moment. Let yourself in on Sami’s style memories, that are a reminiscence of growing up in San Francisco, the influence of her father and of course, vintage.

On her earliest fashion memory…

“I was 3 years old, it was 7am, and my dad was dressing me for pre-kindergarten. He raised my older brother and I on his own and I was greatly influenced by male style, even back then. He was trying to dress me in a pink outfit. I’ll never forget my reaction: ‘Daddy, I don’t like pink! Pink is my least favorite color!’ I don’t think I ever wore pink again until I was in college or grad school.”

On her teenage years and how this affected her love for vintage…

“Vintage became a part of my life when I was 14 years old and now I consider it an art form. In my San Francisco high school, I was one of the few students who didn’t come from extreme wealth and was therefore unable to afford designer trends. I started wearing vintage first as a way to keep up with the ‘cool’ brand names at an affordable price. Back then, vintage wasn’t fashionable like it is now – it was looked down upon, like hand-me-downs. But, I came to appreciate the individuality and beauty in my decade old, used, faded pieces with holes – the age told a one of a kind story. From there I started collecting vintage and now my collection is massive.”

On her first vintage store discovery…

“My first vintage-store discovery was pretty epic. I was 14 years old, in high school, and went shopping with $20. I walked into a trendy shop near my home to simply browse and try on clothing I couldn’t ever afford. But, then something amazing happened. After looking through and drooling over the expensive clothing, I came to the back of the store to what seemed like a hidden section: there it was…racks and racks of affordable vintage from all decades! I never looked back after that. And today my wardrobe is about 75% one-of-a-kind vintage. I have vintage clothing and accessories from around 15 countries and each find has a really special memory. A lot of these memories involve dusty, dark shops and a lot of digging. In the end, the effort that it takes to find a great piece makes it that much more special.”

On how her father influenced her love for men’s clothing…

“Like I said, my dad raised my older brother and I alone. Besides the androgyny that he provided with lots of love and hugs and kisses, fashion-wise I had zero female influence. All my hand-me-downs were boy’s clothing, which I hated at the time, but still made it work: I turned their shirts into dresses, and cut holes in their oversized jeans to make it sexy. Men’s clothing is still a big part of my style today. About 30% of my wardrobe is menswear – mostly vintage.”

On her style influences…

“Living in Paris when I was 19 also greatly influenced my style. Paris taught me that you could never wear too much black. It also reminded me to wear a lot of berets. However, my economic limitation is what influenced my style the most. That simple moment of discovering vintage, and using it as a tool to keep up with the trends, in an affordable way, has created my career today. When you have a limitation, no matter what it is, it’s important to play it to your advantage. You never know, it could propel you into something that you never even knew you could do.”