Don’t let the platinum blonde updo fool you. Our Pinup of the Month for September — the incandescent Miss Ria Von Strudel — is all smarts when it comes to vintage style. “My love of vintage really stems from my love of history,” she says.

Growing up in a beautiful, mid-century modern ranch house in upstate New York, Ria views every visit back home to be a lesson in the way things once were. “It’s all just very nostalgic and filled with history,” she notes. “Even something as simply timeless as my grandparents’ wedding photos from the 1940s.”

For her signature style, Ria likes to mix decades (although the 1940s to 1960s are her faves) and throw in an unexpected twist. “A great personal style can bring so many smiles to people’s faces. . . it starts the conversation.”

Check out Ria’s Instagram for the latest photos of her signature style. To see her in other stunning Vince Taj vintage looks throughout the month, be sure to follow Vince on Instagram.