One of my favourite parts about thrifting is finding that amazing item that is great quality but CHEAP. Shoes are my favourite find because, as a footwear designer, I really value construction and materials but, as a poor person (planning a wedding), I can’t afford to spend $300+ on shoes that are up to those standards. Therefore right now my shoes are normally middle of the road $150 and I get them fixed up every season. For this reason the shoe section is always my first visit. The problem with thrifting and shopping vintage that even if you find a great pair of shoes chances are they’re not your size. My favourite past finds are riding boots from a garage sale and leather combat boots from Browns both blogged about here. This past weekend I did it again. I went to the Value Village at Queen East and began my normal routine of browsing through the shoes first. I didn’t have much hope because this location is generally picked over by the trendy people that live in the neighbourhood but then I saw them. They were on the top shelf- boots, leather, and seemed very like the Frye ones I like but can’t afford. The price tag said $14.99… I was skeptical. Am I insane or are these boots probably worth +$200? Real leather: check. Good quality thick leather: CHECK. Solid outsole: check. Brand: La Botte Guardian…French and unknown to me…must look up. Size: 7.5… PERFECT. I clutched onto them as I walked around all the other trendy customers… how did they miss these? Am I sure about how amazing they are?
I think everyone who thrifts has those few items that you look for each time you go. Each time I go I have list in my head of what I’m looking for, but try to keep an open mind so I don’t miss anything awesome. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back to look through an entire department because I forgot to just browse. My top go-to spots are 1) shoes 2) dresses and 3) jackets/blazers because I feel, in Canada, you can never have enough outerwear. I’ve become a bit of a jacket addict so if I find a jacket I love at a second hand store it’s a bonus. For a while now I’ve been looking for that classic tweed jacket. The problem I usually face is the fit. When you go to the women’s section size small, most items have shoulder pads or are too big. This normally causes me to shop in the boy’s department. But when I was at my regular Value Village, sifting through the women’s size small rack with little hope, I found it! Meet my very own cute little black tweed jacket.
A Little History
source: Coco Chanel
A lot of Inspiration
Today the tweed suit is still popular but in separates. Here’s some stylish ladies who show how to modernize the tweed jacket. How inspirational!
source: Aime La Mode
source: Wendy’s Lookbook (great blog!)
source: Clemence Posey via Fab Sugar
source: La Mode
Leather Jacket (in my dreams)
Sequin shorts (that’s classic right? I’ve been searching for these for a while. I may end up making them)
That’s one classic checked off. Yaay!
Oh Mary Kate, how I wish I was you (and not just for canoodling with Uncle Jesse all those years)! Ever since I saw this picture I’ve wanted to replicate this outfit… sans feather headdress that is. This is the perfect combination of adorable/casual. I saw this picture about two years ago and every time I found into a full skirt I thought of Mary Kate but when I tried on the skirt I saw an awkward eight- year old. Full skirts are easy to find but tough to pull off. For me, they have been very unflattering, adding a few pounds or when paired with a t-shirt, creating a mid-section bulge- never good.
I found this skirt by accident. I was at the Goodwill at Bloor and Sherbourne, where I was searching for the perfect black winter short, when I found this adorable, on-trend, elastic-waisted circle skirt! Trying not to get too excited (as a thrift store junky, finding the right size is always an issue) I went to try it on. It fit! And for the low price of $6!
My favourite thing about this skirt (besides the twirl-ability and non-bulge) is the label which reads, “Mes Trois Soeurs”, or “My Three Sisters” for those of you who weren’t forced to take French. It made me think of my sisters and my mom, who has turned into both a sister and a best friend. Ahhhh I miss you guys!
Since I didn’t have time to post a picture I’m using the magic of Polyvore to show you what I wore my skirt with today using similar items. It ended up being a tad bit too school-girl but it had a classic vibe which I loved.
Have a great day!
I finally took the time to get some proper pictures taken of one
of my favourite DIYs: The Jaune Sweater! Photos courtesy of
one of my favourite people, Char Loro, (right)who at one point
during this “shoot” told me she would punch me in the face if I
continued to stop smiling whenever I thought she was going
to take a picture (producing the photo below of me laughing to
death). I love you Char! Scroll down for outfit details.