With sustainability playing a huge role in fashion, vintage shopping and thrifting has become a predominant way of shopping for many people, so of course I had to see what all the hype was about. So, on a Friday afternoon, I visited three local Vancouver thrift stores – The Community, F as in Frank, and Value Village – and found the cutest pieces, ever. Grace was so jealous; she was too cool to come thrift shopping with me. Her loss. My gain.
Let’s get started with the ever-trending blazer: so many fashionistas are now wearing blazers and rocking them in their streetstyle looks. I found the perfect one from Value Village for only $30! Did I mention it’s an Armani Collezioni made in Italy? Yes, ladies, you really do need to dig deep to find the treasure. The size was a men’s XL, but that didn’t stop me from making the look work. It was definitely going to be mine. I thought it would go perfectly as a blazer dress that I always wanted to have. I’m no fashion forecaster but I think the blazer trend is here to stay (at least I hope). If I were to purchase this at regular price, I’d have to pay over a thousand dollars. Another fabulous Value Village find: a wide belt with a gold buckle detail to cinch in the waist to make the blazer more feminine that totally looks like vintage Givenchy. Plot twist! It was only $15! When my mom saw my outfit, she thought I looked so high fashion and chic; the outfit oozed money. Little did she know my look was thrifted.
Moral of the story: you don’t have to buy expensive pieces to be fashionable.
Fashion is easy. Fashion is fun. So, dig in and find the treasure.2