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Modern Vintage – Part 3

From parts 1 and 2 it’s clear to see that I love a good statement coat and dress. What are great for day-to-day dressing are separates. Tops and bottoms that can be dressed up or down. These examples happen to be mostly designer (or vintage) or both. If you do a little digging, the quality and fabrics that can be found second-hand is amazing and the price points are unparalleled. For instance, often times I found myself paying way less for a designer silk top than you would for a new polyester one from a big-box fast-fashion retailer.

Separates 1


Blouse: vintage Sears – this one gets compliments every time I wear it (Value Village), Skirt: vintage Gérard Pasquier (Consignment/Charity store in Oakville ON), Shoes: Franco Barbieri – made in Italy (Value Village)

Separates 2

Top: Ellen’s Design – washable silk (Salvation Army – Marpole), Neck-piece: DIY from these (Salvation Army – Mount Pleasant), Skirt: vintage Courrèges Paris (My Sister’s Closet), Shoes: Marcello Paci (Wildlife Thrift)

Separates 3


Blouse: Riva silk (Buffalo Exchange San Francisco), Necklace: no label (Salvation Army – North Vancouver), Skirt: Emporio Armani – made in Italy (Salvation Army – Kitsilano), Bag: no label (Value Village)

Separates 4

Blouse: Diane Von Furstenberg – silk (Value Village), Skirt: Diane Gilman – silk (Value Village)








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Modern Vintage – Part 2

In Modern Vintage – Part 1 We didn’t get into one of the most important ways thrift shopping/donating is great and that is all it does for the community we live in at large. So many of these stores work with and support local charities so while the green impact is awesome for the environment – helping those around you live better lives is pretty incredible, too. Consider it a fashionable form of community service.

DVF dress


Coat: Talbots (Value Village), Dress: silk slip liner from this DVF dress (My Sister’s Closet), Sunglasses: no label – the lenses fold out very similar to this pair (swap)

Finnish dress


Dress: vintage Heikkilä – made in Finland (C’est La Vie Consignment Boutique), Necklace: vintage Whiting & Davis (My Sister’s Closet), Bag: Cosci – Hand Made in Italy (Value Village), Belt: Genuine Farm Reared Cobra – Made in Thailand (Value Village)

POSH dress

Dress: vintage POSH by Jay Anderson – Want to learn more about the designer? I wrote about him here (Community Thrift and Vintage), Bag: Sublime (Value Village), Shoes: Chadwicks (Wildlife Thrift Store)

Colourblock Dress


Dress: vintage no label (The Salvation Army Thrift Store – New Westminster), Necklace: No label (Value Village – Coquitlam), Sunglasses: vintage Serengeti (Value Village), Belt: vintage crocodile leather by Omega (Value Village)


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