If you have been following along over the past couple of months, you know that I love vintage/thrift/op-shop (whatever you choose to call it) finds and they are a beloved part of my personal style.
I’ve never shied away from vintage but as I sold most everything I had before moving to Australia, and lost
a lot A LOT of weight over the past few years, most of the vintage in my wardrobe is from the last 5 or 6 years. All in fact, except for my beloved family jewelry that made the trip with me.
When you are a bigger girl, and I don’t just mean bigger in the size marked on your label, but even taller (I am 5’9″ or 176cm and wear a size 9 shoe) there isn’t a lot of really old vintage that fits. So when I was wearing a plus size the only vintage I could get would be handbags and scarves. This brown croc-skin handbag was the first vintage purchase I made in Australia.
As my size has reduced I have been lucky enough to find a fair few other items. You’ll see that I seem especially drawn to skirts and of the longer midi length, which is very convenient since they are so trendy right now! The brown one with the white zig-zag was the first. The prices on these skirts have ranged from $5 (for the black and white check purchased in the US back in Feb) to $35 for the orange, pink and red one bought at a trendy “vintage” shop. Regardless, they have been great bargains because I wear them all the time. In the spring with wedges and in the winter with boots, they are on high rotation!
In fact, the only one of these items that isn’t on high rotation is the black and pink jacket (best seen in the handbag pic) because other than black or white I don’t have much I can wear it with. I just bought it back in January when it was on sale for $5!! I have a feeling it was the start of my current lust for all things fuchsia/hot pink and if I weren’t on a shopping ban I am certain I would own a number of items that I could wear with this jacket. I liked the print because it made me think a little of some of the vintage Marni prints and because at $5 I couldn’t let it go! I also bought the olive green and blue sweater-dress because it reminded me of a Marni print but I wear it pretty reguarly.
While I have been on this 90 days in the wilderness (shopping break), I have become really focused on the clothes I own, how much I have purchased in the past and even wonder a bit about the life my vintage items led before they came to me. Sometimes I think my lack of shopping has made me a little “mad” and even imagine writing a story about the life of one of my vintage pieces! I just hope I don’t become fully insane before the end of my fast!
Over the next few days I am going to use many of these pieces in the looks that I will share with you all…hopefully even the black and pink jacket will make an appearance or two!
I’ll start tomorrow with this vintage Cue shirt and the handbag.
Any pieces that you want to see specifically?
- Living in Black and White – Vintage (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Jeanious – Vintage Denim (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Working Vintage into Work Wear (astimegoesbuy.wordpress.com)
- Using Vintage Clothing To Amp Up A Wardrobe (ruralstops.blogspot.com)
- Top Vintage Trend Items (redenvelope.com)