Wednesday, 19 December 2012

OOTD: Toadstools, Fringe Boots and Big Collars

A couple weeks ago I scored a box full of vintage clothes from work.  I work in theatre, and people in the local area love love love to donate their old clothes (and most of the contents of their attics) to the theatre.  Some of the stuff we can't actually use, however.  Vintage clothes tend to need some fixing up (anything elastic in what I got is totally shot and needs new elastic, for example) and won't really hold up for 100 performances.  Typically, we take vintage garments in to take them apart and create a pattern for a garment made with new material.  Now, we're in the "off season", and the building is quiet, so when one of the wardrobe coordinators casually told me she's sorting through bags and bags of clothes from the 50s-70s that we didn't really need, I asked if I could take a look! She said I was welcome to whatever I wanted and OH BOY I took advantage! This dress was among the items I scored, and I have already worn it twice.  I just love the big collar, and the front placket with buttons for show! It's thick, and rather warm for winter, since it's totally 100% plastic, hahaha.  Needless to say, my boss totally made fun of me when he saw the box of amazing polyester clothes I scored.  Hey man, I'm on a budget! Free clothes are ALWAYS a good thing (especially when they're so cute and roughly your size!).
Fact: 2 fringes are better than 1
The lesson to be learned here is: you never get what you don't ask for.  My mother taught me that, and I'm slowly coming to realize how true it is in every aspect of life.  Now, "asking" may not come in the form of "May I....", but in this case it did, and it worked in both my favor and the theatre's.  They had less clothes to donate out, and I scored some amazing dresses and tops to keep me giggling insanely and out of thrift stores (HAH yeah right) for the next little while.  Ask, and ye shall receive. I love it!
Speaking of loving, I am head over heels for this Amanita Muscaria pin from artist Margot Jenner.  I met Margot at City of Craft and I just had to have this brooch! Good thing I snapped it up, because she's totally sold out! She's promised to let me know when they're back in stock, so I can pick another one or two up, to use for my first giveaway.  because giveaways are fun and cute stuff is awesome. Here's Margot's Blog and Shop if you don't want to wait around for the giveaway in January!
The Deets:
Glasses: Vintage, Kingpin's
Clip-on Earrings: Thrifted
Dress: Vintage
Belt: Thrifted
Tights: Topshop
Boots (My favourite pair!): Vintage, Kingpin's 
Jacket: Mango (years ago)
Purse: Betsey Johnson (even older!)

--Erin

13 comments:

  1. Mushroom pin is adorable!

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  2. You are so damn cute I can't even stand it. I would not have been able to control myself digging through all of that vintage! Glad you found some items that you love (for free)! Amazing! :) And, I am head over heels in love with those glasses. You're a fox, my friend.

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  3. I love love love everything about the outfit! You're so adorable!

    -Cait

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  4. Ohmygoodness how lucky and awesome! What great things to just come across and awesome that you get to use them if they can't. I LOVE that dress and adorable belt

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  5. lovely blog.
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  6. So cute! I would die to get a big bag of vintage like that! Luckyyyy

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  7. AWWWWW. I love that dress. Who would give away something so perfect? Lady had to be crazy. Looking good!

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  8. What a lucky lady! Getting a bag of free clothes is the best but having it be vintage too?? Sounds like Christmas came early ;) This dress looks great on you and I love how you brightened it up with the red tights and your cute nails. Those boots are amazing too and you are just adorable.

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  9. Obsessed with that brooch. Also, you are too adorable for words.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh my gosh, you are just too darling!
    New follower :)

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  11. Really cute outfit! Love, love the boots. :3

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  12. I LOVE this dress on you!! that is so awesome you scored so many goods for free, def have no shame in that! & you are so right, I think the past few years I've really started to realize I have to ask for things and have come to realize some things I've missed out on by not asking. anyway, way to go! and super cute styling w/t he red tights & boots!!
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  13. I REMEMBER NOW!

    I followed on bloglovin on the wrong account - hence why you weren't popping up. The world makes sense again.

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