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BLACK ON BLACK VINTAGE DESIGNER THRIFT FINDS

Bethany OlsonComment
BLACK ON BLACK VINTAGE DESIGNER THRIFT FINDS

Hey friends!

Last month flew by so quickly. Is it just me, or is this time of year going by way too fast? Faster than normal? I feel like I blinked and it’s November. It’s almost the holiday season and thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Because it’s almost holiday season, I’ll be sharing a lot of holiday-themed posts. You ready?!

Thrifting is my escape and is so therapeutic for me. There’s something about walking into a giant room full of other peoples “junk” and going treasure hunting. It might sound silly, but whenever I walk into a room like that I have this adrenaline that runs through my body and I get so excited to search through everything. I’m not sure if it’s luck, or the right place at the right time, but recently I’ve been able to find some of the most insane pieces. Pieces that I’ve only dreamt of finding for years. This whole outfit (minus the belt) was found at different thrift stores.

For this look, I was inspired by the 80’s. I’m wearing a vintage Dior blazer that has HUGE shoulder pads. It saw it on the rack at a Value Village for $15, and had to buy it. Even though it’s three sizes too big, I wanted to make a way to make it somewhat fit. Since I already have a broader upper body, shoulder pads can be so unflattering. But if you cinch the waist with a belt, it automatically looks like you have a shape. I got this velvet, pearl detailed belt at Zara a while back and it ended up working with the blazer.

For the rest of the look, these are all thrifted items. With the blazer, I’m wearing some no name, velvet, wide leg trousers, a vintage no name bag with gold handles, and of course my new favorite thrift find… these Chanel slides. I still can’t believe I found these. And, I’m 99% sure they’re real. They have all the markings to be real. I found them at a Value Village for $30… I almost ran over a little girl on when I saw these out of the corner of my eye. I thought to myself '“WHAAAAA” and ran over and snagged them before anyone else could. It sounds silly, but my heart was pounding- haha. I’ve been dying to find vintage Chanel at a thrift store. I’ve seen some fake Chanel that’s so cheesy, and obviously I’m not going to buy it since I’m a sucker and true believer for wearing the real deal. So of course I bought them even though they’re a size too small. But, they actually somehow fit! I don’t know if it’s magic but somehow they do.

Another reason why I love thrifting so much is obviously it’s cheap, but you won’t have the exact same piece as someone else. Working in the fashion industry, I love the trends and want to follow them, but sometimes I can’t justify spending full price for it. I love that you can find your own unique pieces that are no name brands, but you can mix them in with your timeless pieces that you already have in your wardrobe. If I’m dropping a lot of money on a piece of clothing, even if it’s Gucci, it has to be something timeless. If I’m spending $1k on an item, it better last me the rest of my life. I can’t justify spending $750 on a pair of shoes or a $400 t shirt that are going to be out of style in two years.

That’s why I love thrifting- you can mix in your thrift finds with your timeless pieces you’ve splurged on and you have a look that’s different than everyone else. Sometimes you just get lucky and find the vintage designer that people will spend loads of money on at shops. Thrifting takes time, and sometimes you don’t find anything. But, you have to look through everything. I usually go one or two times a week, and sometimes spend 4-5 hours of my day looking at different thrift stores. But I enjoy it.

How many of you like to go thrifting? Whats the most insane piece you’ve ever found? Leave a comment below and let me know!