Eat your heart out, Don Draper!

December 21, 2011 — 123 Comments

holidays

Christmas is almost here! Gah, I can hardly stand the wait – nog, carols, presents and my nieces in adorable Christmas attire (I’m just assuming). With only a few days to go before Santa comes to town, its time for one more Christmas post – exploding with vintage-holiday glam!

A few weeks ago, two of my gal-pals were over the moon about their newly-aquired vintage finds. These two style mavens made a trip to Downtown Dundas, and discovered Andrian’s Armoire – a consignment shop with vintage finds all hand-picked by the owner. Now, consignment shops can be scary territory for thrifters like me – what price tag are are we looking at here? Can I still call it a steal? My friends assured me that all clothing was reasonably priced with a variety of vintage finds and quality brands, which means I’m headed there ASAP. Kristin picked up an incredible gold 60s cocktail dress that fit her like it was MADE for her, and Sandra got herself one of the more fabulous coats I’ve ever seen – a furlined hood, New York-made, amazing! So, we did what any normal girl would do – schedule a photoshoot!

glam shoot_nuts

I called on my two sisters to round out our crew of Mad Women. Adele wore a thrifted bright orange shift-dress I picked up on Queen Street in Toronto four years ago (and no longer fit). And Laura wore a mid-calve white beaded number I’ve been hoarding, right out of Betty Draper’s closet. (I’m going to do another post on that find, its got some interesting history.)

I took a break from standing behind the camera for a few photos aswell, in my favourite polka-dot dress. All in all, it was a fantastically fun time. It also spoke to the pure quality you can aim for when shopping second hand – thrifting doesn’t mean cheaply made! All our looks were beautifully crafted pieces from bygone fashion periods. And, at the risk of sounding like an old bitty – they don’t make ’em like they used to!

glam shoot_outside

Note the added details – what fascintor! Kristin thrifted the above hat for her “Mustaches & Hats” birthday party last summer, and was delighted to have a reason to wear it again. It’s fromΒ from Weird Stuff – Antiques, Collectables & Nostalgia in Hamilton. Kudos to her for not being scared off by the website. It’s weird!

glam shoot_orange

What bunch of stunners. Merry Christmas all!

123 responses to Eat your heart out, Don Draper!

  1. 

    Such a cute & fun idea! Your photos look fantastic too! Happy Holidays!

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  2. 

    WOW! They really had a blast, like suffragettes who won the fight! So admiring…

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  3. 

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  4. 

    Congrats on FP! Great post.

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  5. 

    aahhh I just love your blog specially this post. your photos are really good!

    I’ve got this crazy thing about shopping too. Great ideas!!

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  6. 

    Amazing!! You all look gorgeous!

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  7. 

    A vintage consignment shop just opened across the street from the food co-op I shop in with regularity. I was planning to stop in “one day” but reading your post makes me want to stop in today! Great photos!

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  8. 

    oh my goodness! Love it! Such fabulous finds. Plus- they fit so well. VIntage can be very tricky since there’s no Lycra in it!! Makes me want to pull out my pearls!

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  9. 

    for our christmas party (with old highschool friends), we decided to wear modern interpretation of disney cartoons, but your idea is really much better! i shall tell my friends that we should revisit more mature themes too πŸ˜€

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  10. 

    I love Mad Men and the glamorous 1960’s style:) you guys look awesome!! Joan Holloway and betty draper ain’t got nothin on you:) loved this post!

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  11. 

    I graduated with a degree in fashion design and I agree that clothes were made so much better back then. My whole family & I shop for clothes at thrift stores all the time..we hate the malls. Great post and Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

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  12. 

    Nice post! Playing dress up will ALWAYS be fun! Congrats on being Pressed!

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  13. 

    Love your photo shoot! looks like so much fun you had.
    Though not thrift a lot of sewing magazines have had issues with specials on these styles. I made my christmas dress from an 50’s revival issue (1959 style).
    I like a lot of the styles,more feminine and less flesh. Even my mum commented: “I used to have a dress like that when young. Looks better on you”

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  14. 

    You guys look amazing! They don’t make them like that anymore! A little glam always makes it feel more like Christmas. Hope your holidays are wonderful!
    Mona

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  15. 

    i am loving these pictures! i am sure someone has already asked this, but are you using a particular app or editor to gain this vintage effect?

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  16. 

    Beautiful ladies, love the dresses, really like that polka dot one! So cute, I found a red one with smaller dots at Goodwill for 6 dollars, it’s really retro, I get more compliments when I wear that dress than anything. They don’t make them like they used to the classics never die.

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  17. 

    great smiles really great smiles loving the clothes too

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  18. 

    A Don Draper Christmas. Whiskey was never so classy haha. Beautiful style and photos!

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  19. 

    Beautiful outfits! No, you don’t sound old for saying “they don’t make ’em like the used to”. I worked at a thrift store over the summer and thought the same thing many times! Also, it appears that back then there was something in between floor lenth and ultra short when it came to formal and semi-formal dresses. Not so much anymore!

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  20. 

    Love the photos.

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  21. 

    Merry Christmas to you too! Great pictures and a great post.

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  22. 

    what a beautiful way to spend christmas πŸ™‚ love all the outfits πŸ˜€

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  23. 

    This is a fabulous photosession! Looks so so cute and elegant. Ladies are gorgeous!

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    Greetings to you and Merry Christmas!

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  24. 

    Cool Layout

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  25. 

    love it! my daughter (13) has been wanting to try out our local thrift stores. she’s coming into her own little style and is looking to venture out. thanks for inspiring me to go for it with her!

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  26. 

    what fun and great finds!

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  27. 

    Gorgeous photos! You all found some great pieces. I’ll definitely have to check out some consignment shops. This looks like an awesome girls day/night out idea.

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  28. 

    The outfits and the photo’s are great! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find clothes like that at triftshops. Hope you had a good Christmas!

    btw.. your last name (Huizen) is the name of the city I live in πŸ™‚

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  29. 

    the holidays look fabulous in vintage!

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  30. 

    This was an awesome idea to spark some holiday fun! Love it ladies! http://dontbuyathing.wordpress.com

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  31. 

    so lovely! perfectly vintage christmas gathering!

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  32. 

    Great Pictures! Love the style!

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  33. 

    Love the vintage theme!

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  34. 

    this really doe look like fun. Can boys do it?:)

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  35. 

    This is my first time on your blog! Seriously an awesome idea! Happy Holidays!

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  36. 

    Lovely! Makes me want to host a party like this!

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  37. 

    this is so gorgeous ! you, girls…the post, the pics….fabulous ! love it ! are you in the film ? …you should !

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  38. 

    Thanks for reminding me of the shift dress, found one for myself after I read your post πŸ™‚ http://www.flickr.com/photos/redreplicant/6830699933/in/photostream

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  39. 

    My brother suggested I may like this website.

    He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You can not believe simply how
    much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

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