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!
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!
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 from from Weird Stuff – Antiques, Collectables & Nostalgia in Hamilton. Kudos to her for not being scared off by the website. It’s weird!
What bunch of stunners. Merry Christmas all!