Break the Rules

August 13, 2013 — 13 Comments

Bejewelled 60s Vintage // We So Thrifty

Bejewelled 60s Vintage // We So Thrifty

Coral and turquoise // We So Thrifty

When I thrift, I have rules. These rules are essentially in place to slow my transition into one of the Junk People from the Labyrinth. Shopping second hand can easily get out of hand, because when items are $5-15, every purchase seems harmless. So, I try to keep a few key things in mind:

– Don’t buy it if it doesn’t fit. You can’t sew, and you won’t fix it
– Don’t buy it if you don’t have specific occasion to wear it. Your life isn’t as fancy as you might think, and you are not a Gossip Girl.
– Don’t buy it if it’s not in season. By the time it’s in season, you’ll want something else. You’re fickle.

Most of the time, I stick to the rules. For this dress, though? I broke every single one. This incredible coral 60s number dress from Netty Vintage made a hypocrite out of me, but I have no regrets.

Background: Jentine had been talking up Netty Vintage for some time, so way back in March, we devoted a Saturday to it. I tried on his dress because of the colour, fell in love with it because of the collar, and committed to it because of the price (on sale for $10!). However, the sleeves were way too big at the time, and the length went right past my knees. It didn’t fit, I had nowhere to wear it, and it was a wholly impractical purchase given the dreary March weather, but I was smitten.

A few months later, I received an invitation to my cousin Kayla’s wedding. There was my occasion. A few weeks ago, Yen offered her sewing skills in exchange for my camera skills. There was my seamstress. And at last Saturday’s wedding, the weather was cool, sunny, and absolutely ideal for a thin dress with sleeves.

Since I already broke so many of my own rules just by buying this dress back in March, I broke a few more while wearing it. Are you supposed to match your dress with your bag? I don’t think so. Are you supposed to match your bag with your nails and your lipstick, too? Definitely not. But I did. I also drank beer before liquor, used my dessert fork for my salad, and even broke my “no dancing to country music” rule by letting Taylor Swift tell me all about her doomed dalliance with a man named Trouble.

If that’s how the the Junk People party, you can count me in.

Bejewelled 60s Vintage // We So Thrifty

Vintage jewelled neckline // We So Thrifty

Dress: Netty Vintage | $10
Banana Republic Purse: Clothing Swap | $0.50
Earrings: Ten Thousand Villages
Sandals: c/o My Edit 😉

13 responses to Break the Rules

    Rachel from Love Built To Last August 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    This is just beautiful! I don’t mind at all that you broke the rules. I actually kind of like to match my bag to my dresses sometimes. Particularly vintagey items just call out for a matching bag or even a matching bag and shoes sometimes. It’s just that way.



    I’m so glad that you broke your rules and bought this dress. It’s stunning.



    It’s good to break the rules sometimes helps us realize that we are there. The dress is beautiful, it’s cute. The color coral has triumphed, really, this year. In all the fashion blogs I find a dress in this color. Dressmaker’s work has been perfect, the design has been wonderful. The sleeves, and long dress, are right for you. I love the shape of the neckline, and the ornament she wears. The bag and the sandals are two cuties. A lovely outfit, you look beautiful with it.



    Beautiful! And could that bag match any better? Perfect.



    Love it! Give us a ‘before’ piccie next time?!



    BOMBSHELL dress, looks amazing! I match sometimes when I feel like it, no rhyme or reason and it’s more fun that way.



    Beautiful dress! Also those are some really great tips, it really is easy to justify purchases when they are so cheap, but you don’t necessarily need everything.



    I’m glad you broke your thrifting rules! So gorgeous! Rules were meant to be broken right?



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