Along with sending kids back to school, September gives us the blessedly overstuffed issue of Vogue and the need to layer on a fall jacket. Which brings me to my favourite treasure to find at the Thrift Store!
Leather and denim, these fabrications are so ideal for second hand shopping thanks to their get-better-with-age sturdiness. Blazers in velvet, wool or tweed are classic pieces, perfect for layering.
Denim on denim on denim! Also known (by my good friend Reno) as the Canadian tuxedo. This trend is casual but chic because you went far enough to make it a statement.
The vintage leather jacket is the quintessential find that started my thrifting obsession as a teenager. You find one and you know that none of your friends are going to have a fall jacket as cool as yours!
I love blazers as outerwear this time of year. They really stretch the interest in your fall wardrobe.
This velvet Elie Tahari with satin lapels gives me joy! The only blemish on this beauty are the pin holes I created with my vintage, thrifted broach. It would be great at the office, a cool evening rooftop party, or a CTV Morning Live appearance on thrifted fashion like I had back in July. Most blazers at The Salvation Army Thrift Store are priced at $6.99 although I’m pretty sure this one was more like $19.99. Considering there’s a similar one on the Elie Tahari website for over $600, you can cue the “START THE CAR!!” lady from those commercials!
Tweed and fall are like peanut butter and jelly! This Desigual jacket is quite cozy actually and paired with a hat and gloves, I’ve worn it all the way below 0°.
This greyish blue leather trench from the 70s is my most recent acquisition and I am so thrilled! Another <$20 steal. Not only is it hippy chic but it matches my current favourite hair colour. But seriously, the leather is worn and wonderful and it will be part of my fashion inheritance to my children.
It doesn’t have to cost a mint to stock up on a few interesting jackets and look fab as you take a deep breath of the Septemberness in the air. Still, stay picky on fit as you shop. With prices like these it’s easy to say “good enough”. But even $7.00 is a waste of money if you look sloppy and untailored.