Neutral comfort

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Vintage/Thrifted blazer, Buffalo tee, Denim Co/Lab jeans, Pedro Miralles Mules, Vintage hat.

This outfit speaks to my soul. Full of earth tones and 70’s rocker vibes. I always think I was born in the wrong decade but I know everything is meant to be, and hey maybe I was alive in a past life but died or something. WHO KNOWS! haha.

This outfit is something I would wear while transitioning from Spring to Summer. The days are pretty hot but the evenings cool off and a light jacket is needed most of the time. One of my fave things to buy on vintage shopping trips are oversized blazers which is how I got my hands on this baby. It’s really thin and feels like linen but I know it’s not. I’m not sure the fabric because there aren’t any tags. It was around $8 and I just love this fit. You’ll also catch me wearing this with denim cut offs and a band tee all summer since it’s light enough to throw in my bag until dusk when I need it.

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The Importance of Buying Vintage and Second Hand Clothing

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Public Butter U.S.A. flag vest, my dad’s old band tee, thrifted Levis, Philistine sunnies, Steve Madden heels (NOT VINTAGE! hah)

Vintage shopping and thrifting has been an important part of my life growing up with a clothing obsession. Not to mention purchasing clothing, name brand/brand new can be expensive, but the importance of supporting local vintage stores and thrift stores such as Value Village, Salvation Army and the sparsely located Goodwill that are making an impact in our community and how we express ourselves is something we owe our community as a citizen of fashion. The quality you can find, although worn in sometimes, in vintage clothing can be counted on. Though it’s a tough topic, our clothing wasn’t once made in third world countries for little to no money with the quality being anything but…spectacular.

Supporting the business’ of our local friends is also a huge responsibility we have. Tell me you walked into a vintage store and nothing screamed out at you that you NEEDED to have? Yeah, you’re lying. These people carefully curate their stores and it shows because you always somehow find what you have been searching for. I’ve listed some of my favourites in the city that are a must visit:

Public Butter        69 Vintage     Siberia Vintage (Super new!)     Life of Manek

Mama Loves You           Sub Rosa Vintage         Chosen Vintage     F as in Frank 

There’s also a fun new(ish) thing happening in the city where you can buy and sell/trade your clothing! Kind Exchange and Common Sort’s have popped up all over Toronto. Although when it first started they bought more of your stuff (which means more locations please!), it’s a great option if you can’t exactly part with your stuff and need some sort of incentive. Also, there’s always a good ol’ yardsale or friend organized clothing swap.

BE CLOTHING CONSCIOUS!

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