2010-02-22

Street Style

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Trench? Mackage, Winners (final winter sale)
Shoes? Frye, Winners (final winter sale)
Zipper jeans? Gap (final winter sale!!!)
Ruffle blouse? Gap (yep, final winter sale, last year...)
Sweater? thrifted
Purse? Loisir Dauphin, thrifted
Necklace? F21

It all started with a pair of new but tacky Guess shoes that I thrifted... I took the shoes to a consignment store and they put them on sale for 10 times what I paid (for real)... a few weeks later I fell in love with a Mackage trench coat at the final clearance at Winners...didn't buy it as it was still a little much (but for the beauty of Mackage? totally worth it)... I had to return to the consignment store to pick up something and they had cash-money for me because they sold some stuff (including thrifted shoes)... feeling good about the unexpected money, I return to Winners for the trench... buy the trench... find the Frye shoes I talked about months ago on the messy sale table for $36!... buy the shoes.

Long story short is that I should thank the tacky Guess shoes for one of my favourite outfits. This look is a perfect example of my shopping style, it's thrifted or it's on clearance. I don't know if it was the crazy deals, the beautiful sunshine that made it warm enough to expose a toe or the play between the neutral and the saturated colours, but I was very happy with this ensemble.

In fact, I loved this look so much, that I dragged my vintage bike from the basement, set it up on the street, bummed a cigarette and patiently waited for a street style photographer to come by to catch me in my stylish 'moment'. Two hours later, Matt coaxed me back inside with a Diet Coke and promises to take my picture anywhere in the suburbs. Small consolation indeed...

48 comments :

Julia said...

I want to steal those shoes off your feet. They are SO pretty. Very awesome score, and yes, we do all secretly wish to be snapped by photogs on the sly, don't we? Oh, the vanity! But you would've totally gotten noticed in this get up. You look divine! Again, let's hear it for the shoes!


xx

Nadine said...

Oh, too hilarious - heeheehee! LOVE the cardi and ruffles - fabulous trench.

eunice said...

you're the pro at bargain shopping!! and i love that trench, its totally made for you!

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Liz said...

I actually gasped when I saw that cardigan. I love it! And you should be very appreciative of your guess shoes because this outfit is awesome!

what i would have worn... said...

Serendipitous!

Healthy and Homemade said...

Hahahaha you crack me up =)

And holy crap SHOES!! I love them =) I was swooning over your clogs the other day, I ordered a pair of Michael Kors clog/platform/oxford (yeah sounds weird but they're cute) shoes the other day but didn't realize that 70% of people said they were a FULL size too SMALL!! =*( They will be refused by me and returned via UPS. So sad!

Eleanor said...

Love Love Love this whole look!

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cocojones said...

Love the shoes and blouse (& overall look, of course!) Great outfit x

Kristin said...

oh the Frye shoes. Every time I see them, my willpower recedes a little bit more.

There really should be a toll-free number to call to notify the street photogs ... kind of like the AAA Motor Club, but for stylistas.

Cheers!
Bird on Your Shirt

The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

Those shoes are amazing!! You do look wonderful.

Celine said...

Ahhhhhh those shoes! Gimme! You look so cute in these photos - and your hair looks awesome too. Nice job on being a pro-shopper, too!

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Tanya Patrice said...

The shoes are killer - the trench is amazing!

briannelee said...

Basically I want this whole outfit. Can you send it in the package with the thrifted shirt? Thanks.

;)

I can't wait for my shopping ban to be over so I can buy a trench! Well, I actually already have one... I want a tan trench, though.

Sabrina said...

You look fantastic!!

Clare said...

This is one of my favorite outfits, too! I love all the elements, and those Frye shoes are INCREDIBLE. I especially love the color of that cardigan.

Holli said...

Oh How I love this whole outfit! I could try to name my favorite thing about it here but really, it's the whole package that is just perfection!

Fell 4 Fashion said...

too bad scott wasn't in the vicinity, you'd totally rock the pages of his blog! LOVE those shoes and the ruffles are fabulous :)

Sal said...

What fabulous luck! And those Fryes are gorgeous. So glad they're finally yours.

futurelint said...

Those shoes are BEAUTIFUL and the trench is so classic! Ha on the street style photographer part!

Amy said...

Wow I love those shoes. They are beyond epic.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Ack! I love those shoes and that trench! I seem to quickly destroy everything I have ever bought at Winners, but you have inspired me to try again.

WendyB said...

Brr...you're brave to wear those open shoes when you're surrounded by snow!

anne charlotte said...

currently i am obsessing over your fryes.

i wish that this Winners you speak of existed in my city...oh the injustice! too bad for me. you look fab!

Kyla said...

Damn! That is one fine lady! I love how pulled together, classic and STILL fashion forward this is. You are also a very funny lady - that's what keeps me coming back :)

heart charlie said...

I love this look, so clean, classic, simple, stylish, and elegant. You look perfect!!!

manhandslizzie said...

This is a great look and I love the backdrop you chose for your pictorial. Those Frye shoes are amazing.

The Village Idiot said...

those shoes are killer!!!

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

Umm... I'd very much like to steal that coat from you. It's fabulous!! I NEED an awesome trench in my life... and probably a diet coke too. :) This outfit is definitely gorgeous! The ruffles, the shoes, the pants, the trench - awesome!

Becky said...

Those shoes are fantastic! And why is The Sartorialist never where we need him to be? ;)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

oh i LOVE this. totally clean and classic--and those colors make you glow.
plus i luuurrrve those shoes.

Christen said...

Thank you to the tacky Guess shoes, indeed. These shoes are bananas! I LOVE them. If you come across another pair in a size 5.5 or 6, pick them up for me! :)

Linda said...

How do you not freeze to death? Seriously its not warm out Yen...

Yeah you look cute but how do you do it?

Lemondrop Marie said...

I adore that bag and those shoes! Gorgeous photos.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
Happy Chinese New Year giveaway

MARISA said...

could you not have found me the trench and shoes at winners too? geeeeze. haha. both are amazing. i've been looking for a beige trench for years it seems...

your lucky we weren't shopping at the same time...there would have been a serious war over those two items

Fashion Therapist said...

You seriously get the cutest stuff at winners and I'm so jealous that we don't have one here. :(

Elaine said...

This is seriously my favorite outfit of yours! I probably already said that. But this is added to my list. Love the trench, love the ruffles, love the shoes!

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Fauxshionable said...

I've recently come across your blog and I just adore it. I'm totally obsessed with your thrift store sequin jacket. :) All of your looks are so fresh and well styled.

Kudos to you, I can't wait to keep reading!

Second Skin said...

Oh girl!! Don't worry! A stroll past Bryant park in this ensemble would have had all the photographers stumbling over each other to get at you! Every detail is perfect! AND GREAT story about your finds! You are such a smartie!

natalia said...

New reader here, totally jazzed to find a Canadian blogger who's name-dropping Hudson's Bay jackets and Winners. And apparently you have CRAZY MAD WINNERS LUCK because those shoes are beautiful! The trench is lovely, too — can't go wrong with a classic.

I love the bag, too. What kind of crazy thrift shops do you guys HAVE in Hamilton? Round here in T.O. all the good stuff gets sucked into 'vintage' and marked up 5000%, and all that's left is the SalVal are old man clothes (and not even the good kind). Or NSync T-shirts.

nat! (datinganalbino.tumblr.com)

AsianCajuns said...

Wow! All of your secondhand/thrift/sale finds is totally inspiring me to hold out for better sales before I start building up my spring wardrobe. And I must stop by a Gap soon because that blouse and those jeans look so great on you!
- Cath, AsianCajuns

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Love this look.

yiqin; said...

I'm so jealous! I want a coat too <3

Shauna said...

i am totally coveting those shoes Yen!

Anniken Cecilie said...

kjempefine bilder!!

Milly said...

love the shoes!

Natalie said...

Just found your blog via your hysterical comment about online shopping on Kendie's blog...love this look so much, and those shoes are to die for. That color is just fabulous for you!

andrea k (blonde bedhead) said...

I love all the layers!! asldjfld!

Ela said...

Love the outfit! Especially your thrifted purse.
I've got the exact same shoes. But I caved before you did, I got them for $70 at Winners (from $139) over the Holidays, little did I know I should've waited. $36 = awesome.