There’s just something about a well made garment or accessory isn’t there?
Every time I feel a texture and take in the richness of a color combination, I am overwhelmed by a feeling of hope that there are still people out there who care more about producing something thought out, carefully executed and beautiful to look at, rather than a cheap quick fix for our instant gratification obsessed culture.
As mentioned previously, my love for vintage partially stems out of my appreciation for attention to detail and the quality that was the norm way back when.  Fast fashion has really deteriorated our standards of quality, so girls who shop at forever 21, have no inkling as to how poorly a garment has been sewn together, and why their $7 shirt will inevitably shrink or be full of holes after the first wash.  We sure get what we pay for nowadays, and unless you wipe your butt with $$$ the less logical it feels to dish out hundreds of dollars on a single purchase, when you can buy an entire seasons wardrobe for that same cost at H&M.  It’s hard to escape the allure of something that costs as much as your lunch and I admit I am fairly guilty of indulging in cheaper knockoffs of certain trends especially when I know I will only wear it for one season. The question as to whether these trend indulgent purchases should be made at all is something I’ll investigate in another post but for now I’ll leave it at that.
 As I’ve gotten a bit older though, I’ve learned to combat this disgusting shopping habit by buying more vintage, and also checking out designer sales on gilt and THE OUTNET.
I bring this up because it is particularly important to keep quality in mind in winter months, when wind, rain and snow can really damage your clothes and shorten the lifespan of a garment.  A cheap coat or rain boots will surely fall apart because they are not coated and sewn properly and the materials used are not meant to endure the stresses of the season.  Pendleton and Woolrich are just a couple of the trusted brands which put in the effort to ensure that their wool products would stand the test of time.  Below are some of my most favorite winter pieces, carefully picked out not only for their quality and craftsmanship but also the way that the colors and designs reflect our modern aesthetic needs.  I also threw in a couple of jewels, and of course my Rodarte shoe crush at the moment, heavily inspired by the elements of nature, in particular wood. 

Where to find these pieces!
The two button down shirts and grey Pendleton coat, along with the buffalo cap are all from the amazing Etsy shop ETIQUETTEshop.  They primarily sell men’s items, yet I am all about an oversized flannel and this is my go to for really cool southwest vibez; Turquoise vintage ring can be found here; The Ikat clutch or ipad case can be purchased here; The stunning vintage gold ring can be found here; The awesome cantaloupe coat and southwest belt are both from OmniaVTG; The vintage woven purse can be found here; For these incredible Rodarte sandals click here; The boots are Missoni and can be found here;

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  • Pardon My Fashion

    January 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm |

    YES to this. YES so many times. So…ranting time: I work at 3rd Street Promenade in LA which is a giant shopping center. F21, Brandy Melville, H&M, Nordies…tons of shopping. My Co-Workers know that I am a thrifter and they always peer-pressure me, “Britt…why don’t you treat yourself to something nice?! At a normal store.” And I try to explain to them that my thrift and vintage clothes are of WAY better quality. And they just. don’t. get it! I’m like…you know, QUALITY!! And they do not know. I am so happy you understand! Love ya chica…this is a really great post!!

    xoxo

    • Pretty In Thrift

      January 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm |

      HAH! yes.. what they don’t realize that by thrift shopping you ARE treating yourself… you’re treating yourself to a unique selection of clothes that are well made, to a greener life, where you are encouraging recycling and to more money in your pocket! Don’t let them bring you down girl.. keep on thriftin! xx