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Girl, I hit another jackpot at Savers!
So I am very influenced by designer fashion and the sort of international fashion week street style outfits, however my budget doesn’t quite align with coats that cost upwards of $1500-2000.
Thing is I often search the $100-200 range for coats at some of my favorite retailers and while I find some pretty cool styles there, sometimes it’s not always quite what I’m looking for. So my best bet? Hit Savers (which might be called ValueVillage or Unique Thrift in your neck of the woods).
I gave you guys tips on how to thrift to make it easier for first-timers or even just casual thrifters like me in my last Savers post. Remember, one of my fashion mottos is to shop everywhere and keep your eyes and your mind open. You NEVER know what gem is going to come your way. This year alone at Savers, I’ve scored a vintage Gucci watch, vintage earrings, the cutest wicker bag that can also double as a basket, and now this cool coat.
What I spotted in Savers West Hempstead & Commack—there’s even a pretty huge Halloween section
I marched into the Savers in West Hempstead (I also visit the store in Commack as well) and slid over to the coat section. Girl, I had to contain myself because I was in there just throwing coats in my shopping cart and squealing in between each find…lol. I didn’t want to attract too much attention to myself because then the other shoppers would want to be in my section looking, too…lol. And I’m nice of course, but I can only imagine how things would be very different had I not snagged this coat.
So I get the coat and I immediately love the color and the shape. It’s in really good condition even though I suspect it was made sometime in the 1980s. There’s a Lord & Taylor tag stitched inside and the coat designer is Paul Levy Designs. I immediately saw potential in the coat even though it looked too big and bulky on me when I tried it on. Not only was it too bulky, but the sleeves were also too short (#tallgirlproblems). No worries, I had a vision.
I took my purchases to the checkout and my grand total for three coats and a skirt was $70. I paid $21.49 for the ivory coat (I’ll show you the others once I figure out what I want to do with them) and immediately headed to my local dry cleaners to have it cleaned. On the drive there, I got an idea to cut the sleeves short (I LOVE a good short-sleeved coat—I’ve also got my eyes peeled for a short-sleeved faux fur one, too) as I knew it would eliminate the sleeve length problem I had and then with the sleeves being short, it opened up my fashion options for layering. I could make this coat take on SO many styles just by whatever color or pattern or texture I’m wearing underneath. I can have on a bright colored blouse, a furry sweater, shoot, even a leather jacket underneath to give the coat a cool edge.
I didn’t even research to see if the dry cleaners was a good one for tailoring. It just felt right somehow…lol. Funny because the guy who owns the dry cleaner was practically laughing at me because I wanted to cut the sleeves off AND when I told him I needed it in a week (um, sir, I have a PHOTO SHOOT I need to do in this coat, thankyouverymuch) he was like “You’re going to WEAR this NEXT WEEK?!?!” (it was like 80 degrees that day…lol). And of course the day I went to pick it up they asked me to come back in two hours because he hadn’t adjusted the sleeves yet. SMH.
But anyway, I may need to go back in there and shake that man’s hand because he did an AMAZING job with my coat (I am contemplating having him take it in some, but for now a belt works). This is what I LOVE about thrifting at Savers—I walked in with an open mind and wound up walking out with such an amazing and unique wardrobe piece. So naturally when I’m extremely hyped about something, that’s all I want to do…lol. I’m already over here thinking about making a few more trips to see what else I can rework.
I’ll keep you guys posted on what I wind up doing with the other coats I thrifted, but for now I’m going to be twirling in my new piece thanks to Savers.
The fashion lesson here: with a little imagination and inspiration, you can get a FAB priceless piece for little money. Thanks SO much, Savers!
Foundation: Cover FX Total Cover Cream
Concealer/Highlight/Contour: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder, Cover FX Total Cover Cream, Cover FX Pressed Mineral Powder (find out which shades I wear in each here)
Blush: NARS Wanted II Blush Palette
Lips: LORAC Alter Ego Gloss in Flower Child
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