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Monday, 11 November 2013

SIXTY-FIVE/ the ottawa vintage clothing show

This past Sunday was the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show here in the capital. If you don't remember my post from last year, I'll catch you up to speed: the Vintage Clothing Show is a sale that happens once a season and it brings all of Ottawa's most fashionable under the same roof. There are tons of one of a kind goodies to be found for unbelievable prices. Click 'read more' to see the rest of the post and to see what I wore.

Laura and I got to the show pretty late this year. Our minds were set that if we go just before close vendors will be willing to give out rock bottom prices. In a way we were right, but apparently everyone else in the city had this tactic in mind as well. It was absolutely packed by the time we arrived. There were also a ton of new and exciting vendors from places as far away as Toronto and Montreal. Laura and I met up with our good friends, Jessie and Michael, and we picked through the different tables for the rest of the afternoon. By the end of the day we were all exhausted and starving, but it was well worth it.

Although I'm not a vintage queen like some people *ahem, Laura* I do really admire the quality and uniqueness of pieces from different eras. The show was filled with amazing one of a kind pieces in every textile imaginable. There were rows and rows of gorgeous furs, sparkly sequins and bead work that was to die for. Although I didn't walk away with anything, I really did enjoy my time at the show this season. It was like walking into a different decade for the afternoon.

A lot of people were in plainclothes, though some did decide to dress up. I saw a lot more cat eye glasses, faux and real fur, flared skirts and cutesy shoes than I do on a regular day in downtown Ottawa. It was amazing to see and I'm so happy that this show is growing more and more each season. A few hours twice a year is definitely not long enough to scope through everything displayed, so I hope that in future seasons they extend it to a full weekend. A girl can dream, can't she?

I decided to step a little out of my comfort zone for the show. I wore a colourful retro dress that I picked up at Goodwill a little under a year ago. I've yet to wear it because it is a lot of colour for me, but I'm glad I decided upon it. I got a ton of compliments on it, so of course my already inflated ego was boosted even more. I wore my trusty Louis Vuitton Speedy bag, even though it totally didn't match the outfit at all, my favourite American Apparel leggings that I'm sure you're all tired of seeing (it was freezing that day, okay!!) and my favourite blue flats.

DRESS/ via Goodwill LEGGINGS/ American Apparel BAG/ Louis Vuitton (Speedy 30)
SHOES/ No Angel via Value Village
My friend Jessie and his AMAZING new velvet blazer | Laura trying everything on | My friend Michael and his fantastic new leather moto jacket

*Photo credit - outfit photos: Michael Tundo | the remainder of the photos were taken by me


  1. i have the same dress as the one you're wearing! or something extremely similar--definitely the same fabric.

    1. Ah that's so amazing! I absolutely love this dress, I definitely need to wear it more.