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This Used To Be Yours – A Fashion Adventure

28 Sep

I didn’t always love clothes. As a little kid I can’t really remember loving anything other than a Minnie Mouse dress I acquired on a trip to Disneyland.

When I hit Jr. High, fashion started to matter. I switched schools in the 7th grade, and making an impression with “the cool kids” seemed more about what you were wearing than the sick collection of Barbies you had.

My Mom has always been a fashionista, and has built a stellar wardrobe through having a keen eye for sales, and the ability to pick out designer clothes at consignment stores that suit her European flare.

Try telling a 12 year old girl trying to make an impression that wearing pre-owned clothes was cool. Yeah. Right.

Desperate to fit in and stay within my allocated clothing fund, I took to innovative ways to get my hands on the coveted “Tommy Girl” t-shirts and Club Monaco sweat shirts. I was a pretty scrawny kid, and I figured out that I could get these goods for a fraction of the price if I shopped at kids stores. Boom, hooked on a deal and also fit in with “the cool kids”.

As I got older, with the help of a savvy shopping Mom, and shows like Street Cents, I busted my butt and used all my babysitting money to get the things I wanted on the cheap.

Fast forward to high school. I got a job at Roots because I loved shopping there, but knew I could be outfitted head to toe with a sick discount if I worked there. Did it also help that the mall was also filled with cute boys from school? Heck ya.

My University days saw a step backwards and it was all Lululemon all the time. But when it got back to the real world, my eye for consignment shopping kicked in.

There was a boutique in Vancouver that was across the street from the gym. My favourite treadmill overlooked the shop, and I would often go over after a workout and pick up some hidden gems that others had thrown to the wayside. Little by little I started to grow my collection of beautiful outfits others had grown tired of.

When we moved back to Halifax, my Mom had already found the hottest spots in town. She showed me her favourite shops, and I couldn’t get over the beautiful clothes I could find that were not only way higher quality than I could normally afford, but they were unique and helped me grow my personal style.

I got addicted to the bargain, and buying things full price went from feeling trendy, to gross. Why would I pay full price for something of suspect quality when I could go to a well curated consignment shop and get high quality pieces for a steal?!

My time in Halifax saw my closet continue to grow, but things got serious when I moved to Toronto. Now, Toronto I’m sure is full of amazing consignment shops, but brand names tend to be king, and prices get jacked accordingly.

My consignment store of choice in Ontario actually falls outside the city in Listowel, where The Husband is from.

One day a cute window display at The Clothing Loft sucked me in, and I popped into this shop only to uncover a ton of treasures.

I walked around assessing the place, and a bright pink pair of pumps caught my eye. Upon further inspection, they were brand spanking new, and just my size.

Cue blood pressure and happiness levels increasing.

I left the store with a giant smile on my face, and a VERY Sylvia pair of shoes in my bag. Visit after visit, I continued to go into The Clothing Loft to see what gems I could find.

Much to my delight, in the two years I’ve been shopping there, I’ve rarely left empty handed. From amazing shoes to great skirts and sweaters, I’ve been able to build a wardrobe that I love by supporting a local business and spending WAY less money than if I was shopping at full retail price.

This brings us to “This Used to Be Yours”. My Mom wanted an outlet to showcase our finds, and because I LOVE a good deal thought it would be a fun project to start together.

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SO starting today, you can follow @UsedToBeYoursFashion to see our favourite outfits from a mix of consignment shops and retail stores that we’ve found amazing bargains in.

Every week we’ll bring you a recap of our favourite outfits, and let you know where these sweet finds came from.

We can’t wait to share our closets with you!

This Needs to Stop – Sneakers & Business Casual

27 Apr

It has come to our attention at TNTS that many of you are throwing the most basic of fashion tips out the window on your daily jaunt to and from work. We aren’t here to point any fingers, but merely provide some guidance when putting your best foot forward. Ok fine. First we’ll point fingers and then we’ll guide. Nothing like a little shock therapy to whip you into shape.

So, do you know what needs to stop? Wearing sneakers with business casual attire. If you just looked down at your feet to check to see if you are breaking this fundamental fashion rule you likely are. That is unless you’re Justin Timberlake in which case our lives are about to get a hell of a lot more interesting.

But seriously let’s imagine this. It’s the middle of July. Kate Middleton and Wills are rumoured to be in town. You are busting it to work when all of a sudden you see them. And trust us, Kate sees you and you’re crazy white cross trainers. What would Kate do you ask? She would likely throw back her glorious mane of hair and laugh while simultaneously reaching into her Birkin Bag and tossing you a pair of spare flats that she carries around at all times just in case.

While this would make for a great story on your part, Kate is now leaving the city thinking, “Goodness! Halifax was a quaint place, but heavens do they have horrible footwear! Tut tut!!” Now the rest of us get stuck in this mass generalization that our shoes suck.

In today’s world full of giant purses and amazingly good bargains there is no reason for you lovely ladies to be clomping around in your sneakers en route to the office, merely to change into more stylish footware upon arrival. While we can completely understand the functionality of pairing a bright white sneaker with a black pencil skirt and silk blouse, for obvious reasons we can’t understand the fashionability behind it.

So we’d like to introduce to you your new best friend, the flat. Flat’s have been around since the 18th century so it’s not like we’re trying to force you into a dress made out of meat or something. Flats can be just as, if not more comfortable than sneakers AND because they are available in just about every colour imaginable you have no reason to avoid them when putting on your favourite Monday – Friday outfits.

Flats are also an affordable way to spruce up your closet. Joe Fresh is a great place to pick up a great pair of flats you can usually find them on sale!

H&M also has some great flats in their summer collection and for under $20!

Joe Fresh Flats $39 (left) H&M Peep Toe Flats $19 (right)

If you thinking no WAY are fancy little flats more comfortable then my LA Gear kicks we challenge you to a street race. That’s right. We will run all the way down Barrington St. at full speed and prove that we can win races and look great while doing it.

So please, unless you’re in appropriate leisure attire, put away those sneaks. You’ll be glad that you did.