I don’t know when I discovered a love of vintage, but I remember it being a long time ago, probably around the time when I was introduced to thrifting at the end of high school. Since then, trips to Value Village and Salvation Army have become frequent, and seeking out obscure thrift and vintage shops when I travel has become one of my favourite activities. Now I especially love it, not only for how it elevates my wardrobe, but because it’s less harmful to the environment and perpetuates recycling and a slow fashion cycle. Buying second hand or vintage clothing is an easy way to reduce your environmental footprint and still express your personal style. However, my tiny closet and trying to maintain a minimalist and sustainable lifestyle forces me to choose my vintage and thrifted pieces very carefully.
So when it came to this leopard coat that a lovely fashionista posted on Instagram, it was a no brainer – a leopard print coat had been on my list for a few years, it’s a classic print that can add life to my minimalist wardrobe, and it’s in pristine condition. Because it’s loud, I wear it mostly with relaxed basics. I like the juxtaposition of ripped denim with is beautiful sheen and texture, and likely won’t wear it with formal pieces because I don’t want it to look costume-y. When it comes to vintage, I always wear it with something current or classic – I think this way it adds a more subtle style statement. If you’re new to shopping and wearing vintage, pick something that you know will work with plenty of pieces in your closet (more on this here) and that is easy to wear – maybe it’s a silk scarf, or a cool belt. Then once you get comfortable with accessories, a leopard coat is in your near future!
So what do you think? Will you try vintage or second hand shopping anytime soon?
As always, thanks for reading, xo