Looking like wealth

As much as I love luxury fabrics and labels, if I have not been saving up for something for a long time, I really only justify purchasing them if I can get a deal. That is truly where vintage shopping has been my saving grace. I can't tell you how many of my favorite luxurious pieces in my closet have been purchased for a fraction of the price through shopping at consignment stores, secondhand boutiques and my tried and true favorite, the Salvation Army.

I bought this oxblood (there's that color name I hate again) leather coat recently from the SA and I paid a grand total of $30 for it. As far as SA prices go, it's expensive, but it was way too good to pass up. It's a beautiful 100 percent genuine leather piece from the 1980s and it is in absolutely pristine condition. When I bought it, it smelled heavily of mothballs and old perfume, so I took it to a leather cleaner, which actually cost more than the purchase price itself. But when I picked it up, it was good as new, with a perfect lining, and no wear and tear on the exterior.

It has beautiful hugely exaggerated shoulders and it is one of those swing coats that doesn't have any closures. So I put it with a simple black leather belt and was warm and stylish all day. I can just imagine the woman who purchased the coat probably spent hundreds of dollars on it and now this beautiful piece is a great addition to my closet.

I'm really so happy with it and feel like it's a great way to add some individuality to my clothes. I can't rave about vintage and secondhand shopping enough. It is the way to go to build your own style and score gems for your closet that few others will have.

Leather coat: Salvation Army
Belt: My boyfriend's closet 
Black Pants: Dress Barn
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Louis Vuitton 
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Bangles/Sunglasses: Aldo
Necklace: Fennimas



Unknown said...

The Oxblood leather swing coat is stunning and you do look like wealth. I'm really loving this entire look and your style!!!
I'm not as fashionable as you are but I would love for you to check out my blog sometime.

Sandra Negron said...

What salvation army do you go to?


Lynnette Bond said...

Well worth the investment and I doubt you will see anyone else rockin your coat. I love it Doll!!!!!

ari said...

IN LOVE! You look fabulous..

Unknown said...

this is the best thrift store buy anyone has ever made hands down!!! OMG it is gorgeous and looks so luxe. no way in heck anyone would guess you got that for $30 at SA. you go Allie! it's stunning, as are you rocking it! if you ever sell it remember I called dibs on it first!:) happy thanksgiving!http://www.youtube.com/user/GNLBeauty

Unknown said...

Ok I saw a pic of you on Facebook and I rushed over so I can read the post & comment! I can't tell you how fierce you look. The coat is nothing short of fantastic, I'm so in love with the color & I love how you added the belt to make it work! You betray WERK!


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