Finding a gorgeous vintage piece for under $10 is just so satisfying. I learned to savor that satisfaction from a young age from my mother and her friends, who to this day are always good to offer up an 'ohh' and 'ahh' when presented with a particularly choice Salvation Army find. Admittedly, for a variety of reasons I've been light in the thrifting department over the past year and a half. Back in Pittsburgh it was a weekend staple, a chance to explore beyond city limits when I didn't have any other reason or purpose for doing so. The special pieces I've found over the years have rounded out my wardrobe in a way that new items just can't compare to. Vintage is a compliment. It's always been my way of setting my wardrobe apart.
So this year a big goal of mine has been to shift my focus back to vintage and thrifted styles. I'll still buy new, sure, when I need a staple here and there. But after an epically fruitful thrift trip with Ashley over the holidays where I basically just bought a bunch of jackets, I've fallen back in love. And this particular jacket was my tipping point. Quilted silk velvet, lined with Chinese brocade and adorned with intricate frog buttons. It's unlike anything I own and the perfect way to take an otherwise classic look to the next level.