We recently wrote a post that included some of our shopping “do’s and dont’s” and we really wanted to put them into action. I mean, we also wanted to buy shiny new dresses, but somewhere in there was a plan to show you babes the ropes of shopping at consignment and vintage boutiques.
Our first stop was Inspired Boutique on the corner of Market and College St. in downtown Springfield. We’ve peeked through their windows a few times but had never stopped in to shop there until now. The space is bright and welcoming with everything separated by color and size, making it very easy to find what you’re looking for if you know what colors suit you best.
The shop seems to particularly cater to women in their late 20s and older. This is sort of perfect since there’s a lot more to choose from when the styles aren’t limited to a particular age group or trend. A gorgeous vintage red dress was hanging on a rack just a few feet away from a high-low skirt that faded from dark grey to white. Totally on trend meets classic style. We love it!
Look at that belted beauty! Coincidence that this dress matches Becca’s lipstick perfectly? Probably not. We would never go shopping without lipstick on. But it’s an excuse as good as any to bring home a vintage piece this pretty.
Consignment and vintage shops are great because they allow you the freedom to put together looks that you might never have come up with while shopping major retail brands. I never would have picked up these two pieces on their own but they work really well together. It feels really Pretty In Pink meets Amelie. Plus, I would never have thought to put so much white together but I was really pleased with the outcome!
Becca looks so professional and sexy in this outfit! The sleeves are loose and flowing but not at all unflattering and work really well when paired with a skirt that is both dark in color, and in a classic pattern.
After a couple of hours spent gushing over everything at Inspired Boutique we headed over to The Review Shoppe on Glenstone Ave. This is SERIOUSLY the spot to hit if you’re into designer brands. Dooney & Bourke, vintage Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors. You name it, they’ve got it.
You can’t see my face in this photo but it’s literally melting over how much I dig these Michael Kors platform heels. It was love at first site and it was very real. We’ll be together again soon and turning heads this fall.
Becca got seriously lucky in the blazer department. The black and white stripes work really well with the darker floral print crop top she’s wearing underneath and when paired with black opaque tights and a black skirt, the look has a polished and professional feel without looking too busy or too juvenile.
Of course, not every shopping day is a success. We know all too well the feeling of showing up with every intention of spending some hard earned cash on a garment that makes us feel totally amazing only to leave empty handed. We found several pieces that worked in one way or another but weren’t altogether impressive.
We absolutely LOVE these colors together! Mint and gold are exciting and classic at the same time. This sort-of “peacock feather” pattern doesn’t overdue it. Unfortunately the bottom of this long sleeved blouse was bunched into what can only be described as a bubbly muffin top and would flatter absolutely nobody. There’s a reason some things end up at the consignment shop and maybe someday this little lady will have a forever home but it won’t be with us.
Again with the attack of the bubble bottom! The fabric was great. High quality and thick without being overbearing. We like the pattern and it worked well on both of our skin tones, mine being a little more of a red tone than Becca’s, but both super pale. The only problem was that the skirt was bunched into a very 2009 bubble skirt. It wasn’t worth the $15 to grab a seam ripper and let out the bunched bits only to have to re-sew the lining. Sometimes you have to let your loves go.
This was a skirt that looked absolutely horrible on, but totally charmed us with it’s bright summer pattern and of course, a repeated stripe of glitter. Glitter done right will always win us over. Quick! Someone that can pull off vertical multicolored stripes on denim, go buy this from Inspired Boutique right now!
Where do you find your favorite vintage and consignment pieces? What hole-in-the-wall resale shop are we totally missing out on? What are some of your “can’t live without ’em” shopping tips and tricks? Tag your photos with #grittyluxe and leave your comments below so we can chat about one of our favorite things…fashion! Happy shopping, babes!