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The BLBD (Best Little Black Dress)


Dress? Sonia Rykiel, thrifted Shoes? Ralph Lauren (here) Clutch? Thrifted 
Sunglasses? RayBan c/o SmartBuy Glasses Pics by Elisha (love them! thanks!!!)

This dress. Thrifted.
It might be my favourite along with all my other favourites. 
I hinted at this amazing find back in the spring but the pictures on the dress form just did not do it justice. I'm glad I was able to sneak in a wear before the cold weather sticks around for good. I had to do some minor alterations to it and while I was working on it, I couldn't stop admiring how well it was made. Which makes sense because although it was thrifted for under $10 (I don't remember exactly but it was on a 50% off day), if you look at comparison prices of the same label, you better be expecting some good workmanship. I'm still not 100% happy with the alterations because that giant slit makes fitting really tricky but another rework can wait another year. Because I need a new eye wear prescription after pulling out tiny seams from the crepe back satin the first time...
I also gave myself a mini heart attack when I was working on the dress. I was about the press open the new seams and while I was waiting for the iron the heat up, I was also sweeping the floor like the super multi-tasker... Then my butt hit the ironing board and the iron tipped over and hot water spilled all over the bottom of the dress. And the crepe material immediately shrank in that area and puckered the dress. Colourful words were uttered. My butt could just have ruined one of my very best thrift finds ever.
Thankfully the material relaxed again as it dried and all is well. 

But it was too close of a call, ironing and sweeping will be kept as separate activities from now on. 


Sophie said...

You look absolutely stunning!

Second Breakfast said...

Such cool sleeves! Nice find. I LOLed when you said your butt almost ruined the dress. Sounds like something that would happen to me! Glad the material relaxed again and all was well :)

Laura said...

I want to know who these people are that are giving away Sonia Rykiel dresses to thrift stores? The only places around me that have designer goods are either consignment shops or high end thrift stores and the prices are still in the $50+ range. What the heck kind of neighborhood are these places in?!

My Edit said...

Laura- I got this on at the Value Village on the Hamilton Mountain. I also want to now who donates this stuff and give them a giant hug! I think all thrift stores have possibility but I do think we have a good mix of having high end donations and low brand knowledge among shoppers which makes the stores not super picked over. I will say that thrift store prices are certainly rising though.

Jenn said...

I've donated high end brands before. I feel like I've found so much treasure at the thrift store I was just paying it forward. :) I bet the person who donated that dress would be really happy that someone found it who truly appreciates it. Plus, you look like a total babe in it. :)

Anonymous said...

Perfect LBD, the high slit is so so sexy. Love the structure and how it hugs your body perfectly. What a great thrift find!

Cee. ♥
Code Overdressed

Frannie Pantz said...

It's stunning pieces like this that make thrifting such a joy both to partake in and also to applaud from afar. You look so gorgeous! I LOVE the slit! Mamasita!!!

Sydney Page said...

Ooohh. That dress made me hold my breath a little. I love the satin detail on the slit. And of course the sleeves. The sleeves make it.

Jennifer said...

Wow you look stunning!

xo Jennifer

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Amber said...

Stunning was the first word that came to mind when I saw these pictures!! When scrolling, I noticed some other comments with this word but I had to stick with it!! What an awesome look!!

Fashion, Floss and Lip Gloss

Tracy said...

You look like you should be on the red carpet for the opening of a movie!!very elegant!

Naomi said...

Seriously the best thrift find ever!! Those sleeves are fantastic~

The Occasional Indulgence

Anonymous said...

Of course that dress is's beyond amazing! I love the little extras like the shoulders and the high slit! If you ever get tired of it, I'd be more than happy to take it off your hands!


Terri said...

You look amazing! The shoulder treatment on that thing is utterly fantastic! You look really tan, too. That always adds to fierceness.

Natalie said...

SO GORGEOUS ON YOU! Love the whole look. And that last pic? Stunning.

Anonymous said...

You and Julie inspired me to commit to a thrift-life here in Hamilton with your wonderful looks :-)That's what you get for writing such a good blog: Competition in the Thrift Store!

SincerelyMissJ said...
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SincerelyMissJ said...

Omg, you got it at the value village up the mountain in hamilton, I use to go there as a student years ago and found nothing. I find I have better luck at the salvation army in burlington, great stuff. And yes, thrift prices are def. rising!!

Leah said...

That dress is stunning! You look amazing, especially with that red lip.

Gwen said...

I am just blown away by this. That has to be the most perfect thrifting find ever, maybe only second to a certain green purse... It looks amazing on you, too!

Laura @ A Closet Full of Clothes... said...

I am in awe of this amazing thrift find. And jealous! lol
I am curious about the alterations you made (mostly because I end up altering a lot of my finds too).

Lucy said...

That dress is GORGEOUS. Definitely my favorite thrift find of yours! Enjoy!

Sheree said...

This dress is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Everyone's always jealous of my finds, well I am jealous of this one...gorgeous!!!!!
sheree xxx

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