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Vintage

Quantity VS Quality

Do you boycott shopping altogether or do you simply buy less and smarter? As time goes on and generations educate themselves on the true impact of fast fashion, they are becoming more aware of their spending and where their money goes. There is still a lot of people who aren’t on the bandwagon of sustainability. I mean I am not 100% sustainable, because it is impossible to be unless you live under a rock. However, I make conscious decisions about what I put out into the world. I have always been an environmentalist since I was a kid, and I cared about reusing and recycling. I fell off track when I went down the rabbit hole of the fashion industry. I was brainwashed and I thought I needed it all and that if I didn’t follow, I wouldn’t fit in. As I got older, I realized, there’s no need for me to buy everything in stores and that it is never about the quantity but about the quality of the things I owned.

Once the documentary “The True Cost” came out, that’s when more and more people started to understand the impact that the fashion industry has on our planet and on the laborers; the gruesome reality of what we do to ourselves and others.

After I entered the vintage realm, I realized that there’s a big market and that a lot more people are interested in making conscious efforts to buy less and buy smarter. Again, it’s never about the number of items you own but about their quality and how long they will serve you. Since the fast fashion movement happened, quality is not necessarily a priority, and this is why shopping vintage is a good option to look at. Clothing, back then, was made intricately with topnotch fabrics and craftsmanship. Finding vintage pieces that are in mint condition is totally possible if you look in the right places. Therefore, spending a little more on quality pieces that you will use for a long time is a better option. Not only for the planet but for you and for your pocket. Investing in key pieces is a good way to start and if you feel like buying trendy items, then thrift shops are the way to go.

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In today’s outfit of the day, I am showing you that vintage investment pieces do exist. They are out there; you just need patience and a good eye. This Parisian made blazer, that I bought from my favorite thrift shop Nova is so beyond amazing. The quality of the wool is impeccable and it’s as if it was never used. I know that this is a classic blazer and it will be excellent to keep in my wardrobe for a long long time. It’s lightweight, comfortable and the fit is just right and what I like about it is that it’s on the longer side and that it covers the butt area. Always a plus when you wear it with skirts or dresses, it’s so chic! Even when belted at the waist. YUM!

Today, however, I wore it with a 70s flare. I wore it my favorite striped knit trousers and a Virgo tee. More of a relaxed look and definitely doing the clashing pattern.  I don’t know why, but there’s a Freddy Mercury feel to this outfit and that’s why I liked the combo so much. Freddy did fashion so perfectly. His pieces were simple but the way he carried himself made every outfit smashing. Even his classic high-top Adidas were perfection.

So, ultimately, I guess it’s smart to always have in mind that obvious questions…”Do I really need this?” before buying anything and if you are tempted to buy, then go on ahead and try your local thrift or charity shop, you’ll be surprised how many amazing gems are hidden like this blazer right here.

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Vintage

Let’s talk vintage!

One of the main things that kept my spirit high this year was managing and having my online business running. I started my vintage online shop 2 years ago and couldn’t be prouder of myself; I rarely gloat over my little successes (others many not see them as such but I don’t care). I tend to keep quiet about what I do, unless someone is super interested and asks me to give full details. Fashion was always my home away from home; finding myself through colors and textures wasn’t a challenge at all…in fact, it came naturally to me. However, to continue as a fashion designer, with my own line, I had to give up on a lot of my values, which I really wasn’t ready to do (not before, not now and not ever). Therefore, my sister and I had the brilliant idea to open a vintage shop, but her condition was for me to open an online shop and start from there, see how it goes and then move forward with a real store. Then, life happened and my store idea was set on the side, but my online shop was starting to go so well, I didn’t care much. I started having pop up shops, participating in events and selling a lot of my stock…then buying more, then selling more. Even my mom got excited about, she started collecting vintage pieces for me to sell, might I add that some were questionable (those were the ones that sold). I always argued with her about a lot of things, but in the end I am honoured, humbled, touched and rejoiced by how much my family got as excited as I did about my project; my husband is now on the bandwagon. I mean curating vintage is like being Indiana Jones…you re-discover history and give it life; each piece you find tells a story. Besides, you do good to nature by upcycling and recycling. Opening up a shop is still a goal of mine and I am just waiting for the write time to do it.

In today’s post, I am sharing with you wonderful readers and follower my favourite pieces in my shop and also sneaking-ly tell you about the discount I am holding (so you get to enjoy it now through April 15th!!!).

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I usually collect pieces from my mom, from shopping in other vintage shops, from going to vintage warehouses and even from traveling. If there’s a piece that looks special and speaks to me, I pick it up…clean it, zhush it, photograph it and then post it’ and voila! The trick is done! I pretty much do it from A to Z…since moving, I only do the online part and my sisters help take care of the shipping for me. It’s all a team effort really and I couldn’t be happier to have my amazing family involved. Super lucky and blessed!

The Moroccan tunic

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I picked this piece up from a warehouse based in Toronto. They have bags and bags and bags filled with vintage items from all eras and from around the world. You need a whole day there to go through it all. My sister and I get a kick out of it and love going through everything and laughing and giggling at some hideous items and enjoying what’s nice. We’re like little kids in a candy shop…we see something we love, then automatically get distracted by something even cooler. This is probably the best part of curating vintage; spending the time with my sister, my bestie, is something I would never change. So, this particular piece spoke to me for the details; the tape stitched on the front is so authentic is reminds me of being in Morocco all over again. The fabric is perfection too; the state it’s in is just beautiful. It’s light and airy! Plus, this piece is versatile enough to wear as is or to even add it over jeans; it would give such a cool, je ne sais quoi, style.

The butterfly caftan

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I got this one from a trip to Jordan a few years ago and wanted to keep it for myself because it’s just so pretty…but then I had two and a few too many similar styles in my wardrobe. So, I ended up posting it. It’s a gorgeous piece to wear on special occasions…and yes, it can be overwhelming for some, but if you style this bad boy out with simple accessories, it would look stunning!

The Mexican Oaxacan

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This dress is also known as the San Antonino dress (aka Mexican Wedding Dress). I had a few of those posted but a lot sold out and I have two remaining and this being one of them. I wish I could wear it…but I would end up covering it so much, that honestly…there’s no more purpose for me to even put it on. These dresses are characterized by the delicacy of the embroidery, as well as the preservation of traditional forms and motifs. Fine silk and cotton thread are usually used to achieve brilliant and precise floral motifs on lightweight cotton fabric. The only thing I would say is that sometimes, the colors are so vibrant they end up smearing on the white fabric…but with delicate care, these pieces would last forever and plus, you can wear them on nights out and still look bomb!

The sequin “Great Gatsby” dress

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This one is to die for! I have a big selection of sequin/party dresses and items. I mean it couldn’t possibly be Le Dressing de Moon without sequins and sparkle…this is who I am and I am in love with that section. I am not going to lie…whenever I have events to go to…I always dig into my vintage closet for outfits. For one, I know that I’ll look special and for two, I know that no one else will have the same outfit as me. So win-win!

The accessories section

I’ve got bags, necklaces, brooches, shoes and the whole nine yards. My accessories section’s game is awesome AF! It’s probably one of my favourite sections to edit…because there are so many ways to style these items, so many ways to describe them and so many ways to photograph them. This section is probs the most creative one for me and besides, accessories are what make an outfit pop!

Suits

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For them chicks looking to rock one hell of a suit, then I got ya gurl! I have suits that are remarkable and from the 70s. Suits are versatile; you can wear them as one, or as separates and that what I love about them. I had a few of my own, but since moving away, ended up selling them and I kindda regret it, because well, suits are badass and now I am looking to re-acquire some unique suits into my closet; but like really colourful ones!!! Like a hot pink one, or even an orange! That would be killer!!!

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So there ya have it folks! These are some of my favourite pieces in my shop and I am holding a sale currently, spring clear-out sale…to sort of renew my stock and to introduce new items that I have been collecting. The sale will be on till April 15th and all you gotta do is use the code SPRINGCLEAROUT at check out to get 30% off when you spend 50$ or more. Not to be a pusher or anything, but go take a look and enjoy it while it lasts!!!

 

 

 

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Fashion Vintage

New vintage items in store!!!

Hola compadres! So I’ve been gathering some new (vintage) items here and there and finally sat down this weekend to post them and they’re selling already!!! EEEEE 🙂

So go check them out, you might find something interesting (60s to 90s) for everyday wear or even Halloween or Christmas..loads of cool finds and special pieces..and don’t forget that every sale I make, a percentage of it goes to random acts of kindness. You dear customers help me help others!

Thank you all for the continuous supports and here’s the link to my store:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Ledressingdemoon?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Enjoy!!!

PS: I will be in Ottawa at the OTTAWA VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOW on November 6th. If you’re in that reagion, stop by and say hey..we’ll have loads of cool items up for sale.

Happy Sunday x

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Fashion Inspiration

It’s blazer week!!!

So, for ages, I’ve been thinking to clear out my closet since I tend to hoard a little…being in the fashion industry doesn’t help either. Wanting to do that made me notice how much I have been neglecting my blazers and my smart wear. I therefore decided that this week will be blazer week and I am now sharing with you my outfits.

Monday

Monday’s outfit consisted of my favorite 90s’Tristan & Iseut blazer, which I decided to pair with a thrifted white blouse and Tommy Hilfiger skinnies. For shoes I wore my favorite flats ever: Kate Spade for Keds. They are not only super colorful, happy and awesome but they are super comfy too.

Tuesday

Tuesday’s outfit consisted of another Tristan & Iseut vintage blazer. What I truly love about vintage is the tailoring and the fit. I notice that vintage pieces offer more quality than nowadays. So I paired my 90s blazer with skinnies and booties from Forever 21. For a pop of color, I wore an animal print silk scarf. When I first purchased these jeans from Forever 21, I was skeptical about the fit and comfort, but guys, these jeans are amazing and they fit just right!

Wednesday

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For Wednesday’s outfit, I wore my favorite 80s dress and paired it with a 90s striped blazer. For the pop of color, I added an orange scarf to bring out some of the orange in the blazer.

Thursday

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Thursday’s outfit was my favorite because of the colors. The outfit completely represents who I am and my personality. I wore a super cool blazer that was gifted to me by a friend recently and paired it with a vintage jean shirt and a pencil skirt from Forever 21. I topped the outfit off with a pair of knee-high boots that I bought from eBay a while ago.

Friday

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Since Friday is pretty much the happiest time for most professionals out there, I decided to dress a little more chill and casual. I paired this beautiful velvet blazer I got from Simons a few years ago with Forever 21 biker jeans, Kenzo striped sweater and Zara flats.

Hope you guys liked these outfits and I hope that I gave some of you inspiration and outfit ideas!

Comment below which one you preferred.

Cheers xo