the dress: resale is taking over my life.

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This is not a fashion blog, I know, I know; I figure I can evolve a little bit. I’m fresh off of a wonderful, amazing, beautiful wedding last night and feeling zesty about life, love and a new-to-me-dress. And I’m trying to think of an excuse to post these amazing photos of me and my girls … how lovely are they?

Back to resale: see that thing above? I’m the one in the middle. That dress cost me $26 from Seek Vintage on Chicago Avenue. Wanna know how many stores I went to before finding it? Let’s count: Urban Outfitters, Akira, The Loft, J. Crew, Banana Republic, The Gap, Express and even American Eagle. Wanna know how many sleeved dresses I saw during my visits? 1. And it was see-through.

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I’m not sure why it’s so hard to find a decent dress for a Sunday wedding. Is it me? Am I getting older, more modest? Is it the shops I selected? Sure, I wouldn’t expect something built for a grown woman with hips, thighs, ass, (okay, not me personally, I’m generally speaking here) tummy in American Eagle but in J. Crew? Banana?

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I’m not trying to say anything new in this post about women’s bodies vs. teen bodies or the merits of clothes that cover your body properly, nothing like that. I’m just shocked that I spent all that time and energy in each of those stores, subjecting myself to half nakedness under fluorescent light, when all I had to do was stop into a resale shop blocks from my home for the perfect dress. The more and more I thrift for everything house related, the more I seek out stuff from the past for my closet. The cuts seem to be much more forgiving for my baby beer belly and everything looks so classy, elegant. I’m not going to be one of those folk that only buy used but it’s becoming more and more appealing everyday. The price tag doesn’t hurt either: $26 and I felt brand new, like a hundred bucks.

ladies & okunola

ladies & okunola

ladies & okunola

ladies & okunola

More photos from our mini photo shoot here.
Photos by Chibueze Mbachu.

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19 responses to “the dress: resale is taking over my life.

  1. i have to say it
    ‘The three of you are lovely!’
    from face to dress
    confident and lovely! :)

  2. you ladies look gorgeous! all color-coordinated too! i want aziza’s shoes :)

    • Aren’t they great? Believe it or not, we didn’t plan to coordinate at all. I thought Aziza was going with green until the last minute!

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  3. First of all, you all are just too cute……Oak your handsome. I like to do the thrift shops as well and you will be surprised how many JONES OF NEW YORK you will find. Question: Were these pictures taken before or after you realized there was an open bar at the reception?

    Love you,
    Mommy

  4. every single pair of shoes in this reel of film is BAD. I need them all, in an 8.

  5. I love the purples!!! Looking real good ladies (and men!). I too want to mention the awesome shoes – size 9 1/2 for me!! As far as the vintage dress, remember – everything old is new again! Congrats to the newly weds.

  6. May, you already know I think you and your short cut are just TOO cute. The dress is lovely, and I love the pictures with you and your girls (also the ones with hubby). You continue to inspire.

  7. i must say that these photos turned out well and it’s not just because i’m in them, lol!

    though this isn’t a fashion blog, i’m proud to say that this is a great post on what you can buy NOT going to traditional stores to get great clothing for excellent prices.

    my dress came from a small boutique in milwaukee and was on sale for $30, i’m pretty sure that tanisha’s dress was on sale when she purchased it. our shoes (and tia you cannot have mine, 9west btw) were probably the most expensive things that we had on, lol!

    lookin’ good ladies, can’t wait to see the rest of the photos.

    oh and if tradition is any indicator, i will be getting married soon – as i caught the bouquet! :-)

  8. thanks for the shout out mami!

  9. This photos are great and the dress is fab. Glad you finally found one.

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