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When thrift shopping, I used to just buy whatever caught my fancy because generally things were so inexpensive that if they didn’t work out, you could just re-thrift them in a couple months down the road. But know I’m trying to be more thoughtful and collect classic pieces. You know, timeless essentials like a blazer, trench, motorcycle jacket, etc. Things that never go out of style. Here’s where I’m at so far:

Fringed Jacket. Okay,  I don’t know if the fringed jacket picture above is an essential, but it sure is cool looking. This is a Value Village find. It is by a French company called Chevignon. Strangely enough I have an authentic Hopi cardigan by a company that’s also called Chevignon.

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Shearling Jacket. I’ve always admired the look of a shearling flight jacket. This isn’t technically an aviator, but it’s the closest I’ve come to finding one (and I found it on the $10 rack at Ransack the Universe).


Motorcycle Jacket.  For years, I had my eye on a blue melton and leather number at Doc’s Leathers on Queen, but it was too small. When I finally lost enough weight for it to fit, I went down there to buy it but it was gone. I knew I didn’t want a black leather Motorcycle jacket and then one day I discovered this suede Ventcouvert jacket at a shop in Kensington Market (sorry, I don’t remember which one). It’s so soft and supple that I can wear it as layering piece under my sweater coat.

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Sweater Coat. Transitional pieces are hard (because it’s usually too hot or too cold to wear them. This one is just perfect because it’s loose enough for layering in winter weather, but open and unstructured enough that you can leave it loose when it warms up. Bonus points for being reversible. It also gets a lot of compliments.


Bomber Jacket. I recently became obsessed with finding a bomber jacket after seeing a street style picture on Pinterest. I actually bought three or four, but they never fit tight (another challenge with thrift shop finds — even is a type of jacket is evergreen, there are often tailoring details such as padded shoulders and loose, batwingy sleeves that are specific to the ear in which it was made). Then I came across this faux Chanel jacket at the Salvation Army.

These beauties were popular in the 1990s (this is not official merch, by the way — I don’t even know if Chanel ever made them). Recently, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus have repopularized them.