Dress: Vintage (tailored), Belt: Vintage, Earrings: H&M, Bracelets: In Pink c/o & Charming Charlie, Watch: Michael Kors (similar here) Bag: Prada, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Lipstick: Napoleon Perdis “Eros” c/o

I’m so happy to debut this pretty purple dress. It has been sitting in my “to be altered pile” for quite some time and today it finally got to come out for a stroll. If you’re a regular reader of A Keene Sense of Style then you already know that I love to go treasure hunting for vintage goodies. I scour my local thrift stores and flea markets to see what I can find, often times leaving empty handed. People are always asking me how I find so many great pieces, and the answer is that I am always on the hunt. Also, when something that I love is a little too big or I don’t like its sleeves, I buy it anyways and take it to my tailor because I know it has great potential. Sometimes it just needs a little love and a good home.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for vintage:

1. Thoroughly inspect items to make sure there are no holes or stains.
2. Be prepared to spend some time digging.
3. Don’t be afraid to do easy repairs (adding/replacing buttons and zippers or repairing a seam).
4. Factor in the cost of alterations.
5. Always dry clean or wash before wearing. 

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  1. Hello Elizabeth,
    Greetings from Tanzania.
    Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan. I love your sense of style and make a point to stop by your blog daily (yes am obsessed).
    This is the first time am leaving a comment on your page because you have talked about something i love doing. Yes, i love thrifting and am a thrift queen. At first it was because my income was too low, but with time thrifting became a hobby and trust me, the treasure hunting process has its benefits and i looove it.
    Keep up the good work and i will leave as many comments from now.Who knows, may be i will end up winning the next giveaway after all.

    1. Aika,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It's always great to meet a fellow thrift store lover. I am so glad that you enjoy reading my blog. Let me know if you have any thrifting tips to share, I'd love to hear them.


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