Saturday, August 20, 2016

outfit post: 70s does 30s or 40s dress




Outfit: vintage dress and heels 

This is one my favourite vintage dresses and also one of the great finds during a vintage hunting trip in Bandung, Indonesia six years ago. It was the most fruitful trip by far. I bought 12 vintage dresses and a vintage top! Oh boy, I miss shopping at flea markets. 

The reason this vintage dress is one of my favourite is because of its style; which is 30s or 40s inspired. Based on the label, this is a Mag Fortail Creations, Paris dress. After some searches on the Internet, I suspect this is a 1970s dress. I found a dress which has the same label in Etsy.  The motive and the colour are just so lovely and romantic. Luckily the dress still fits after all these years!





Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, until my next post, stay chic!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

outfit post: graphic print 80s does 50s dress

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Whilst a picture worth a thousand words, a great picture has greater impact. Looking at the photos in my blog, most of them are taken indoors. Hence, in Shanghai, I tried something new; engaging a photographer for an outdoor photo shoot. It was a good experience!


Outfit: vintage 80s does 50s dress, belt, heels 

I bought this wonderful vintage dress during one my trips back to Malaysia in the past years. Before the trip, I managed to shorten the hem, making it a bit modern and to suit my frame. What I love about this dress is the print - blocks of black and white - such a bold print, don't you think? Minimal accessorizing works best with such bold print. The red belt adds a pop of colour into the outfit. Black, white and red is one of my favourite colour combos. What is your favourite colour combo?  


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Have a lovely weekend and until my next post, as always; stay chic!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

wanderlust: vintage hunting in shanghai

Despite of limited time, this didn't hinder me from finding and checking out any vintage stores in Shanghai. Whilst taking a stroll around the French Concession area, I came across this tiny shop; Antique Postcard Keeper. It was name of the shop that caught my eye first, then the two dresses hung at the doors. 

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antique postcard keeper 2

antique postcard keeper 3

The lovely tiny shop is curated with many accessories; necklaces, earrings and bags, which I believe are vintage. Worth to check it out if you are in the area.   

Antique Postcard Keeper
67, Wuyuan Road, 
Nearest metro station: Changshu Road Station 

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anxi clothing market 1

anxi clothing market 3

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Timeout is a good resource. I read about  Anxi Clothing Market from Timeout Shanghai and decided to add it onto my to-visit list. During my visit on a Sunday morning, not many stores opened. Many stores seems like selling new goods; shoes, bags and clothes. However, there was a shop which at the first glance looks like selling used clothes. Hence I made a quick stop to rummage the clothes on the racks. And I was lucky to find two lovely dresses circa 1980s - yay! 

Anxi Clothing Market
1335 Kaixuan Lu, near Anshun Lu
Nearest metro station: Hongqiao Lu Station

dress 2 a

dress 2 b

dress 2 c

dress 2 d

Tiny hole on the left bust. Need a bit of 'magic' to repair it. 

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the egyptian dresss 2

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Egyptian or hieroglyphs print

I never thought this trip would turn out to be a fruitful one; that I managed to buy two vintage dresses (for RMB55, less than USD10!) and not forgetting gazing at the majestic view of Pudong skyline from the Bund. Oh, I wish I could have stayed longer to explore and get to know the city more. Old Shanghai, perhaps another time?

Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Stay chic!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

wanderlust: the bund @ shanghai

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the bund 1

the pearl tower 1

the bund 2

Outfit: vintage dress

Early this month, I had the opportunity to visit Shanghai for a short trip. Just enough for me to visit couple of places of interest. And of course, a visit to the Bund is a must. The Bund's historic strip is about 1.5 km long, with early 20th century European buildings. The Bund Promenade, I must say, it is the most popular spot. Visitors flock here to look at the futuristic Pudong skyline, regardless day or night. Both offer different kind of superb views. 

I was wearing a simple vintage dress, one of my early purchases in Malaysia. It is my staple work vintage dress throughout the year and I style it differently to suit the season. In summer, sometimes I accessorize it with a yellow belt, clearly for this trip, I forgot to pack the belt! Anyway, here's the most minimalist look of the dress. 

What are your staple vintage work dresses or pieces? How long have you had the piece for? I am interested to know :) 

Have a great weekend and stay chic!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

i got it from instasale

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Tried my luck again at instasale; this time it was cutxpaste's instasale which took place in May. Luck was on my side and it was worth staying up late, sacrificing my beauty sleep. I bought a 1950s bodice laced dress that needed some TLCs. One thing that I have learnt from wearing vintage is that not every piece is perfect; there are some pieces with flaws. Learning to accept and perhaps fixing the flaws to prolong its life; making the most of it. I love to fix and give such dresses a second life.

I was so excited when I received the parcel. Inspected the dress and thought of how to fix the dress. For the stain and bleed, I purchased a new stain remover (keeping my fingers crossed it works) and for the strap, this is easy fixing. Stayed tune for the outcome. 

In the meantime, have a great weekend. Stay chic!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

my first vintage 1940s dress

Most of my vintage dresses are mostly circa 1970s, 1980s and perhaps one or two from the 1960s. I have been trying to expand my collection by acquiring dresses or clothes from the 1940s and 1950s recently. In Asia, this can be a challenging task if one purely looking for these in local vintage stores. Selection or choices could be limited and the price would be a little too pricey. I believe these vintage stores most probably buying their stock from the US or Europe. A more affordable option is to buy 1980s does 1940s or 1950s. However, for someone who loves the history and nostalgia of vintage dresses, this does not feel the same as the original piece. 

Before embarking on the journey to search for the perfect 1940s/50 dress, a basic knowledge of characteristics clothing in the 1940s and 1950s is important to ensure the piece is genuinely from these periods. There are a number of blogs and websites giving tips or guides identifying or buying dresses from any period of time; making it easy to do research within a click of a mouse. The Vintage Fashion Guild has good resources and information. One major characteristic that I use as my own guide is the side seam metal zipper. 

Finally, I purchased my first vintage 1940s dress on Esty! Yay! The dress was on sale - double yay! When I received the parcel, I was so excited and couldn't wait to get home to try the dress. It fits but the hem is a bit longer for my frame. I am still contemplating whether to shorten the hemline or to leave it as it is. Another reason why I have not worn it yet;  the material is semi-sheer and I need to buy a slip.

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The parcel - I love the personal touch!

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The dress

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A closer look of the dress - the neckline and sleeve 

The pattern - fern-like leaves

I could not wait to wear this lovely dress for one or two twirls around the city. But before that, one question has been answered though - to rehem or not to rehem? What would you do if you were in my shoes? I would like to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

wanderlust: used clothing stores in harajuku, tokyo


Ragtag is a secondhand designer clothing chain store. The store carries famous designer brands such as Alexander Mcqueen,Chloe, Christian Louboutin, Christian Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Marc by Marc Jacobs to name a few catering for women, men and kids as well. According to its website, there are seven Ragtag stores around Tokyo and one rt in Ginza. During my trip, I visited the store in Harajuku. Whilst I did not notice anything vintage but on the website it stated there is a vintage section. My guess is perhaps vintage can be found in other stores?

Ragtag Harajuku
Address: 6-14-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-6419 3770
Opening hours: 11 am to 8 pm

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Jumble Store another secondhand chain stores with several stores around Tokyo. The stores carry past season's clothes from international designers and also unique items from smaller Japanese brands. The prices are reasonable.

Jumble Store
Address: 4-26-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-5772-3427
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11 am to 9 pm





I am saving the best (in my humble opinion) for the last - Kinji Used Clothing store. Firstly the store itself is huge. The third photo shows the first half of the store. I felt I was in the heaven of secondhand clothing. And secondly you can find vintage here, yay! Lastly, the price is very reasonable. There is a section selling used designer items; clothes, bags and shoes. I had fun rummaging each rack trying to look for 'treasures' to bring back home. I found couple of treasures for the price of JPY3024 (approximately US$27).



I think this striped vintage dress is circa 1970/80s.


Scored this lovely French Connection pleated skirt

Kinji Used Clothing
Address: YM Square Building B1, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-6406-0505
Opening hours: 11 am to 8 pm
Website (in Japanese):

This post concludes wanderlust posts on Tokyo. Although this is not complete listing or coverage on used clothing/secondhand or vintage stores, I hope you find these posts useful for your travel planning. I can't wait to visit Tokyo or Japan again. 

Have a wonderful weekend and stay chic!