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Vintage Shopping Tips with The Oak Closet

October 31, 2017 2 Comments

Vintage Shopping Tips with The Oak Closet

October 31, 2017 2 Comments

Happy Halloween! River and I aren’t dressing up this year (last year we were minions and I loved it) but I’m super excited to catch some of the Hocus Pocus marathon and eat all of the candy that we bought just in case we get trick of treators (we live in a high rise so this is probably unlikely but you never know!). Today as a special treat, I’m super excited to share a collaboration that I’ve had in the works involving a lovely online vintage shop called The Oak Closet.

Lately I’ve been very drawn to vintage pieces. I’ve spent probably way too much time curled up on my couch scouring online vintage shops for unique pieces that would add a little character to my wardrobe. I love the idea of owning something that has its’ own history. Giving it a second life and creating my own stories and memories with that new piece. This new fascination with vintage is why I was so excited when Layla from The Oak Closet reached out to me about a collaboration! Below is a little more about Layla’s lovely store plus a little treat for The Thoughtful Closet readers 😉 , some of my tips for shopping vintage online, styling notes for this look that I put together with a vintage peacoat from The Oak Closet and more outfit details so let’s jump in!

The Oak Closet

Layla operates an online vintage shop called The Oak Closet from her home in Edmonton, AB. I was drawn to Layla’s shop because of her astute eye for curating classic and timeless vintage pieces that still have their own unique personality. I also love that Layla has a passion for sustainability. Thrifting or buying vintage pieces is a great way to create a sustainable wardrobe if you’re on a budget! And as a special treat for The Thoughtful Closet readers you can use the code WINTER15 to receive 15% off your Oak Closet purchase now through Sunday 🙂

Vintage Shopping Tips

Vintage shopping online can be super tricky since you aren’t seeing the garments in person and some small shops don’t accept returns. Below are the tips that I follow when shopping for vintage online and hopefully they’ll help you find some wonderful vintage pieces!

1. Pay attention to measurements
I always reference my measurements when looking for new vintage pieces and I have a couple of garments that I reference as well. I’be found it super helpful to note my favorite inseam length for a cropped look and the length of dresses/shirts that I like. It helps me get more of a visual idea for how the vintage piece will fit.

2. Know your basic fabrics
I’ve started to pay attention to fabrics more and more through my slow fashion journey. I know items that are 100% wool will probably be a little too itchy for my sensitive skin but blends would be fine. Buying vintage sweaters online can be particularly tricky but knowing the blends of some of your favorite sweaters can be another great reference point.

3. Online vintage goes fast.
This probably isn’t a surprise but vintage items can go sooo fast online. I’ve found it super tricky because I like to mull over a purchase for a long time before pulling the trigger. However, for items that I’ve had my mind on for a long time I’ve found it easier to pull the trigger quick. These instances are few and very far between but if I truly truly love a vintage piece I always remind myself that it could be gone the next day or even in a few short hours.

4. Don’t forget your list! 
It can be so easy to get caught up in all of the wonderful vintage gems out there. Trust me it has happened to me several times. So it is important to remember your wish list. You know that list that you think about at the close/beginning of each season or every year! For example I’ve always admired women with long peacoats that are styled so beautifully whether paired with heels or sneakers. Some of the looks I’ve been swooning over can be found here, here and here. So when I saw this long peacoat in The Oak Closet’s collection it felt so right. Always stick to your list and you’ll hopefully fight off buyer’s remorse!

Style Notes

| POP OF GREY | – I originally paired this look with my black trousers but the outfit looked too flat with the all black look. It needed something to lighten it up so I decided on my light grey trousers. They also add a nice dimension and textural element with the subtle plaid pattern. Sometimes if an outfit doesn’t feel just right try playing with one element at a time at rotate through all of your capsule options before adjusting another element. You may find some interesting combinations that you hadn’t thought of before.

| SOCKS WITH MULES | – ah! I’ve loved this look on Pinterest for a while. For instance here, here and here but I couldn’t figure out how to make it work for my style. All of the combinations that I put together felt too boho or too 60s inspired. Then I tried a black pairing with these black mules and I love it. Yes, it’s barely noticeable but it is a fun subtle detail and keeps my feet warm so I can extend the wearability of my mules! Double win in my book 🙂 When it comes to pairing mules/clogs with socks I’m going to stick to my basic color formula of black, cream, tan and see what other combinations I can come up with that still feel clean and modern.

| BLACK BOOKENDS | – my IG friend jaana from @thismomsgonnasnap once commented on one of my IG posts about how my hair and the pants I was wearing created nice bookends for my outfit (because they were the same color) and I fell in love with that phrase. In this outfit the bookends are created by the black turtleneck and black socks + mules and what I mean by bookends is that the outfit feels balanced and almost like there is a beginning and end. I try to not be too literal all of the time with my top and bottom elements (aka matching belt, shoes, handbag) but I do look for discrete ways to create outfit bookends. It adds a nice balance and symmetry to the look without being too obvious which I like.

| STATEMENT RING | – I haven’t worn my statement ring in a while and I’ve missed it! I’ve been very focused on statement earrings but it was nice to switch things up with a bold brass ring from Ali Munn. This has got me interested in a couple other statement things like this on from Minoux and this one from Wolf Circus. These ladies may be going on someone’s Christmas list!

Outfit Details

1 | vintage peacoat | c/o the oak closet | vintage | size: 6 | similar vintage version (just a little shorter)

2 | turtleneck | everlane | made in Lima, Peru | size: small

3 | cropped trousers | topshop | purchased secondhand | love this ethical version | similar under $40

4 | dicey mules | intentionally blank | designed in LA made in Italy | similar ethical version

5 | super duper sunglasses | karen walker | purchased secondhand | similar ethical version

6 | lapsang backpack | c/o margaret hennessey | made in durham, NC

7 | statement ring | ali munn jewelry | made in vancouver, BC

8 | mini hoop earrings | machete via the yo store

I want to thank The Oak Closet for partnering on this post and for curating amazing vintage finds! Also don’t forget to use the code WINTER15 for 15% off your Oak Closet purchase now through Sunday 🙂


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  • Kyla October 31, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Edmonton, AB rather than BC—> this online shop is great. So grateful it is in my city!

    • Allison Karaba October 31, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Kyla,
      Ah thank you so much! I just updated that 🙂 Seriously love her collection of pieces and she does local pickup 🙂
      xo Allison

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