Monday, February 18, 2013

Thierry Mugler for 4 Euros, I kid you not


I'm throwing my style cap into the ring with the chic chickas over at Patti's Visible Monday as I can hardly contain my excitement over my latest thrift find. The Grunge Queen is baaack! The story is like so many others: I was browsing the rack at the same thrift store I found the faux fur from last post, not expecting to unearth anything, and voila, a lush green velour-like fabric popped out at me like a spring flower peeping through the crappy brown snow. Took a gander (and a whiff) and discovered an amazingly constructed, non-smelly jacket. Tried it on and it fit beautifully.* The best part? It was 50 percent off 8 Euros, yip yip!

*Ok, I can't do up the bottom button of this Thierry Mugler jacket, but who cares? I will in the future, and for now, I'm happy to wear it open, as you see here.


Just look at the buttons! I have no idea how much something like this would cost resale. I've seen vintage Thierry Mugler online for a couple hundred up to a thousand bucks.


I can also do it up military style. I'm thinking the jacket is 1980s, possibly 90s. The shoulders look slightly puffed as someone has cut out the shoulder pads, but I think the poufiness adds to the dramatic effect. Aside from two slits in the exquisite green lining, which can be easily sewn (by someone else), this jacket is in pristine condition.


More (adjustable) button detailing at the back, for when I have a waist again.

I used to be the thrifty statement-piece blazer queen, often wearing them with tight skinny jeans, cashmere turtlenecks and high-heeled booties (alas, the days of tight skinny jeans and high-heeled booties are gone). My other great French designer blazer find was a Tara Jarmon for $4.99 (I know, this post from almost a year ago says $6.99, but I looked back into the archives at the original post and see that I actually paid $4.99 CAD ... too bad the pics aren't viewable)!


I find it funny that the same thrift shop that's selling real fur coats for 50-150 Euros, which look like they morphed from granny's closet with a few mothballs attached, would let an iconic French designer's piece go for 4 Euros. But as we all know, this lack of designer knowledge often works to the scavenger's benefit!

This outfit is 100 percent thrifted, save for the rings and earrings: Thyme maternity skirt thrifted in Toronto before I was married (let's say I had a hunch); Italian boots thrifted in Annecy; ribbed turtleneck thrifted in Toronto; Italian-made doctor's bag, Etsy.

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  1. Wow, what a find! Love that rich green colour.

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    1. Def one of my top finds lately! The colour really attracted me too. :)

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  2. Gorgeous jacket and an amazing score! You give hope to all of us thrifters today : > And thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks for hosting VM, Patti, it's always so much fun to meet new bloggers and see all the different styles.

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  3. Hi there!! Top find indeed, I love vintage Thierry Mugler and your jacket is simply gorgeous-what a price too! You look amazing and so radiant!! xx

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    1. Aww, thanks! I don't know much about vintage TM but if this jacket is representative, I will be on the lookout for sure! Xo

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  4. That is a super jacket and I am totally in love with the bag. You look wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Judy, and also for popping in! I'm a sucker for statement piece blazers, and also for tapestry-type bags. :)

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  5. Congratulations on finding this treasure - you look fabulous in it! I can't believe you got it for 4 euros! Very well done! The bag is very cute too, and great with the gorgeous jacket.

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    1. Four Euros is unheard of here for a second-hand piece; even the regular price of eight Euros was a steal for this baby! I love that bag - it's Italian-made.

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  6. What a gorgeous jacket. You look fabulous in it. What a bargain! xxx

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    1. Thanks Vix, it's funny that what makes something a bargain is so relative to your location, isn't it? Bet this would be pricey in your neck of the woods! Xoxo

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  7. Fabulous jacket and amazing price!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  8. Love that jacket! Your shorter hair looks lovely ... you are positively blooming! M x

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    1. I got sick of growing it so I went back to short. It just seems to work better. :)

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  9. Ooo, that really is an awesome find! The colour is so beautiful and it looks amazing. I love how you styled it as well. :)

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    1. Thanks Brittney! It's so different isn't it?

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  10. That sounds like a great find. I don't know much about names, but I trust you.

    That bag is cool, too, and I love your haircut!

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    1. Thanks Val! You may know Thierry Mugler for his well-known perfume, Angel (there's another one called Alien) that seeks in department stores. I don't think he's been involved with the clothing label bearing his name since the late 90s.

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  11. Great find in that jacket! I'm not good at thrifting yet so you're certainly inspiring me to try harder. Thanks!
    Heather

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    1. Heather, thanks for visiting! Thrifting isn't for every one; I love it but some people hate it! You have to like trolling around in smelly shops and sorting through piles of crap. But the thrill of the find, when you do find something fab, is like no other!

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  12. Beautiful jacket, Kelly and I'm also eyeing up your bag. Xx

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    1. Thanks Loo, the jacket is a beaut isn't it? I found the bag trolling Etsy for tapestry bags - it's a favorite pastime. :)

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  13. I think the jacket looks fantastic, especially buttoned up, "military style". Your outfit is proof that thrifty can look expensive and beautiful!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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    1. Thanks Alicia, hopefully I will be Ble to get all those buttons up in time!

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  14. Amazing find with the jacket!! I bought things I couldn't fit into when I was pregnant, too!! You can't let those things get away! Your purse is fantastic, love it!!
    Becky :)

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    1. Becky, I bought a Kenzie skirt for a Euros the other day that has a 27 inch waist, my pre-preggo size! Am I crazy?

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  15. Hi Kelly,

    What a wonderful find .. I think it was hiding in wait of your visit.

    Have a stunning week.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I love it when that happens!

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  16. Thierry Mugler is one of my all time favourite designers, his haute couture pieces from the 90s were totally amazing!
    What a fantastic score for 4 Euros and I totally agree "this lack of designer knowledge often works to the scavenger's benefit"...long may it continue ;)
    You look fabulous and positively radiant today...xXx

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    1. Amen to that, long may the pricing Gods be ignorant! Would you agree that this is 1990s then? Xox

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  17. What a find! It's a gorgeous jacket - four euros for Thierry Mugler is pretty unbelievable!

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    1. I was pretty much I awe as I'm used to thrift shop items being pricier here. :)

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  18. Hi Kelly!

    First Happy belated Valentine ! I missed your Valentine post! BTW very cute love the heart shape mik mousse, so romantic!
    Terry Mugler 4 Euros! oh boy what a score hey? it's like my $9 Gucci booties i found this winter, like you said lack of knowledge or they totally missed that one..but our gain yes?
    I love when it happens finding treasures
    you look so lovely Kelly!

    Ariane x

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    1. Happy belated Valentine's to you, Ariane! Yes, the thrift thrill is even bigger when you find something like Gucci or Mugler or another haute designer! It is truly a treasure hunt! Xo

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  19. That is a fabulous jacket, Kelly, and a marvellous bargain! I love the buttons, and the military style. You are managing to look very chic during your pregnancy, not something I achieved with any of mine! Of course I am looking longingly at your beautiful bag too...
    And look at your neat bump! xxxx

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    1. Sweet of you to say, Curtise. I'm now starting to look bigger and feeling slightly ungainly, but am still within the rather strict French weight guidelines for pregnancy! Xoxo

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  20. Kelly, that is a forever jacket! Simply beautiful, and the colour is splendid on you. And can I say you don't even look a little pregnant in that side view pic.

    Have you done something different with your hair? A little shorter perhaps? You are looking very French, very chic.

    Sue xo

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    1. Ha, you're so right, Sue: it IS a forever jacket! Will have to remind myself of that in a few years when I think of getting rid of it - a bad habit of mine!

      Funny, I posted the last pic above on Facebook the other day, with a discrete comment on my bump, and a couple pals didn't even notice I was pregnant! I'll take that to the bank, thank you very much!

      I cut off my hair, yes. I've always been short and have been growing it for months - alas, it just looked like a mop, so off it came. :) xo

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  21. You scored big! The jacket looks amazing on you. I love it when the pricers miss an amazing label like that. Thanks for stopping by Decorate Vintage - now following via GFC!

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    1. I know, it's like a little gift when that happens, isn't it? It was great to discover your blog and I'm following you too! Thanks for popping in!

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  22. This jacket looks great on you : ) I think I found the right Grunge Queen.. Couldn't seem to link back to your blog through your comment on my blog.

    www.mrschong.com

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    1. Thanks for tracking me down, Danielle! That was my fault for not leaving my blog info, bad blogger! I am pleased as punch with this jacket. :)

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  23. I'm giving you a virtual "High-Five" for scoring that jacket! That's the best thrift shop find I've heard of in some time. I love the shape and the buttons.

    You look awesome with your baby bump peeking through the jacket ;)

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    1. Thanks, Shelley, the thrill of finding it hasn't worn off yet. I am still amazed someone let it go - I thought most French women hung onto their designer labels. :)

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  24. Yes, excellent buy on an excellent little jacket ... falls open just right to show off the bump!

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    1. Yes, it is rather bump worthy isn't it? Hopefully it'll still fit in a few months. :)

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  25. As long as old ladies in charity shops have no idea what they're selling we'll keep finding bargains. Gorgeous jacket and what a find! xx

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  26. Gotta love vintage Thierry Mugler! 4 Euros is quite a steal!!

    xo Noelle

    MakiMaki Vintage

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    1. Noelle, I'm thrilled to discover such an amazing online vintage shop, and also to connect with a Torontonian! Thanks for visiting and hope you pop in again soon!

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  27. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh You know how much I love a bargain, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
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    Do we know if we are having a boy or a girl??
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  28. Even without the designer label, that jacket is a dream- what a score! I've seen Target brands sell higher in a thrift shop than on their own clearance rack yet also am amazed to see a vintage Evan Picone or some older designer wear on the rack for much less! The scores like the one you found are the best! You look fantastic too!

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    1. Bella, I hear you, I often see mass market stuff for equal to or more than what you'd pay retail, crazy! Makes me wonder if anyone is doing their research. Or is it just the sad fact that most people covet those labels so they're marked up accordingly?

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  29. What a great purchase, a Mugler on the cheap! Amazing! And you look gorgeous as always. Have a great weekend my dear! XO, Jill

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    1. Thanks, Jill, I am still in the afterglow of that Thrifting find! Xo

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  30. Yay! What a fabulous find. It is very cute and a great color.
    :)

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    1. Thanks, it's one of my best finds to date. :)

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  31. Looking wonderfully glamorous and graceful in that beautifully cut jacket. I love your new hair do!

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    1. Thanks Emalina! I got sick of growing the hair, and the jacket does make me feel like a million bucks. :)

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  32. wow darling! lucky you to find such a wonderful jacket for almost nothing! really a steal! and you look great here!
    kiss,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

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    1. Thanks, Mary, it was a wonderful thrifting moment and I still get a high thinking of finding it - that thrifter's rush, eh? Xo

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  33. VINTAGE THIERRY MUGLER!?! AH! I die! You are a thrifting queen and I bow to you!

    Thanks for your FAB comment on my blog. I agree...consumers need to "vote with their dollars" and stop putting up w/ this crap. And think about the TRUE cost of the item...what does this mode of hyper consumption mean for the environment?

    xoxo
    www.PardonMyFashion.com

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    1. Haha, thanks. Brittany, it can be real slim pickings here sometimes but when you score, you tend to score big (am holding out for vintage Hermes but I doubt that would slip the pricing Gods by).

      I love posts like the one you did that I commented on. It does get you thinking of the nature of our consumerism, and why we thrift, and why it's important. I love your blog, your posts especially! Xoxo

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  34. Finally, eh? That jacket is a classic that I'm sure you'll have for years and years.
    What is this Italian-made doctor's bag? I hope we get to see it up close in future posts.

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    1. I should learn to do close-ups of my accessories so peeps can get a good peep, Jo. Will make an effort to do one of this bag. It's a beaut, though not sure how practical it will be moving forward without a shoulder strap ..... :)

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