May 08, 2022

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show! Spring 2022

 

THE best event of the season is here! The Toronto vintage Clothing show is my Christmas!  I look forward to this event all year long (They have a fall show and a spring show). Follow them on instagram so you can get updates for the fall show! The spring show was this weekend and I spent  the entire day yesterday just walking around and shopping at the the show. If you are not familiar with the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show its an event where a bunch of vendors come together and they all sell vintage clothing, accessories and home decor.... Its basically a fantasy world! 


Its a great place to shop for all of those hard to find vintage pieces and to build your vintage wardrobe all in one place. It also helps support small and local businesses. This is the first vintage show since before the pandemic and the vendors were busy stocking up their inventory.... and it shows! The building came alive once the doors opened and all of the vintage lovers filled the room! 


Since its a vintage show, you see a lot of people dressed in a vintage style, myself included ! It's funny I posted a tips and tricks video on my Youtube channel (Check it out here) And one of my tips was to not over do it with the accessories...yet I showed up with a vintage hat and gloves (don't be like me) I mean, I felt great in the outfit! LOL but it was tedious to hold them when I wanted to try on other hats and gloves. As you can see in the photos above, I had to remove my black hat to try on that beautiful pink hat! Also please ignore my handbag being wide open lmao...


My first purchase of the day!  A black velvet hat from Sophie Dabishire. She said she thought of me when She put it out on display and a few minutes later I walked by and grabbed it haha ! It was such a coincidence! I know I'll get tons of wear out of it all year round! 


This was probably My favourite stand to look through because they has some amazing antiques! Tons of vanity pieces, and HAT STANDS! if you scroll up to the first photo in this post you can see some of the hat stands because its from the same stand.  The vendor is Vintage J and J 


You guys know I cant resist a hat and this one was calling my name ! Yes I bought it.... Don't worry a haul is coming to my Youtube channel in the next couple of days so make sure you are subscribed to me on there! (link here). These hats are from statement house! I love trying on vintage hats and seeing what works with my head shape. Not only is your face shape important for hats, the shape of you head is also important! For example My head is a bit more point-y at the top so flat hats (Saucer hats) don't work as well, but round hats  that sit at the back of my head work perfectly. 


I loved these vintage Talcum powder packages, I wish they will made beauty items with this type of design it looks so luxurious and beautiful on a vanity. And also that green hat stand... a dream!   


There was a stack of vintage magazines, patterns and prints. They were so beautiful to look through ! I wish I had a place to properly display prints and magazines. If I did I probably would've picked some up because there were some really beautiful ones in there.  


This was the full outfit that I wore... except I forgot to put my white gloves back on after I tried some on some gloves at the previous stand, but you get the idea. I wore a new-to-me vintage1940s wool dress.... Which I spontaneously decided to cut off the pockets and sew it back up at 11pm the night before. I RARELY alter vintage items but I hate dresses with pockets and I couldn't stand the bulkiness of them. It turned out perfectly and the silhouette is much nicer after removing the pockets. I got the dress from etsy (SeptembersSister) I paired the dress with some semi sheer tights with the seam at the back (Sorry I didn't get a photo of the back) and some black T-strap heels. To cinch in my waist I wore this little black belt with a rhinestone buckle. My purse was a little needle point/tapestry type bag, you can get a glimpse of it in my hand over my shopping bag.  And of course my black hat and white gloves. 


Ah this vendor had a bunch of bakelite handbags which I LOVE. I think they are so fun. Unfortunately they are always so pricey (Not from this seller specifically, In general they have a higher price point) I only own one because I found it at an amazing price but I dream of owning another. One day! I love that beige one at the front of the photo with the snowflake  design at the top. 


I stopped at Victory girl vintage I wish I would've had a chance to take more photos but It was SO crowded at the vintage show. I knew it would be busy at the show, since its the first in two years but WOW the vintage community turned up! I had to go to the car half way through the day to drop off shopping bags because it was so crowded I was hitting people with my bags. 


And the main culprit was statement house ! (Peep the logo on the shopping bag!) This was hands down my favourite stand for shopping and where I did the most damage! I went back to her booth 4 times and bought something every single time! I told her I needed to be cut off haha! Yet I kept bringing my friends to check out her booth! The most diverse items from numerous decades and at very reasonable prices. They actually have a store in Peterborough and I might have to take a trip there this summer to pay her a visit! 


Ah I was obsessed this corset! This year I've taken a bigger interest in undergarments to structure my outfits. What I love about vintage clothes (Pre-1960s) Is the importance of the silhouette. Of course before the turn of the century it was even more important and thats where you see the trends changing. But in the first half of the 20th century silhouette is still important. I realized that I wont be able to get an authentic look just by wearing vintage clothes and accessories, I need the right pieces to wear underneath. I've always worn dress slips and half slips under my dresses and skirts but I've started to explore corsets and garters! I haven't found many in my size YET but my search will continue! 


In this photo you can get a better idea of what my hat looked liked from the back, I really wanted to find a hat like this in white but I didn't see one.... but thats Ok I got 3 other hats! Overall I had an amazing day at the vintage show! I got to see some friends and meet so many of YOU which was so fun! You guys kept showing me your finds and wow you guys found some amazing gems! It also felt great to be around like minded people and just to feel the energy in the room! It was like a big reunion. I can't wait for the fall show on September 24th and 25th, and I hope to see even more of you there! 

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