Yesterday I went and visited a vide-dressing.
The best english translation I can come up with for this is “Closet Clean Out.” But that sounds incredibly tacky. So let’s just stick with the french term for it. A vide-dressing.
In yesterday’s case, the vide-dressing was seven fashion bloggers who organized themselves together to sell clothes, shoes, jewelry and other little trinkets from their own closets.
If you are a life-long fan of thrift store shopping (like me), then you already know why this idea is GREAT.
A few fashionable girls getting together to sell their very fashionable clothing at a very affordable price. What could be more brilliant?!
For me, the best part about all of this is how you know the stuff that’s gonna be there is going to be wickedly stylish. And in good condition. And since these fashion bloggers have their own websites showcasing their individual styles, you have the chance beforehand to form an idea of what the collection of different styles is going to be like.
What’s more, if you’re the type who seeks out brand names, these fashion bloggers tend to have different brands that they like. So you can check beforehand the names of the shops where they tend to buy their clothes.
I found clothes by brands like Agnès B., The Kooples, Topshop, etc. as well as more everyday names like H&M, Promod and Jennyfer.
But when I’m shopping for second-hand clothes, my main concern is not the name of the brand but the quality of the material. I can always look at something and tell how long it’s going to last.
My second concern is the price. When I found something that was a little pricier than I’d expected, I wasn’t afraid to bargain a bit for it. And the girls already knew the game. Which was great because negotiating is what makes it all so fun! Of course, as long as everyone is being nice about it =)
At the end of the day, what makes a vide dressing a pleasant experience is its relaxed and shopper friendly atmosphere.
The address to the vide-dressing was not widely distributed and I think this helped to avoid a flood of shoppers. There was also a room set up so that you could try on clothes and see how they fit on you. And the girls running it were all super nice and approachable so that you could talk to any one them and ask them questions.
I had a brief chat with Mahayanna from Le blog mode de Mahayanna, whose name is as remarkable as the ankh necklace that she was wearing.
On the subject of how long they’d been doing this, she told me that they’ve organized vide-dressings regularly. Once every three months for the past four years.
On my way out, I also had a brief chat with Leeloo from Le dressing de Leeloo, a fashion blogger I follow. Her fashion style is very unique and feminine. And she is as lovely in person as you would imagine from her photos.
Now I’m sure you’re all curious as to what I actually ended up buying at the vide-dressing.
Alright, I’ll tell you! I managed to come out of it with a classic gray pencil skirt, a pink ruffled shirt, a gray scooped-neck top and a blue nail polish.
And I would have managed to leave and spend only 20 euros had I not at the last minute decided to ask about this large, warm, colorado ski-lodge style cardigan that made me think of something worn by Marilyn Monroe.
At the last minute, j’ai complètement craqué!
I gave in. But, in my defense, it really is a warm cardigan. And I’m sure if taken care of properly, it can last for a while. And oh yeah, it’s by Topshop. But who cares about that.
I’ll put up photos of the clothes I got later on. Maybe…
But first, photos from the vide-dressing!
Starting with a photo of my friend Rachel. In this photo, she’s sporting a black hoodie she found that happened to be the exact same as mine! But she paid only five percent of the price that I paid.
Which made feel like a bit of a fool =)
Have you been to something like a vide-dressing before? And if so, what were your experiences?