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Thrifty: Vintage Leopard Carolina Herrera Dress

Thrifty: Vintage Leopard Carolina Herrera Dress

About a month ago I was perusing an antique store for something to turn into a bathroom vanity for our next reno project when I spotted leopard print out of the corner of my eye. I was in a hurry. I was not there for fun. My husband has made it clear that leopard print makes him dry heave. But when you find vintage Carolina Herrera in your size for $25, there's nothing to do except calmly find a bathroom to try it on throw caution to the wind and put in on over your clothes in the middle of the store and then find a booth selling mirrors to assess. Aside from the fact that I couldn't get my arm far enough over my head to zip it up myself, I knew it was meant to be mine. The zipper sleeve cuffs... the hemline (I don't even know what you would call this style. Reverse sweetheart?)... it's all my favorite.

Vintage Carolina Herrera Goodwill Thrifty Dress

Cost: This one was on the pricey side for me at $25. On top of that I had it dry cleaned, so make it $35. This is about 5x what I usually spend at thrift stores, but it was too perfect to pass up.

I have no idea what this thing is really worth, because I can’t find another one online, but vintage Carolina Herrera dresses similar to this style sell for $100-$600 online. Sheesh.


  • Shoes are Antonio Melani from a Dillard’s clearance rack

  • Earrings- black tassels from H&M

  • Brooch- the cutest little fox joined me for work all day. He’s from Hobby Lobby, half off (obviously) and is so cute that I almost didn’t shudder putting a pin through my vintage dress. Almost.


In other news, remember how I can’t get this dress on and off by myself?

Well I didn’t remember.

I went to Goodwill at lunch and found a ton of stuff I wanted to try on… and then sadly realized I couldn’t undress or redress myself.

So… I did what any rational person would do: tried the clothes on directly over the top of my leopard dress. I will say this method makes it harder to assess fit and style, but I love a challenge- and it felt apropos considering the way I tried on the leopard dress when I bought it. #fullcircle

Oh! And I’m still looking for that vanity.


Toodles, tlo

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