How do you score yourself some Prada on a budget?
Get your thrift on baby!
I found a Prada dress while thrifting a few weeks back at Talize.
Generally I don’t even bother looking at the black dresses when I thrift because I’m not attracted to them but this time as soon as the touched this material I knew it was different. When I pulled out the piece and spotted the bright gold and red zippers I thought it might be a cool 1980’s punk dress. As soon as I spotted the Prada tag I snapped it up in my arms without saying boo. I didn’t need to alert anyone around me to my amazing find.
When you discover something insane like this you keep it on the down low till you leave the store then you shout it from the rooftops until your voice gives out.
I had my doubts I’d even be able to get this dress on but the stretchy fabric was forgiving enough to allow me to see what wearing a piece of Prada would feel like.
What does it feel like to wear a Prada dress?
It feels pretty damn sexy.
The dress is simple with classic clean lines but unique enough to leave a bold impression.
Prada On A Budget
The long side zippers are fully functional which is pretty cool.
This is the highest end brand I’ve ever worn. I’m not a label whore although I do recognize their resale value. I probably would have kept this piece for myself if it were more my personal style but I don’t have a hard time passing this onto someone that’ll love it more than I do.
This Prada dress is now listed in my Etsy shop which will reopen on April 25th.
If you thrift what is the highest end brand you’ve spotted? Did you buy it? Did you sell it? Did you keep it and wear it with pride?
If you don’t thrift what the heck are you waiting for?
Linking up with the fabulous Patti over at Visible Monday.
Marilee Gramith says
This dress is cute and the zippers are certainly fun. I love the fact that you were busting open with joy at the good fortune of this designer “find”.
It sound like you’re not completely in love with this dress… it should probably be owned by someone who is in love eh?
jodie filogomo says
It is a super fun piece, Suzanne!
I’m the worst when it comes to labels—and what I mean is I don’t know them at all. Of course, I’ve learned some with this blogging! But remember, my mom sewed a ton for me as a kid, so all I knew was Simplicity & McCall’s patterns—ha ha!
But I’ve heard of Prada…:) I’m probably just too cheap to buy it–even when it’s thrifted!!
Beautiful dress! I never find anything that amazing when thrifting – but I probably would do better if I branched out to Seattle stores. Years ago a very kind friend gifted me a Prada wallet and it’s one of my most prized possessions!
I like it! Functional side zips sounds naughty… I found some Gucci shoes recently. I’m keeping ’em. Xx
Rachel G says
That is an amazing dress! Very much my sort of style, and it looks amazing on you! I’ve never found anything nearly that impressive while thrifting! 🙂
Oh score, score! The high end pieces do have that certain “feel” to them. You look glorious in this dress, but since it’s not your fave, I shall be looking at your shop next week with big eyes! Best I ever found was an Armani pantsuit with the tags still on – scored it for $100. xoxo
What a score! I don’t think I’ve ever thrifted a high end label. Maybe I should have a look at the black dresses next time, as I hardly ever look at the either. xxx
It’s all about the feel! Running your hand along a rail of clothes in a chazza and the quality stuff springs out.
I’ve got a pattern for a dress like that and I think you’ve inspired me to run one up.
It looks fabulous. Good design stands out a mile. xxx
The feel says it all. Great snaffu. This is like my onesie I can zip over my face, but this one zips over your arms. Yes, how handy! Hahaha. A great piece.
I’ve gotten Versace, Miu Miu, Emporio Armani, Betsey Johnson, Osar de la Renta, the list goes on and on, mostly because I love the pieces and they feel good, but sometimes I am seduced by the label which is never a good buy no matter how inexpensive – unless you resell of course.
Checking sections you don’t necessarily gravitate to is always a good idea, like black dresses – I got a great piece in the men’s pyjama section during my last big shop.
Elizabeth g. Arthur says
Stunning, Suzanne, I can understand how you had to get this dress. And with black tights to show off your great legs and those little blue boots again, FABULOUS! xx
Great find! And you are so right about keeping your excitement to yourself until you’ve left the store! There’s no need to tip others off about it 🙂
Living in rural Alberta doesn’t lend itself well to designer brands- haha! I once found a Dior suit from the 90’s in a thrift store in Vancouver, but it wasn’t my style or size, so it was left behind for some other lucky woman to be thrilled about.
Allison Duncan says
What a great dress! I found a beautiful pair of wide legged trousers by Emporio Armani last year at my favourite opportunity (op)shop that I have kept – they fit me perfectly which cost $3. I also found a vintage Yves Saint Laurent Homme black tuxedo jacket in a country op shop five years ago for $4 and wear it often. I have found some amazing designer items through the years, especially jewellery.
Hannah | The Outfit Repeater says
Wow, what a score! I’ve always imagined what it’d be like finding a vintage DvF wrap dress, even though I have zero interest in wrap dresses. It just seems like an iconic thing to find!
This is not necessarily the best brand I’ve ever found but I did purchase a Michael Jackson “Thriller” jacket for something like $7 at a thrift store. The older woman working didn’t even know who MJ was. I, on the other hand, was *thrilled* to find it. It still feels like a dream knowing I own a piece of ’80s history like that!
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Señora Allnut says
Wouuuu, such a fabulous find!, such a perfect shape and cool zips, it looks amazing!. Finding a quality piece and not shouting it to the world until you’re out of the shop, that’s really a clever strategy! (I’m not always able to do it!). I like to rummage through party and prom dresses, because that’s the place where I found some gems in the past!
OMG…That dress is EVERYTHING!!!!!
Veronica Cooke says
Lovely dress and it looks great on you.
My two most recent high end thrifted buys have been a Jaeger jacket and a Max Mara mac/trench.
I think quality will always make itself known! That’s a great dress, and you look fabulous in it! xx
Anna Parkes says
Blimey Suzanne, what a blooming brilliant find! I adore this cute dress on you, and am not so sure I could give it up. Yes, the kudos of owning a Prada dress would turn my head, I’m sure. Even though you don’t want to wear it, I’d be loathe to sell it on. I’ve garnered a few designer pieces over the years, but certainly nothing as fabulous as this. It’s way too short for me otherwise I’d be across at your Etsy shop right now!
Yep, you never know what you will find it you are willing to spend some time looking. I found a Prada dress at Value Village years ago, and it was a very cool dress that I would have worn if it had of been one size larger. At the time I didn’t know anyone else who it would fit, and they wanted $50 for it, so I left it there.
No Fear of Fashion says
Oh yes it looks like a beauty. SImple and so elegant. My best thrift shop find was an “in-between-coat” made of the softest material, like a baby skin. Python print. From Versace Jeans Couture. Hah. Mine.