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I’m fascinated by the Japanese fashion scene
Just an American girl, in the Tokyo streets
My boyfriend bought me a Hysteric Glamour shirt
They’re hard to find in the states, got me feeling couture
What’s that you got on? Is it Comme des Garcons?
Vivienne Westwood can’t go wrong, mixed up with second hand clothes
Flipped the landscape when Nigo made A Bathing Ape
I got expensive taste (oh, well) guess I better save up!
The other day the strangest thing happened.
We had a lovely family day (no, that is not the strange part), we made breakfast and then took the chickens to our local antique mall. Gotta break ’em in early – ya know?
I remember our antique mall as a child. I remember the little nooks and crannies, the vintage baby dolls, textiles, the careful mauvering between the displays and the rare occasion when my Mom would get to purchase something. One of those somethings was passed on to me and I still wear it on my right hand ring finger.
Aidan and Amélie were in their glory, Aidan on the lookout for vintage Lincoln Logs (of which he is obsessed with as we are on book 5 on the Little House on the Prairie Series) and Amélie wanted to take every rubbery, funky little naked babydoll home with her. Joel, while not a collector of anything except knives is happy to roam with us and thankfully appreciates it all.
I was scouring the booths floor to ceiling with an eagle eye, looking for what, I don’t know. I sure wasn’t looking for what I found.
Fashionistas – hold on to your laptops!!!
My eyes roamed depression glass, rhinestones and gilded mirrors when suddenly, they were completely arrested on a gorgeous, classic, woven, oh my gosh that would look so classic with jeans, a cami and high heels – jacket!
At first I thought it was vintage, I expected it to have an old label and “that smell” that vintage clothing has. After all, it was hanging in an antique mall in the boon-dock suburbs of Chicago.
NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS DID I IMAGINE THE TAG WOULD SAY:
Comme des What????
Are you kidding me?
Comme des Garçons at an antique store in the sticks?
I almost screamed. Then I saw the price, clutched the jacket to my breast and gasped words I never say,
“Joel, you HAVE to buy this for me!”
For TWENTY TWO DOLLARS how could he not???
Now, let’s be real. My wardrobe is a modest collection of 7 year old Nordstrom goodies, lots of Target and a few killer pieces from Paris from 5 years ago. I am not a big shopper, I am notoriously cheap. I do however like nice purses and quality shoes. Two things that when made poorly, I think can totally ruin an outfit.
I only read the fashion magazines and keep a slight handle on the fashion scene so I don’t turn into a frumpy housewife. Those things happen if we girls don’t keep a little currant knowledge as to what is going on out there. If you don’t, pretty soon you are wearing Mom jeans, swearing you don’t have time for makeup and insisting you look good in hubbies sweatshirts …NOT in this house!!!!
I love fashion but my taste is impossible to maintain on one modest income. Sometimes, I feel like I have given up on the way I REALLY would like to dress.
This jacket, could in fact be no big deal (aside from the fact that it is beautiful!) but, I googled a few pieces from the 2009 collection and a simple, wool shrug was going for $650.00. So, I am thinking, this, even if it’s a few years old, is a pretty good find. And, I don’t think Junya Watanabe has been with Comme des Garçon for that many years so it can’t be that old!
Anyways, the Parisienne in me is thrilled and the Farmgirl is shocked that she found this piece clear our here and not on some swanky North Shore garage sale. What do you think? Calling all with fashion knowledge – aside from the fact that I love it, was this a great find OR WHAT?
I think I might wait to wear it til I am back in my size 6 jeans, maybe I will save for a gorgeous new pair of high heals and save the whole ensemble for our first hot date after “le troisieme” is born.
On ne jamais sais.

PS – Bon Anniversaire Parisienne Farmgirl, 4 years, 500 posts and counting!!!!