Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Devil Wears Prada + Vintage Shopping = Kids Off The Couch

The Devil Wears Prada provides a behind-the-scenes peek into the ruthless world of high fashion, chronicling the tale of a young woman who unexpectedly lands a job as an assistant to feared Runway Magazine editor Miranda Priestly, played with wicked wit by Meryl Streep. In between snarky banter and catty carb-deprived models, the film showcases an enviable wardrobe as it weaves a delicious but cautionary tale about a girl who nearly loses her soul in the dame-eat-dame world of careerist New York. Inspired by the geek to chic transformation of the heroine, played by Anne Hathaway, we took a different approach to this year's back-to-school shopping excursion. Exploring vintage shops and local thrift stores is an ideal alternative to expensive department stores and upscale boutiques, not to mention a perfect way to discover one-of-a-kind treasures. We headed out for a Sunday of shopping, starting downtown at the weekly Flea market, and working our way down the resale shops in the hip neighborhood. One of our favorite parts of the whole experience was watching our girls strut, pose, and model their discoveries. At the end of the day, swapping out Hermes silk for the oh-so-in funky floral print and snagging sets of chunky bangles for just a few bucks made both our wallets and our daughters very happy, and gave new meaning to the phrase, "Oldies but Goodies!"

Click here for our favorite shops, some insider tips on what to look for when you're rummaging, and for more about why we love this film.