After a couple of weeks of randomly swinging by thrift stores and leaving empty-handed, I finally hit the jackpot! During a recent lunchtime visit to Housing Works Gramercy, I dug through their $5 rack and discovered a cute ruffled cocktail dress. On the hanger it definitely didn't look like much, and I'm always a little wary of ruffles, but luckily I convinced myself to try it on and it was love at first sight.
The dress is by Valerie Tolosa, who I had previously never heard of, but after Googling her, I found out she's a Filipino-Australian designer with a boutique just outside of Sydney. Surprisingly, a faded tag was still on the dress, showing it had originally retailed for $168.