When thumbing through the pages of a fashion magazine, it’s easy to forget that “fashion” is a word with two meanings. The first, obvious meaning is similar to “style” and indicates the latest favored way to dress, accessorize, etc. The second meaning implies creativity and improvisation. Like: he fashioned a canoe out of a hollow tree.
In this year’s fashion issue, we marry those two meanings.
No, we’re not including sewing patterns and tips on where to find the best fish bones out of which to whittle needles. But we are showing how secondhand clothing can look just as sexy, stylish and up-to-date as the freshest shipment to hit mall racks.
This is good news at a time when many—maybe even most—women can’t afford to expand their wardrobes.
The photos on the following pages feature models wearing nothing but items from some of Maui’s consignment boutiques, so you can see for yourself how easy it is to look fabulous despite the fact that you’re on a budget.
So get creative. That is, after all, the meaning of fashion.
Featured consignment shops:
ELISE CLOTHING CO.
Photography by Sean Michael Hower
Art Direction by Brittany Shaw
Models: Candice Edinger, Diana Gabor, Heather Ganancial, Ana Langi, Ava Stefurak, Brooke Williams
San Diego Hat Company pink hat ($20); Plein Sud suede suit ($80); Black “plastic” shorts ($25); Costume jewelry ring ($8)
Designer pearl and bronze necklace ($98); Forever 21 knit scarf ($5); Marciano black one-piece suit ($35); Bamboo bangle ($4); Sand Castle metal mesh belt ($35); Black leather belt ($10); Dolce & Gabbana black pencil skirt ($98); Fioni bronze heart heels ($16)
Mr. Paul vintage brown woven hat ($25); Hannah Jo black sequin tank ($48); Mustard yellow pencil skirt ($16); Betsy Johnson zebra belt ($25)
Vintage black lace gloves ($8); Kaenon Leila cream sunglasses ($239); Costume jewelry ring ($8); La Perla orange rust dress ($120); Icora bronze boots ($18); Vintage red leather clutch ($35)
Vintage veil/headpiece ($10); Vintage (Paris) rust twist dress ($148); Vintage black lace gloves ($8)
Vintage aqua three-strand necklace ($65); Forever 21 long beaded necklace ($4); Forever 21 black vest ($8); Free People floral dress ($48); Black fishnets ($3); Paloma Barcelo brown leather boots ($150)
105 N. Market St., Wailuku
Bead, shell and silver necklace by Maui artist Pua ($9.99); Ralph Lauren white halter top ($9.99); Blue Sky bohemian skirt ($8.99); Nine West camel colored leather sandals ($11.99)
Earrings by Maui artist Tiana ($9.99); Polli tunic ($14.99); Billabong belt ($12.99); Bracelet ($7.99); American Eagle Outfitters leggings ($4.99)
J. Crew floral headwrap ($4.99); Roxy yellow ruffle bikini ($12.99); J. Crew white tunic cover-up ($12.99); Urban Outfitters ring with inset pink flowers ($6.99); Nine West white leather heels ($9.99)
Beaded chandelier earrings ($8.99); Guess red bohemian halter ($9.99); Turquoise and silver belly chain by Maui artist Tiana ($12.99); American Eagle Outfitters white skirt ($9.99); Turquoise, stone and silver earrings by Maui artist Pua ($9.99); Seed bead and silver pendant necklace ($7.99); Kimchi & Blue floral tunic ($16.99); Diesel gold chain belt ($14.99); Guess skinny jeans ($16.99); Urban Outfitters leather bracelet ($6.99); Scarf-wrap top ($12.99); Guess white trouser shorts ($9.99)
Lids newsboy cap ($8.99); Betsy Johnson silver, gold and pearl necklace ($22.99); Trinity innocent floral slipdress ($14.99)
American Eagle Outfitters lace newsboy cap ($8.99); Guess mirrored locket necklace ($7.99); Vintage white romantic shirt ($8.99); Lux romantic ruffled shirt ($10.99); Nine West sandals ($9.99)
Elise Clothing Co.
310 Alamaha St., Kahului
Juicy Couture sunglasses ($45); Gold starfish necklace ($8); Maui Girl bathing suit top ($5); Maui Girl bathing suit bottom ($5)
Tortise shell sunglasses ($8); Wood and silver bracelet ($5); St. John bathing suit top ($8); Dolce & Gabbana net skirt ($25); Self Esteem shoes ($8)
Feather silver earrings ($8); Wood bead necklace ($8); Zebra print bikini top ($4); Multi-print cotton tunic with shoulder ties ($8); Miu-Miu shoes ($45)
Black sunglasses ($8); Wood necklace ($4); Vix bathing suit top ($5); Latarte bathing suit bottom ($8); Diva shoes ($8)
Feather necklace ($10); Vix bathing suit top ($5); Vix bathing suit bottom ($5); Prada sandals ($20)
Workshop tee ($25); Maui Girl bathing suit set ($10); Miu-Miu shoes ($45)
1881 S. Kihei Rd., B5, Kihei