We were recently invited to Vancouver’s Eco-Fashion Week by a friend – Felix Tavira of yukiandbee.com.  Felix embraces the ‘garage glamorous’ trends of today. Me on the other hand, well I’d never been to a fashion show, so naturally, I was nervous about what to wear. Luckily I found a beautiful dress, made of eco-friendly Tencel silk, and  was off to opening night.

Although Eco-Fashion is a far cry from Felix’s everyday statement picks, the opening vintage line proved that used clothing can garner a second look from a top trendsetter when artistically assembled.

The opening line centered around the ever-progressing Value Village clothing store and was styled by Deanna Palowski. Bursting with soft pastels, sheer tops and high-waisted metallic pants, the models were stunning and made each outfit look impeccable. I was blown away by the amount of options and different looks one can put together with antiquated second-hand attire.

In my hometown of Calgary Alberta, I have recently noticed the popularity of used clothing and surge of trendy boutiques purchasing items you’re ready to part with, rise drastically. In Vancouver, this rage has been current for more then a decade. The eco-friendly craze has evolved from a charity-based clothing alternative to an international fashion declaration.

Fashion’s evolution is inevitable, but vintage eras always spring back. Deny that you have at least one piece of clothing you’re secretly hoping will come back into style and I’d hold you to a liar detector. So have these second hand boutiques found a conventional way to make this fantasy come true?

Judging by the looks of yesterday’s ensembles, I’m thinking it’s time to break out the old. Forget the new, I’m hitting up Value Village and used clothing boutiques on my next shopping splurge.

What do you think of the antique clothing lifestyle: vintage sheik or not as sleek? Let us know by tweeting me @yulupr