When a new season starts or the weather dramatically changes (hello, hot STEAMY and oddly electric? LA) it's tempting to find new clothes to go with the new weather. However, you need not spend too much of your precious $$ or go much farther than your local thrift store- pretty much ALL of the clothes you need to get you through summer can be found second hand (with the very important exception of swimwear/underwear- for such intimate clothing, just buy new to be safe!) Take a look at some of these summer staples I found through thrifting that are weather-appropriate, on trend, and of course, cheap.
The flattering and cute floral sundress, TopShop, $6
The always-in-style medium wash cropped jean jacket, $2
The fun and functional denim shorts, Zara, $3
The work appropriate bright ladylike dress, H&M, $6
The crisp white skinny jeans, Zara Premium Denim, $8
The soft and flowy cardigan- this one is made with cashmere and organic bamboo!, Ecolux, $4
And of course, the completely ridiculous, completely necessary crop top with cats, Forever 21, $3
I have been quite busy lately... shopping at thrift stores! I have had some really good luck recently with finding not only great quality clothes but also great designer pieces as well! It shows that if you're willing to put the time and effort in, you can be rewarded with amazing clothes at unbelievable prices! My advice- don't let the disorganization that is common with thrift stores overwhelm you. If you have the patience to sift through the crap (there is alot of it- the outdated, the ripped, the stained) you can find the treasures.
Here are a few of my recent great thrifted finds:
Lululemon exercise tank, $2 (retails for $45!)
T by Alexander Wang, $4 (retails for $150!)
Current Elliott shorts, $2 (retails for $100!)
Forever 21 shorts, $3 (retails for $20 but sooo cute!)
Jeffrey Campbell tie-up shoes, $6 (retails for $180!)
LC by Lauren Conrad bow dress, $4 (retails for $70! and so adorable!)
Joes Jeans black lace dress, $4 (retails for $180 plus!)
Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt, $5 (retails for $200 plus!)
Donna Karan long tee/tunic, $4 (one of my best finds ever- retails for $650 plus!!)
Good luck out there thrifters! Have a good, profitable weekend :)
One of the pieces that has been on heavy rotation in my closet is this great patterned cotton dress I found at my local thrift store a few weeks ago. It is the perfect dress for when I need something easy to throw on and goes with anything for any occasion. As I said before, I'm really trying to get myself to buy bright colors and patterns (even with the occasional special black dress) and while this isn't the brightest, it does have pattern and visual interest. I guess you could say I have the spring/summer blues.
This dress is only a few weeks old but it has already come in handy so many times. I've worn it with a cardigan and flats to work, black wedges and a statement necklace out to a show, and with a blue striped cardigan and sandals for a casual dinner and movie (I really like the idea of mixing prints, as long as they're in the same color family). I love the v-neck with the wider straps and tie waist, along with the easy cotton material. In this case, I paired the dress with some basic black booties to edge it up a bit, but I actually preferred other times when I wore this with less heavy shoes. I do like the addition of the (legitimately) fancy Marc Jacobs purse (my best EBay purchase!- even when I go designer, I still don't pay full price!) and the (illegitimately) fancy "Ray-Bans" from Cabo. Want to wear something easy and still look put together? Add a simple cotton dress in a flattering cut and some cool sunglasses, and you're good to go.
Blue print dress: Converse, $6 thrifted
Black booties: $17 thrifted via Out of the Closet
Aviators sunglasses : "Ray-Ban," $10 via Cabo street vendor
Black leather purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs via EBay
I'm all smiles!
In the previous post, I talked about the versatility of a crop top, especially this great white one that I got at my local thrift store. One of the best ways to play up the fun and feminine nature of the top (especially for spring/summer) is to pair it with a bright color. I love a great maxi skirt, particularly one that is a 1) beautiful color, 2) beautiful cut, & 3) beautiful price! ($4 via GoodWill)
Crop Top Option 2: Bright & Fresh for Summer
This is one of my favorite outfits because I love the silhouette of a tight top with a floaty, flowy skirt- it's the same idea as the previous outfit with the black skirt but this skirt provides even more of a contrast with the maxi (or in actuality, this is midi on my height) length. I also tried to play up the fun, summery vibe by adding nude accents in the faux-suede wedges and camel bone necklace. It didn't hurt to have a summery breeze flow through the skirt!
This skirt I found at GoodWill a while ago during their "skirt sale" period ($6-->$4) and love it's coral color, the epitome of spring. As well, these nude wedges have been incredibly versatile- they are one of my few recent non-thrift purchases (but I did get them on clearance) but they instantly elevate any outfit (not to mention lengthen legs). Long story short (literally!) this crop top is great- go buy one in every color and wear it everyday of your life! Or at least everyday of summer...
White Crop Top: Moda International, $4 thrifted
Coral maxi skirt: Target brand, $4 thrifted via GoodWill
Nude faux-suede wedges: $17 on clearance via Express
Camel bone necklace: $6 via street vendor in Petra, Jordan
Glamorous photoshoot wind: Free via Mother Nature
Love feeling that warm sun on my back!
A few posts ago, I talked about one of the biggest and budget-friendly trends for the spring, the crop top. I found a great white form-fitting crop top from my local thrift store and knew immediately that it would prove to be a really versatile addition to my wardrobe. I decided to try it out with two different skirts to see how I could make two very different but very fun and pretty outfits inspired by one simple (and CHEAP) top.
Crop Top Option One- Fun Night Out
I wanted to go with the fun vibe of the shirt and added a short skirt that I can wear high-waisted so I'm not showing too much skin. I am really into black and white together right now, but to break up the look I added a bright pop of color with these magenta heels. Too bad they just look pretty and aren't really wearable beyond a few photos (so I suppose if I just wanted to go somewhere to be photographed and then leave on someone's shoulders, they'd work!) What I'm really happy about is this amazing vintage leather purse with a gold chain I found at a thrift store. Every girl should have a chain strap purse, and this one is incredibly special.
White Crop Top: Moda International, $4 thrifted
Black textured skater skirt: Target, $4 (clearance!)
Purple cap toe pumps: Target, $4 thrifted
Vintage black leather purse: $5 thrifted
Gold collar necklace: $5 via New Look (London)
Stay tuned for my next post showing off how a crop top looks with my favorite skirt: the maxi!
When thinking about spring fashion, usually bright colors, crisp whites, and fun florals come to mind. It is spring after all, when colors (and plants! the birds! the bees!) come back to life after a cold, bleak winter, like the extreme 65 degree and sunny winter we had here in LA. However, just because prints and brights are in, it doesn't mean that you need to give up on wearing black, a both seasonless and timeless color. Apparently, even though black never really went out of style, I've seen a lot of magazines proclaiming "Black is Back!" for spring. So I guess, black is really the new black? Fun fact: Kanye West tweeted way back in 2008 that "Black is the new black." This is definitive real proof that he is really beyond his time.
Back to my point- black can work great for spring, especially in dress form. For me, since black dresses are so common, when I buy one these days, it has to have something special. And what's more special than a vintage dress, especially when it incorporates modern (or rather, newly remodernized) elements? Take for example, this great dress that I found at a local GoodWill a little while back.
This dress was the perfect combination of feminine details in a figure flattering shape. I love high necks and this has a nice one with scalloped edges, and it has a cool pleating/chevron design that makes it super interesting. Not to mention the longer length, which is both a vintage element and right on trend ("midi" length, if you're not familiar). I made the dress extra flirty with the addition of my favorite wood block heels, classic Ray-Bans, and a pastel vintage purse (yet another trend for spring- pastel!) This was probably my favorite look that I've styled to date- I feel easy, breezy, and fashionable, all for under $20 (minus the sunglasses).
Vintage black midi dress: $8, thrifted via GoodWill
Target brand brown wood sandals: $4, thrifted
Vintage pastel, quilted purse: $5, thrifted
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators via Macy's
I feel like such a lady in this dress!
One of the best parts of the recent surge in the positive body image movement is women embracing trends regardless of whether they are flattering or not. For years, women have been taught to characterize their body according to different shapes, fruits, etc. and then wear clothes that work accordingly. However, fashion shouldn't be about limitation, it should be about feeling confident and beautiful wearing whatever you want to wear, not what others think you should wear to look good. I really credit fashion bloggers Tanesha Awasthi (Girl with Curves) and Gabi Fresh who really inspire me to step outside of my comfort zone and just have fun with fashion. One prime example of a trend that was previously considered off-limits for anyone above a size 2 is the crop top, since it's not "flattering" to show a real, less-than-flat stomach. However, if we holding fashion to its 2014 definition, as clothes designed to make the wearer feel good, if I feel beautiful wearing a crop top, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. As well, crop tops can be flattering (and even office appropriate!), especially with a high-waisted skirt or pants.
Even better? Crop tops are less material, so they can be cheaper! "Crop tops for all!" says this thrifty chick.
Here I'm wearing a crop top that I got years ago from Cotton On (a great store, basically an Australian version of H&M) for $5 with a simple black maxi skirt from Target last season. I pulled the skirt up so it's at my waist so I only showed just a sliver of flesh and felt very summery and fresh. This picture is from a recent trip to Cabo, Mexico, where the outfit felt very appropriate for 80 degrees seaside weather, but I wore this same exact outfit (with a light sweater) to work too! Doesn't hurt to rock the beachy waves (organically made myself from real sea water!)
Here are a few of my favorite, budget-friendly crop tops:
Forever 21 option- I love the off-the-shoulder look!
Another Forever 21 crop top in a fun print, this time for plus sizes
ASOS brand crop top with sweetheart neckline- I'm really loving the off-the-shoulder look!
Or you can be like me and scour thrift stores until you find the perfect high-neck, low-back, fitted crop top in white. This great one from Victoria Secret brand, Moda International? $4. Full post with this top styled two different ways to follow.
Hope you find a way to incorporate this great, fun, and cheap trend into your wardrobe!
I have been really pushing myself more this year to go for prints and patterns, especially when buying clothes from thrift stores. I have kept my eyes open for spring trends, especially in floral and pastels. This dress I got from GoodWill is a good example of the ideal spring dress- light colors, fun pattern (feathers!), interesting shape, and of course, great price! I styled it with thrifted pieces to make a very summery, lightweight, and feminine outfit.
I would wear this outfit any time I wanted to feel super girly. The light accessories really make it work for spring/summer. The white bag (which needs a good cleaning but so cool) has this interesting texture, and I think these shoes are one of my favorite thrifted shoe finds ever. They are comfortable, great quality, and versatile.
Feather print dress: $8, thrifted
White textured cross-body bag: $5, thrifted
Brown "cat-eye" sunglasses: no brand, $2 (via National Jewish Women's Council thrift shop)
Target brand brown wood sandals: $4, thrifted (they were brand new- tag on them and everything!)
Total outfit= $19. Yay for a completely thrifted outfit under $20!
Really, aren't these the perfect summer sandal? I love when high heels are comfortable too!
I've been finding a lot of great clothes for Spring so here are just a few of my latest finds. Note that not all of these I keep for myself- things in smaller sizes I either sell or give to my more petite friends.
Ella Moss scoop neck color block top, $6
Ann Taylor asymmetrical zip jacket, $4 (I know it's not for spring but I couldn't pass it up!)
J.Crew white stretchy jean jacket, $10 (a little expensive for a thrift store but it's such a versatile piece)
Levi's denim vest $2
American Apparel purple dress, $8
Ashley Stewartshirt, $4 (looks a bit like a robe but I styled it over a skirt with a chunky necklace, and I think it worked)
Forever 21 Mens striped shirt, $6 (even though this is mens, works well for me, especially with the zipper detail)
Vintage Asian-influenced skirt, $2
American Rag jean jacket, $5
Target brand floral blazer, $1.50 (such a great deal!)
Any favorites? Next outfit post of spring up next!
So here is my first official spring post (in addition to the previous Earth Day post)! I'm not usually a wearer of shorts, but I was inspired to pick some up when I was at my local thrift store a little while ago. I absolutely love skirts and dresses, but there is just something so easy and relaxed about simple denim shorts (especially when they are punched up a notch with a fancy sweatshirt and pair of flats!) Note this is the outfit I previewed in the previous post.
The shorts are simple "boyfriend" shorts from Old Navy, so they're a little looser and more relaxed looking- I think they go along nicely with this incredible lace floral sweatshirt and sparkly gold flats. As well, these sunglasses were an impulse buy- I have my classic Ray Ban wayfarers and aviators, and I have wanted a slightly cat-eyed frame for awhile- the lighter brown shade of these make them perfect for spring/summer! I think this outfit could work for a casual day where I want the comfort of shorts but still want to look a little more put together. And another great thing to love about this look- it's thrifted from head-to-toe!
Floral/lace sweatshirt: no brand, $6 thrifted (via National Jewish Women's Council thrift shop)
Boyfriend shorts: Old Navy, $2 thrifted
Sparkly gold flats: Enzo Angiolini "Nilt" flat, $6 thrifted
Brown "cat-eye" sunglasses: no brand, $2 (via National Jewish Women's Council thrift shop)
==Total cost for this outfit: $16!
So excited to start sharing all of my spring outfits! I'm a spring baby, so it's only natural!