I go to local thrift stores (primarily non-profit) and usually bring home a large quantity of department store and designer clothing and shoes by spending only $30-$45 and a few hours looking for fashion items to be worn with my existing wardrobe.
The goal is to is to inform women of the fashion affordability of shopping at thrift stores, the benefit of donating, and how these organizations help disadvantaged, recovering and abused men, women and children.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
The sweater, shoes and necklace are thrift store finds. The black and cream tank top is a Target clearance find. The tan skirt is a Walmart find, and the purse was a hotel gift-shop find when I was in Houston Texas.
|Many liked my outfit when I wore it to work. Most of the comments were about my Kenneth Cole shoes.|
I've been pretty good at releasing items as I bring stuff in - but it's time to re-assess some fashion pieces in my closet. I call it the big purge.
Here's what I need to do...
1. Empty the closet
2. Create three piles: Keep, Give away or Consign, Alter
Here's what style tips to remember...
1. If clothes are too small or too large - let them go immediately.
2. Don't save clothes for in case you lose weight. If you do lose weight, you'll want to buy new things.
3. If you have clothes that you really love, but don't fit properly, try to get them altered. If you don't plan to have it altered - then let it go.
4. Buy what fits.
5. Follow the latest trends with trendy jewelry, scarves and shoes rather than clothing. They are less expensive than clothing, and once the trend fades - the accessories should be easier to part with.
6. Keep my dark denim shirts and jackets (that fit). They can be paired with dressier pieces to change the vibe.
7. If buying expensive pieces, stick with classic clothing that's wearable with any style trend such as straight skirts and pants.
8. Know your body type, accentuate the positive and try to downplay the negative when buying clothes.
|These jeans are called "How Smooth" Straight Leg Jeans. Perfect to wear with a form fitting tunic.|
And while I was on QVC.com I remembered that I need a dress for a conference banquet and found this Clinton Kelly dress on clearance for $34.92. The gathered waist and pockets actually hide my abdominal issues.
|It has a gathered waist, side pockets and an exposed zipper in the back. I already know how to dress-it-up and dress-it-down.|
So with Mission Possible coupons and the hope of finding some casual pants. Unfortunately, my body is going through a metamorphosis and I need to accommodate my ample abdominal area. (ugh!) Also, I'm taking two out-of-state trips soon and wanted to have some non-work casual options.
I went to two Mission Possible locations, Lovelady and the Foundry on the hunt for those bottoms that fit and I feel confident in wearing.
My entire shopping spree was $46.77 and it was a name-brand bonanza...I bought the following:
1 Gap Button-down Shirt
1 Coldwater Creek Crochet Sweater
1 White Stag T-shirt
1 Merona Denim-colored Cargo Short
1 Pair of Bandolini Blu Jeans
1 Pair of Gold Earrings
2 Pair of Shoes (Apostrophe booties and Groove flats)
4 Pair of Pants (LEI, Gap, Sonoma, Axcess by Liz Claiborne)
|I have too many fashion obsessions (argyle sweaters, Liz Claiborne, camouflage, and booties). I couldn't resist those booties - the heel profile is so cute!|
|I love that crochet red sweater and the shoes are adorable! And with camouflage all the rage - I'll keep an eye out for a reasonably priced blazer.|
I managed to make outfits with just the pieces I bought. I didn't know I was doing that at the time - but hoo-ray for me!
Sunday, July 12, 2015
|I'm obsessed with camouflage!|
I walked in Mission Possible and I found the blue dress. It was Old Navy and was for $6.99. I also found a Cato "flip-flop" dress (I took the term from the EVINE home-shopping network) for $6.99 too. So with my 20% off purchase coupon my total was $11.18.
|This was the perfect navy dress! The "flip-flop" dress is typically not my style, but I really like it and willing to step out the box.|
|The picture doesn't justify this green boucle' skirt. It had gold thread in it.|
|The two tanks will come in handy this season. The grey and black plaid jacket is Cato. I bought the pink linen pants to go with the the jacket.|