What I Wore: First Day of Spring

Yesterday was the first day of spring.  Oddly enough, it was the epitome of a blustery March day up North rather than the milder version usually experienced here in the South. (It’s been in the high 70s/low 80s the last few weeks.)  I layered up for church using a duster over a blouse on top of my favorite pants—so worn in and comfy and yet so bright.  A necklace with some fun pattern + sunglasses in the exact same accent red as the pants topped it all off.

Bonus tip: I wore this outfit Thursday (see Instagram) minus the duster and it reads as a completely different ensemble with the long, solid layer added on.

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Blouse: Merona, thrifted + tailored
Duster: J. by Jones New York, thrifted
Pants: Bandolino, thrifted
Necklace: bought from a street merchant in Washington, D.C.
Sunglasses: thrifted
Shoes: Trotters handed down from my mother-in-law, painted

How do you warm up your favorite outfits when it’s cooler than expected?  Any trusty piece you can throw on to completely change the look of your clothes?

Happy Spring, Thrifters!

 

 

What I Wore: Changing Temps

We’re having warmer weather here in the ATL but the mornings can still be cool.  Add to that a sometimes-chilly office or church space and you gotta figure out how to transition across a variety of temps in one outfit.

Yesterday my solution was to wear warm but unlined pants on bottom and 2 light-ish layers on top.

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It’s what I like to call my “excited to preach” face.  Ignore the random crumpled garment on the road…not mine. Continue reading “What I Wore: Changing Temps”

What I Wore: Funeral

A coworker’s spouse died unexpectedly and we’re all trekking to the funeral today.  Ya can’t thrift cry-proof mascara, but you can thrift funeral clothes.

In fact, they’re probably one of the easiest outfits to thrift because of the ubiquity of dark (particularly black) dresses/pants/tops.  If you’re Muslim, Hindu, Pagan, or from New Orleans, you might have a little more trouble finding a white dress or pants, but you shouldn’t have a problem scoring white tops/skirts.

And if black/white is not a primary color in your wardrobe—even more reason to thrift it instead of spending big bucks on an outfit you’ll (hopefully) not have to wear very often.

Here’s my funeral attire for today—you might remember this dress, styled differently, from the last wedding I attended.  (Insert joke about wearing the same thing to 4 weddings & a funeral.)

 

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Leopard print dress with pockets: George, thrifted
Turtleneck: Piazza Sempione, thrifted
Belt: J. Crew, thrifted
Leggings (grey, not pictured): Charlotte Russe, thrifted
Black flats (not pictured): Clarks, gift
Black/grey leopard print socks (not pictured): retail
Cuff: vintage from my Grandma
Earrings: passed on from my Grandmother

 

Have you ever worn thrifted attire to a funeral?  Do you normally shop retail but thrift those one-off pieces you rarely use?  Scroll down to share!

 

And if you’re grieving today—whether a fresh loss or an anniversary—peace be with you. <3

 

Thrift Finds/What I Wore: Winter White Sheath Dress

Y’all, this dress was just waiting for me one day in the dress rack at the Goodwill.  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am a dress woman and that a classic sheath is my go-to look for “polished with a little pizzazz”; their simple cut and embellished nature make them the perfect background for all kinds of accessorized fun.

This particularly chic sheath has already been worn multiple times since I bought it a few weeks ago. (Okay, let’s be honest: it’s been worn multiple times THIS WEEK since I can rock an outfit to church on Sunday AM and then to work later in the week without anyone but my spouse being the wiser.)

It’s a perfect off-white that doesn’t overwhelm my skin tone and that can layer for winter as well as shine on its own for summer:

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What I Wore: Preaching in January

Hello Thrifters!

My sincerely warm thoughts go out to all y’all up to your eyeballs in snow up North. Meanwhile, it’s chilly but sunny here in Georgia where the “snow closure” on Friday ended up consisting of rain followed by Saturday morning flakes that barely dusted the grass.

Sorry.

This is what I wore to preach yesterday–I haven’t done a proper outfit post in awhile and I thought you’d like to see how some of my winter staples are working together:

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What I Wore: First Frost

It was COLD today.  By Atlanta standards.  Take a peek at what I wore, and come back tomorrow for more details and other delicious finds as part of the November Edition of Thrifted Finds!

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Mmmmm…

 

Are you wearing coats yet where you are?  Do you thrift your outerwear?  Scroll down to share!

 

What I Wore: Turtleneck Weather

This weekend it truly felt like fall.  We had a “cold” front come through—“cold” meaning lows in the 40s and highs in the mid-60s Fahrenheit—so for church on Sunday I busted out the tweed, the turtleneck, the long cardigan, and the fall accessories.  Oh, and socks with my dress shoes—it’s the first time it hasn’t felt sweaty to wear the two together!

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What I Wore: I Overslept!!

Check my Instagram sidebar for today’s super-quick outfit: throw on a dress and wrap a scarf around your neck and you’re suddenly chic, no matter how late you slept in!
Land’s End stretchy knit dress + scarf from a visit to the Tilonia co-op in Rajasthan several years ago.  Check the site for their fall sale on socially responsible, hand-printed gorgeousness!

When you tease your friend for thinking 9:30 is an early coffee date (because your child never lets you sleep past 7:30am), and you and your child proceed to sleep until 9:22am, 8 minutes before said “early” coffee date, the universe is laughing at you.

Ha. Ha.

What do you wear in such circumstances, besides a panicked look on your face?  (Let us pause to enjoy the fact that the past tense of panic is spelled with a k.)

Grab the one-piece closest to hand (hopefully it’s clean…well, not super dirty?), throw on a statement necklace for that no-effort polished effect, add a headpiece (sunglasses, bandana, hat) to hide the head grease (see what I did there?), and rush out the door with said child in tow.  (For your kid, consider ways your child’s pjs can double as real clothes.)

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Camouflage for the urban jungle of crepe myrtle trees…

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The bandana option.  Pics taken after the fact–clearly no time beforehand! Thrifted onesie, antiqued necklace, gifted sunglasses, earrings, & shoes, bandana from 7th grade.

If you’re not really into onesies, you don’t have to choose a jumper-type garment to milk the benefits of one-pieces; put on a dress if that’s your thing.  But the reason one-pieces work so well in general is the same reason they work on shot notice: you don’t have to find two separate items that match in order to be fully clothed. Or, if we’re setting the bar particularly low, you only have to find one semi-clean item instead of two.

What are your tricks for getting dressed and out the door in a jiffy?  Scroll down to comment!

 

How She Wore It: Traveling in Style

My friend Caitlin was so enamored of the dress I passed on to her that she wore it on an epic multi-state road trip–and styled it to the nines!  Check out how she took an utterly comfortable dress and turned it into a chic and elegant textbook of how to Dress to Impress, Travel Edition:

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Glittery/metallic shoes, a jacket with structure, and a statement necklace take her outfit to the next level.  Caitlin, you nailed it!

What are your tricks for dressing up a casual outfit to stay comfy whilst getting down to business?  Scroll down to comment!

 

 

 

What I Wore: President Carter’s Sunday School

This past weekend we went to Americus, Georgia to visit dear friends.  Amidst many other adventures, we visited local thrift spots to see what gems they held, but alas, came up empty-handed (though I will post some photos of some fab would-be finds this week).

Our friends had invited us to help with hospitality for Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church, the 35-member congregation where former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school each week.  You may have heard that crowds have swelled to 800+ since the announcement of his cancer diagnosis, because this is one of the few engagements to which Mr. Jimmy, as he’s known in the 700-person town of Plains, has committed until his death (may it be a long time from now).

Knowing we had to be up early to greet would-be attendees at the overflow location where video feed of the lesson would be simulcast, I threw on the dress I wore Friday to work, traveled in, and spilled coffee on, and forwent (?) a shower in favor of enjoying a cup of coffee with our hosts.  I was going to be handing out graham crackers and bottled water to sleep-deprived visitors in similar, if not worse, shape, so why worry about how I looked?

That was before the crowds turned out much smaller than expected (thank you, Labor Day), we got a seat in the sanctuary, Mr. Jimmy called on me to give the opening prayer, and we took a picture with the Carters after church.

Let’s just say I was thankful for a college mentor who told me that I should never let what I happened to be wearing or how I happened to look stop me from doing anything.

And the pics didn’t turn out half bad, either.

 

Sharagano dress, thrifted; jewelry, heirloom.

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When have you been caught “unprepared” for a spotlight moment?  How did you make what you were wearing or how you looked work regardless of the circumstances?  Scroll down to comment!