What I Wore & My Secret Weapon for Keeping My Wardrobe Focused

A quick What I Wore from our long weekend here in the states:

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I don’t typically wear necklaces over button-downs, but it seemed to work here – something about the delicate nature of the necklace and the way the leopard pattern broke up the strong lines of the shirt:

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Speaking of leopard, turns out I do own a leopard-print top…but in such a subtle, almost gentle color combo that it still does not solve my leopard conundrum.  (More on this later in the month.)

Top: Forever 21, thrifted
Pants: Banana Republic, thrifted
Sandals: Clarks, gift from family
Necklace, earrings: DIYed from thrifted parts

 

And now, as advertised, my secret weapon for keeping my wardrobe in hand.
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What I Wore: Never Say You’ll Never Wear a Maxi Dress

Last week I spotted Nicole of The Spirited Thrifter wearing this striped maxi dress and thought it was perfection on her. I commented that it made me want to wear a maxi dress even though I never wear them and don’t even own one.

Ah, the maxi dress: I love it on other people but am not a fan of the empire waist and spaghetti straps look on me, a combo integral to oh-so-many maxis. (This is why I loved Nicole’s dress – it had neither.) Or how hot they can be on the bottom during summer or chilly on top in the fall.  Also, is it just me or does “maxi” always makes you think of maxi pads and that diaper-like feel? Yech.

Anyway, the thrift gods must have been laughing at me, because I had forgotten that I do, in fact, own a floor-length dress* which I did, ironically, end up wearing this past weekend to church:

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What I Wore: Office Sick Day

Yesterday I had a head cold from Hades. (I still have it, but now it’s from, say, Hoboken.)

I spent a good 15 minutes in bed trying decide whether to go to work or stay home.

But yesterday was my boss’ first day back after 4 weeks out of town. And a new program year is breathing down our necks. And I had 3 meetings scheduled. And someone had to drive the kiddo to daycare regardless.

So I went to work, but in the most comfortable work-appropriate clothing possible, which I had most fortuitously thrifted over the weekend due to my inability to say no to comfortable dresses and stripes (and this shade of blue!):

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What I Wore: Summer Dresses

For a few weeks this month I wasn’t really feeling the thrift. This, to me, is a sign that I’m happy with my current wardrobe.  Although I am a thrift blogger and it can feel a bit counterintuitive, when I feel this way I embrace it and skip the thrift store because it’s a sign that I have ENOUGH.

I held out and waited until I actually felt excitement about the idea of thrifting before I went – and lo and behold that delay coincided with finally finding a couple of blue dresses to tick an item off my thrifting wish list.  So, you know, karma and flow and the universe smiling and all that.

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What I Wore: Flared Blue Dress + White Denim Jacket + Leopard!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an outfit post… I’m going to chalk it up to a combination of moving most of my outfit photos to Instagram and just plain falling out of the habit.  But today – lucky you! – I shoved the camera in The Spouse’s hands and asked for a quick pic before we headed off to church.

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Dress: New York & Co., 100% cotton, thrifted – love the color and the pockets!  Fit ‘n’ flare is not my favorite silhouette, thought, so it’s my placeholder summer blue dress while I look for something a little more fitted on the skirt.  (Plus it shrunk in the wash so it’s a little shorter than I’d like.  Turns out when they say “tumble dry low” they mean LOW.)

White denim jacket: J. Crew, thrifted – perfect for air conditioned spaces but definitely a bit heavy for our outside Atlanta heat these days

Leopard print belt: J. Crew, thrifted – the perfect touch to pull it all together and put a smile on my face

Sandals: Clark’s, bought with birthday money lo these many years ago

 

I love this royal blue + white combo – how summery it looks – and the unexpected leopard that makes it interesting.  Good thing I took these pics before church since my toddler proceeded to smear sunscreen all over the dress while getting her pre-church energy out running around outside.

 

What’s your go-to summer combo?  And do you long for the return of the outfit post?  Happy to do them more frequently if y’all miss seeing them!

 

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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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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