Friday ReBlog: Spring Capsule Wardrobe Additions via ThredUp

Erin at Reading My Tea Leaves showcased some spring capsule wardrobe additions in March (just seeing it now, whoops!) but I think her advice works for any season.

She used ThredUp to find these pieces, which is a great tool for anyone who a) hates shopping in person or b) doesn’t have the time to scour the thrift racks for that perfect piece.  I just bought my first piece on ThredUp and I’ll be sharing why I did it and how it went it arrives.

My favorite part of Erin’s take on the process:

“Here’s my best advice: Don’t try to build a [seasonal] capsule wardrobe from scratch. Make slow, careful decisions in every season about what additions make sense for your closet, and search until you find just the right thing. Right, mostly, because you love it.”

It can be hard to wait while you slowly, carefully build your wardrobe (and I’ve definitely succumbed to the temptation to just get it all over with NOW).

But what I love most about taking my time with building a capsule is that I can feel out what works and what doesn’t, growing into it instead of impatiently buying 10 things I *think* I’ll love and that I *think* will all go together only to find out that I only love 2 things – or, horror of horrors, none of it really flows, it’s all one big hot mess, and I have to start over.

And it’s always a good reminder that the “right” clothes for us aren’t the ones anyone else tells us to wear or what we think we *should* wear – they’re just the ones we love, pure and simple.


Do you like to just get it all done at once or do you savor finding “just the right thing”?

And what do you think of Erin’s additions?  Scroll down to comment!


Friday ReBlog: Monochrome Capsule

Alyssa over at Modern French Blog posted on her spring/summer capsule wardrobe and it is just a treat, visually speaking. We all know I am allergic to black, but there are many out there who love and rock it, so take a look at how she does it: chic basics mixed with versatile neutrals. Nothing boring about black in her wardrobe!

Do you wear black—and if so, a lot or a little?  What do you think of Alyssa’s take on it?

Happy weekend, Thrifters!

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2016

Here ’tis, Fellow Thrifters: my thrifted spring capsule wardrobe. It is, indeed, all thrifted, but the rest of the title is a bit of a misnomer, since this puppy (minus the blazers) will carry me all the way through summer.

I feel like I may have one too many tops, but given how long it’s supposed to last me, it might be just enough variety.

I started off with 3 pants from last spring/summer, added the grey Vince Camuto cigarette pants I found this fall, kept several tops I loved from last year (bonus points if you can identify them!), and added a few more (see note about variety).

And since I can’t just leave a capsule alone, but glory in tweaking it as I search for just the right mix of stuff I love and actually wear, I’ll keep you updated as the warm months roll by.

Let me know what you think! And enjoy grooving to the sounds of one of my longtime musical crushes, India.Arie. Because “sometimes I stick to my capsule wardrobe, and sometimes I don’t.

P.S. Let’s all welcome Kali, the one-eyed cat wonder, to her YouTube debut.


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!