Thrift Finds: Skirt Upgrade

Last week I finished early at work and my spouse was all, “Go have some you time, I’ll pick up the kid.”

Say no more–thrift store here I come!*

When time is limited, I find it’s best to choose one or two items to keep in your sights in order to minimize distractions/feeling overwhelmed.  My objective this trip?  I’ve had this navy Anne Klein skirt for a minute, and while I love how it goes with eeeeeverything in my closet, I do NOT love its broken zipper, the funky little speedbump at the waistband, or how stiff the fabric is–it’s a little hard to walk in.  So through my last several thrifting excursions, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a thrift upgrade that would zip properly, move fluidly, and lay a little better on my bod.

Thrifting an upgrade means you can:

1) Get something now that works, and
2) Get something later that wows

all without breaking the bank.

Here’s where I started: yes this zips all the way, but only after much wrestling and a few bad words:IMG_1931But lo and behold, on this trip I found a beauty by J. Crew in my size in a finer fabric with more walking room, a smoother line, and a working zipper.  Here’s the difference in the dressing room:

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Like my before/after faces?


And at home–old:


and new:IMG_1935


What have you upgraded at the thrift store?  Do you notice the before/after difference in the skirts, or does it look EXACTLY THE SAME to you?  Scroll down to comment!


*I also worked on a sermon in my head and jammed out to good tunes in the car, lest you think shopping is all I do with “me” time.  Heh.


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