November 19, 2014

Frugal Fashionista (And Reminder of Our Fashion Show this Friday)

Feb20

Mark Your Calendars!

Join our Frugal Fashionista Fashion Show this Friday, Feb. 24. I will have a link up ready for you to share your frugal fashion finds. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, shoot me an email at inpassionatepursuit@gmail.com with a picture or two of your fun finds. Remember that at least one core wardrobe piece needs to be a second hand find, so that together, we can celebrate the beauty of 80% off Living. :)

Last week, we had fun going down memory lane with my Double Dog Dare Fashion Statement. Yes, wearing leg warmers is back in, it just depends on how brave you are to sport them.

If you remember, I started off conservatively with an all black outfit. Since we solved the dilemma of if there can be too much black in a frugal wardrobe, it’s always a “go to” look for me. Yet, never one to wear black plain, I dressed it up with the leg warmers and two critical accessories.

One of my five tips to freshen up a wardrobe is to invest in great accessories. Earrings that made a bold statement and a unity scarf that helped tie the look together are what I experimented with for this look. This Unity Scarf is brand new (gasp), and since this was the first time I wore it, I quickly realized some mistakes when I looked at the pictures. Make sure you arrange the scarf straight, and remember that the severed neck look isn’t quite as attractive as if I would have slightly loosened it up. I have just started playing around with Unity Scarves, and have come up with a unique way to tie it, so I will definitely video it since it’s too hard to do just by pictures.

You can find unity scarves in all prints and patterns for anywhere from $7 on up, averaging around $15. There are new ones coming out for the spring, so even though this is a winter scarf, there are neat ones for summer scarf wearing as well.

My look below (minus the scarf) totaled under $15 WITH the big earrings (my look above even less).

I decided to put my sleeveless winter “dress” over a black shirt and leggings. (Yes, it totally shrunk in the wash. It happens to the best of us.) Both the shirt and dress were yard sales finds totaling only $3, with the leggings from TJ Maxx for $4.99 and of course, my brand new Goodwill leg warmers for $3. The earrings were also a yard sale find, where a lady who sold jewelry was clearing out her old inventory. I love those few and far between treasures.

Last month, I talked about how fashion relates to covering my problem areas. One or two simple changes can fool the eye into thinking one’s lost ten pounds.

This accessory change is a PERFECT example of that. The above looks is cute, but with the straight form fitting sweater, it does nothing to help slim my waist.

Look now at how a simple, visual change occurred by elongating the Unity scarf and adding a belt to bring in my waist. It’s like an instant diet. :)

Those simple changes created a huge difference!

(And no, it’s not just the fuzziness of the picture. I sometimes forget to check my eight year old’s professional photographic skills until later, but I just love her willingness. :))

Have fun with your fashion this week.

Try a new accessory. Hunt for a Unity Scarf on sale (since they won’t be in thrift stores for a little bit), and send me some photos of your Frugal Fashion Finds.


Comments

  1. I’m so excited about the Frugal Fashionista show on Friday. I’ve been so inspired by your blog to search for thrifty fashion finds that the last time I had the itch to shop, I went to Goodwill instead of Khols, where I spent $60 and found 3 new dresses, a new pair of boots, two cute tops, and a skirt for my daughter! I would have spent more at Khols and bought a lot less. Can’t wait to share my favorite thrift store outfits this week!

    LOVE THIS BLOG, by the way.

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    Jen Reply:

    So glad you will be joining us. :)

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  2. 99% of my clothes are used. I will have to try to remember to come back! :-) My blog has been sadly silent too long!

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  3. Gosh Jen,

    You look awesome and I wish I had looked at your blog this morning BEFORE I went to Salvation Army!! I saw a few dresses that caught my eye, but didn’t buy because I couldn’t figure how to wear them!! Oh well, next time!!! I did manage to get several new bottom pieces though so that helps!!

    Looking forward to Friday!

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  4. Chris Brown says:

    Hello Jen! I just discovered your blog and spent the last hour looking at all your great ideas and outfits! Love it!!

    My sister and I have been shopping at the Goodwill, yard sales, consignment and thrift shops for many years and we always get a kick out of calling to tell each other about our great finds!

    Speaking of the Unity scarf…I found that you can make them quickly and easily from a very small amount of knit fabric and they add a real punch of pizazz to those basic black combos.

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