It’s been so fun to do this Frugal Fashionista feature and read all of your comments and emails.
I do believe I might have a few of you doubters pondering this designer duds on a dime option.
If you’re new to these posts, please click on the Frugal Fashionista side bar button to read all the installments. They will give you the background of why I shop thrift, some of the hesitations with second hand shopping, but mainly…all the great benefits. 🙂
I am veering away from the essential pieces of a core wardrobe, and sharing one of my highlights from buying thrift.
I love the opportunity to step out of my typical wardrobe comfort zone and wear things I would never have dared to wear if paying retail.
A few years ago, I would have considered myself a fairly classic dresser. Give me a black dress, a great necklace, and I was good to go
(well, some things haven’t changed…wait til you see my post on ALL of my little black dresses. 🙂
In fact, I bought my first pair of jeans only five years ago when I was with some girlfriends on a beach trip. Having been heavy in my early 20’s, I could never find jeans that I felt comfortable in, and I never shed that “chubby” mentality that I had lived with as a single woman. It only took that one pair I tell you, now I’m converted.
Once I began feeling comfortable with who I was, and didn’t worry so much about “what I looked like,” I really started having fun trying new things.
My philosophy? If I don’t like it, I can just pass it on. I only paid $1 – 5 for it.
Some of the ways that I have stepped out of my comfort zone.
- I am wearing new colors.
I automatically navigate towards certain colors. Usually, they are colors within my “summer – cool” toned spectrum, but I have had a blast experimenting with both brighter or darker shades as well. I never envisioned that I could wear brown. This winter at Goodwill, I bought a brown turtleneck, accented my eyes with deeper brown shadow shades, wore brown lipstick (a first), and guess what…I got a bunch of complements….on brown. Who would have ever figured that? Now that summer is coming, I will enjoy some brighter colors, and I can’t wait to show you another “out of my comfort” dresses in hot pink. It’s supposed to be on the post, but technical difficulties happened.
- I am trying new sizes.
Do you have a wardrobe of various sizes like me? I am slowly getting rid of my larger sizes, but I have kept quite a few…just in case… (I get pregnant…not gain back my weight…hee hee). With buying second hand clothes, you quickly realize that size means nothing. In the last month, I have bought a size 6 and a 12, and they both fit great.
At most thrift stores, they have a dressing room and I always take advantage of that. At yard sales, the prices are never over $1-2, so I take a chance by eyeballing the item.
- I am dressing more trendy.
Believe it or not, I am dressing more “in style” than I ever did when I was buying retail. I can afford more items and I can experiment in new ways. I can be a bit more daring in designs, patterns, accessories, colors etc. Some women turn over their clothes frequently based on size, the season or a shopaholic syndrome. I have been their benefactor and they don’t even know it.
So step out of your comfort zone a bit when shopping at these thrift stores and yard sales. Just because it’s something “you’d never wear,” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. 🙂
Here’s my prime example.
This dress I bought at Good Will months ago. It was brand new – Arden B – with a $98 price tag still hanging on it. I looked on their website and I am guessing it probably went on sale for $78. Still, I paid $5. It is an XL, which I am not, but I knew that because of the drawstring, I could make it as small as I wanted. This dress could be worn by someone many pounds heavier than me, so again, size is relative for this dress.
This has waited and waited and waited while I got brave enough to wear it to church.
What was I waiting for? I LOVE IT and my son even said I was stylin’.
Why was I hesitant? The pattern is bold (maybe, sort of hippie-ish), the stripes go sideways, and I thought maybe I was trying to dress too young for my age. Never again will I let those feeling deter me from trying something different and fun.
I had a blast with this on…it gave me an extra hop with those honking high heeled boots. 🙂
Although, truth be told, I did need to get past my total self consciousness when my 9 year old daughter looked at me as I put it on, and said, “Really, Mom, can you just put on a normal skirt or something?”
Yep, she said it, and I almost hung it back up for a few more months, but I persevered.
I wanted it to be a bit more modest. It was showing some cleavage (which many women love – not me), so I layered a brown tank underneath it.
I had just found these brown Chinese Laundry brand boots at a yard sale for $2. They have this great row of buttons up the side of the boot that you can’t see.
I am not a high heel kind of gal. I just haven’t figured out how to build up that muscle yet, but I can put up with anything for a few hours.
Anyone who wears boots like this struts…just a little…try it. 🙂 Plus, I knew with summer coming, this would be one of the last times to wear my dark boots.And here is the official “I am a bird and I can fly” picture that my son took. I am attempting to show you just how cool these big sleeves are…somehow the affect has been lost on me.
So, remember – have fun with your clothes, whether they are from yard sales, or Sax Fifth Avenue.
Throw on a huge chunky necklace that is so “in”, try a Julia Robert’s “hat”, accent with a scarf, buy a hippie looking dress and enjoy a lift from your designer doldrums. 🙂
At least one “out of your comfort zone” purchases will be so worth it.
Dare to be different!
(edited to add: I woke up to some great comments from ladies who initially thought, “Only Jen, can find such cute things.” Read their stories of “hitting the jackpot.” YEA!!
We’re going to do a “fashion show” in 1 1/2 weeks and we’ll show off our style…Frugal Fashionista style with Mr. Linky. 🙂
I’ll get you an exact date…so look for it.