Tuesday, November 13, 2012

outfit styling fun

I had just got back from town and a friend dropped by. Her mouth dropped open when she saw what i'd just found at the thrift store. I unearthed some more goodies i had found secondhand in the past month and we had great fun doing some styling on the deck. It was very girly, very giggly, very unlike me and VERY fun. I like to push edges from time to time. (This is the woman who spent ten whole years not spending any money whatsoever on clothes and never wore a skirt)
Here we have the current denim on denim look.

Denim shirt $4 from Salvation Army.
Baxter Moto jeans $30 from Finders Keepers.
American moccasins $12 from Trademe.
Beaded bracelet $6 from Salvation Army.
Straw sunhat $4 from the Hospice shop.

I am not sure if i'll wear this handmade vintage linen skirt or if it'll get upcycled into a top. The linen is super soft and lovely to wear. $2 from the Hospice shop.
 Oh yes, Chester sees all straw hats as potential snacks. Good to know.
I have spent years wearing ill fitting jeans held up by safety pins or velcro and it has been a revelation to find a style and brand that i like and fits well. These are the shortwaisted, curvy, small-statured ladies dream jeans! Top Shop's Moto baxter for others of you out there. Once i had the brand and size I found another pair on trademe for $10. Sorted.
The red theme continues, with a bit of black and white stripe thrown in the mix. 
I love this cardigan. I am big on cardigan's. This one is a beautiful wool and i love the little details...the silver bead buttons, teeny pocket and this little detail at the back.
A close up of the bracelet. It's a kid magnet, they love it.
It's hard to see the detail in this skirt, but it's gathered into a waistband with two side pockets and falls to just below the knee. A classic fitted Hanes tshirt in my size finished off the haul. With the sandals, this summer outfit came to $13.50. I shudder to think what it would cost all new.
Pretty much all i had dreamed of...just waiting for me.

I know it is a small thing. But it feels good to have clothes i feel good in.
Puts a little spring in the step.
It's kinda new for me, previously having matching socks with no holes was a revelation.


  1. Cool outfits - enjoy those, they're lovely. Reckon that linen skirt is worth trying as a skirt first before you decide to upcycle!

    1. thanks nicky. i'm going to give the skirt a whirl tomorrow...see how it feels. some clothes i love and they just don't get worn...we'll see! x

  2. WOW what amazing outfits you've picked up there!
    LOVE that skirt and love the way you've pulled them all together

    Have you heard about Wardrobe Wednesday?

    Your post would be great linked in there!

    1. Thanks Cat, the thrifting mojo smiled upon me that day! I am off to check out your link. x

  3. Awesome combos and great buying. Nothing like an awesome bargain to get a girl giddy. We'd love to have you at Wardrobe Weds :o)