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Catching the Thrift Shopping Bug

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Thrifted black and white houndstooth dress, magenta cardigan, black heeled sandals

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Dress – Thrifted Merona/Target (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same) | Earrings – Macy’s (same) | Necklace – gift (similar) | Belt – From another shirt (similar)

You guys! I went thrift shopping and I actually found something! This dress was less than $7 at the local Goodwill and it’s the perfect comfy yet professional dress. For less than $7!! A faux wrap dress in a neutral color and pattern in a jersey fabric that will wash and wear well? Is this thrift shop nirvana I’m experiencing?

Of course, I still need to go back to the thrift shop because I’m told that going on a regular basis nets you the best finds. So I’m still a newbie at it but I have to admit, it was fun! I went in with zero expectations and made sure to look in several different size ranges because clothes are all cut so differently. I tried on a lot of things (the Goodwill near my apartment has very nice dressing rooms) but still had an idea of what items would fill holes in my closet instead of buying things just because they were a brand I recognized (J. Crew striped shirt, anyone? I do not need more striped shirts!).

So, yes, very successful trip. It also helps that books are SUPER cheap. I haven’t bought a book in a long time but this may change that.

What about you? How do you feel about thrift shopping?

Mutually Inspired Series Day 3: The Striped Blazer

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

Blazer – Express (similar) | Tank – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | White shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Did you know that my very first You Pick Wednesday post was helping Jen figure out fun ways to wear her striped blazer? She’s gone on to create some fun outfits with hers so I thought I would give a nod to history for today’s Mutually Inspired Series post and showcase a way that she created to wear her striped blazer.


I kept the same silhouette with the pencil skirt and blazer and also stuck to the same color palate with gray and magenta. At first I was struggling a bit to figure out how I was going to recreate this outfit because while I have similarly colored tops I didn’t know how to make any of them work. But then it struck me: wear a tank top over a collared shirt! So, that’s what I did.

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

Yes, this is a tank-top that has almost gone to the donation pile a few times.  In this case, though, I’m glad I held into it because it was fun to give it new life as a vest!  Sure, I could have worn the tank top by itself but I thought that layering it over the white shirt gave it more visual interest and dressed it up a bit more just like Jen did by adding that little bit of white to her original outfit.

What do you think? Would you ever turn a tank top into a vest?

White collared shirt, magenta tank top, gray pencil skirt, striped blazer

Back in Black

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Dress – The Limited | Cardigan – The Limited | Necklace – The Limited | Belt – The Limited | Shoes – Nine West

This is absolutely one of my favorite dresses.  I can wear it with a cardigan or without.  I can wear it with strappy heels, flats, or boots.  I can change up the belt for a different look or leave it off entirely.

And it has pockets!

Seriously, I think everyone needs a black dress that can be worn for multiple occasions.  This might not be THE little black dress fashion mags always talk about, but it’s a pretty good facsimile for my life.   Unless anyone knows of some fancy cocktail parties I’m supposed to be at…..

Navy from Navy

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Necklace – A gift from my friend Kim

Shirt – Old Navy

Blazer – Old Navy

Jeans – The Limited

Boots – DSW

Ahhh, Friday.  The bane of my existence.  No, not really.  I’m just not very good at putting together “casual” outfits that still look professional.  This was this Friday’s attempt.

I almost bought another pair of lighter brown boots this morning (they were on sale for $30) but they only had a 6.5 and a 7.5 and I wear a 7.  And do I REALLY need two pairs of brown boots??