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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New To My Closet- Thrift Finds

I recently had a day of unexpected thrifting luck with the adorable Sandhya from the blog Livin' Wide and wanted to share my finds with you, so here they are...

Apologies...I didn't take the best pictures or detail close ups this time around.
Anyway, this little shirt dress has pintucks all the way around the upper body, making it just the right fit and not too snug around my mid section, which is still suffering from my food rampage in New Orleans. On its own, it is a reasonable length for work but I'll probably pair it with tights or a legging of some type. The fabric is also slightly heavier which means it'll easily carry me into fall, with an over the knee boot.

I worked hard at breaking my usual color blocked style and went for some fun patterns like this Express snakey pencil skirt in raspberry and lavender...super crazy! But so fun! It was a tad big but I've already altered it to fit. I like the idea of a simple white button down for a sort of secreterial style, but I tried it on with a gray jersey cowl neck and big black belt and loved this look as well.

BCBG red pants...ok, way out of my comfort zone! But, other than the length, they fit extremely well. I'm always on the hunt for something other than jeans and these are definitely unexpected. I purchased them mostly for work wear and already hemmed them, so now I only need to be brave enough to wear them! Maybe today...

I love everything I found, but this dress might be my favorite. It fit right off the rack and needed no alterations other than a good hand washing. Geometric print, pops of yellow and light weight, perfect for summer! It works belted as well and I think it'll be just the right dress for the Lucite necklace I found a month or so back. I might need to go out for cocktail hour sooner than expected just to wear it!

Even though this ABS dress is a little big and needs to be shortened in the arms and length, I love it! Or the print to be exact. It looks like a forest in the middle of winter...

And it's not just black, but navy as well. The two tones gives it a little depth. It's also a little heavy for summer along with the longer sleeves, so alterations on this one can wait a little longer. I'm picturing it layered over some knit tights...

I also found a jersey cream and black perfectly simple dress but it's currently hang drying and will have to wait for another post.

The thrift Gods were smiling upon me that day! Best part about it is I didn't go over my $20 thrifting budget, which included lunch! I think everything combined was around $18 give or take a few pennies. (Not including gas...) Yup, an entire thrifting day for under $20. That being said, I could have spent more...
J.

22 comments:

Misery said...

first of all - that abs dress is amazing. I also love this kind of prints :) second of all - also this shirt-dress is cool ( shirt dresses are always the first thing I grab in a store when I'm shopping for clothes. haha). And, finally, I read in Newsweek today that men always think that women look better in red clothes: it doesn't matter what you wear, it matters to them that it's red :) AND I've realized that I don't own a single red piece of clothing! You, however, have these BCBG pants, lol. :)

livin wide said...

yeehaw! we did damn good.

Pearl Westwood said...

I cant wait to see what you pair with that pink skirt and the red pants, what fab finds!

erin :) said...

it's so fun to get cheap, beautiful clothes! i'm glad you got to! :)

and thank you for the compliment! i felt like my blog was "declining in quality" because I haven't been going to school, so i don't have much outfit posts! but thank you for the encouragement. :)

g'bless ya!
erin :)

ps. more pics of new orleans? eh? eh? :D

rouli said...

amazin post!

cool items!

love the skirt!!!!!!

pls keep in touch!

kiss

www.thebeautifulandthehard.blogspot.com

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ah, you are a thrift shopping pro! I am OBSESSED with that Express snakey pencil skirt. The color, the texture...perfection!! :)

AH said...

wow, great finds! i love thrift shopping, but there's no good stores around where i live now... luckily, i'll be moving to a bigger city soon:)

Ashley said...

Awesome finds Joyce! So jealous I wasn't with you and Sandhya! The geometric print dress caught my eye right away. You are now my thrift shopping idol. I can't believe you got all of that for less than $20.

Audrey Allure said...

Great finds, love that pink skirt!

kirstyb said...

the black n white dress is gorge xxx

Constance said...

Great finds!
x

vint junky said...

LOVE the forest-y print on the dress! What amazing finds
xxx

gleenn said...

I'm loving the yellow and black dress. What a lovely play of colors and pattern.

Meream said...

GASP! That yellow dress! Great find. Love that last dress, too. It reminds me of the Mulberry theme on Google Chrome. Haha

michelle_ said...

nice vintage pieces !

Devina said...

Wow.... Great stuff...
Loved the shirt...

La Société de Mode | The Fashion Society said...

Wow! you had some really nice finds, and all under 20 dollars just adds to the excitement. We agree with you that the yellow and black graphic dress is probably the best find of all. It's cute summary, but not too childish and will probably add spice to any outfit. Keep the gresat finds comin'!

Bis
Rebecca&Maddy

Dyanna Pure said...

I like the gray best--I have something really similar. <3

-Dyanna Pure
www.thesfstyle.com

ROBINE said...

Nice purchases!
Great blog.

Kristin said...

Loooove, that black, white and mustard number!

emily viveur said...

i love all the printed pieces, especially the last one. i usually have such a hard time finding prints i like...

mxrosie said...

Yay! I found you, very nice meeting you the other day (halcyon) and great blog!

http://mxrosie.blogspot.com