bring on fall!

still dreaming of fall, of course! thank goodness the extreme heat wave we had around these parts in past weeks appears to have relented (at least temporarily). i’m crossing my fingers and hoping against hope that fall comes quickly, as i simply adore cool weather!

i spent the past weekend in jacksonville, florida, attending a family wedding. it was a whirlwind trip, but of course i made time to do a little tiny bit of thrifting! i also snuck in some thrifting fun last week, before i went out of town. i’m an addict!

more fall outfits. again, almost everything is second-hand!

bring on fall, v.2, #1
-tiny acid wash levi’s denim jacket: thrifted in florida
-blue and fuchsia striped tee: thrifted in florida
-fuschia vintage belt: thrifted in florida
-blue and white peg skirt: thrifted in jacksonville, florida this past weekend, $1.
-fuchsia wedges with flower shoe clips: thrifted in florida
-blue crochet ball and gold chain necklace: H&M

bring on fall, v.2, #2
-green silk jaquard print 80s dress, restyled into a tunic top: thrifted in florida
-blue bird print a-line mini skirt: ivana helsinki, found at buffalo exchange
-red leather belt with snakeskin patch: zachary’s smile
-yellow faux snakeskin leather purse: salvation army, chelsea, manhattan.
-green charles jourdan strappy sandals with 4″ heels, thrifted in florida.

bring on fall, v.2, #3
-vintage turtleneck tunic sweater: salvation army, chelsea, manhattan.
-brown vintage belt with gold clasp: thrifted in san francisco, ca.
-patchwork leather bag: thrifted in jacksonville, florida, this past weekend.
-gold necklace with the letter “B”: thrifted in jacksonville, florida this past weekend.
-striped acid-wash denim pencil skirt: thrifted in florida, $1.
-brown boots: frye

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looking at these outfits (and others i wear and put together), i notice that i favor certain things in general, and note that the things i favor are influenced my my body shape, and knowing what works for it in a more successful manner. for instance, because i am way more than a little ample in the bust, i wear a lot of knits on top: tees, sweaters, and the like.

woven tops are often cut for smaller cup sizes, and if bought larger to accommodate that part of my body, they need to be adjusted at the sides to reveal my proportionately smaller waist, and that’s just for starters. basically, it’s much harder to make woven tops work for me. i also draw attention to said waist with belts, of which i have many, many, many. i have been doing this for some time, even before the recent trend for waist cinching belts.

my hips are relatively slim and straight, but i’m short (about 5′ 3″) so i wear a lot of skirts that are straight, pegged, or a-line, and hit above the knee, to reveal my calves, which are slim enough to show off. any longer, and i look truncated and out of proportion. same goes for pants, when i wear them: straight/stovepipe or slim works best at the moment. wide legs make me look as such, and cropped pant styles do short me no favors.

it’s also interesting to note that some of the things i like seem to have recently intersected with what’s currently chic…slim skirts, boots, waist cinching belts, and the like. this is not intentional, per se. sometimes i feel like someone’s watching me! but in the end, i’ll probably continue to wear these sorts of things after they go “out of style,” unless my body’s topography changes drastically. and even in that event, i’ll likely strive to find the shapes and proportions that work for me, not against me.

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and before i go, let me point out the (not-so?) obvious: i post these sorts of things because i want others to believe that one can find current and highly chic styles and shapes by hitting the thrifts and second-hand shops, NOT the malls and high-end boutiques. find it for less, save your money, and spend on what will really last and what will really work for you. buy used, buy quality, buy the original, buy *you*.

6 comments

  1. Esra

    i am extremely shocked that you are only 5’3, you really know how to dress because in photos you look about 5’8!! that is a testament to dressing your body type well.

  2. Victoria E

    Used is best! Oh, and a random note – I was walking around SF yesterday and found the Camper shoe store & I immediately thought of you 🙂

  3. Riley

    I’m a huge fan of the skirt and shoes in pic #2 and the bag in pic #3. I miss Jacksonville thrift days. It’s a shame you and Pete never visited me in New Orleans together, because NOLA has my favoriote thrift store of all time, Thrift City.

    I fell out of the thrift scene for a while, but last February, I was looking for clothes to wear to Mardi Gras and had so much fun thrifting, at which point I realized how much more me a thing it was to do than to browse the mall. Also, in addition to being cheaper/less replicated than the mall, the store personnel are much nicer to little kids in thrift stores, and thrift stores are WAAAAY more entertaining to kids than mall stores. I’ll have to send you the pic of kid size cowboy boots I found. A friend of mine out here actually thrifts for old fancy linens and makes kids clothes out of them. I only wish I had paid better attention in sewing class…

    I can’t wait to visit you when you move to San Fran!

  4. tricia

    victoria: i’m guessing you were downtown? that camper store is on the same street as the hotel we stayed at when visiting SF in june, and was on the way to the BART station. needless to say, i had to stop myself from going in each time in an effort not to spend ridiculous amounts of money… 😛

    jessica: i can’t wait for you to visit us up there! it will be fun! hopefully someday we’ll be able to afford a place that can accomodate visitors!!! *dreaming*

  5. Lisa-Gabrielle

    Thrift on sisters! I am a firm believer in truly original pieces bought at thrifts and vintage stores paired with highend or sometimes even low-end retail.

  6. maskedmannequin

    Love the bird print on that blue skirt. Really cute. I know what you mean about autumn (fall). I can’t wait to get into my warm stuff again. Love the weather in summer, but definately prefer the clothes of autumn and winter…. tights! 🙂