If you’ve been reading this blog for any time (BIG SHOUT OUT to all the newest subscribers–THANK YOU!–and thanks to all my other subscribers; luv ya!), you know that I come from the philosophy that life doesn’t have to be financial suicide. Not only do I furnish my house with thrift store goodies (like my latest project, my thrifted craft room! Have you seen it yet?), but I also love to scout out some pretty thrift store clothes to add to my so-called wardrobe.
I’m not a fashionista by any means!
So when I found this dress at a thrift store in Hawaii last month while on vacation to the Big Island (yes, I go to thrift store while on vacation–I’m weird like that!) I had no idea if animal prints were “in” or “out.” But I just knew I liked it! And it even had–GASP!–pockets. Brilliant!
That’s my crazy friend, Angela, that I met with my group in Hawaii. She loves all things crafty and thrifty like me, so she was down for a little thrift diving, too!
So last week I emailed that pic to her and asked, “How would you accessorize this dress?
“I wouldn’t. Animal prints are played out.”
When did that happen?
So I knew I needed to ask my Thrift Diving Facebook friends, and you all were AWESOME and overwhelming agreed that my friend didn’t know ANYTHING (lol) and that animal prints NEVER go out of style and is classic! You gave some great suggestions, like pairing leopard prints with black accessories, fitted blazers or cardigan, black tights, maybe loafers or pumps; some said YES for pairing with red, some said NO WAY with red. Also, you guys said animal prints are fine as long as you do one print at a time (not, like, the whole sha-bang).
I tried to work with what I already had in my limited closet, and this is what I came up with.
I paired this dress with whatever I had in my closet. Wasn’t much! Just some knee-high boots I have had forever…..a black blazer….and a thick belt. But I like it! I just have to make sure I don’t bend OVER! ‘Lil short for a woman of 35…. LOL
I wonder if big, bushy hairdo’s ever go out of style?
If so……then I’m in trouble!
Sometimes just a silly face makes you look good, no matter what you’re wearing. LOL
And just this past week, I went to MY thrift store (the one I get everything from) and was digging around through racks and racks of frumpiness, and–SCORE!–saw this clingy black dress that felt….what’s the word….NOT CHEAP. I mean, you could tell from the material that it was good quality. I didn’t even try it on. I just assumed the “M” size would fit.
Later, when I looked up the name, Rachel Pally, sure enough–these designer dresses go for $160 – $260! WHOA!
The twisted, knotted bodice is so flattering and feminine!
I loved how the back scooped down. I wore this dress to work on Friday and got a nice compliment from a cute Neurologist that works on my floor. 😉 Hubby said, “Hmph, don’t let it go to your head.” But who doesn’t love a nice compliment from a man! A CUTE one, at that??
Trying to have a mini-fashion shoot in the basement with your kids around can be a little challenging, but I had to take a moment to take some cute pics of my 14-month old, Kojo.
Don’t you love how toddlers always seem to lose one sock and walk around with the other one all day? Awwww…….
And, you guessed it– $8.00. Seems $8.00 is the magical number for thrifted dressed, eh?
And it even complimented my backside, which, in my opinion, is a MUST when you buy clothing!
So I tossed on a belt with it, which is the ONLY light-colored belt I own (LOL), and I think it looks good. What do you think?
I absolutely LOVE the turquoise and lime green! Just wait until spring comes…..!! A pretty little dress for work!
I still love those pockets!!!
Here’s another dress I bought from my own thrift store some time ago. It 100% silk, and was $10!
And last but not least, here’s a cute little (you guessed it!) $8.00 thrift store dress I picked up in Hawaii, also. I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I can’t wait until warmer weather!
And Just For Fun…..
Here’s a look you WON’T find me rockin’. EVER. lol…….
I wonder if a cute belt could transform it….HA!
P.S. Notice the little sexy off-the-shoulder strap? HILARIOUS!
I want to hear from you all!
So what dress did you like most?
Have you found any awesome dresses at the thrift store for $8.00, too? 😉 Please consider leaving a comment and share your great stories and comments. I read them all
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