Showing posts with label Fashion for Less. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion for Less. Show all posts

The Jacket I Almost Didn't Buy

I have always been a cheap thrifty shopper looking for a sale, or a great deal on anything I buy.  I consider it a game and I love to win.
This turquoise jacket was on a clearance rack at Walmart for $5.00   My first thought was I have absolutely nothing to go with it.

I loved the 3/4 length shirred sleeves, and the fact that it would be a good piece for travel since it wouldn't easily wrinkle.

So I bit the bullet and bought it.  I have been surprised to find how many pieces go with this jacket. Everyone tells me it is my color so it makes me feel good when I wear it.
Well of course it goes with a white shirt, but look what a difference the perfect piece of jewelry makes. A light blue t shirt would look good or a graphic tee.
Then I found a dress that went with the jacket.

The necklace really pulls it together.  You can change the look more by wearing a belt.
But then I went to the thrift store and found this sweater that was the perfect match.
This photo doesn't do this sweater justice.  It is beautiful and matches the jacket perfect. All I wear with this set is a pair of turquoise earrings.
 The sweater was $3.50 with my 10% discount.  So this set cost me $8.50. I wear this with black pants and dress black shoes.  I'm so glad I took a chance on the jacket because I have had a lot of fun finding tops to go with it and I'm not done yet.  When I go thrift shopping I keep it and all my jackets in mind when looking for tops.

10 Tips To Make You a Thrift Store Rock Star

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 I love to save money and Goodwill is a great way to do that.  Make it a game to see how much you can save. Here are  several tips that will help as you begin your thrifting journey.

1-Take a shopping bag in the thrift shop instead of  using a cart.  It can speed up the process and make it easier to navigate the tight aisles of a thrift store. If you need a cart, park it near the aisle and  take your items to it as you choose them.

2-  Evaluate each piece before checkout to make sure this is what you need or   want.  Also double check for stains, holes, are the  buttons all there, make sure zippers work properly and is there any discoloration anywhere.

3- Shop thrift shops in the upper middle class part of town.  They usually have better quality clothes and they have clothes that most of us  need for work or leisure. Don't discount the smaller towns though, my favorite store is in a small town.  It is awesome.

4- Thrift clothing has already been washed by the previous owner, therefore it won't shrink. A definite money saver.  I have washed so many new clothes to have them shrink 2 sizes.

5- Set a budget and stick to it.  Since things are more affordable, it seems acceptable to buy more than you normally would.

6- Shop seasonally.  After Christmas people will be making room for new items, After spring cleaning people donate.  Go to thrift shops right after peak time when everyone clears out their closets.  The changing of the seasons is one of the best times.  You may have to buy an item out of season but you will have it  washed and ready when it's time to wear it.

 7- Have at least 2 items in mind that you are shopping for.   Always have a plan  so you don't end up with regrets.  I have a running list that has about 10 items that I am looking for.

 8- Shop Goodwill online for lots of name brand items.  I hate paying shipping because it adds to the cost,and  I find the best deals by going to Goodwill.    I love the hunt.

9- Look for tags and original packaging.  Thrift shops sometimes get  overstock from large stores.  Many times I have seen identical shirts with tags.

10- To get that "thrift" smell out of clothes, add one cup of vinegar to the wash.  I also spray everything with Febreeze.  I sometimes spray them with a perfume I'm tired of but still like.

Another plus to thrift store shopping is, that most likely, you won't walk into a room with someone wearing the same thing you have on.  I once went to a function where 3 women were wearing the same dress. It must have been embarrassing for all. I know it was for me, because I was one of the three ladies wearing the dress.

Fashion for Less

Since my weight loss I have had to get rid of a lot of clothes.  That means I've had to buy a lot of new clothes.  That can get very expensive since I still have weight to loose.  I decided to check out Goodwill.  I have been pleasantly surprised at the finds there.  Here is a jacket I found at Goodwill that is one of my favorites. 
I can wear this jacket with pants, skirts, and dresses.  Since I'm trying to save money on clothes, my rule before buying is the piece must be versatile enough  to make at least 3 outfits.   This sweet jacket was $3.99.
Jacket with Sleeveless Black Dress
 Here I used the jacket with a sleeveless black dress. I had a black necklace that goes well with it.  To change it up, you can use a solid scarf or change the jewelry.  A long silver necklace changes the look entirely.

Jacket with Black Skirt and Belt
   This jacket looks good with long black skirt and white shirt.  Add a wide belt and a necklace.    You can wear the shirt tucked or not. If you tuck the shirt, you can  add a wide black belt and still look slim.  A belt also works for  shirts that are not tucked.

Jacket and Pants with a Splash of Color

Here is a super slimming outfit.  Pair black pants, black shirt, and add a thin belt. Use different color belts and scarves.  You can also change the look with a different color shirt.  There are so many ways to wear this simple jacket.  This is why this is my absolute favorite piece.

This Jacket passed the 3 outfit test with flying colors.  I could make so many more variations.

Something else I learned at Goodwill is to group all my colors together.  I was amazed at the sets that just happened to appear.  This was the most important thing I did when I started buying clothes.  I also did my husband's closet the same way and we were shocked at the blue shirts he owned, so now we know not to buy blue shirts....ever again.  We are now focusing  on the colors he does need. We realized he didn't own a long sleeve white shirt.  It was quite the eye opener.
As you can see I love black, but I am adding some brighter colors like red, royal blue, and purple. The plus to this is they also coordinate with my black pants, black skirts, and black jackets.
 If you shop Goodwill, be sure to double check for holes and spots.  I have made a couple of purchases that I shouldn't have. But it is well worth it if you careful and check for flaws.
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