Jan 28 2010

Two thrifted outfits

This post is inspired by Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s frugal fashion show. I don’t pretend to be fashionable, but I do think I’m pretty thrifty if I put my mind to it. Here are some outfits that I’ve put together that are 90% from thrift stores —  everything except for the shoes.

I’ve never been able to find good shoes at thrift stores in my size. So hey uh, stylish Pittsburghers who wear size 10-11 shoe: feel free to donate your goods at my favorite stores.

Oh, and I wanted to mention that although I’m not wearing tights in either of these pics, I recently did find several NEW IN PACKAGE tights/hosiery at a thrift store! We’re talking less than $0.50/pair. Some package designs look like they were from the ’80s. Not exaggerating.

I thought I’d show you some skirt and dress outfits, since my thrifted jeans are pretty basic.

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  • Vest: $2
  • Mauve top: $3 at Salvation Army  — Ann Taylor Loft
  • Houndstooth skirt: $1
  • Black & white patterned skirt: $1
  • Shoes: TJ Maxx several years ago. Less than $20, but I can’t remember exactly.

The houndstooth skirt is a “petite” size. I am the opposite of petite (5’10”) so on its own the skirt is too short for me. I layered another skirt underneath for added length and interest. DSC_0304

  • Houndstooth dress: $1
  • Black pleated skirt: $1
  • Belt: $1
  • Shoes: TJ Maxx

This dress is also for petites. Since it fits fine everywhere but the length, I just layered a skirt underneath like I did in my first outfit.



20 Responses to “Two thrifted outfits”

  1. I have found with old hosiery its lost its elasticity and won’t stay up. Throw a pair of underwear on over it and they will stay up.

  2. Good tip! I tested out a vintage pair today. They worked really well for me. Maybe it’s hit-or-miss with old hose.

  3. Aw, super cool! That black dress is absolutely wonderful and it looks so good on you! Very classy. I’m actually looking forward to doing some thrift store shopping when I’m back in the USA (not sure whether they exist in China, and if they did, well, I doubt the quality of anything would be worth much). xoxo
    .-= Brittany´s last blog ..Hot Pot! =-.

  4. SO CUTE. I am glad you shared!
    .-= Mrs. Money´s last blog ..Is Being Frugal Always Being Different? =-.

  5. Oh my – great finds. That second outfit is the cutest ever!! Thanks for joining in the fashion show. :)
    .-= Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam´s last blog ..Frugal Fashionista Fashion Show =-.

  6. The second dress is really cute and that is an AMAZING deal to get it for so cheap!!

    You rock!!!

    I love the idea of layering a skirt under the too short dress…fresh idea.

    I have a mini dress that I wore 5 years ago when partying in college that is a little too short now for my professional taste…so it is worn over pants as a ‘long’ top.
    .-= Lulu´s last blog ..Tracking My Finances In 2010: January Week 4 =-.

  7. You have to wear that dress when we go out! I’ll try not to look too shabby next to you.

  8. Oh my wow! How cute is that dress!!

    I have sometimes bought shoes at thrift stores, but often find there’s a REASON someone donated them!! Uncomfy, falling apart, etc…

    I did buy a really nice pair of Etienne Aigner sandals for $2 last fall. Hoping they’re comfortable and will work this summer!
    .-= Vanderbilt Wife´s last blog ..Posts You Might Have Missed =-.

  9. Great outfits! They look fashionable enough for me!
    .-= Jena´s last blog ..Frugal Fashionista Friday II =-.

  10. That dress is ADORABLE. I love it! Great job on the thrift shopping! I love thrift shopping!

  11. I like the dress, too! The belt and skirt add some dimension and detail – super cute!

    I posted an award for you over at my blog. :)
    http://thesavedquarter.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/would-you-look-at-that-im-kreativ/

  12. Good for you! My local thrift store reduces many things to a dollar on Sundays. I have found everything from vintage dresses to a suede blazer for my husband. The first time he wore it, he dipped the sleeve into a bowl of tomato soup – but that price, who cares?
    .-= Bargain Junkie´s last blog ..THE CHEAPEST TRANSPORTATION =-.

  13. Thanks for the comments, everyone! I was a little nervous about posting these pics, but you all made me feel pretty good about my shopping :)

  14. Hi,
    I found you through Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and wanted to comment on your outfits. I have overlooked/passed up dresses and skirts at the 2nd hand stores many times because the length was too short for my taste. I never would have thought to add a second layer; this is one great idea!

  15. How CUTE is that black and white dress with the extra black skirt! I think I like it better (style-wise) with the skirt under it!
    .-= Abbie´s last blog ..Christmas Frugal Fashionista =-.

  16. I love the idea of layering the skirts. VERY cute.
    .-= Rachel Boldman´s last blog ..Frugal Foot Finds =-.

  17. Thanks so much, everyone! I really do like the look of layering skirts and dresses. It’s not my own idea — I’ve seen other bloggers do it. I’ll see if I can come up with some more layered thrifted combos for the next frugal fashion show!

  18. I love that layered idea. I am a petite size, so I couldn’t pull it off, but I think it is super smart! Great finds! Thanks for the inspiration!
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..Simple Sunday Recipe: Cranberry Cheese Melt =-.

  19. Oh man, I love that dress! That is SUCH a good idea to layer a skirt under a dress!!!!! I never thought about that.

  20. Hello Kacie,

    keep looking for shoes. I wear 11 or 11w and have found cute shoes for under $5 at the Community Thrifts on Noblestown and on Babcock as well as the Red White and Blues. Don’t give up! You found some really nice things :)
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Displaced a yinzer cries haiku – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review =-.

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