Disclaimer: I am not a minimalist. Just in case you were wondering. Capsule wardrobes, though fascinating, are not my thing for now.
Secondhand September (read about that here) was a big hit in my book--and I have some goodies I want to share with you! I made a couple trips to my local Goodwill, and snagged a few pieces I was super excited about. It had been a while since I had thrift shopped for clothing, because all those mom-hobbies are pretty much on hold for the summer while all the kids are home from school. At least at our house.
Found a great vintage herringbone (that means the little diagonal woven lines) tweed jacket. It fits really well, and just needed a trip to the dry cleaner (in the opening photo). Beautiful condition.
Cashmere sweater! Gorgeous color, and fits well. Needed the little sweater pills pulled off, so I spent a few minutes de-pilling it, and it looks really good now. I don't have good luck washing (my other thrifted) cashmere, so it goes to the dry cleaner. For those of you who have better laundering skills, you can wash it and let it air dry at home.
This black double-breasted gabardine blazer. Thick shoulder pads, obviously 80's vintage. Now, I have to confess the sleeves on this one are short, but I am going to take them down a bit at the cuff and do my own little alterations. This is not an expensive thing to do at the tailor, but I can do it myself, and save a couple dollars.
This ridiculous loud blouse. I love the bright colors, it is a polyester charmeuse and just so perfect. It clearly had been altered by the previous owner, and I will have to do the same. This gal obviously had TINY wrists and and a very skinny neck (neither describes me! ha!) and she moved the buttons. I am just going to move them back to where they started. Easy-peasy.
The blouse of my watercolor dreams. The deep V-neck and contrast striping, the bell sleeves (or wiggly sleeves, if you ask my 7 year old) make for a super great fall blouse.
This bag. ALL the HEART EYES. Croc embossed leather. Perfect shape for fall, and a great deep brown color. Check all your fashion magazines--so much snake print and croc going around--this is a great addition for this fall.
This Bag. All yes. It is vintage (yay) tan and black wicker with brown leather trim, and I love it dearly already. It will get a lot of use next summer. I love a ladylike bag, and this shape and size are *just right.*
Now this may be going beyond where you can follow, but I DID pick up a really pretty silk half slip, and a beautiful vintage full slip. I was so pumped and showed my hubby when I got home, and his look was all...Um, that may be a step too far. I remained undeterred. I was thrilled. And no joke, I have been wearing them on repeat--no more skirts sticking to tights and riding up! And another layer for warmth in cold weather! Our grandmothers knew what they were doing. And, I have to admit, it feels pretty sexy. And a sneak peak of the slip is in the first photo with the tweed jacket. I "slipped" it in there...*wink wink.*
This was a time for me to start thrifting again, and it brought to the surface a few issues--good and bad. On the good side, I am hitting the thrift shops again! My track record is strong with finding things I like and WEAR from the charity shops, which is a really great part of this. Conversely, I have a small closet, and not enough room to house TOO many treasures. Even though I am trying (*wink). My clothes and shoes are currently spilling out on the the floor and my sweaters are in a Rubbermaid tub next to my closet. Not the pretty dressing area of which girly dreams are made. Sounds like a purge is in order, no? Near future project alert! I'll get to that soon. But for now, I am just enjoying these new things I found, and planning how I can squeeze more into the closet I currently have....
xo, Ann Marie