Monday, September 12, 2011

sizing up

 Any experienced thrifter will advise you to wander beyond the confines of your own clothing size when secondhand shopping.  Most of what you find on the plus-size rack will be hideous but once in a while you stumble across a gem like this size 24 sheer leopard print button-up blouse that fits like the slouchy dolman-sleeve shirt-dress you've been searching for, and you'll thank the Goodwill gods for the generosity of stylish ladies who donate their still-new Lane Bryant clothing to your local thrift.

This blouse/dress is going to be a great piece through fall with skinny jeans and riding boots and it will layer well through winter, but while the weather is still undecided as to whether it still wants to be summer this drouse (or bless?) makes a great girls-night-out piece when simply belted over a short cotton dress.  On Friday night some girlfriends and I met up at my friend Chelsea's for wine and gossip, and while I wanted to feel fabulous (see: leopard print), I also needed to feel comfortable (see: cotton dress).  As drinking was involved, so were flat shoes and minimal jewelry.  When it comes to going out (or even just going out to stay in), my theory is the less I have to worry about my outfit, the more fun I can have.  Look good, feel good only works as long as there are no blisters on your feet, right?
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15 comments:

ChelsCheesecake said...

Beautiful!

Frannie Pantz said...

Preach it sister! I love your bless (I like the sound of that!). What a fun way to go out!

Janine @ Alternative Housewife said...

Ignoring size is one of THE best thrifting tips. I buy lots of oversize tops and it really works, especially with older garments.

Celynne said...

I decided ages ago that thrift store sizing is wacky anyway and I tend to peruse all size ranges, just in case.

I found a (sadly hideous) cardigan on Saturday with the original price tag still attached... too bad it was ugly, I could have brought home a $140 cardi XD

Nikki said...

I love that leopard blouse! leopard and red can never do wrong :) x

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Yeah, you have to check your ego at the door to thrift sometimes! You look lovely.

XO
Lenore

Charisse said...

This is soo very cute and I love the red (dress?) underneath it. I keep looking for some good animal print but have been on a spending hiatus since MAY(!!!) due to vacations and a big purchase for my wife. Yay for thrift finds as those make me the happiest of all!!!

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Gertrude said...

It's so great being able to work out different sizes!

Anja said...

it's so true! Have made quite some finds as well when sizing up and also down at the thrift store. One never knows, something might still fit!
Loving the bless, very stylish and definitely an idea!

Vantage Point Vintage said...

I love this, you look so adorable!

Best,
Nicole http://www.vantagepointvintage.com/blog/

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

You are right about the plus size clothes. Most of them are awful, but every now and then one will be good. I look in the regular sizes too. sometimes they are cut larger and will fit.
Your top/dress is so pretty!

Mommyblogger said...

Wow Lady- That is a very smart idea! I love this look. I'm going to have to remember that for future thrifting trips!

April said...

The best part about going to thrift stores is not having to care about the sizes. You just grab whatever! It's fabulous :)

Also, I love that leopard print top/dress.

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FASHION ICE said...

great look! enter my giveaway!

Cammila Albertson said...

No, seriously, this is the shit. I mean like, I've had "perfect oversized silk blouse" on my thrifting list for YEARS now, and while I've picked up plenty of good leads, I've still never found THE ONE. But you have. The better woman won.

And for realz -- ASOS and Nasty Gal have stuff like this going for 60 bucks new. But you're the last person I need to tell about how mass clothing manufacturers make hella cash by selling poorly made knock offs of thrift store duds.