Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday: Western Inspired

When I was in my teens, I used to regularly comb thrift stores and vintage shops for my wardrobe, sift through bags of hand-me-downs from church ladies who were cleaning our their closets... It was born out of necessity; for the most part, the only money I had to work with was the few dollars I'd make here and there by babysitting. (This totally dates me, but this was back when $1 an hour per child was kind of a lot to ask -- or at least in my neighborhood.)  However, the more I shopped (often altering the fit with my mom's old sewing machine), the more I developed my own unique style...and I started to really enjoy the way that I could put an outfit together that no one else could possibly copy. (My sisters might argue that no one would WANT to copy it, but that's another story for another day.)

When I first became pregnant with Andrew, and my body started the amazing shape-shifting, my vintage clothing collection got pushed aside for more practical maternity wear. In fact, that's when Greg bought me my sewing machine, and I sewed a bunch of maternity pants and tops for myself (the first time I'd ever sewn fully garments -- start to finish -- on my own without my mom).

Since then, my vintage wardrobe has moved with us -- state to state, internationally -- virtually undisturbed on their hangers. It is only now that I am finally cracking open the closet door to dust off my favorite finds from years ago.

The vintage piece I'm wearing here is a corduroy blazer. I'm amazed that I can finally fasten the button again!

Headband, Goody ~ Blazer, vintage ~ Western Buffalo Check Button-down, OldNavy ~ Jeans, Paige Denim "Pico" ~ Boots, Frye "Billy Vintage Pull-on"

Looking through my old finds reminds me of the treasure hunts I used to conduct through my grandma's closet (indeed, I still have several of the amazing polyester shirts that I scored from her house!)

It totally got washed out by the sun in these pics, but the shirt is a lemony yellow -- I am so in love with yellow this spring!

I'm inspired to start thrifting once again. So often, if I want a new item of clothing, I feel too impatient to actually search for it on the racks of Goodwill, and instead just pick up something brand new (and often devoid of character) at a retail chain shop. (Like OldNavy.) (OK, so pretty much ALWAYS OldNavy.)

But the thrill of finding just that special something, the excitement of the unexpected, the yards of fabric posing as old sheets and tablecloths, begging to be re-purposed as dresses and skirts...ahh for more hours in my day.

I love the look of really dark, intense eye makeup with a clear, ultra shiny lip gloss.  If only I wasn't so bad at taking makeup detail shots...

I never made a list of New Year's Resolutions, but who says that we can't just make up some Springtime Resolutions instead? Here we go:
  1. I will thrift more. As in, at all. (Clothing, fabric, accent furniture, teacups...)
  2. If I want something brand new, I will attempt to buy from somewhere like ModCloth rather than a soul-less chain.
  3. I will expand my fabric stash (carefully and with purpose, but yes -- more fabric!)
  4. I will add a monthly thrifting feature to this blog so that you all can keep me honest (inspired by Dana of MADE).
  5. I will learn to be a better listener
  6. I will watch more reality TV.  Just kidding.  Probably kidding.

So tell me: I know that a lot of you thrift and bargain shop at flea markets and garage sales. What is your very favorite find (clothing, furniture, ceramics, misc.)? What gets the most use? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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Rebekah Hoover said...

LOVE the outfit!! I would also like to thrift more, however with very little time with out 4 children, it makes it quite difficult. It is hard to rummage through things with 4 littles!!

Jenny_Phillips said...

The Exchange on Austin Ave is a 2nd hand shop in Georgetown that has some GREAT finds. I purchase quite a few of Gabby's clothes from Kid to Kid in Austin because she loves to dress up. I LOVE to look at furniture there is a great 2nd hand furniture shop on Williams Drive next to Goodwill.

Celeste said...

I expect to be culling my fabric stash of quilting cottons and possibly some linens soon, so let's talk about what could go in a box to you. It seems a fair trade for all that I've learned and enjoyed from your blogging!

Sarah Dovi said...

careful what you wish for... I have an entire dresser (men's tall dresser) FULL of fabric and more in the closet... yes, I have a problem.