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Friday, January 29, 2010

Fashion Tips Friday

One of my favorite "celebrity bloggers" is hosting a Fashion Tips Friday. And, since I think I have some cred in this area since I did win The Best Dressed Senior superlative in high school, I thought I would delight you with my {cough cough} fashion tips.

And, yes, that entire last sentence is completely sarcastic as I was "best dressed" in the day when pleather pants and bandana headbands were all the rage. Whassup and phat may have also been in my vocabulary. Ahem.

Let me preface this post by saying this: there was a time when I delighted myself in the ways of high end retail fashion and stayed current on all trends and spent an entire babysitting paycheck on what I would wear out on Thursday night. However, that was before I was married and had to do adult things like PAY BILLS. Savings Accounts and Retirement Funds were foreign to my vocabulary and I couldn't have cared less that a sparkly-sequined-leopard-print-top probably wouldn't carry over into the fall of 2002. It didn't, in case you wondered.

But, now I am married and responsibilities seem to take up most of our budget. This is totally not a complaint, as I've actually come to appreciate the creativity that my budget has inspired.

So, without further ado, my #1 fashion tip is...drumroll please...SHOP THRIFT. And if I had to pick a #2 it would be SHOP SALE. But the focus of this post is definitely thrifty fashion.

I don't know if it's because the economy isn't at its best or if I've just never taken the time to look hard enough, but there are tons of quality, trendy clothes at consignment shops and thrift stores. (My theory is that people are looking for quick ways to make some extra cash, so they sell off their clothes not long after purchasing them.)

As I've mentioned before, I LOVE Plato's Closet. This outfit is from there:
Striped T-neck: F21 ($6)
Skinny Jeans: Old Navy ($6)

The following dresses are from a local thrift store where all dresses are $5! Let me write that again: $5! Yes, for the cost of a footlong from Subway, I was able to purchase the following AMAZING deals.

This is a Karta dress with some gorgeous beadwork along the neckline. I could tell when I saw it that it was either vintage, expensive, or both. The verdict is still out on its age, as my brief google search just let me know that it was probably expensive when purchased. This brand is sold at Saks. Also, I am wearing leggings in all pics because goodness knows no one needs to be seeing my Casper-like legs.

This is a BeBe knit sweaterdress. Nothing from BeBe is cheap, so I'm considering it a steal too! (And my eyes look so crazy because I can't believe it was only $5! Ha!)

Next is striped sweaterdress from H&M.

And, lastly is this navy blue belted dress from F21.

I apologize for the pitiful quality of the pics and the unmade bed in the background (please don't scroll back up and look!).

Anyone else a thrifty shopper? Where do you go?


AbbyS. said...

Love a sale, LOVE Target, Love LOFT sale rack and I too shop consignment. I am also a frequent ebay shopper for my 19 month old, not so much for me, but I have done it! I also shop end of season online sales for the next year and I have good luck at Banana Republic outlets. I LOVE LOVE LOVE a sale. It is quite the rush for me.

Anonymous said...

Whoa...those are some fabulous clothes and even more fabulous prices! I love finding deals and steals like that! XOXO

Sarah at The Stroller Ballet said...

Cute! I am completely a thrifty shopper. All sales! I need to check out Plato's Closet.

Briana Kate said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! Love all of your dresses! So cute! And your little boy is adorable! :)

E said...

I am right there with you about fashionista turned thrifter. I too love finding a good deal!

Also, your post reminded me. My husband was "Best Dressed" in both middle school and high school superlatives. To this day, any time I question an outfit he is wearing (i.e. plaid shirt with pin striped pants) he reminds me of this fact. Oh geez... :)

Love your blog!

The White Family said...

I need to go shopping with you!!! I can't ever find good deals! Brad can always find stuff at plato's or planet exchange, he too was best dressed in high school! I think some people are better at visualizing an outfit, and making it all come together! Love all your finds! You need to start a business shopping for people:-)

Kathryn said...

Too cute!

I love the progression of Beck in the picture. At first he's all into it and loving the fashion show, then it looks like he has mysteriously disappeared.

Typical man....we can hold their attention when it comes to fashion for only so long!

Mommy Webb said...

I don't know what I like more - the clothes or your expressions in the pictures. Cracking. Me. Up.

Kelly’s Korner said...

Um - I'm not a celebrity. :-)\
And I love thrifty shoppers!!! I wish I was as little and cute as you!

Jillian said...

You are so cute!! I love the dresses!!!

angsamp said...

Those are great deals and you look so tiny and cute in all of them!!!

I'm enjoying the last of my freedom by shopping and saying "I won't be able to do this when I'm married so I should get it now" and TRYING to only get classic things... This time next year I'll be married and have to be responsible too. Glad to see that there are lots of good deals though (:

Lea Liz said...

Oh my goodness!! Just made my day to meet you today!! Yay now were Friends in real life!!!:)
You are just as cute, sweet, adorable as you are on your blog and so is little Beckham!!! For sure let's plan a play date maybe this summer to the zoo?:)

Add me on facebook if you have it!

Okay I need to start a tiwtter account huh?

I will get the picture ot you as soon as Tisha sends it to me!!