Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Designer Outfit, Thrifty Price

A few years ago, I splurged on a sampling of fine dark chocolates from around the world (hooray for Costco!).  Ever since then, I do not like Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Hershey bars, etc.  Halloween candy doesn't really tempt me.  I want the good stuff.
When we lived in Chicago, there was a tiny thrift shop across the street that was a gold mine for designer duds.  I quickly developed a taste for designer jeans.  Ever since then, I do not like Old Navy jeans.  Not even tempting.  I want the jeans that fit perfectly, last for years, keep their shape, and have well-crafted details.  Luckily for my husband, I am cheap... too cheap to shop at Nordstrom.  I get my designer fix at the thrift shop or deeply-discounted stores.
The jacket is from my Chicago thrift store.  I got it at a fill-a-bag-for-$5 sale.  ($5 divided by a paper bag stuffed with clothes= super duper cheap.)  I love the bright, bold pattern, the large squarish buttons and the purple piping on the inside seams.  The necklace is from an estate auction: $3.  The brown t-shirt was from MJR sales.  It was 75% off of $5... it had a tiny hole that I had to stitch shut.  My jeans are Rock & Republic from my Chicago thrift store: $6.  My strappy gold wedge sandals are from a thrift shop in Columbus: $3.  They were almost brand new.  They are quite comfortable and darling.

This outfit cost less than $20.

As a bonus, the chair was $1 at an estate auction.  That's right.
And I made the pillows.

If you are thrifty with your fashion, there is a nifty contest here.