Do you own a dress (or two) that completely makes you feel amazing? I firmly believe that every woman should have a dress that makes you feel confident, beautiful, and super gorgeous. This Zara dress simply slays and a dress that hits the nail on the head on creating a diva as soon as I slip it on.
I have been on a shopping freeze lately, so all my outfits have consisted of items I already own in my closet. It goes without saying that when it comes to fashion, I believe that we don’t have to spend our entire paychecks to look great. Hence the reason I shop second hand, thrift, consignment, estate sales, yard sales and clearance racks of my favorite retail stores. This shopping practice allows me to save money without sacrificing the basic requirement of looking and feeling great in anything I wear.
However, don’t overlook shopping your own closet as one essential way of saving money but still being able to step out looking brand new each time. Shopping your closet allows you to revamp your look. One thing I try to teach my clients that I style that when they are looking at their clothes to style an outfit, always try to wear their items differently each time. This visual refresh keeps you from believing that you need new items each time you put an outfit together.
I purchased this beautiful mod green dress a year ago from Buffalo Exchange, a consignment store here in San Diego, for $13. It’s such a classic look, rich color, fits perfectly, and the price point was amazing for the quality of the piece. The tags were removed, so I have no clue who the designer was. However, if you follow me here on this blog, you know it’s not always about the labels, but rather the entire polished look in the end.
A year ago, I wore this green dress entirely differently. Check out the blog post here about the details of that outfit. As I shopped my closet, I found this green dress that hadn’t been worn in over six months and decided it was time for it be worn again.
This time, I leveraged my accessories for this outfit. You should know that scarves, handbags, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories are sometimes the key to turning ordinary clothing items into stunning outfits. I got this clutch from Unique Afrik a few months ago. Unique Afrik is an online store specializing in african print clothes and accessories, such as this beautiful bag. I love vibrant colors and patterns and this purse is giving me everything. Best of all, it can be worn with the straps as a handbag, tuck the straps in and wear it as a clutch, my personal favorite.
I wanted to give this outfit a little bit of an edge, especially since the last time I wore this green dress I went for the more “demure” look. Shopping my closet I pulled these lace up leather booties that I had previously purchased these Trouve booties from Nordstrom Rack on clearance for $21 during one of their huge clearance sale, last year. They originally retailed for $109, so the savings were huge to me. These booties are quite versatile, and have definitely made their appearance on the blog a couple of times, here and here.
If you are truly serious about saving money and maintaining a stylish look, then shopping your closet should be something that is part of your toolbox for savings. Reinventing pieces that are hidden in your closet is fun, economical and definitely forces you to take notice of everything in your closet. Have you shopped your closet lately?
Who doesn’t love an edgy leather dress? But, let’s be honest, a genuine leather dress will definitely cost you. Now, don’t get me wrong. A leather dress is definitely a great piece to have, but it’s a piece that I definitely would rather thrift and pay a fraction of the retail price rather than buy full price. However, an excellent alternative is to rock a faux leather dress.
Faux or “fake” leather is an animal hide-free alternative to real leather. It’s definitely more versatile, less expensive and celebrated as animal-friendly. Faux leather dresses are the perfect transition fabric that you can sport from winter to spring, allowing you to fully get your money’s worth. I thrifted this faux leather dress from Thrift Trader here in San Diego for $5. Such a sweet deal, won’t you say! As it’s cool outside these days in San Diego, I opted to wear a collared shirt underneath my faux leather dress. I love this black polka dot shirt with the striped collar. A little pattern mixing in one piece is so chic to me. This shirt was thrifted from Goodwill for $2.50 and has also been featured on this blog before here.
Feeling the edgy look, I decided to style this faux leather dress with my over the knee boots. I have said it many times before, so please believe me when I say that these are one of my absolutely favorite pair of boots. As you can see here, and here, and here. They are super comfortable, they can be worn with so many outfits and was very reasonably priced, under $100.
Finally, I finished off the look with the silver rope chain and this over sized black clutch that I thrifted from AMVETs here in San Diego for $4.99.
Have you thrifted and styled a faux leather dress lately?
Photography by Pixel Creek
I always make a bee line to the shoes section when I thrift. Shoes are definitely my weakness, as I do believe that a woman can never have too many shoes. The saving grace for me is that I don’t spend an arm and a leg on great shoes because most of my shoes are thrifted, or are bought on clearance from my favorite retail stores.
Today’s feature are these gorgeous Badgley Mischka’s black pumps that I scooped up from My Sister’s Closet in San Diego for a markdown price of $55. Yes, that price is correct! These amazing heels normally retail at $250, so getting them at this price, I was super excited that I now owned them. I absolutely love the over sized bow in the front, and the low cut on the sides. It simply allows you to put your best foot forward when rocking these beauties.
Since the shoes were going to make a statement for me, I opted for a simple yet very chic sweater and skirt ensemble. This black full skirt came from SheIn and you have seen it festively styled during the holidays like this. I love full skirts and find that you can wear them in so many ways that it’s a basically a must have in your closet. This full skirt was also rather inexpensive, so a major score in my book.
During the holiday season, I bought a few dainty sweaters for myself, because Black Friday sales were just too good to pass up. I got this beautiful cream sweater from Kohls for $17, as it was 50% off. I love the lace details on the sweater, the fit is perfect and the price tag is all about what this Thrifting Diva is about. I accessorized with this bauble chain that has also been featured on the blog here. A statement piece without too much bling for a simple yet chic outfit, won’t you say?
Finally, I accessorized with this beautiful clutch from Aldo. The clutch caught my eye because of the mixed prints – polka dots and floral. I got this clutch at the Aldo outlet in a clearance bin for $11, a markdown from a tag price of $58. That was definitely a score!
I built this outfit from the bottom, wanting to feature these fabulous shoes by Badgley Mischka. It’s even more fabulous knowing that I didn’t have to pay the retail price to rock them. Have you thrifted a gorgeous pair of heels lately?