Though I put a lot of time and energy into my How to Level Up In Thrifting post, I thought maybe some further examples were in order. I’m a visual learner; maybe you are, too.
So I’m taking you into the thrift with me so you can see what happens in there. We’re close, right, Internet? That’s not too weird for you, is it?
First off, funny pictures of utter fails:
I’m a face-maker!
I thought the first shirt was a tank top. Turns out it was a weird holes-cut-in-shoulders thing. Holy shit is that fugly.
The second thing was a sweater made of a bunch of different materials that tapered awkwardly down at the hip.
The third thing had a built-in vest that had a drawstring thing pulling it open. I’m confused.
When I selected these things, I thought they had a chance of working out.
Sometimes magic happens in the dressing room.
Not this time.
Second: clothing that was too hot for TV. But not too hot for the Internet. Nothing is too hot for the Internet.
I wanted some new workout gear. Neither of these first two tops offered any support at all. They did not pass the jump-up-and-down test. Sorry, gentlemen: no video was recorded of this act.
I was also looking for new black jeans. These, as you can see, ended very, very far below the belly button. That far below the belly button is just for me and my husband.
The final thing was really, really thin material (you can clearly see the outline of my bra), and almost matched my skin tone.
Too much scandal. As I’ve posted before, I’m a very modest dresser. All of these garments were out.
Third: clothing that almost made the cut.
The shirt on the left had a really cool peacock chandelier thing happening, but was just a smidge too tight.
The shirt/dress thing on the left had an amazing collar and this really cool dual-button detail. It had great sleeves, too. But it was just too puffy around the tummy. I considered buying it, cutting off the bottom, taking it in, and making it just be a shirt instead of a dress/tunic, but that seems like a lot of hassle.
If I’m still thinking about the shirt in a week, I’ll go back and see if it’s there.
Did I actually buy anything?
Yes, I did:
Houndstooth tunic dress: an obvious yes.
This second choice was an odd one, but I liked the weird chopstick-hair girl combined with the sewn-on striped part on the hips. I feel like I could pair that with an oversized hoodie and some brightly-colored jeans and make a quirky, graphic outfit out of it.
This final choice has a built-in modesty panel. Thanks, Universe! I like its added length, so I can lean over and grab things without a scandal. It has a casual but still girly vibe that elevates it a step above my usual t-shirts. I am seeing this as a “out with my girls” kind of look. (Were any characters on Sex and the City covered in paint and cursing like sailors? No? Okay. Maybe “out with my girls” should be changed to “out with my fellow bizznatches” or something so people get a more accurate picture of our outings).
I wish I had known about the Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge before this post, because I totally would have photographed myself in one of the items mentioned in the song. Oh well — next time!
Now that you’re here and looking at pictures of me taking pictures of myself, wanna see my haircut?
This is a comparison between curly and straight. Curly is sort of a Molly Ringwald thing; straight is edgier.
I’m not sure I love it. I’m going to need some time to see how it fits in with my makeup and wardrobe. I think I may dye it brown again.
Worse comes to worse, I’ll just grow it out. My hair grows ridiculously fast.
Happy weekend, Internet!