|dress||–||originally Banana Republic, thrifted (similar)|
|jacket||–||H&M (similar in green)|
|belt||–||Prada (found on consigment, similar)|
|lip||–||Burt’s Bees (Ruby Ripple)|
|nails||–||Essie (Sew Me)|
There was a point in my life when I was trying desperately to scrape together a work wardrobe, when I was buying up staple pieces left and right. I’m now in my early 30s and have been working for long enough that I’m solidly out of that phase. These days my wardrobe needs more refreshing than building. I often find myself wanting to add new pieces to my closet but feeling unable to justify the cost of a new piece. Whats the sense in spending $50+ on a new work dress when you’ve already got (more than) plenty of them ready to wear?
My solution: thrifting. This dress, with its quality material and solid tailoring, was likely $100+ when it was new, but I bought it a Goodwill for less than $10.
When I talk about thrifting with other women I often get a reaction that’s something like: oh yeah, I totally love shopping on consignment ::rattles off the names of a few very fancy consignment shops::. Then I mention that I shop at Goodwill and get a bit of side-eye. Whats that all about? Goodwill is full of amazing finds if you’re willing to weed a little. If you’ve always turned up your nose at Goodwill-type stores, I encourage you to give them a shot.
Though maybe not my Goodwill–I like those gems to stay buried until I dig them up myself. :)
The draped jacket look is having a bit of a moment, isn’t it? I suppose maybe more than a moment–it’s been in for a while now, and I think that’s because the drapey way it flows is flattering on everyone and has a great I-just-threw-this-on vibe. Here are a few other options, since the one I’m wearing in this post has sold out:
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