Marimekko style

I’m not sure how long ago it took me to realize this, it must have been after what felt like the 100th BIG BOX STORE and SMALL BRAND collaboration. I quickly realized I could find the real deal much cheaper most of the time. I’m fairly certain it was right after the Missoni x Target collaboration happened and people went crazy in the stores. So when I saw that Marimmeko was collaborating with Target…I told myself again, I’ll be able to thrift the real deal. And I did!! The same week it came out. I had several kiddos at work (in the library) tell me my dress was fun and bright! (it’s always sweet when a little kid compliments you on your outfit!)

Item From Made in… BUY
Marimekko tunic thrifted Estonia Similar
Gap velvet blazer old gift from sister Thailand HERE
Spanx leggings new gift from sister Romania
J. Crew boots flea market Italy HERE
Ray Ban wayfarer glasses thrifted USA HERE

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Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Marimekko, Marimekko dress, style blogger

Aqua

I have been on a serious roll at the thrift store! And finding some awesome gems to add to my wardrobe in terms of both quality and adding COLOR!

This is an outfit of pieces I found on the same thrift store visit, in different departments, but just seemed to work well together! I would have never pictured myself adding much more vintage to my wardrobe again. I used to have my closet organized vintage hanging on one side, new on the other, split right down the middle. As I grew older, my vintage slowly disappeared for more vintage “inspired” pieces. Eventually, the vintage half has now become a tiny slice of the closet instead. I think losing weight had a big part of departing with some beloved clothing – it also didn’t inspire me at the same level it once did.

But now…look! I’m finding some more interesting vintage that instead “inspires” modern!

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage Yves Saint Laurent sweater thrifted no label
vintage Kenzo skirt thrifted France
Vince flats gift from sister Italy HERE

Thrift Eye, vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sweater, vintage Kenzo Paris skirt, Vince Nina flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sweater, vintage Kenzo Paris skirt, Vince Nina flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sweater, vintage Kenzo Paris skirt, Vince Nina flats, style blogger

Pink and Red at work

Some days I’m really liking the very professional look at work (as observed here recently) – so much, that I laugh because I feel like I’m dressing up to go on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton :) I think this outfit comes down to two things instead – finding + investing in nicer things from the thrift store & wanting to inject more color into my every day wardrobe when it feels I’m wearing the same thing over and over again.

This lovely dress is a throwback to last years colorblock trend (remember here) – BUT it is a vintage Ann Taylor dress (when they were still manufacturing in the US!!) so it’s actually ahead of it’s time! Which showcases the type of vintage that I like to buy – the stuff that never goes out of style! Now…if this dress would magically become unwrinkly, I’d want to wear it again. I forgot how crinkly linen is (gonna see what the dry cleaner can do!)

Item From Made in… BUY
Ann Taylor vintage dress thrifted USA
VANeli pump dsw.com China
Bill Blass vintage watch ebay.com Japan

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Thrift Eye, colorblock dress, vintage ann taylor dress, pink and red, dress for work, style blogger

Thrift Eye, colorblock dress, vintage ann taylor dress, pink and red, dress for work, style blogger

Now I just wish I had fun shoes to wear the dress with!

Pink & Black

I will be honest – I had initially bought this dress many moons ago while on a thrifting expedition. BUT with the total intention to resell it, not to wear it. This is collateral from my days when I was working several part time jobs and reselling clothes on the side. Luckily those days are behind me, but the urge is still strong – to buy things I know I can sell at a later point. I tried on the dress, but the hot pink color left me shrugging my shoulders. It came home with me but went to the bottom of the closet with other things to be sold.

Well, it sat there in that pile for months and months. Then some more. I finally decided to sell all that stuff once and for all (and a promise to myself to stop shopping for others). But the hot pink dress didn’t look so bad after all. And, I kind of liked it! Because of our transitional weather, I had to be a little more creative than how I’d rather imagine myself wearing it (warm weather, not layered, with some beige sandals) – but alas, until then, layers it is. So I kept it uncomplicated with the all black.

Item From Made in… BUY
Marc by Marc Jacobs dress thrifted China
Uniqlo turtleneck Uniqlo.com China HERE
Spanx opaque tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, style blogger, marc jacobs dress, marc jacobs pink dress, pink and black outfit

It didn’t stand up to the wrinkle test after a long day, but oh well…