Navy blues

When you find out that you’ll be on a boat for a few hours, what do you wear? This is not typically a predicament I find myself in. A luxury really. But one that I had the joy of joining last weekend, and even more lucky we have many boats here that will take you cruising in the gorgeous bay. This atypical January weather has allowed for Spring outfits. My goal has been to wear things I haven’t worn in a long time – what I got was a street guy yelling at me “Hey, you look like the 40′s” all I could do was laugh, he was right!

Item From Made in… BUY
Vintage dress thrifted - -
heart tights old H&M probably China -
Rachel Comey brogues Wasteland Peru -
vintage hat flea market - -
Nars Red Square Nars.com - HERE

Thrift Eye, boat dress, nautical outfit, personal style, vintage dress

Thrift Eye, boat dress, nautical outfit, personal style, vintage dress

Thrift Eye, boat dress, nautical outfit, personal style, vintage dress

A houndstooth

So a little while back, I found this dreamy dress. It’s a little Mad Men, it has a great print, and the length is perfect (I like my dresses to be long enough to wear in and out of work). Back in the 90′s, my mom used to have a few houndstooth print things in her closet. I am my mother’s daughter, I love it too. But finding good pieces in the print are hard to come by. So then, to find a coat in the same print as the dress, but slightly different color variation, is nothing short of a wardrobe miracle. The two pieces just had to be worn together right?!

Item From Made in…   BUY
Marc by Marc Jacobs dress thrifted China HERE
Ben Sherman coat thrifted China  -
Spanx black tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
YSL wedges Buffalo Exchange Las Vegas Italy HERE, HERE, or HERE
Bill Blass vintage watch Flea market Japan -
Revlon Colorburst Target.com - HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, houndstooth dress, houndstooth coat, retro style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, houndstooth dress, houndstooth coat, retro style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, houndstooth dress, houndstooth coat, retro style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, houndstooth dress, houndstooth coat, retro style

I look like Sherlock Holmes’ daughter right? :) But I think I hit the jackpot with these two.

Porcelain toile

So I’ve written about this dress here, but a very long time ago. I had it imprinted into my memory, after seeing someone else wear it online back in the early years of fashion/style blogging (I hunted down the image from 2007 here, on the Cherry Blossom Girl’s blog). Once I had seen it, I KNEW, I just knew it had to be mine. Once I found it, I loved it, wore it, and then never wore it again? I resurrected it on January 1st after many years of being in the back of the closet, as a motivation to give things another try (you may have seen the Instagram photo here). Too bad it’s a little too cold to show the whole beauty of this dress – bless those nude pantyhose keeping me warm.

Item From Made in… BUY
H&m toile dress ebay.com probably China -
J. Crew linen jacket Crossroads Phillippines HERE, HERE, or HERE
vintage fur collar Held Over vintage SF - many on ebay!
J. Crew belt Buffalo Exchange - -
 Socks sockdreams.com USA HERE
 Rachel Comey shoes Wasteland will update soon -
 Revlon colorburst Target.com - HERE

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

I’m starting to fall in love with toile again!

Old and new

We couldn’t wait until Spring over here to clean out our closets. The cleaning started early to ring in the new year. After two weeks of nonstop rain, we came to the sad realization that our overstuffed closets were perfect breeding grounds for dampness that could only be remedied by getting rid of stuff. I have been very sensible this past year about the ‘one in, one out’ thing. BUT, I had issues letting go of other things. I had lots of clothes and shoes I had plans for – they were unwearable (ripped things, broken shoes, and the like) BUT still, I had plans for them. And I had to realize that those plans should be to just let them go.

I had lots of shoes and clothes that no longer fit my lifestyle and personal style. Many years ago when I began this blog, my vintage side of the closet outweighed the new side. I once lived a lifestyle and in a city that allowed me to horde things in this way. Getting rid of them, was a realization that that lifestyle was long gone. A little part of me fears being that person one day that I got rid of that ONE thing. But part of it was understanding that keeping a few things that will stop me from enjoying the whole thing is just not worth it!

Moving on… :) I like several elements of this outfit – mainly that it is a mix of new shoes, a vintage dress, and a new (to me) coat that I took from my sister but is probably a decade old (are the 2000′s vintage yet?). And WOW! Look at all the places my outfit came from.

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage Contempo Casuals dress thrifted India -
Gap velvet jacket hand me down Thailand sometimes they pop on ebay
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
vintage Bill Blass watch flea market Japan -
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

Thrift Eye, black and white outfit, fashion blogger

Thrift Eye, black and white outfit, fashion blogger

I can’t wish for a new closet, but I can take things into my own hands and make small changes.