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

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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.

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

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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.

Sewn by my own hands

Over a year ago, when I began to explore to world of responsible fashion after the Bangladeshi clothing factory tragedy – it pushed me to approach this whole thing (both blog and real world-wise) in a more ethical and human way that celebrates the people dressing you, not punishes them. I did this in several ways (we each find our own path, mine is no better than anyone else’s). This was done by thrifting (and thrifting Made in USA when possible), buying vintage, shopping Made in USA for new items, wearing things my mom made for me, getting rid of everything in my wardrobe that was Forever 21 (almost there with all H&M things too), and the last goal was to begin making clothes for myself.

I found a step-by-step instruction book at work that allowed me to see, read, and cut patterns (I shared that post here and you can get the book here.) I visited a fabric store on the way home one day and finally decided what fabric to get. I chose something relatively inexpensive and forgiving for a first timer since I would probably make mistakes – in this case, a cotton slub knit fabric. It has a nice stretch to it, and the slub means that instead of being smooth, it has tiny knots throughout that gives it a textured feel. I knew I wanted to make the baseball raglan first! So I cut my patterns and set off.

This is my first thing ever cut from a pattern and sewn by my own hands. It’s nowhere near perfect (I accidentally cut short, it’s too cropped for my day-to-day style, but looks fine when tucked in) but I made it! I’m using it as a prototype of what not to do the next time. Because next, I want to make myself a short sleeve raglan dress. This is a great start – not only in making things myself, but also rethinking what I want my wardrobe to be and also what kind of shopper (or better yet, nonshopper) I am.

tl;dr I made a shirt!

Top: me, using Built by Wendy Pattern. Skirt: Elizabeth & James, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Boots: Dolce Vita (mine are from a few seasons ago, these are the new ones). Lipstick: NARS.

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Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

It’s only the beginning!

Naughty or nice

I like the idea of one little change to an outfit that can transform the look. A little bow can go a long way – from sweet to sassy in one second. I was going to wear the bow look out to dinner, but decided it was too fussy in the end (my hair was already sort of wild this day). So I took it off and just fluffed my hair up a bit instead.

I also found these shoes again for a great deal! This pair fits a lot better than the other color I have, so I’m gonna try to wear these more often.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Dress: Theory (they release a version of this dress every year, it’s a classic keeper for sure). Shoes: Melissa x Vivienne Westwood (other colors HERE). Belt: Vintage. Twist scarf: American Apparel.

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Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, black dress, melissa vivienne westwood shoes

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, black dress, melissa vivienne westwood shoes

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, black dress, melissa vivienne westwood shoes

Happy Friday folks! I’ll be on the road again this weekend!

The one that got away

When there is something I like, I remember it forever until it’s mine. So don’t find it odd that I’ve had this one specific dress in my mind since I saw it in 2008 – I usually don’t pine over things I see on the runway. BUT I could not get this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress out of my mind. I waited, and waited, and waited (for a good sale) until it went away and I never found it. I always had hope I’d see it again. And then I did while browsing the racks at Wasteland. I held onto the dress, walked around the store clutching it – like it was too good to be true, like someone would pull it from my hands and tell me it wasn’t for sale (fears that arise when you find something you really want – I think other thrifters can relate!)

But it fit, and it’s mine! Yahoo!

Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (if you search for Marc by Marc Jacobs Alessandra on ebay you can find several for sale). Tights: Kate Spade. Shoes: Rachel Comey. Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Lipstick: Bare Minerals. Watch: vintage Futura.

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