Orla Kiely dressed up

I have this strange affinity for anything Orla Kiely. If I could, I would buy anything and everything in an Orla Kiely print. But my wallet disagrees with me. It’s also quite difficult to find in the US. So I’m collecting pieces little by little! (I’m mildly obsessed with this UK based shop’s Instagram because they love & sell Orla Kiely!)

This outfit a little wackier than usual for me, but it’s fun! Stay tuned to see how I flipped this outfit from work, to a more casual affair.

Item From Made in… BUY
Orla Kiely scarf Uniqlo.com China
Orla Kiely top Uniqlo.com China HERE
Maeve Anthropologie skirt thrifted China HERE
DKNY tights Nordstrom.com
Orla Kiely Clarks shoes Ebay.com China

Thrift Eye, style blogger, Orla Kiely outfit, Orla Kiely shoes, mixing prints

Thrift Eye, style blogger, Orla Kiely outfit, Orla Kiely shoes, mixing prints

Thrift Eye, style blogger, Orla Kiely outfit, Orla Kiely shoes, mixing prints

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

A new palette

A few months back while on a thrifting expedition, I came across an interesting selection of items in colors I haven’t been really considering – actual earthy tones. Once I had the things together in the fitting room, I could see they worked cohesively in an interesting palette. The outfit is bright and cheerful, even though the tones are earthy (and not neon bright) that worked well with my hair right how it is here! (it’s now a different shade)

Since I’ve been trying to find more pieces that will easily shift from the workday to the weekend, these will perfectly join the team (in the closet 🙂 )

Item From Made in… BUY
J. Crew knit top thrifted China SIMILAR
Yoana Baraschi skirt thrifted USA HERE
Loeffler Randall flats Shopbop.com Brazil Same color, similar style
Bill Blass watch Ebay.com Japan

Thrift Eye, j. crew roll sleeve sweater, yoana baraschi skirt, style blogger, earth tones outfit

Thrift Eye, j. crew roll sleeve sweater, yoana baraschi skirt, style blogger, earth tones outfit

Thrift Eye, j. crew roll sleeve sweater, yoana baraschi skirt, style blogger, earth tones outfit

Oversized casual

I told you guys – my fashion sense got flipped upside down since returning from Japan. I used to feel so safe with my shapes and sizes to make me feel comfortable, funky, but yet feminine in my own way. Until I saw how people in Japan embrace interesting shapes in their clothes that aren’t necessarily form fitting (some silhouettes are huge and billowing!) but also risky and fun as the norm. They don’t take huge risks with colors, but more so with the shapes and construction of their garments, which in the end is where you get quality clothes from!

I always felt like I needed to wear a shape that would accentuate my waist and be ultra feminine (I love dresses). But my wardrobe felt very repetitive, and I wanted to add elements to my existing wardrobe that could make it look very different! I had to get creative – and like the last outfit post with the orange dress, this is where the adventurous thrifting came into play. I had everything in this outfit, except the jacket (a recent thrifting find), but I had never worn them together. The big shape of the jacket goes well with the slim skirt – both in complimenting shapes, but somehow the texture of the blue linen jacket and stretchy mesh of the black skirt just seem to work! The “old” me would have thrown on some black flats or boots. But since the “new” me is trying to be more adventurous, I threw on sneakers (I know that’s not groundbreaking), without worrying that it would break the outfit. The funny thing is that this jacket, of whose size I could not capture in one photo (it’s HUGE), actually is part of a set with matching high-waisted linen pants. The pants are really cool, I’m not sure I’m brave enough to wear the two things together 🙂

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage linen jacket thrifted no tag Similar
Splendid button up Shopbop.com USA HERE
Elizabeth & James skirt thrifted China HERE
Superga sneakers Shopbop.com Vietnam HERE
vintage Bill Blass watch flea market Japan

Thrift Eye, vintage blue linen, style blogger, mixing blue and black, japanese fashion

Thrift Eye, vintage blue linen, style blogger, mixing blue and black, japanese fashion

Thrift Eye, vintage blue linen, style blogger, mixing blue and black, japanese fashion

Thrift Eye, vintage blue linen, style blogger, mixing blue and black, japanese fashion

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