The plunge

Do you dare the deep V?
Do you dare to go bra-less?

This has been the Summer of dares and firsts. I’ve had this Sportmax dress for a while, but never dared to wear it in the daytime. I’m very self-conscious about people staring at my chest and this was just asking for people’s’ eyes to pop out of their heads. Surprisingly, there were no Poltergeists. Because I’ve been going to the gym, I feel a shape and strength to my body that I never have EVER before. The old me would have been afraid to wear this because I felt really out of shape, the now me is worried about boobs. I wanted to be daring, and I want to celebrate my body. These photos are a little old, I loved this outfit so much I dared the plunge again when I went to NYC. There, a deep V wasn’t such a big deal!

This won’t be a typical daytime dress for me, I’m actually looking forward to wear it again at night because it can look very classy with black heels. What I don’t do a good job of showing is the matching V in the back!

Item From Made in… BUY
Sportmax dress thrifted Italy
Kaanas espadrilles Shopbop.com Colombia
vintage Swatch watch flea market Switzerland
Shashi ring Shopbop.com USA HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, how to wear a black dress, little black dress, deep v dress, Sportmax dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, how to wear a black dress, little black dress, deep v dress, Sportmax dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, how to wear a black dress, little black dress, deep v dress, Sportmax dress

Yin and Yang

I love a balanced outfit – whether it’s through the colors, proportions, fabrics, etc. I feel good when an outfit just seems to balance itself out. And this is exactly how I felt about this particular outfit. I love the proportions, contrasts AND compliments of the black and white, but also the polka dots! Wearing the black tights with the black boots make my legs look so much longer too.

*I will also mention that a few years ago, I pledged to only buy new clothing if it was made in the USA. See original post HERE. And I have to be consciously clear that the top I am wearing in this post is the first piece of new clothing I have purchased that was not made in the USA since that pledge was made. Why? I’m a hard sucker for artist Yayoi Kusama and it was a collaboration with her. Do I feel great about it? No…but I will continue with this challenge. I will also add that this was my first and only new non-USA made purchase of clothing in 3 years! Every other piece of clothing was either second-hand or made in USA when new! My next step is to only purchase shoes made in non-Asian countries, wish me luck.

Item From Made in… BUY
Yayoi Kusama tee Uniqlo.com China HERE
Diane von Furstenberg skirt thrifted missing tag HERE
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Loeffler Randall boots Crossroads Trading Brazil Similar

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Urban hiking outfit

I didn’t expect to take such a long break between posts – I have been drafting a very long 10 year anniversary post for myself, that’s taking longer than expected. But I’ve also recently re-joined a gym, trying to get some strength on my body. All of a sudden, two weeks went by incredibly quickly.

We have a little inside joke in San Francisco (and some of the Bay Area) where there are so many little parks (and some big parks) dotted around the city, we can consider it urban hiking. You can go from city, to neighborhood, to wilderness pretty quickly. So, you dress accordingly. Another reason I’m so glad I finally got my Converse! My favorite and essential SF dressing tip? Dress in layers – you can go from sunny hot to windy fog pretty quickly.

Item From Made in… BUY
Gap jacket old Gap Hong Kong HERE
vintage Ann Taylor dress thrifted USA
Converse All Star black hi-top DSW.com Vietnam HERE
vintage Ray Ban wayfarer glasses thrifted USA HERE
vintage hat flea market

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, Converse black All Star hitop, vintage striped dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, Converse black All Star hitop, vintage striped dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, Converse black All Star hitop, vintage striped dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, Converse black All Star hitop, vintage striped dress

Spotlight on: Shoshanna

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

I have vacation on my mind, I’m overdue for one *but have none planned* so I’ll daydream from the internet instead. Shoshanna is a Made in the USA brand I’ve had my eye on for a while (I currently own one dress by the brand!) So it was pleasant to see that their bathing suits are also manufactured in the US. As someone who follows this industry closely, it’s refreshing to see – many brands that once used to manufacture in US factories have slowly started to move some of their production overseas. First banking on their ethical popularity, and then all of a sudden switch gears to another song when profits outweigh consciousness. So we must continue to encourage brands to be as ethical as possible.

Shoshanna and her brand are known for stylish dresses. So these bathing suits are just as cute. If you can’t tell, I’m a sucker for a one-piece swimsuit! All these photos were borrowed from their 2016 swim lookbook. Click on the images to head on over to their site.

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

And because Shopbop is my favorite online store stocking Made in USA clothing (they’re also one of my ad sponsors you see in my blog sidebar) I wanted to let you know they’re having a big sale until the 7th, which includes Shoshanna merchandise and so many more Made in the USA brands I love!

Shopbop sale

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