By request I’ll be upping my “fashion blogging” by giving you more specifics on the outfits I wear and share. I enter into this territory gleefully but timidly because while I love finding and inspiring ways to dress on the cheap, I loathe being critiqued by anonymous Internet trolls so… Let’s do this anyway and all be nice to each other.
A few disclaimers:
- I shop almost exclusively at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, resale shops and clearance racks in department stores. Occasionally I’ll wander into Forever 21 and H&M and realize I’m too old for this shit. My new obsession (and first foray into online retail) is Nasty Gal. This makes finding exact copies of a lot of what I wear kind of difficult to track down, but I’ll do my best to get you links to similar items.
- I avoid leather, suede, fur and cosmetics tested on animals. Wearing a skin coat feels a little too Silence of the Lambs for me.
- I don’t know how fashion bloggers get such cute pictures of themselves but all I know how to do is take mirror selfies and run quickly to the middle of the room while the Macbook Photo Booth counts down a measly three-second lead time. Sorry.
- I think when it comes to fashion there is this feeling of distress and body loathing, but I’ve learned from experience that you should hate the clothes, not the body. Once you learn what rocks the hell out of what you’re working with and what makes you look like an uncomfortable sausage, you’ll stop buying the sausage casing and opt instead for clothes that make you feel good. Never (ever ever ever) confuse clothes that suck with a body that sucks. Your body is great. How many times have you tried on shitty pants only to go on a diet 10 minutes later? Just buy some different pants, girl. It’s all good.
- I know absolutely nothing about fashion, but after a couple years of wearing nothing but spandex to teach yoga, I really like getting dressed so there’s that.
This is what I wore on Memorial Day when I wasn’t sitting on my balcony reading #GIRLBOSS and drinking strawberry basil lemonade with tequila. It’s a rare pop of pastel color in an otherwise black and white wardrobe.
- SHOES: very old faux suede nude Seychelles my mom got me (similar French Connection, similar eBay)
- PANTS: Rag & Bone skinny distressed blush purchased at Marshall’s for $40 (similar Rag & Bone)
- TEE: Cynthia Rowley white scoop neck tee purchased at Marshall’s for $8 (similar Bella)
- NECKLACE: rose gold bar resale for $8 (similar Open Sky)
Notes: Those shoes are the best things I’ve ever owned and they don’t have anything like them anymore and I’m miserable. Mine have taken a serious beating so if you come across anything similar, please let me know. I would never in my life pay $200 for a pair of jeans so the Rag & Bone find at Marshall’s was like a gift from the heavens. (If you didn’t know that you can find expensive designer goods at Marshall’s on serious discount, let’s go shopping together.) I seriously regret not buying seven of those white tees so I could have one for each day of the week. A perfect white tee is so important and so easily destroyed. Mine hangs in the ketchup-filled balance. Finally, the necklace was a steal from the resale shop down the street, my favorite place for cheap jewelry.
Hope that helps! See you next Wednesday in this…