The New Year came terribly cold and with that, all the winter gear had to be pulled. I realize after this shoot that I did not take photos of the dress that I was wearing and that is because it was too cold to do so. I’m sure they’ll be a next time, as I plan on wearing all of my sweater dresses.
If I had to choose an article of clothing that I could only wear for the rest of my life, that would probably be dresses. I love wearing dresses all year long and I might have way too many in my closet. Today, I am featuring this wonderful houndstooth wool dress that I purchased at Goodwill. I honestly didn’t think this dress was going to be warm enough but it actually is. In order to keep cozy, I wore this beautiful herringbone coat I also purchased at Goodwill, with a plaid wool scarf and my suede OTK boots. I accessorized with a pair of velvet houndstooth gloves and my black Furla satchel. I love how the different fabric patterns blended beautifully creating a clean chic look for work and not one that is too busy for the eye.
Coat: Moda International, purchased at Goodwill: $10.00 / Dress: Worth New York, purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 / Gloves: Cejon / Scarf: No brand / Shoes: Steve Madden / Purse: Furla Satchel purchased on Poshmark / Outfit total: $15.00
Steve Madden Suede Slouch Boots, similar here
Cejon Houndstooth Velvet Gloves, available here
Moda International Herringbone Wool Coat, similar here
No Brand Wool Scarf, similar here
Worth New York Wool Dress, similar here
On of the things on my to-do list for my Thanksgiving trip back home, was to hit up some thrift stores. Since time went by so quickly, I ended up going to just one store but that trip was definitely worth it. When you think of Miami the last thing that comes to mind is coats or winter coats for that matter. However, I have found my best winter coats in Miami and that has a lot to do with people from the North moving down south and realizing they really don’t need coats. That is why one of the first things I did when I walked into the store was head over to the coats section. While several of the coats were either too large or too damaged, I found THE ICONIC MaxMara wool coat just hanging there waiting for me! You can just imagine the excitement on my face when I realized that I found a $3K+ coat for only $8.00, score! The coat is in near perfect condition, all it needed was a fresh dry clean and it was ready to go. I will say though that sadly, the belt was missing but that can easily be fixed.
This coat evokes comfort, so I decided to wear it for the first time with a chunky knit sweater, that was also purchased at Goodwill. The coat has the prefect amount of room for layering or for wearing those really big chunky sweaters. It is extremely warm and I can see myself wearing it for those really cold winter days. Since this was a casual look, I wore a pair of light blue jeans, a pair of black booties and one of my favorite Gap purchases, this beautiful lambskin hobo bag. To complete this look, I accessorized with my favorite accessory of them all, my dog, Sir Teddy.
Coat: MaxMara, purchased at Goodwill: $8.00 / Jeans: Gap, $7.99 / Shoes: Gap, $50.00 / Handbag: Gap, $100.00 / Dog: priceless 🙂 / Outfit total: $166.00
MaxMara 101801 Icon Coat, available here OR for a more budget friendly option, here
J. Crew Chunky Cable Knit Sweater, similar here
Gap Chunky Heel Booties, similar here
Gap Lambskin Hobo Bag, similar here
So, I basically live in thrift stores. At my local thrift store, everyone and I mean everyone in the store knows me as the frequent buyer. I drive around this city looking for the best thrift stores and I do not shy away from the most “suspect” looking shops. I love bargain shopping and I am not afraid to dig in. Back in November, our local church hosted a “Carnival” ( more like a fair) and every year they have a used clothing store. The prices range from $1.00 – $5.00, depending on the item that you are purchasing. Of course, this is the first place I checkout before I even stuff myself with elephant ears, cotton candy and the local cuisine. When I stepped in I saw the usual, shoes, shirts, dresses etc… I noticed that they had a sign that read ” Wall items $1.00″ racks “$2.00”. I dove right into the “wall section” where of course everything was one dollar. As I looked through the racks of clothing hanging on the wall, I noticed this camel wool coat hanging. I immediately pulled it out ( my heart might have stopped beating for a few seconds) and tried it on. It fit exactly how I had wanted it! I checked it for stains, smells, defects and knew right away it was MINE. As I went to check out, I still could not believe that one of falls “it” item was going to be in my closet, for a whopping $1.00! As you can see, yes, thrift store shoppings does pay off.
Scarf: Merona by Target
Coat: No Brand // Shoes: Just Fab
Top: Banana Republic // Jeans: H&M