For this month’s “How I Wear My” post, Jill of Everything Just So and I thought it would be good for our wallets (and the environment) to focus on secondhand pieces. While we are not on a spending freeze it’s nice to resist all those tempting end-of-summer sales and focus on thrifted or even hand-me-down items. Secondhand can be even more wonderful than new!
~ To get us started, Jill is showing us a couple of great retro pieces. Find out how she acquired her chic sunglasses and classic silk scarf over at her blog.
~Style Higher looks chic and sophisticated in her luxe secondhand treasures.
"I am wearing a Valentino jacket bought secondhand (eBay) and Dolce & Gabbana shoes I picked up secondhand at a killer price. They had a piece of gum stuck on the bottom and it smeared a bit on the patent leather. But I got all of it off and now they are good as new!"
What fantastic shoes! Those heels....
~ Reader and friend, Barbara, recently returned from Paris with a Kenzo wool coat she found in a thrift shop. She has this to say about her new purchase: "I'm madly in love with it ! It's wonderfully tailored. I bought it from a vestiboutique in Auteil."
Barbara's T-shirt, belt and shoes are all thrift shop finds as well...from Rome! I want to do some European thrift shopping with Barbara. That coat is fantastic! And you look effortlessly chic, Barbara.
~ Heather of Vintage French Chic gives us three looks with her treasured silk scarves. Saying, "I would like to highlight my Hermes scarves because all have been thrifted or bought used. But that doesn't make them any less beautiful or valuable in my world. I love wearing them and I think of them as wearable art. Here are some of the ways how I have worn the three that I have:
1. Ascot for casual wear.
2. Used as a belt
3. With a LBD
Three great scarves worn three stylish ways.
~Jane of The Navy Blue of India wears a home-sewn vintage jacket she picked up for $9 and a coral brooch that she paid $8 for. I like the combination of colors Jane put together.
You can find out more about her treasures here.
~ Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40
Pam wears a brilliant orange sweater, olive military flats and burgundy bag. All are from Goodwill, where Pam is an ambassador, and cost a total of $16.00!
No wonder Goodwill has Pam as their representative. She's an expert at finding secondhand treasures.
~ Tamera of Tamera Beardsley
Tamera took a Chanel-inspired secondhand jacket, sewed lavish trim and turquoise embroidery onto it, then added a vintage stole.
She calls it Chanel meets Antrhopologie with a twist of glam. And I agree. So glamourous, original and creative!
~ Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb also wears a secondhand find that she modified herself. She says this about her embellished blouse:
"Although I do shop a lot online, I don't always buy new: I'm a big eBay fan, mostly for vintage items. This shirt may or may not be actual vintage as it was described - I call it my old lady shirt (I got an "oi, oi" from my mum about that description!) - but it's one of my favourites. This time it just needed a little adornment in the shape of some pretty pearl collar pins (I'd been meaning to do a DIY to make some, but ASOS shoved some under my nose in the sale. Tut, tut)."
~Amy of Denim and Dots looks stunning in a high low tank dress. She has this to say about her secondhand treasure:
"I’m lucky enough to get hand me downs from my very stylish mother-in-law, and this black tank dress that was passed down is one of my favorite items so far because it is easy to mix up with different belts and accessories."
~ Gracey of Fashion for Giants shows off three of her favorite vintage finds. The cuff, the blouse and the skirt are all secondhand. Love the leopard with stripes! And Gracey's big, beautiful smile completes the look.
~ Leigh of Hines-Sight Blog poses with her picture-perfect family in a flattering green sweater.
"This green sweater is a consigned piece. It is a BCBG short, wrap-sweater. I wear it with jeans a lot, but I am going to begin to wear it this fall with summer dresses to extend their life. They are sleeveless. Pictured with Joe's Jeans, black Long Skinny tee, and Tory Burch leopard-print ballet flats. I'm looking forward to using it again this fall."
Her darling, curly-haired daughter is showing off a secondhand treasure, too, with her Lily Pulitzer consigned dress.
~ Michelle of The Persnickety Eater surprises us again with yet another great thrifted look.
"This is my $1 blouse from a thrift store - it was on sale for half off the day I bought it. I like pairing it with a simple black skirt I bought years ago at Walmart for $8, but it would dress up a pair of skinny jeans quite nicely. I'm wearing it with an old silver watch that doesn't work (but it's pretty) and a hematite bracelet plus my wedding ring. The bright pop of pink in the shirt gives me the perfect excuse to doll up my lips with a coordinating pink, something I don't do often enough!"
With many secondhand treasures in my trove, mostly from thrift shops, I had a hard time deciding which item to pick for this post. Many I have blogged about already, except for this one. It's a sterling silver spoon cuff Bill bought me in Paris in 2008.
|The monogram is upside down in this photo.|
I think the initials are C and M, with C being the prominent initial.
The lovely shop owner told us she makes these cuffs from antique spoons. She guessed that most were from the mid to late 1800's. So while the spoon as bracelet may not be secondhand, the spoon most certainly is and I think that qualifies.
I wore it here with my favorite thrift store find, a Club Monaco dress I bought for $6.99 at Goodwill. I love the way this dress fits and it's very comfortable. And the ruching hides a variety of flaws. This fall, I plan on wearing it with tall boots and a cardigan or blazer.
A big, big thank you to all who participated this month. Such a wonderful turnout this month! I love seeing everyone's treasures. And I also like to demonstrate how doable it is to look great wearing used clothing and accessories.
Jill and I can't believe next month will mark the 1st anniversary of the “How I Wear My” series! Won’t you please join us in a toast to two beautiful autumn colors, Burgundy and Bordeaux?
Whether you go for purple-tinged Burgundy or the chocolatey-red Bordeaux we’d love to see how you are wearing two of fall’s most bewitching shades. So send Jill or me a picture of yourself for “How I Wear My: Burgundy and Bordeaux” by October 1st.