Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fine for photos.

When I'm shopping at a thrift store I don't often purchase things that originally came from stores where I wouldn't usually shop for new clothes. It's really rare that I'll being home something that started it's life at Target, or Old Navy, or Forever 21. I feel that thrift store shopping gives me the chance to get something really great, of fantastic quality, that I wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. Where's the thrill in getting a used shirt for $4.99 that I probably could have gotten new, on sale, for the same price? I broke my own unwritten rule with this cream and white silk blouse. Originally from the now defunct Mervyn's, a store I would have turned my nose up at (and frequently did) before it went out of business, it was the print on this blouse that made it impossible for me to leave behind.

My V-neck cardigan was also thrifted. I changed the boring black plastic buttons it came with for the lozenge shaped mother of pearl buttons you see here. And the mother of pearl buttons were rescued from yet another thrift store find.

The blouse pulls open a bit at the fullest point of my bust. I was hoping that I could counter this by wearing the sweater over the blouse but this maneuver was only moderately successful. It worked fine for these photographs but not well enough for a full day out in the real world. (Luckily, I'm home all day again today.) Once it's laundered the blouse is going back into storage to wait for me to either get slimmer or buy a minimizing bra. I like this outfit so I hope I can eventually make it properly wearable.

I'm linking up to Thursdays are for Thrifters at Spunky Chateau. Click over to check out everyone's thrift shop finery.


  1. That blouse is gorgeous! I'm glad you didn't pass it up! I feel the same way about brands like Target/Old Navy, etc. But if I really love something, I'll buy it, but usually only if it's at the cheaper thrift stores where tops are $2.50 and bottoms are $3. And the whole time I'll only think about how much it would have cost me not on sale. Thanks for linking up at Thursdays are for Thrifters!

  2. I've just found your blog and I love your style!

  3. Fantastic outfit! Actually, you look like you're losing weight already.

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

  4. This is a very pretty and slimming outfit.
    When I'm thrifting I go for what I like and what catches my eye and buy it for that, not what's on the label. However, it is an extra thrill to find a higher end item at a super low price and realize the bargain I got when I see what it retailed for originally. In my past, I've never really been able to shop in the more expensive stores so maybe that's why I don't know what I'm missing so much. :) I never ever thrifted until about 3 years ago. I guess you could say my basic attire was scrubs for work and sweats...or remember those old stirrup pants with high tops and long shirt? Yeah, that was me. Pathetic! ha
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. I remember Mervyn's! I love the pattern of that blouse and this is a great outfit on you. I just found your blog and I am now following. Would love for you to check out my blog sometime and follow back if you're interested!

  6. I like this outfit on you too. I think the find was a great one and know what you mean about button up tops for us busty ladies.

  7. love your outfit!

    Neat post and love your blog... would you like to follow each other!


    My Lyfe ; My Story

  8. Very cool! I like the graphic colors. The blouse is really cute too -- I used to have a lot of good luck finding pretty blouses at Mervyn's! I really miss that store.

  9. Good luck in your quest to lose weight. A fews years back I lost about 50 lbs. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't happen immediately. It took me a while, but the weight has stayed off!