For a gal who lives in one of the warmer regions of SoCal, I have quite a number of coats despite little true need for them. In fact, based on the temps we were enjoying just a couple of weeks ago, I’d just about given up on winter in these parts. While many bloggers are showing photos taken in snowy landscapes, I’ve sweltered trying to take photos in sweaters much less wearing a coat. But never say never because the weather has finally turned a bit and it’s been quite chilly (50 to 60 range, don’t scoff) for the last week or so.
Perhaps because of our mild weather, I’ve found local thrift stores to be a great place to find barely worn coats that are priced too well to pass up. Even when I have one (or three) in that color already, like this cute black one. It must originally have had a matching belt because it had belt loops which I removed. They were placed too low for me anyway and I think that the fit-and-flare shape looks fine without a belt.
In a previous RRR post, Camo Skirts: Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse, skirts were in the spotlight as well as how so many pre-loved ones have recently been rehomed in my closet. Such is the case with this floral beauty. The fabric is light enough to wear in warmer months and the black background of the print makes it an option to pair with boots and sweater when there is a chill in the air. Bonus, it has pockets!
I can’t finish this post without a mention about my boots. This look is one of my triple-threats for the Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse theme because the coat and the skirt are not the only pre-loved items. I found these cuties on Poshmark which can be risky because of the no-return policy but they fit perfectly (I sell there too, My Closet – FineWhatev). These boots are a fabulous replacement for a long-loved pair I had that had seen much better days and are now looking for a new home in someone else’s closet.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from the last link up (back in December, oops) is Martina, image consultant and blogger at Lady 50Plus. Martina is the founder and CEO of Image 50plus – the first image consultancy especially for the 50+ generation – and she’s worked as a style expert and business trainer for many years.
Whether a previous owner has done a closet purge or her tastes have changed, I’m happy to give well deserving beauties, like the ones in this outfit, a new home. What’s your opinion on thrift store shopping? Are you a seasoned thrifter or does the idea of wearing someone else’s old clothes give you the heebie-jeebies? Is it a just a passing trend for those who can afford more or is it a smart way to live “greener” and reduce one’s carbon footprint? What are the qualities you consider whether a garment is worthy of being added to your wardrobe?
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