Coats: Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse & Link Up

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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26 thoughts on “Coats: Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse & Link Up”

    1. Jodie, I’d enjoy taking you around to some of my favorite thrift store haunts. The Husband and I have even discovered some wonderful new dining establishments near them where we could re-energize ourselves.

  1. You look really happy in this outfit Rena. It’s very flattering! I thnk it’s difficult to wear a long coat with a full skirt but this is darling and coordinating perfectly. Those boots are so sexy!

    1. Amy, doesn’t it feel like you’ve discovered a hidden treasure when you hit upon a fabulous find at a thrift store? It does to me. Thanks for the outfit love.

  2. So glad you are back posting!!! I love thrifting, but it seems like most of the stores around here are going out of business. Mostly just the big players left – Goodwill and Salvation Army. I love your boots and you look great in them!!

    1. I’m glad to be back, Rosie. Thank you for letting me know that I was missed. As for thrift stores, I’ve had some good luck with Goodwill as well as another one with several locations called Hope Of The Valley. Maybe there’s one near you?

  3. Such a beautiful skirt, Rena! I love the print and the flirty flow of it with those killer boots! And that coat is really darling. So funny that you are hitting 50’s and 60’s and grabbing for a coat just as we are hitting 40’s and 50’s and I am shedding my coat! The perspective of temperatures in various climate is so interesting, isn’t it? Great to see you back, my friend!


    1. Patti, I knew the obsession with coats would strike a cord with you, my warm weather friend. And I don’t mind the hair love, especially when it’s such a drastic change.

  4. Welcome back Rena. I love your Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim posts. I have nothing against buying second-hand as longl as there is no damage to the items and they are gently used. And girl California has been so hot this Winter while we have been freezing in Michigan. But I will take the temps in the 40s from the last few days lol.

    Welcome by every Thursday and join my style linkup. Also, starting this upcoming Sunday on March 4th I will be running a monthly style linkup which will go on the first Sunday of each month. Come join it and share your awesome style. Thanks, Ada. =)

  5. Thank you, Ada, for the welcome and letting me know that you like these posts. You do have to be careful when buying second hand but a good washing and a needle and thread can go a long way towards bringing life back into a fabulous garment.

  6. Such a fun coat! It looks perfect over your colorful ensemble. Your skirt is so eye-catching! Great idea about checking thrift stores for outerwear. I need to keep this in mind. I know I have mentioned this before, but I just love your new hair cut! Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

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