Plaid And Velvet: Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse & Link Up

Rolling out the last new recurring theme for my Fine-Whatever link up with this plaid and velvet ensemble. Whether it’s a dusted off treasure from years past, or it’s an item that was bought from a thrift store, or perhaps a well-worn favorite that’s been given new life, that fashion find is covered under the Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse theme.

Plaid and velvet are on most of the current “favorite trends for Fall” lists so I say, why not wear them together. And how much more fabulous can you feel in such a look than when you how little you paid for it. That’s just the case for my plaid jacket and velvet skirt, both recent thrift store finds.

Although the fabric content label of the jacket has been removed, I can tell that it’s a wool blend and it has a good feel. The jacket is fully lined and the pattern matches at the seams, both of which are signs of a quality garment. Not quite a “boyfriend” style, I like more fitted cut and shorter length of this jacket as well as the timelessness of the colors in the plaid. Black and the various shades of tan are classic and what looks like red in the photos is actually looks more like an orangy rust in person.

Jacket – Collection Harve Bernard, thrifted; Top – American Eagle Outfitters, old; Necklace – antique shop

Compare to Retail

I have several velvet pieces in my wardrobe already but not a black skirt so I just couldn’t pass on buying this one. The fabric has a bit of stretch to it and I adore the fun, flirty look of the high/low double ruffle. When shopping in thrift stores, I nearly always check the skirt racks where I’ve found some great additions for my wardrobe as well as offerings for my Poshmark Closet (see the feed from my closet in the sidebar to the right).  I think that I hit the jackpot with this one.

Skirt – JS Boutique, thrifted

If you’ve read my very first post, I Don’t Understand The Question, then you know that was my answer to the question “how many red shoes does a woman need?” asked of me by The Husband. Do let me know if you have a better answer than that one (LOL). Anyway, these red shoes were a bargain clearance rack find at DSW many, many years ago. I tend to wear them mostly with pants but I thought the color and style would look good with the jacket. The Husband favored them over a more neutral colored pair when I asked for his opinion so that clinched the decision.

Shoes – Michael Kors, old

Compare to Retail

Let’s Wrap This Up

Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s link up is Jodie (with her husband, Rob) from the blog Jodie’s Touch of Style. Keeping in line with the theme for last week of Accessory To Style, as soon as I saw the photo of the two of them sporting hats, I knew I had to feature them even before I’d even read the post.

Which of the trends for Fall are on your “must-try” list?  Have you ever mixed plaid and velvet? 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?

One more thing to share before I sign off.  September this year has one of those occasional 5th Saturdays so next week’s post will feature the latest installment in my special series A Woman I Know.  Who will she be this time?

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16 thoughts on “Plaid And Velvet: Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse & Link Up”

  1. Great pos, Rena. Great outfit! I always find some pretty amazing pieces in the thrift shop. I am loving the plaid and velvet together. And those shoes are marvelous! Now if it would only cool off around here, I could begin styling some velvet pieces. I picked up a bunch of velvet at the end of the last winter season that I am anxiously awaiting to style. Btw, how the heck do I get my Poshmark feed on my sidebar? Is it just a plugin?

    By the way, how adorable is Jodie in that photo?!

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


  2. SCORE!!! What a great outfit!! This is the one to wear the next time you have one of those high intensity meetings with the bosse’s boss!
    I loved your answer to your husband’s query about red shoe quantity. That pair is REALLY cute and adds a fun edge to the rest of the look. It’s too bad that velvet never comes across in all of its textural lushness in a photo. This skirt has great lines too. Lookin’ good Rena!

  3. I’m searching for a Check/tweed blazer at the moment Rena. This has to be the biggest trend for this AW17 Yours looks fabulous and I love the colour. I hope I’m lucky enough to find one in this shade xx

  4. I love this combination Rena!!
    I included my outfit where I had bought my skirt from a consignment store in Burbank, called It’s a Wrap. Have you been there? They sell the wardrobe from tv shows and such!!!
    ps…and thanks for the feature—what a nice surprise!!

  5. Looking very chic! The fun red pumps offer a nice bit of whimsy to this look. I adore a red shoe, so I am always open to adding yet another pair to my wardrobe. 🙂

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