Once again, the recent warmer than usual weather in SoCal has had me changing from coats to skirts for the focus of this month’s Reclaim-Recycle-Reuse post. I’ll cover coats (pardon the pun) in another month or two but for this post, the highlight is on skirts. Specifically, a camo-ish print skirt that I acquired recently, the inspiration behind its discovery and my styling of it in these photos, and a brief discussion about the difference between current and outdated.
In Last Week, This Week: Going Wild – November 13-17, I shared about my fondness of longer length skirts and the seemingly endless supply of them that I’ve been able to find in thrift stores. One on hand, I’m happy to be able to give these items a new home but I sometimes wonder why they were donated in the first place. Perhaps, the reason is only that it no longer fit (or never did) but could it be something else? Is there hidden damage or is it awkward to wear or had it been deemed outdated by the previous owner? Such are the pitfalls of the thrift shopping.
Damages can be repaired and alterations can transform an awkward style but is there a fix for outdated? Given the love of vintage, what constitutes outdated? Who among us doesn’t fear looking outdated which as we all know, it close second to frumpy? Perhaps it’s not so much whether a fashion is current but if the item wasn’t ever a “smart style” in the first place. And if this is so, then how would we go about assessing if a thrifted item (or even a new one) is a “smart style”? It just so happens that I have a few suggestions.
In no particular order, I’d like to offer that fiber, fabrication, and features are the key components to consider whether the item is used or brand new. Shopping is an investment of both time and money, although in different proportions in thrifting than regular retail. Just because a thrifted item costs less in money, does not make it less worthy of a proper style evaluation. Fiber or material should feel good to the touch, the stitching and seams need to be well sewn, and unique features like pattern or cut will set an item apart from others.
I found this skirt a couple of months ago and it was the pattern that first caught my eye. Initially, because of the colors, I thought that it was a camo print. Given the style and length of the skirt, there was a lot of this pattern which gave me a moment of pause but something drew me to it nonetheless. On closer inspection sometime later, I realized that the pattern is really more like palm fronds but I think that it’s close enough that it could masquerade as camo hence the title.
In the past few posts, I’ve shown several skirts that were thrift store finds and it would seem that most of the skirts I’m currently wearing were thrifted. I make it a point to thoroughly peruse the skirt rack as I make my way around a thrift store so it isn’t too farfetched that I’ve amassed quite a number of them lately. At this point, I really don’t need any more of them so I’ve been trying to limit my buying to items that I would post on Poshmark. However, I expected that I would make an exception with this skirt once I figured out why I was drawn to it.
Ahhh, and just like that I figured it out. A few weeks earlier I’d seen a post that featured a camo skirt that apparently had stuck with me. The source of my inspiration was Cherie at Style Nudge. While camo jackets and pants are hugely popular and have been appearing on many blogs but I don’t think that I’d seen anyone else wearing a skirt with this pattern. I found the idea refreshing and a less than typical way to add it to an outfit.
While Cherie’s skirt is longer than mine and has multiple horizontal bands, inspiration is about influence and not just replication. I really liked the flow, drape, and movement of the skirt that seemed apparent in Cherie’s pictures which my skirt has as well. Since I wouldn’t be able to recreate the entire look, I opted for a cable knit sweater instead of a denim jacket and boots instead of mule-style flats in my spin with a camo skirt.
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 Samantha from Fake Fabulous. This Scottish blogger has an uncanny talent for putting together outfits that are an expression of her bright personality and imaginative creativity. It is Samantha’s intention to encourage women to embrace individuality, have fun with fashion and keep faking their fabulousness…at ANY age!
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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