This week in Style File by Rene, I am talking about how to make thrifty clothing sassy and fun, and even sexy.
My husband and I were out on the last day of Goodwill’s $2 sale last Saturday. He likes to go when they have them because he tends to come away with designer shirts, Old Navy jeans and other jeans that he likes.
This past weekend I walked away with a pair of Bamboo wedges and a beautiful vintage style top that has a lace hemmed trim, which makes it really pretty.
I was surprised when I saw these. I have seen these types of wedges, but never thought I’d actually get a pair. When they first came out I shyed away from them because I thought, “oh my, I could never walk in those!” This coming from someone who likes to wear 6 inch platform high heels. But I got them. They were brand new. Not a smudge on them. I tried them on, they fit beautifully. Photo by J. Jackson.
Dubbed the Whistle01 Gaga Platform Wedge, they are now among the hard to find unless you get them from Ebay which I found at $40.50, and hope you find them in your size.
I discovered they come in black and red as well. As it turns out the color I have is the nude, which is very nice and goes with my ensemble very well. At one time, Amazon had them, but I have checked and they are completely sold out in all colors. Happy hunting there!!!
Surprisingly, these are size 7 1/2. Some of their shoes I have to get a half size up just for the comfort, and to not rub against my big toe. These work just fine. They’re comfortable, stylish, and really changed my mind about this design in wedges, of course I won’t go for the more extreme where you look like you’re going to fall on your ass if you lean backwards or lose your balance by the slightest movement.
The wedge measures approximately over 5.8 inch high. This particular style does run a little small, which is why it is recommended to go a half size up for comfort. They look good, but you have to keep comfort well in mind.
The ankle strap adds a really nice touch to it, especially for wearing capris jeans, dress shorts, skirts, or even a nice pants ensemble.
I have not determined if the strap is removable or not, but why would you want to remove it. It is what adds appeal to the shoes.
So, let’s talk about the ensemble. First off, I was looking for something to wear with the wedges. I had gone up and down almost every aisle I could until I went back down one particular aisle, took my time and came across this vintage style, long sleeve top. The detail in the top is very nice. It’s multi colors layout give sit that vintage look.
The fabric is very fine and delicate. Not really made for the washing machine. It is an extra large, fits very well in all the right place, the sleeves are the right length, not too tight, and the neck line sits low enough to allow for an attractive appeal.
This is one of those you either hand wash have it dry cleaned.
Cost for this pretty piece? $2.00 at Goodwill’s $2 Two-Day Sale, which usually happens at the last Friday and Saturday of the month. But I think my husband told me that this sale was their annual sale. So, I’m not sure if they’ll do it again.
Next, I pair the top with my dark blue capris jeans that I had gotten at another sale they had. Again, they were brand new, still had the tags in them. When I got home I couldn’t wait to pull them out and match them up with the top and the wedges.
This is why this is a part of my Style File because you can make thrity look trendy, sassy, fun and sexy if you know what you are looking for, and have an eye for detail and quality.
Together the combination makes one hell of an ensemble. And makes this woman over 40 look hip, trendy, sassy, and sexy without looking over or under dressed.
This ensemble is perfect for Friday casual, going to a family fun event, or hanging out with the girls. It’s comfortable, weekending friendly, and it also says I’m ready for the Spring/Summer season
Now, when you are buying thrifty keep in mind that anything you buy should washed before you wear it. Remember you are buying someone else’s treasure.
Total cost I paid for the entire ensemble, $13.99 for what would have probably cost more than $75 dollars ir purchased at retail.
I stopped shopping at thrift stores years ago when I realize that the 95% of my wardrobe was from a thrift store and I was working everyday. What turned me back on to it is my husband doesn’t mind saving a dollar or two if it means he can get quality top dollar shirts and jeans at a fraction of the cost if he were to buy retail. Don’t get me wrong, he does like to shop at Kohls, and sometimes get his jeans at Wal-Mart, but he finds nothing wrong with thrift shopping, and as his wife, I’m right there with him.
If you’re into thrift shopping, or you have never tried it before, go to your local thrift store, take your time and see what treasures you uncover.
This has been another week in Style File by Rene.