A Tale of a Thrifting Rookie

I pinned this outfit not too long ago and loved the look so much that I immediately began a search for a midi skirt. I found this one but didn't want to spend 50 bucks for it so I put the search on a temporary hold.

A couple days ago I happened to wander into a nearby thrift store and scored a bunch of cute things...2 skirts, a jacket, 2 pairs of shoes, and a necklace...for $67! Woot woot! I've never been into thrifting much before...always thought it was a tad gross to put my bum in someone else's used clothes...but I think I'm a believer now. 

I got this gray pleated midi skirt for $6! And didn't even realize until I got home later that evening that this skirt was the missing piece to this outfit puzzle. I knew the recreation wouldn't be exact but when you're on a budget you have to work with what you've got. 

I think the polka dots and bun give it more of a June Cleaver or Stepford wife kind of feel, but it worked for me. And the skirt fits SO well. 

Side note confession time: I have a big butt, hips AND thighs. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn't. Case in point...skirts. It's so hard to find a well-fitted skirt when your waist is 26" and your hips are a whopping 40". Yikes. So just imagine yourself in the thrift store with me as I try on this SIX DOLLAR skirt and discover that it not only fits...but fits well...no alterations required. I considered doing a happy dance in the fitting room but got a hold of myself. Did I mention how much I'm digging thrift stores these days?

:: Details ::
chambray top & sunglasses: Target
sweater: Old Navy ( similar here | last worn here)
pleated midi skirt: thrifted (similar here)
necklace: thrifted
bracelets: Lauren Conrad via Kohl's
watch: MK (gift)
wedge booties: Nine West Outlet
nail polish: OPI Monsooner or Later 

Another side note confession: Taking outfit pics and posting them on this blog is kind of hard for me. It feels very...vain. A friend of mine asked me if I felt that way about other style blogs and, of course, I said no. I am totally inspired by real women of all ages, shapes and sizes showcasing their personal style via pretty pictures, tips, and sponsored deals. And my hope is that I'm able to do the same for my readers. Revelation aside, posing for pics and posting them for the world to see is still a little weird for me. But thanks to the stud below (a.k.a. my hubby), I received a little impromptu how to be natural and confident in front of the camera session. He told me to let him "show me how it's done".

And he worked it, didn't he y'all? haha! Such a stud muffin. And believe it or not, I actually did loosen up a bit after he "showed me" how to work it. :)

Have an awesome Wednesday!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, Rolled Up Pretty for Whatever Whenever Wednesday, Because Shanna Said So for Random Wednesday, and Trusty Chucks & Texas Lovebirds for the Copycat Link-Up!


  1. You are a thrifting pro! I love the "June Cleaver" look- you look so fantastic!

    Stopping by from the link up! Happy Wednesday!

    Understated Classics

    1. Thank you, Clare! And thanks for stopping by!

  2. Love love love the fit!!!! It looks fab!!! I have gone itno a couple of thrift stores here in Houston but to no avail... I will keep trying though lol!! Nothing like a good deal!!

    You look amazing and like a true fashionista!!! I have added this look to my "Re-Inventing Myself" look, lol!!

    Q, is hilarious, and I guess he showed you!! lol!!

    PS. I absolutely adore your bun!!!! :)


  3. Brilliant look. I love skirts, and your whole ensemble is so perfect.

  4. LOVE the skirts.. Bravo on your amazing thrift finds.. :)) Your blog is so beautiful.. Stumbled upon ya via the pleated poppy and I'm officially a FAN.. ;)) Intrigued to read much more.. Hope you can stop by mine sometime.. http://www.theartsygirlconnection.com .. WIshing ya a beautiful day.. Off to read much more.. xo..

    1. OMG thanks for the kind words. I did stop by your blog & looove it!

  5. You BOTH are adorable and gorgeous!!! I love that he let you put these on your blog. And I know how you feel about posting pics of yourself. I used to feel that way, but now I know I am doing it to inspire others just like all you other ladies do for me! Super score on that skirt...love how you styled it. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Shanna, you are so encouraging! Thanks for hosting the link party!

  6. You have great thrifting skills!


    1. I'm still new at it, but thank you. It definitely works well for my budget. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. OMG - yes I love this outfit! I actually have that polka-dot sweater too! I need to start thrifting. New follower from the link-up.


  8. I love those photos of your hubby! So fun! And I adore the outfit, especially with the pops of red in your necklace and nails. Great, great find!

  9. Oh my gosh--this is so perfect! I felt the same way about thrifting until recently but it's becoming an addiction! Also, your husband is ADORABLE! And well dressed too! You guys are too cute, I can hardly stand it.

  10. This outfit...so, so good!! Both that necklace and skirt are such good finds! I know what you mean about feeling vain posting pictures about yourself. For me, it's great motivation to keep growing in my style and personal taste.

    And the pictures of your husband?! Love that he let you post them! I think you both are naturals ;)

    Thank you for linking up, hope you will again next week!! Will be in touch again soon about the Starbucks gift card you'll be getting for being one of the first five to link up! xo

  11. Hey Angela! I clicked over from the Copycat Linkup. This outfit is GREAT! I am a tad bit jealous for two reasons. First, I never find anything this cute at our local thrift stores. Secondly, How did you get your man to not only pose for the camera, but let you post them?! I am still waiting for the day mine gives in and wears a cardigan I bought for him. Looking forward to your outfit for the next linkup!

    Ashley @ Your Girl for all Seasonings

    1. Hahah Ashley, loved your comment about the cardigan for your husband! My husband still won't wear the two I bought him. Men.. ;)

  12. Hi, just stumbled across your blog, which by the way, made me smile. Tell your husband he should model, Im a granny, so no flirtattion, "he's a very handsome young man" said in my best granny voice. I love these blogs, they inspire me and others for frugal FUN living! Nothing wrong with that! We all gotta wear clothes! I've been thrifting since Methuselah was a baby, and you learn whats gross whats not. I just fixed my husband up with a 3 dollar jacket, fits perfect. He was prepared to drop $300 for a new one. His is better, as it was camelhair ! He got all the complimenta the day he wore that! Nancyinthestix

  13. Love a girl who can turn a thrift store find into a stylish outfit! New to your blog by way of the Pleated Poppy. Happy Holiday:)

  14. Hahaha loved that your hubby had fun with you, those pics are too funny! I still find myself only taking pics when I'm by myself. Haven't built up the confidence to take pics neck up yet... You look great! Look forward to more posts!

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  17. I am in love all over again this is just too cute. You rocked that outfit well not to mention hubby hahaha he crazy fun from where I stand. God bless your union.


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