Footloose and Fancy Free
By wild flutterby on February 15, 2012
Sorry about the delay, folks. Midterms are upon us and much of my time has been spent surrounded by a fortress of textbooks and binders gearing up for each new challenge. For those of you who are following (and for those who aren't but are still curious). I am still keeping my promises, just becoming backlogged on things to post!
So today we will cover formalwear. I knew I had a formal (dinner and dance) coming up for about 2 weeks before the actual event, and thrift store formal wear can be tricky. I browsed dress racks and regularly perused Craigslist, but it seemed like my options were either severely outdated (80s prom, anyone?) or ridiculously overpriced for a used dress. Plus, my pride held me back somewhat from emailing a local 18 year old to purchase her bubble-skirt homecoming dress with my 10 year reunion looming over my head. As the time for the dance drew closer I feared the worst- rewearing what I already had (the HORROR!). Okay, so maybe it wouldn't be that bad since I am at the "wedding age" and have quite the rainbow of bridesmaid dresses clogging my closet, but part of the joy of a challenge is actually defeating it. And wearing something I own just felt... cheap.
Instead, I hit the resale store. The great thing about the resale stores is that they are fairly picky about the things they will buy. That way you know you are getting something classic or in recent style, and certainly in good condition. No button, zipper, or hook-and-eye closure repair required. The local joint also sells jewelry and accessories. As the girl who has been wearing the same necklace for the past 12 years, I like to change it up for special occasions. I used a free afternoon following a tough exam to have a "me" day- hair cut and shopping. Within 20 minutes of browsing the boutique-like store I had a dress, and grabbed a necklace on the way to the counter. To make the whole experience EVEN BETTER if you opt to forgo a shopping bag, they give a donation to one of three charities. I always have mine go to a foundation for homeless animals (surprised?). And with my fabulous new leather purse, I had plenty of room for the goods.
An express silk dress, and snazzy necklace, for $27 total together. Similar dresses are currently on sale for $50 plus from the store. Combined with my best-loved black sequin heels I received compliments on the whole ensemble. I think my boyfriend was pleased ;-). Sorry there are no full-length pictures. I am still getting used to this whole blogging thing!
Getting something from the "thrift store" isn't really the point. The point is recycling and reusing, and thereby also saving money. Think about what you have before you throw it away. And think about what you need before you just go out and buy it!