Second hand shopping and I don’t always get along. I get impatient and picky and normally leave empty handed. But now and again, on an odd day out, I strike gold. (Fake gold that is.) Why I keep at it? Because it’s the most eco-friendly way to add new things to my closet and I support small neighborhood businesses while doing so!
First, let me introduce my “new” flower broche. A vintage piece that I immediately fell for at the Vintage Revival boutique south of Houston. I paid $10.50. I love using a spectacular broche as the focal point on a (dull) purse!
This plastic clutch was actually my grandmother’s. She got it for free with a mail-order make-up purchase, sometime in the early 2000s, and I snagged it right away. Finders keepers, you know? That goes for the broche and the clutch bag.
The blouse is ALSO a “new” second hand find! Can you believe it?
This is Lucky Brand (lucky me), from who knows when, which I got for $10 at a local resale shop. I love the pattern and I love how the blue plus red threads “make” purple, allowing me to wear one of my favorite old scarves with it. Scarves always make every outfit better (logic according to Anna). This one was a gift from my mom.
The jeans are my “overhauled” old boot-cut Gap jeans that I blogged about last week, and the flats are, of course, my made in USA Oka-B’s. The BEST (and cutest) shoes for Houston’s wet weather.
Sustainable fashion at its best; garments that are old, a vintage broche that is new, a purse that is borrowed (no return date set) and of course, ballet flats in blue.
I love November. While many cities are already moving on to winter wear, Houston finally cools down, opening the door for our fall pieces to come out and be worn comfortably. To me, there’s just something magic about layering and adding wool to the mix, probably because Houston weather doesn’t allow it very often.
About a month ago I bought my first LuLaRoe piece, a pencil skirt, at a friend’s pop-up boutique. At first I didn’t know how I wanted to wear it. Digging through my very modest closet, here’s what I put together to celebrate fall, the cooler winds and this American made skirt.
Shirt: One of my few H&M garments. This 2013 denim shirt screams Texas to me, yet it is made in Turkey (of course it’s imported – it’s H&M – but not China!). The embroidery and the tone of blue denim are unusual choices for me, but I like this shirt a lot. I normally wear it with black skinnies and a huge scarf. To me, it dresses down the skirt really nicely.
Scarf: I bought this marvelous scarf in 2004. Two girlfriends and I were vacationing in Spain and I bought this scarf, a pair of Diesel jeans and a Replay sweater at a very fancy shop. I was a student and couldn’t afford any of it really, but I was in a phase of “shopping cool brands is my life” so I guess it made sense at the time (?). I sold the jeans and the sweater many years ago, but the scarf has survived 5 moves (and four countries). It has a tag inside, but I don’t know where or by whom it was made. I actually love that it looks homemade! I wish I had made it. (Remove the tag, pretend I did?!)
Skirt: That’s my new, made in USA, 32 dollar, LuLaRoe skirt! Man, it is slim, but in a good way, and I like it. If I had a fancier work place, I’d love to wear it with a blouse and jacket, really dress it up. Right now, fall layers in warm colors are just what I feel like wearing with this skirt.
Socks: My mom got me these wool socks, a looong time ago. We’re likely talking late 90’s (don’t judge). Must say, they still look great.
Boots: My Ecco leather booties, made in Portugal. I bought them in 2013 on a Sunday morning outing with my husband. We’d actually gone out that day to specifically look for boots for me and my cold toes. I’d been in sustainable mode, ‘surviving’ wearing loafers and sneakers for quite a while, but realized my defeat early December (Burr, 32F outside) so we went shopping.
I can actually tag this outfit as “nothing made in China”. Yet, this time, it’s a coincidence.
My closet size may be modest, and some of my clothes have been with me for a while now. But things you love last, and even if the fashion industry is trying their best to make me believe I need a new wardrobe every season, I actually kind of love mixing and matching my old with my new. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for my economy. I think that’s what we label as ECO x 2.