The summer is coming to a close with back-to-school activities on the horizon and the promise of cooler temperatures. I had the opportunity to check out a couple thrift & secondhand stores this month, but was super picky about what I brought home with me.
J. Jill dress, $10
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure if this dress is a winner for me. I like the loose fit and the tiers of the skirt. However, it had a super weird and shrunken slip inside that I cut right out with a pair of scissors. What is giving me pause is the print leans a bit… cottagecore. With that being said, I washed it immediately and wore it the following weekend day with a knotted shirt over it:
I do like the way it looks with the layers, so I’ll probably keep this one around and play with it a bit. Worse case scenario, it gets re-donated back to the thrift store.
Cable & Gauge cardigan, $6
I wear these cardigans all the time to work, and I don’t own this color. It’s hard to tell in the first photo, but it’s a pretty dark greenish-blue. So, for $6 it was a no-brainer to add it to my closet. I actually think I did own this color once and it got too worn and pilled (even with my fabric shaver). Anyway, this one will certainly get some wear.
I already wore it to work this month:
Talbots denim top, $10
I’ve been playing around with tying shirts over dresses, and I thrifted a solid denim top that I have been loving lately. On my ‘thrift list’ was to find a polka dotted version, but this one is so much better… because they aren’t polka dots, they are tiny little hearts!
I mean, how adorable is this?! I’m looking forward to pairing it with skirts and dresses for work.
Athleta Zephyr Shell, $20
When I think of Athelta, I think of exercise clothes. However, after finding my favorite new pleated skirt from the brand it has opened my eyes to their fantastic workwear! I found this Athelta tank top at a consignment store and it is super cool – the neckline and bottom have a cotton band finish but the center is very silky. It’s tone-on-tone black and I like the fun details. I did some research and it’s called the Athleta Zephyr Shell tank top and came in a few different colors and one print. It is part of their ‘travel’ collection, as it has SPF 50, washes and dries quickly, and doesn’t wrinkle.
The shirt fits a little boxy, but I really love it and how different it is from anything else in my closet. I’m imagining pairing this with dark jeans, a cardigan and a long necklace for a fall Friday at work. I think it would also look super cute with the right kind of skirt. Or even a pair of my stretch crepe Eileen Fisher work pants. Love this hidden gem!
Frye Veronica Short Slouch Boots, $60
While checking out a thrift pop up store with my friend, I found these Frye boots shoved under a table. No size. Great condition. $60. And… they fit. I did a little research and I’m pretty sure they are the Veronica Short Slouch boot (retail $298) — I didn’t NEED them, but they will be fantastic for fall!