Advice Needed: Men & Boys Dress Clothes

10 Apr

I’ve mentioned that I have some fun wedding activities coming up – my brother and his fiancée are getting married in September and then my sister and her fiancé are getting married in December (and yes, I googled when to use fiancée vs fiancé ). I’m in both weddings and will be wearing a long bridesmaid dress for one and a short bridesmaid dress for the other. The problem is… dressing Travis and Jack!

Travis very, very rarely dresses up and doesn’t even own a suit that fits. We actually bought him one from Target about 13 years ago, but that one is way past due for hitting the donation pile. I’d like to find him a well-fitting suit and maybe 2 – 3 shirts that he can switch in and out for the two weddings, rehearsal dinners, and any other suit-related activities that come up over the next few years.

Husband Suit Inspiration Board:

Sources: suit, top dress shirt, bottom dress shirt

I’m leaning towards a navy blue suit, possibly with a super subtle pattern. Here are our suit-related challenges: my husband is 6’4” tall, so in shirts I usually have to buy him an XL-Tall because his torso is so long. He does sometimes fit in a ‘regular’ XL when it comes to coats though… so maybe we will get lucky. I did some online research and checked places like Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Warehouse, and it looks like men’s suits run $400 – $700, which is giving me some massive sticker shock.

Here’s where I can totally use your advice… where can I find a relatively reasonably priced man’s suit?

Right now I’m leaning towards Nordstrom Rack, because they have some nice options online and I believe since they are a Nordstrom store they do alterations too. I’m certainly open to other ideas though!

Next up, is Jack. Jack is the ring bearer in my brother’s wedding in September and is also attending my sister’s wedding in December. He doesn’t have a special outfit for his ring bearer’s duties, so we decided to go with trousers, button up shirt, suspenders and bow tie.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Ring Bearer Inspiration Board:

Sources: boy’s shirt, boy’s pants, crab bow tie, chambray bow tie, suspenders, shoes.

We already have the shoes and it should be pretty easy to pick up suspenders. There are so many adorable bow tie options on Etsy that I want to buy them all. I mean, LOOK at that cute crab tie?! The shirt and trousers will be where I’m looking for deals. Jack will most likely only wear them for the two weddings and then promptly grow out of them!

Advice time: where is a good place to get reasonably priced kids’ dress clothes? And yes, I’ll absolutely be checking thrift stores!

I have plenty of time to find everything we need, so I figured I’d start early to allow us to take advantage of any super awesome sales or clearance events. If you have any stores you swear by or tips for the best time to buy, let me know!


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My Favorite V-neck T-shirts are on SALE

9 Apr

Let’s talk t-shirts. When I’m not at work, I am a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. Or sweatpants and t-shirts. Or leggings and t-shirts. If you’re picking up what I’m laying down…comfort is pretty darn important to me.

Also, I’m incredibly picky about my t-shirts. They have to be the perfect softness of cotton and they have to be just oversized enough to not cling to my tummy… but not sooo oversized that the sleeves are down to my elbows.

Oh. And the V is VERY important. I need a v-neck that isn’t too high, but not too low. Basically, it has to be juuuuuusssst right.

Even more important than the v-neck situation is how they wear. They can’t shrink after one wearing or get covered in pills after three. They also can’t be transparent.

Got all that?

So yeah, I’m pretty darn picky about my t-shirts BUT I found one that I love:

The Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee



This t-shirt is IT for me. And right now they are on sale at Nordstrom for 20% off, making them $15.60 (with free shipping). I do like to size up to an XL to get that flowy fit I love, so keep that in mind if you decide to try them out!

Do you have a ‘perfect’ t-shirt that you recommend? Share in the comments!

UPDATE: I had a couple requests for a photo of me wearing the t-shirt, so here you go:

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Selling clothes: Where, How and What

5 Apr

I often post about my thrifting finds and other shopping scores, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how/where I get rid of my unwanted clothing items. So, I thought it would be fun to kind of do the opposite of a ‘Thrift Haul’ post… more like a ‘What Purged’ post instead.

I’ve been on a bit of a spring cleaning kick, so I’ve gotten rid of clothes in four different ways:

1. I listed a few items in my Poshmark closet.
You can read my post on Tips for Buying on Poshmark here and when I was doing my research I set up my own closet here: My Poshmark Closet. I haven’t had a lot of success using Poshmark to sell clothes, but did make one sale a month or so ago that went quite smoothly. I just listed a few more things, so if you feel inclined go ahead and check them out.

2. I listed an item on eBay.
I was on the fence about whether to keep or sell the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress I thrifted last year (you can see the original post here) So, I decided to wear it once to work to see if it was a winner… and it was not. So, I listed it on eBay. I did some comparison shopping and initially listed my dress at a ‘buy it now’ price of $119, but it didn’t sell. So, when I went to relist I dropped it down to $89. It sold at that price, so I made a pretty nice profit on my $9.89 thrift score (even after eBay and PayPal fees).

3. I posted a couple ‘Closet Purge’ posts on some brand-specific Facebook Buy/Sell pages.
If you haven’t already read my post about selling on Facebook, you’ll want to check this one out: 5 Tips for Selling Your Clothes on Facebook. I currently belong to a few brand-specific Facebook groups for Anthropologie, Boden and a general ‘Non Crappy Clothes’ group (for higher-end brands). You can do a ‘purge’ on a group, where you list a bunch of your clothing items for sale and then if someone wants to buy one they will comment ‘sold’ with their PayPal address.

4. If something isn’t ‘nice enough’ to sell, but still kinda nice I send it to Thred Up using one of their Clean Out bags.
You can read my February post about my experience with the Thred Up Clean Out bag. I requested another bag, which is sitting on my sewing table. So far I have a bunch of Jack’s outgrown jeans and nicer tops. When the weather gets warm in a couple weeks and I switch my closet from cold-weather clothes, to hot-weather clothes, I’ll be adding some more items before sending it off to them.

So, what did I sell in March? Let’s check it out:

On EBay:
DVF dress – Bought thrifted for $9.20 and sold for $89

On Poshmark:
Nothing in March.

On Facebook groups:
Michael Stars top- Bought thrifted for $5 and sold for $20
J. Jill tunic- Bought thrifted for $3.50 and sold for $25
Boden Riviera dress – Bought at Boden outlet for $40, wore it once (was too lazy to tailor it) and sold it for $40
Boden jersey dress – Thrifted for $8.04 and sold within 7 hours for $40
Leota dress – Bought on Poshmark for $16, wore it once, decided it was too short on me and sold it for $35
Anthropologie Maeve cutout back dress – from my closet years ago (not thrifted) sold for $25
Anthropologie Corey Lynn Calter maxi skirt – from my closet years ago (not thrifted), sold for $40
Anthropologie One September tunic top – from my closet years ago (not thrifted) sold for $40

On Thred Up:
Nothing in March.

Did you find this post helpful? Would you be interested in a monthly or bi-monthly ‘what I sold’ post? Do you have any clothes selling tips?

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Loving Right Now: Armchair Expert

3 Apr

When it comes to celebrity crushes, I have a few. The Rock, obviously. Chris Pratt, when he’s being a superhero. And Dax Shepard. There are more, but they fluctuate according to what I’m watching.

I first started my Dax crush when I saw Without a Paddle.

That movie, by the way, is still one of my favorites and I literally cry with laughter every time I see it. He’s super cute, tall, hilarious, really earnest and smart, oh and he is married to Kristen Bell. They are basically everyone’s idea of #couplegoals, because of how funny and honest they are about their lives together and their relationship. At least, the part of it they share on social media.

So, when I saw that he started a podcast called Armchair Expert I was like, um hell no. I’m not a podcast person.

But then, he kept posting about the guests that would be joining him each week, and I still thought. Nope, that sounds cool… but still not a podcast person.

And then, one day on my 90 minute drive to work I couldn’t find any good music to listen to. All of the radio stations were disappointing me, I was bored of my Pandora offerings and I really need to update my iPhone music playlist. So, I decided to throw on the Armchair Expert podcast episode where Dax interviews Ellen DeGeneres.

And it was SOOOO GOOOD.

I turned it up and listened hard to every single moment of that show. Then, because the last 10 minutes stuck in my head for the next few days, I commented on his Instagram… and he liked my comment AND RESPONDED!

And then, it still stuck in my head so I made my husband listen to the last 10 minutes of the podcast and then we talked about it for 30+ more minutes.

I figured, if I liked that episode maybe, just maybe, I’d try another one. So, I listened to the Armchair Expert with Anna Faris (crush #2’s soon-to-be ex-wife, and superstar of her own right). And it was really good too.

There are 11 episodes so far, and I’ve only had the chance to listen to 2 of them… but now it’s totally on my ‘to do’ list for long workday car rides. Without Jack in the car, because there is some salty language.

While I still can’t say I’m a podcast person, I can say that I’m an Armchair Expert podcast person. And I *might* branch out and try Anna Faris’ podcast too when I run out of episodes. Maybe.

Do you listen to Armchair Expert? Are you a “podcast” person?

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