Thursday, October 04, 2012

Thursday Purseday: One Dress. Two Looks.

Outfits with multiple colors give you more styling choices. Simply swap out accessories, black leather purse and boots with a brown leather purse and shoes, for lots of options. Here are two looks inspired by a dress I just added to my wardrobe.

The Finds: Long Sleeve Empire Waist Mid-Thigh Dress, $73. Black accessories: Vintage Revival Flap, $198, and RD4100 Boots, $124. Brown accessories: Leather Messenger Bag, $150, and Merino Wool Tights, $22, and "Lyon 08" Pump, $144.95.

With the exception of the tights (which I love -- easy to clean, long lasting, and super warm), I pulled my versions of these looks (check out Monday's In My Closet post) together by visits to thrift shops, from eBay sales, and at clothing swaps. When thrifting I try to find well known, quality brands. Both my commute bags are authentic Coach bags.
I started frequenting thrift shops when we began planning our wedding. The primary reason wasn't to save money, rather I was shocked by the wanton consumerism associated with weddings. Since then I've become addicted to thrifting. There's something to be said for the thrill of the chase. The only draw back with this approach? You can't guarantee you're going to find what you need when you need it. The upside? Fewer usable items going to landfills as people turn to selling them rather than tossing them.
Do you stretch your wardrobe by changing up accessories?
Ciao Bella!
Credits: All layouts designed by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life. Product images taken by their respective retailer: Fossil, Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Nordstrom, Tulle, and Zappos.