Daily Outfit: 11/16/11

Already Pretty outfit featuring purple draped cardigan, notch neck tunic, ponte pants, Frye Harness 12R, Infrared Studio skull earrings

Cardigan, via consignment – similar
Tunic, Gap (no longer available) – similar (purple isle)
Ponte pants, Macy’s (no longer available) – similar style
Boots, Frye Harness 12R
Earrings, Infrared Studio

You know the saying, “Everything is relative”? It always surprises me to discover that this adage applies to colors. I think of these ponte pants as burgundy, maybe maroon. But paired with this dark purple tunic and orchid purple cardigan, they look far purpler than usual. Is purpler a word? If not, it totally should be.

I’ve been consigning like a madwoman over the past month or so, attempting to weed out my closet and get a bit more organized. It’s a very satisfying process indeed. The only risk is that, while I’m waiting to see which items the store will take for consignment, I have to kill time poking around the racks. Still getting rid of much more than I’m bringing home, but, well, this cardigan was just too lovely to pass up.

Do you consign clothes? If so, do you stick to cash, or will your shop of choice consign for trade?

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  • It really is amazing how colors can change based on what they’re paired with. Love your earrings!

    I don’t have anywhere that consigns locally. The closest place is a Plato’s Closet, but from what I’ve heard they only really take jeans and collegiate stuff, and the return is very little. I envy people who can consign!

  • Cate

    I love this outfit.
    I love and hate the fact that you are finding a lot of great stuff at consignment shops! Love because it gives me hope that I can find great stuff there as well – hate because I won’t be able to duplicate that awesome sweater easily.
    If you have any great tips on getting smells out of consignment clothing – I would love to learn more about that. Do you buy items because they have a strong detergent smell? I have had to turn down some things because of that.

  • That’s a very worthy addition you got there, Sal. I do get cash for my consignments rather than credit, as a wan attempt to stave off the shopping — but I usually spend said cash rather quickly : >

  • I usually give things away though I buy on consignment. If I were to sell on consignment, I would be willing to trade. I love clothing and it’s a crazy economy. Just my thoughts…

  • I prefer the cash unless I find something I’m really interested in trading for… but it has to be perfect. Purple looks wonderful on you 🙂

  • eek

    I love this monochromatic look. Loverly!

  • Tara

    I shop at consignment shops, but when I want to get rid of clothes/shoes, I just donate them. Consigning always seems like more trouble than it’s worth, and donating seems like a nice thing to do anyway, so that’s my method.

  • I have done both. I can always find something fun at my favorite consignment shop, but these days, cash is tight, so I wll probably be selling for cash for awhile. Great find!

  • If I remember correctly from English class almost 20 years ago, a two syllable word such as “purple” is made more by using “more” (more purple), while one syllable words are made more by adding “-er” (soft + er = softer). You know, in case you actually wanted an answer. I’m nerdy like that. 😉

  • Purpler is totally a word… 🙂

    But you’re right, it’s amazing that colors can change so much just by playing off of a second color. I love that you put the purple sweater with the burgundy pants. The colors look great together!

    I’m always so impressed with your styling, Sally! 🙂

    GlamCake

  • Mia

    I’ve never been to a consignment shop! That orchid cardigan has me drooling, though. I would say more but Flat Tire is laying on the keyboard, so I’ll end this here.

  • buzibu

    Ah, a panoply of purple! My favorite color, too.

  • Lovely purple, I can imagine you couldn’t let it hang there.

    I once tried to sell some clothes to a silly little shop downtown. The owner refused them, saying they only sell clothes in normal sizes, for normal women there. Yes, I have been rather skinny all my life, but since when is a size 34 (sorry, european size, don’t know the conversion by head) not normal? It cured me of trying to sell her my clothing and since then I donate it to the salvation army. So stupid.

  • Tricia

    If you like pondering how color shifts depending on its proximity to other colors, you may want to check out Josef Albers’ classic, Interaction of Color. Color is all about context, and our perception of it changes depending on what it’s sitting next to. Your local library may have a copy, it’s worth a flip through if you have even a passing interest in the subject of color theory. 🙂

    • Tricia

      Oops, sorry about the unnecessary plural there, mr. Albers. 🙂

  • Katharine

    I have a load of things hanging off the hooks on the back of my closet door, to be consigned. I just need to wash some of them.

    I usually end up taking my sales in trade, which doesn’t help the ultimate closet decluttering much. The last time, though, the owner refused ALL of my cloth shirts, saying “no one buys these, nobody irons any more.” Which I thought was weird, although it matches my own philosophy — isn’t everyone supposed to have a button-up shirt in their wardrobe?

    Smells are hard, and the worst one is certain perfumes, which sometimes NEVER seem to wash out. I wash everything when I buy it, or take it to be dry-cleaned, as applicable, which works with most things.

  • Anne

    I’ve been selling my clothes on consignment for over 25yrs. For a while I even sold my boys nicer clothes on consignment.There really isn’t much money in it anymore but it makes me feel a bit better about the clothes that didn’t get much wear. We have some great consignment stores in the Sacramento area and I’ve scooped up some really good deals. These shops seem to be the only place to find lined, well constructed garments anymore or things that have an 100% fiber content label.

  • Dee

    We have both a consignment shop and a Clothes Mentor shop in my area– at the latter they buy your clothes immediately rather than you waiting, as is done with consignment. I have used both but prefer the Clothes Mentor because you get cash on the spot, and the clothes that they dont accept I can bring to Goodwill right away.You do only get a few dollars on each item, but its something, and I dont feel so bad then that I have just given away a very usuable piece of clothing. As I have said before I used to be more of a shopaholic and now that I am downsizing I just have to purge. I feel better getting a little bit of money and also knowing that someone else may get some use out of the item. I usually dont buy at the resale shop, that would defeat the purpose, in my case!

  • That purple cardigan is wonderful.

  • Trudy Blue

    Most of my wardrobe comes from consignment stores, but I rarely sell anything—just donate whatever is still wearable. However, when I am gifted with really nice things that aren’t my taste or don’t quite fit, I consign them, then donate the cash to one of my favorite charities.

  • Abby

    Great color pairing, Sal. I just thrifted a pair of Trina Turk maroon pants ($8!) and will try this color combo as soon as I get them hemmed.

  • This color is so great on you, Sal!

  • Kat

    I tried consigning clothes once, at the only consignment shop near my small college. I had shopped there once or twice before, and it was obvious the owner was religious, as she had Bible quotes and Christian art on the walls, but I didn’t expect the topic to come up when I went to sell some of my things near the end of the school year… I brought maybe half a dozen items, and as she went through them she started asked me if I went to church, and if I believed in Jesus (I don’t, in fact). I was not quite sure how to respond–she preached fervently for about 20 minutes and then handed me a book of prayers before giving me my receipt. My clothes never sold, but I decided I’d rather leave them there than go back and try to claim them. I have never tried to consign anything since.

    Now it just seems like too much of a pain; I save my unwanted but still good items for clothing swaps.