Posts Categorized: shopping

Yet More Reasons to Thrift

Three great reasons to shop at thrift and secondhand stores

So. You already know that when you thrift, you’re saving money, doing something great for the environment, and supporting your favorite charities. But here are some less obvious reasons why thrifting ROCKS:

Unique takes on trends

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it … well, three or four times. At least. Nothing is truly new, and the best place to get trendy garments and accessories is your local thrift emporium. But what makes this trend-tracking technique even more appealing is that it can grant you access to sartorial uniqueness. Sixty bajillion people will have that same striped boatneck from Target. But the one you thrifted with the button details at the collar and sleeves? It’ll set you apart while keeping you current. READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-02-22 06:39:07.

Casual Shoe Basics

BEST CASUAL SHOES FOR WOMEN

Well! The responses to this post about shoe basics made it pretty clear that you lovely folks would like some casual shoe-specific input. Many of you have no need or use for heels, and others pointed out that great-looking casual shoes are FAR more difficult to find than great-looking dressy shoes. So here’s a short list of what I consider to be casual shoe basics, and some brand and style recommendations.

CASUAL BOOTS
frye vera slouch

Frye Vera Slouch

Ahh, boots. Durable, comfortable, and stylish. Those of you living in hot, humid climes may want to pass on this option, but for anyone dealing with seasons, a great pair of casual boots will serve you well for most of the year. Boots can add polish to just about any casual ensemble in a way that flats or Mary Janes cannot, in my opinion. Opt for a classic, knee-high pair with a walkable (or non-existent) heel in a versatile neutral. READ MORE

Originally posted 2010-12-20 06:25:30.

Reader Request: Favorite Fibers

favorite fibers

Becky dropped this into the Suggestion Box:

I found your discussion of ponte very useful and I’m wondering what other fibers you seek out and/or avoid. For example, I’ve noticed that many brands label certain rayon blends as machine washable but said garments quickly fade and pill, even on the delicate cycle. I’ve learned the hard way to avoid buying them. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that some (usually natural) fibers/fabrics that are labeled “dry clean only” actually hold up well to machine washing on the delicate cycle (and air drying).  … Do you have any fiber-related rules of thumb that you follow when selecting clothes?  READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-05-01 06:01:33.