Posts Tagged: shopping

Thrifting Wisely for Designer Items

How to find designer items while thrifting.

I found that neon yellow cardigan thrifting in 2008. It was Theory brand, in great condition, and only $9.99. And I hung onto it and wore it for years – through 2012 if memory serves – even though it was always a bit too snug and washed out my complexion. Such is the perilous allure of thrifting designer items. I’ve definitely succumbed to it myself quite a few times, but I’m trying to be more mindful now.

Most of what you’ll find at your local secondhand stores will be clothing and accessories from bargain and mall brands, since those are the most commonly worn and purchased families of brands. But occasionally you’ll turn up a pair of Joe’s Jeans or a vintage Armani blazer, and they’ll generally be incredibly affordable. Well within your budget. And you’ll be tempted to snap them up just because of that fancy label, which is only natural. But here are some questions you should ask yourself first: READ MORE

Originally posted 2015-01-05 06:16:47.

Reader Request: Working with Orthotics and/or Limited Shoe Options

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An anonymous reader put this question into the suggestion box:

… you talk a lot about shoes here, and it’s hard to get excited about shoes when one’s shoe choices are limited. Any words of encouragement for people whose medically necessary shoes seem to ruin the best constructed outfit?

Since shoes can make or break an outfit, it can be incredibly frustrating when your shoe choices are limited by comfort, health, or even budgetary reasons. There are more options than ever before for those of you who wear orthotics – see Kirsten’s guest post for proof – but you may still feel like your shoes are holding back the rest of your wardrobe. I’ve been a shoe lover for ages, and I can only imagine how aggravating this must feel. I don’t think I’ve got any universal solutions, but here are a few suggestions that might help you feel less discouraged about working with limited shoe options: READ MORE

Originally posted 2013-10-10 06:13:28.

How to Style Printed Shoes

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I’ve been drooling over the various printed shoes and sandals that are flooding the shops this season, and since the amazing folks at ideeli were kind enough to send me a pair of pumps from Desigual’s new line of footwear,* I thought I’d whip up a post about printed shoes. Mostly because – if I’m being honest – they challenge me.

And by “challenge,” I mean “stymie.”

Now, I realize that this is subject to taste and preference, but I find animal prints to be far easier to style: READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-04-03 15:00:42.