Posts Tagged: thrifting

Guest Post: Tall Girl Shopping and Resources

Reader Megan e-mailed me with this question:

I was wondering if you could take the time to post a blog about how a tall college (aka broke) girl can go about finding dresses and skirts that cover up the you-know-what. I feel like I miss out on summer because all the cute summery (and every other season) dresses, skirts and shorts don’t give me enough coverage – my butt ain’t that big! I also don’t get to do the cute tunic trend because all the tunics are just regular shirts on me! I’ve tried Ann Taylor Loft for Tall skirts and dresses, but many of their options, while cute and do a much better job of covering up, don’t fit into my price range, and I don’t want my entire wardrobe to be from there! read more

Reader Request: Finding Fun and Warm Winter Tops

brands for warm winter tops

This suggestion came from Eternal*Voyageur:

I would love suggestions for finding warm winter tops / knits. Most of the stuff is sooo boring: either simple figure-hugging long-sleeved blouses, or knits that are either shapeless or again body-hugging.

When I graduated from college, I had a vast collection of long-sleeved t-shirts. I was so self-conscious about my body’s shape that I shied away from layering, assuming that adding more garments to my outfits would automatically add more bulk to my frame. Since then, I’ve learned to layer without lumps and also discovered that my own favorite cold-weather looks are generally layered: Jacket or cardigan, inner layer, scarf, jeans, boots. Most of my winter tops aren’t terribly exciting on their own because they’re meant to be part of a group! But I do have some ideas and tips for finding eye-catching, cozy winter tops. read more

Reader Request: Finding Quality Accessories

how to shop for quality accessories

Natalie put this request into the suggestion box:

I have seen you cover this a little but, but I would love to see some more ideas on where to get QUALITY accessories. I love the leather belts and scarves you feature, but I never find them at thrift stores, and they cost a fortune at department stores. I would love to see some of your strategies on when and where to shop for them.

Weeellll, there’s no easy answer to this one, I’m afraid. I’ve been thrifting, Etsying, DIYing, antiquing, art fair-ing, and otherwise collecting my accessories for many, many years, culling and evaluating as I go. I have some marvelous stuff now, but I’ve had some utter crap over the years, too. And it’s taken me a while to train my eye. I’m happy to share a few tips for sourcing and spotting quality accessories, but definitely hope you’ll share more suggestions in the comments, too! read more