Friday Faves: Thrift Shop Finds

If you’ve been reading Poor & Pretty for a while, you’ll know that I’ve found a lot of great clothing, shoes, and even housewares at consignment shops and thrift stores. So in honor of National Thrift Shop Day on August 17th, I’m taking a look back at a few of my favorite finds.

Thrift Store Faves - Retro Office Pinup

Remember this Today’s Threads post from 2012? It’s my favorite collection of thrifted clothing, all in one outfit! Everything but the shoes and tights are from thrift stores. View the full outfit details here.

Thrift Store Faves - black Mary Janes - outfits numbered

My best shoe find has got to be these black Mary Janes, which I’ve worn in quite a few outfit posts: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Thrift Store Faves - red glitter flats outfits

These red flats were another great find! I jazzed them up with this glittery cap toe DIY. Here are all the ways I’ve worn them so far: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

5-4-12 hoping for spring details

My belt, capris, and scarf from this spring 2012 outfit post were thrifted!


I wore the same turquoise belt in this outfit, with a thrifted purple shirt.

A few of my favorite thrift and consignment shops for clothing are: Peonies (now closed but we made an awesome video there), Plato’s Closet, Shop Mieux, ThredUp, and Uptown Consignment.

Thrift stores aren’t just for clothes! I’ve found great housewares there, too, including a few frames I’ve remade into…

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer by @poorandpretty

A jewelry organizer, and…


A pegboard organizer for your office.

What are your favorite thrift and consignment shops? What has been your best thrift find?


Outfit: Chevron Blues & Stitch Fix

Blue Chevron Outfit via @poorandpretty

A few months ago I signed up for the personal styling service, Stitch Fix, and I am in love! Every month, they send me five articles of clothing or accessories based on my taste, budget, and lifestyle. Both the tank top and the skinny jeans from this outfit were in one of my “fixes.”

Blue Chevron Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Just as with my For the Makers subscription, I love getting a box delivered to me every month with surprises inside. The stylists at Stitch Fix do their best to match me with quality pieces based on my Style Profile, a short survey about my fashion likes and dislikes, sizing information, etc. They encourage you to link to a Pinterest board that showcases your style to help them better match your Fixes with your personality. After you fill out your Style Profile, it may take a few weeks to get your first Fix to you, but when you receive it you have three days to try on everything and send back (in a pre-paid shipping bag) whatever you don’t like. If you keep everything, you get a 25% discount off of your entire order. If you send back everything, you only pay a $20 styling fee.

Purple Succulent via @poorandpretty

I’ve received only a few things I wouldn’t wear. Most of the time, I keep everything in my Fix unless it doesn’t fit. I especially love when they send me something I wouldn’t necessarily have picked out for myself and I end up really liking it. It really is like having your own personal stylist! You can change your frequency to receive them once a month, every 2-3 weeks, or once every two months. Wanna learn more or sign up? Do it.

Messy Hair Bun Flower via @poorandpretty

Side note: you know how my hair is getting really long and I’m finding myself lazily pulling it back into crazy things like “bear ears“? I’m also all about the messy bun.

Blue Chevron Outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

Outfit details: Trinidad Chevron Striped Henley Blouse: $38, Stitch Fix. Rizzo Skinny Ponte Pants: $88, Stitch Fix. Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Sandals: Roxy, Famous Footwear, $20 (similar).

Full Disclosure: If you sign up for Stitch Fix using my links, I will receive a credit toward my next Fix. Yay! :)


Friday Faves: Summery Sandals & Flats Under $35

Favorite Summer Sandals + Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

Favorite Summer Sandals + Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

These Roxy sandals are my absolute favorite summer footwear, which is why they’re so well-worn. I bought them years ago, and they’ve lasted longer than any other pair of sandals I own. They’re comfortable and casual, but dressy enough to wear to work and nice events, too. Unfortunately, these aren’t available anymore, but I did find a few more sandals and flats to complement your summer wardrobe.

First, let’s talk about how awesome it is that jelly shoes are back! Yes!!! These are definitely my favorite style icon from the 90s.

Favorite Summer Jelly Shoes Under $35 via @poorandpretty

1. ASOS FUNKY Gladiator Jelly Shoes (ASOS). 2. Confetti on the Dance Floor Flat (ModCloth). 3. Juju Seven Yellow Flat Jelly Sandals (ASOS). 4. Flat Lattice Jelly Sandal (American Apparel).

Favorite Summer Flip Flops Under $35 via @poorandpretty

And what would summer be without the iconic flip-flop? 5. Roxy Firenze Flip Flop (DSW). 6. DV8 Splash (Zappos). 7. Women’s Classic Flip Flops (Old Navy). 8. O’Neill Wander ’14 Women’s Sandals (6pm).

Favorite Summer Bow Sandals + Flats list

Bows are also big this year. 9. Dizzy J-Drop Flat Sandal (DSW). 10. GUESS Tutu 2 (Zappos). 11. Mel Pop Ballet Flat (DSW). 12. Jelly Bow Thong Sandals (Prima Donna).

Favorite Summer Dressy Sandals Under $35 via @poorandpretty

These sandals are a bit dressier, so you can wear them to work or summer soirées. 13. Zen in Rome Sandal (ModCloth). 14. Billabong Tassle Me (Zappos). 15. Mootsies Tootsies Pamela Wedge Sandal (DSW). 16. Sunset in Your Ways Flat (ModCloth).

Favorite Summer Flats Under $35 via @poorandpretty

And finally, a few flirty flats! 17. Morning Amour Flat (ModCloth). 18. Lily Pad Ballet Flats (ASOS) – these would look great with DIY glittery cap toes ;) 19. White Crochet Women’s Classics (TOMS). 20. Frolic in Fresno Flat (ModCloth).


eShakti: The Perfect Fit for Petite to Plus

eShakti dress customization

Before I jump in to why I love eShakti, I have to share one more wedding shower photo. I promise it’s relevant!

Jordan's wedding shower bridal party

Left to right (all of us squinting horribly in the sun): Beata, Brittany, Jordan (the bride!), me, and Kelsey (Jordan’s sister/Maid of Honor). See my adorable green dress? I got so many compliments on it at the shower! It’s the Brooklyn Dress with a halter top from eShakti. Remember them from my bridesmaid dresses roundup? You know how I said they offer customization and custom sizing? Because of this, I thought eShakti deserved a little more time in the spotlight.

eShakti dress customization

Shopping is difficult for pretty much every woman. None of us are the same shape, or exactly proportionate, so it’s hard to fit into almost anything factory-made. And sizes are a total joke. Why am I a 4 at H&M and J.Crew’s 0 is often too big for me? It’s ridiculous! So when I found out that eShakti offers custom sizing and styling for only $7.50, I fell in love. Here’s how it works:

eShakti Brooklyn halter dress

First, you pick a dress. It looks like the Brooklyn dress is currently sold out in green, so I picked the black one.

eShakti standard sizing options

Next, pick a standard size if it closely matches your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Then, enter your height.

eShakti custom sizing

Not down with the standard sizes? Click on the “custom size” tab and enter your measurements. If you give them your email address, they’ll keep your sizing on file for future orders. Super convenient!

eShakti customizing dress length

Want your dress a little shorter or longer? You can customize the dress length, too!

eShakti cutomizing sleeves and neckline

You can also customize the sleeves, straps, or neckline of many dresses. I’m telling you: serious customization, ladies!

eShakti dresses one print three ways

Here’s an example of one dress customized three ways. Now you can see why I recommended eShakti for bridesmaid dresses right? But even for non-bridesmaids, eShakti is a great find for all shapes and sizes. It’s like having an Internet seamstress!

Where have you had success shopping for your size? I’d love to check out your recommendations in the comments!


20 Bridesmaid Dresses They’ll Actually Wear Again

Jordan’s wedding is just over a month away, so my bridesmaid duties are in full swing. We’re doing lots of fun DIY things for her upcoming shower (I’ll share details next week ;). I’ve heard bridesmaid stories, and seen the movie, but I gotta say, I love being in Jordan’s wedding party. She’s just as frugal and crafty as I am and has a great sense of style. To ensure we didn’t spend money on unflattering dresses we’d never wear again, she picked out a color and a general style, and we picked our specific dresses. I’m so in love with mine:

Jordan's Bridesmaid Dress

So in the wedding spirit, I rounded up a few dresses that I think any bridesmaid would be happy to wear more than once! Let’s start with a few from BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding line:

BHLDN bridesmaid dresses via @poorandpretty

1. Chloe Dress. 2. Annabelle Dress. 3. Harlow Dress. 4. Ainsley Dress.

ModCloth bridesmaid dresses 5-8 via @poorandpretty

Of course, I found plenty at ModCloth: 5. Baklava Beauty Dress. 6. Peach and Every Guest Dress. 7. Content to Curtsy Dress. 8. With Only a Wink Dress.

eShakti bridesmaid dresses via @poorandpretty

eShakti has a great variety of dresses in lots of different colors. Plus, they offer customization and custom sizing for only $7.50! 9. Megan Dress. 10. Alice Dress. 11. Florence Dress. 12. Grace Dress.

Ruche bridesmaid dresses 13-16 via @poorandpretty

And a few from Ruche: 13. Julie Lace Accent Dress. 14. Seaport Town Colorblock Dress. 15. Ray of Sunshine Lace Dress. 16. Miriam Colorblock Dress.

Shabby Apple bridesmaid dresses 17-20 via @poorandpretty

Shabby Apple has fun vintage/romantic style dresses: 17. Cherish You Dress. 18. Lyle Dress. 19. Alice Dress. 20. Nutcracker Dress.