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.
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.
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
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before I jump in to why I love eShakti, I have to share one more wedding shower photo. I promise it’s relevant!
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.
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:
First, you pick a dress. It looks like the Brooklyn dress is currently sold out in green, so I picked the black one.
Next, pick a standard size if it closely matches your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Then, enter your height.
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!
Want your dress a little shorter or longer? You can customize the dress length, too!
You can also customize the sleeves, straps, or neckline of many dresses. I’m telling you: serious customization, ladies!
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!
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:
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: