Closet Building, Style Strategies

Dec. 20: Back with Guide to Thrifting Professional Wear

Hello! My finals are over and I am back home safely for the holiday season, so now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming! This week will be some of my tips to successfully thrift for professional clothing!

If you’ve been around for any length of time, you know I love to thrift any and every type of clothing. Professional wear included. Shopping for professional wear often requires more care and effort than shopping for your casual clothes – logical considering it takes more effort when buying professional gear new!

Tip one for shopping for professional gear is to start with the matching suit section. I start here because sometimes you can score a matching base before hitting the separates (which we will discuss more about in later steps). With professional wear, take EXTRA care to inspect the clothes. I sometimes go over pieces four or five times for imperfections. The last thing you want is for a coworker (or boss) to notice a flaw before you do!

Tip two is to hit the dress section. Do not underestimate the power of a professional dress. They are handy on hot days and can easily pair with a cardigan instead of a super professional blazer. Lucky finds can also be suitable for a date night, brunch, or cocktails.

Tip three is to head to the jackets and blazer section next. If you found a matching suit, you might skip this section altogether, but I find matching suits in my size, in a style I enjoy, a nice pattern, a nice color, and a comfortable fabric can be a Herculean task. When looking at the blazer section (assuming you didn’t find a suit), be sure to prioritize colors that are easy to match with other separates. Black is the most reliable color to shoot for, though a true navy and a charcoal grey are also easy to find in other separates. If you found professional dresses, don’t be afraid to pick a bolder colored contrasting jacket to pair with the dress, especially if it’s a more “casual” professional work environment! Don’t forget your garment inspections

Next: the bottoms. Take your matching suit(s) and/or blazer(s) with you, because it’s matching time. This is perhaps the step which takes the most effort. With your blazer or suit in tow, sift through the racks to find pants or skirts which match the fabric of your recent discoveries. You’ll want to do side-by-sides to compare fabrics – down to the very style the fabrics were woven. I also recommend avoiding bottoms which feature shiny visible buttons or embellishments. That only means there will be another element to match – and chances are they won’t match (otherwise they would’ve put it in the suit section).

Last: the cardigans and sweaters. Cardigans and sweaters are perhaps the easiest section. This means a higher likelihood for success. Placing this section last can give you a pick-me-up if your thrifting trip wasn’t a resounding success like you hoped. It’s also an opportunity to find some fun colors and patterns that would compliment any professional clothing you found earlier.

I didn’t mention shoes in this guide yet because I personally do not thrift for professional shoes – as they usually entail the shoes that you don’t wear a full sock with (pumps, flats, etc.). If you want to thrift for professional shoes, I highly recommend going for flats or wedges. I’ve looked at heels before while thrifting, and find a higher likelihood of the heels to be overall unstable or too high for a professional environment.

Looking into the future you’ll be seeing professional clothes I’ve found thrifting, and a look and a “haul” from clothes I received as gifts this holiday season!

❤ Zeebs

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Oct. 18: OOTD and Thrift Finds

…it’s still too hot to wear pants…

…SO…

I thought I would do an OOTD post and show the two shirts I got at the thrift store today!

My outfit of the day was my thrifted sundress you’ve seen before from my thrift haul series! It’s been a life saver for me here in Phoenix, considering we have three-digit highs some days (Fall weather, I miss you…). I paired it with my white sneakers and my rose gold colored watch. I also wore my “default jewelry” of my class ring and faux pearl earrings.

Now the exciting new stuff. I admittedly was hoping that I would find more bralettes and dresses, but can you really have too many comfy tees? My first tee is more versatile, featuring white and tan stripes, a super soft fabric, and a flattering deeper neckline.

My second thrifted find is a more uniquely patterned shirt. Part of the major appeal of thrift stores, to me, are these fun patterned tees. This one I’m especially happy to have found since it matches the October/Halloween season.

Meet my tropical skull tee! It’s a men’s medium crew neck tee (a vast majority of the best patterned tees are in the men’s section, in my opinion) with cuffed sleeves, a breast pocket I will never use, and a super fun tropical and skull themed print.

The pattern somewhat limits this shirt to a more casual setting, but I think it’ll look great with my red or purple pants featured in my summer thrift haul series and a pair of converse sneakers. It’ll also look great with denim shorts in these toasty times!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to see you next week!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Style Strategies

Sept. 13: Crop Tops from T-shirt

I’m not huge crop-top wearer, so I don’t have crop tops in my closet. But in this heat sometimes what you need is a little breeze on your tummy. So, for those of you looking to stay a little cooler, like crop tops, or want to branch out a little, here are my tips for making a crop top from a T-shirt.

First, there is always the hair-tie option. I found that the elastic option is best for super baggy t-shirts, simply gather the T-shirt, secure with a hair elastic, and tuck for a DIY crop.

It might take a few tries to get the tightness and length exactly where you want it, but you’ll be a master of a cinched-waist crop in no time.

But we don’t always have a hair elastic on us – so on to strategy number two. My second method is also, for me, way more stable than the first.

First, you’ll gather the shirt in front of you. Next turn the gathered piece 360 degrees, which will get you to your second image. Lastly, tuck it into your bra for a secured fit. I run the fabric right between the cups, and when you do that you might find you can see the gather fabric through the shirt. No problem! The little “tab” of fabric that sticks up – slide it snugly into the cup underneath your breast, and the bump from the fabric is no more, and is super secure!

Now, when you see a t-shirt styled as a crop top in future style posts, you’ll know how to do it, or simply follow your own crop-top making method (or style an existing or thrifted crop it it’s place)! As always, stay safe, happy, and healthy!

❤ Zeebs

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July 19: OOTD for Thrifting

I love buying clothes at the thrift store – especially since my local Goodwill is one of the most inexpensive thrift stores I’ve ever been in!

Shopping for clothes in a thrift store is a lot like shopping in a mall – you should be smart about your outfit to get the best result. The best type of outfit, I find, it one that is fitted (to your comfort level) on both the top and the bottom.

Thrifting OOTD

I go for a fitting tank or V-neck tee and a pair of slim or straight fit jeans (or something similar). It’s comfortable, easy (and fast) to change in and out of, and – most importantly, give me the most flexibility when trying on thrifted clothing.

Very seldom do I find both a pair of pants and a shirt that fit when I go thrifting. When I’m in the dressing room, I find it harder to get an idea of how the garment sits if I’m not fully clothed – so I avoid dresses when thrifting for clothes.

Now, if I am wearing looser clothes, I run into a similar problem trying on looser pieces. For example, instead of my tank top I wear a blouse. I go to Goodwill and find a beautiful pair of wide leg trousers. When I try them on, I’m wearing a big breezy blouse on top, meaning I can’t see how the pants sit best with a tighter-fitting shirt (which is how I would actually wear them). The only way I can get an idea of the fit is look without a shirt – which gives me no idea of how the pants look with a tucked-in shirt – or I wear my big blouse and feel like I’m swimming in clothes – which does not do much for feeling confident. And how often do we buy things we aren’t confident in? The answer should be never.

That just sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? Well, I avoid that altogether by wearing a fitted shirt so I can see those wide-leg trousers in all of their glory – and follow the same rule for my bottoms.

Thank you for listening to my small tangent on my thought process for my thrifting outfit choice. If you want to do more thrift shopping, I recommend following this same idea to increase your chance of success!

Feel free to leave your thrifting tips in the comments! I’ll see you next week! Until then, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs