One of the upsides of my thrifting adventures this year is the drastic reduction in my retail shopping. I rarely visit brick and mortar stores anymore, and browse online with similar (in)frequency. I also rarely feel tempted by items — the retail price usually sees to that — but every now and then, the struggle becomes real. A perfect example was J. Crew’s Fall 2016 blazer offerings. I lusted after them back in September, when I first glimpsed them on other bloggers’ IGs, and I continue to lust after them now. Last week’s Black Friday sales made the temptation even greater; prices were still substantially higher than thrift comparables, but the lure of “40% off” should not be underestimated.
I was resolved to stay strong, however. In reality, I have more than enough blazers already … and I am bound to find more whenever I go thrifting. So instead of hitting that “add to cart” button, I hit up my closet. I love the fit of this Liz Claiborne blazer, and it has a similar vibe to the current J. Crew line-up, although it isn’t made out of wool. I paired it with a navy “column” and neutral accessories, and called it an outfit. You can never go wrong keeping things simple.