Category: style

And Now For Something a Little Different

Blazer, Tabitha (consignment); turtleneck, Club Monaco; skirt, Tracy Reese (consignment); shoes, Ferragamo (consignment); bag, MbMJ
Blazer, Tabitha (consignment); turtleneck, Club Monaco; skirt, Tracy Reese (consignment); shoes, Ferragamo (consignment); bag, MbMJ

True story: I hunted this skirt on eBay for MONTHS, never finding it in my size at a price I could live with. More than a year after I gave up on it, I found it — in my size, for $18 — at my local consignment store. It’s a (secondhand) shopping fairy tale! The label had been cut out, but I knew this was THE skirt; it’s a pretty distinctive design, after all. And even though it skews more quirky than my current aesthetic, I had to get it. No regrets, by the way. It’s an awesome skirt, and I love it. Especially those big a** pockets.

THE skirt
THE skirt
mad about plaid
mad about plaid

The blazer is also new (to me) from the same consignment store. It’s another Anthro brand, naturally. I can’t get enough ruffled blazers apparently. Now, on the surface, they might seem too whimsical for New Adina, but the truth is that they look quite sharp paired with a really minimalist outfit. Not THIS outfit, of course; there’s nothing minimalist going on here. But imagine this with a “column of black” outfit? Hella sharp.

Let’s also pause here and pat me on the back for avoiding black altogether on this occasion. Black is my safety crutch, so it’s always Kind Of A Big Deal when I don’t wear a stitch of it. I managed to pull off a perfectly respectable outfit without it, this time at least, which is encouraging. I’m going to try going 2-for-2 next time I wear this skirt. Wish me luck!

sans blazer
sans blazer
baby got ... big pockets
baby got … big pockets
ruffles 'n stuff
ruffles ‘n stuff

Pleat Perfect

Dress, COS (thrifted); belt, BCBG (thrifted); shoes, Calvin Klein; bag, Mulberry
Dress, COS (thrifted); belt, BCBG (thrifted); shoes, Calvin Klein; bag, Mulberry

I have been obsessed with knife pleats all year, but it’s taken a while for my obsession to bear fruit. When you’re all about that #thriftlife, it happens — the universe usually provides, but not on any kind of reliable schedule. In this case, as in many, when it rains, it pours. Shortly after finding my pleated Aritzia skirt, I found this COS dress. It’s architectural, and extra pleat-y, so you know I had to have it as soon as I clapped eyes on it.

close-up on pleats
close-up on pleats
side view
side view

The dress has a nice weight to it, and the pleat work is fine enough to pass for something a step up from fast fashion. This is my first time thrifting COS, so I don’t know much about the brand. Based on my limited experience, I like the aesthetic a great deal. Fit-wise, for anyone interested in tracking this one down, the dress suffers the usual pitfall of sheaths on an hourglass/pear shape: it’s large through the waist. Otherwise, it runs small. This is a size 8, and it’s not noticeably loose anywhere except the waist; in an ideal world, I might have sized down to a 6, but definitely not a 4, which is my typical size in most brands. The waist situation was not a deal breaker for me because I can rectify it easily enough with a belt, which solves any accessorizing dilemma in one fell swoop. Speaking of which, have I mentioned recently how much I love a stretchy, embellished belt? They are accommodating and wonderfully useful. Anthro and BCBG are safe bets, and it’s always worth checking the dress rack at the thrift store. I got this belt from a dress I thrifted for $7 purely for this purpose. Consider that my thrifting PSA for the day.

black & navy
black & navy

Reader PSA: A lovely blog reader let me know that she has a Plenty by Tracy Reese dress (new with tags) that she would be happy to send to a good home (for the price of shipping) in lieu of simply donating to Goodwill. While the dress is not quite my current style, it is very pretty. It’s a size 10, but fits more like a 4-6. I asked her if she would be comfortable with my extending her generous offer to other readers, and she said yes. So, if you think you might be interested, send me an email and I would be happy to put you in touch.

On a related note, I’ve been mulling the idea of doing a weekly or monthly Buy/Trade post where readers (especially fellow thrifters) could post pieces that they would like to trade, or pieces that would love to find/buy. This seems like a natural extension of both the community here and the focus on secondhand/sustainable fashion. However, I am not sure if that’s something any of you would actually be interested in — I would love to hear from you!

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Sweater, Anthropologie (thrifted); skirt, Anthropologie (via eBay); top, Theory (thrifted); shoes, J. Crew
Sweater, Anthropologie (thrifted); skirt, Anthropologie (via eBay); top, Theory (thrifted); shoes, J. Crew

The ghost of my old style still haunts my closet, it seems. Like Old Taylor Swift, Old Adina can’t come to the phone, but, clearly, she can still be resurrected on the blog from time to time. (Sidenote: “Look What You Made Me Do” is a terrible song, and it is catchy AF.) It’s hard to commit to an exorcism when it comes down to pieces like these. I’d venture to call them Peak Anthropologie — which is to say, twee-ness at its best. So many sweet, little details, down to the frills on the skirt lining (which you can’t see), and the underlayers of the tulle hem (ditto). These clothes look like somebody’s craft project, in the best way. I can’t bear to part with them.

close-up on skirt
close-up on skirt
peacock ruffle
a little bit peacock

It’s hard to explain how I feel when I wear outfits like these. They feel more like a performance, of sorts, than a second skin (if that makes sense). It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Even though, with age, I’ve come to lean more and more into the comfort that comes from knowing myself, it can still be fun to “dress up and play” from time to time. I mean, a ruffle tail? What could be more fun?

Peak Old Adina
Peak Old Adina
fall foliage
fall foliage