Category: Success stories

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

The Evolution of an Outfit

Blazer, Cartonnier (thrifted); blouse, Equiment (thrifted); skirtm Maeve (thrifted) shoes, Calvin Klein; bag, Coach (via eBay)
Blazer, Cartonnier (thrifted); blouse, Equipment (thrifted); skirtm Maeve (thrifted) shoes, Calvin Klein; bag, Coach (via eBay)

Honestly, this is an outfit you have seen before — or, at least, 99% of one. I’m shamelessly posting it again because (a) everyone seems to love it; and (b) I think it’s an example of a Peak Outfit. Allow me to explain.

Years and years ago, I started doing a thing where I constantly remixed my outfits. I never wore the same thing twice … for weeks and weeks on end. And years. I could do that because (a) I own a lot of clothes; (b) buy new things all the time; and (c) I enjoy doing it. It’s like painting — why do the same one over and over when there are so many pretty things out there to paint?

Anyway, I did this for a long time, and I had a lot of fun with it, but lately I’ve been finding my enthusiasm flagging a bit. I still like “playing” with my clothes — and I love how easy the Stylebook app makes that — but sometimes I just want to re-wear outfits that I’ve tried before and enjoyed. Sometimes the tried and true beats the excitement of the new. And there are a few outfits in particular that come to mind. And, again, Stylebook makes it easy for me to keep track of my most successful combinations; I have a specific folder dedicated to Favourite outfits and whenever I feel stuck for inspiration (or need an extra boost of confidence on a given day), I just dip into it for my OOTD.

Long story short, this is one of those outfit that just works. It’s the best combination I’ve hit upon for both the skirt and the blazer. Let’s start with the skirt. Here are all the ways I’ve worn this to work in the last year:

one, two, three
one, two, three
four, five six
four, five six

As you can see, 5 and 6 are almost identical except for the blouse. I think the latest version has a slight edge. It’s Peak Outfit.

Same thing when you consider the outfit trajectory of the blazer:

one, two, three, four
one, two, three, four

All this is not to say that I will never again wear these pieces separately, because I will — and I may even hit upon another Peak Outfit while I’m at it — but this is a combination I am sure you will see again (and again) on my IG, if perhaps not on the blog. Again.

evolved!
Peak Outfit

Happy Ending

Dress, Troubadour (via FB); necklace, Stella & Dot (thrifted); shoes, Stuart Weitzman; bag, Mulberry (via eBay)
Dress, Troubadour (via FB); necklace, Stella & Dot (thrifted); shoes, Stuart Weitzman; bag, Mulberry (via eBay)

I don’t remember exactly when I first saw this dress, but I ended up hunting it on eBay for a good, oh, 6 months. No dice. I could never find it in my size for a decent price; a lot of the time, I couldn’t find a single listing, period. That made me more determined that ever to get my hands on it. Naturally. I loved the colour palette and the mix of floral and geometric prints. Truth be told, it’s more “old Adina” than “new Adina” so I stopped actively searching for it after a while.

But then!

I’ve been a (non-active) member of a FB Anthro group for ages. I usually just skip over the group notices in my feed, but one day, one of them caught my attention; most members of the group tend to be Americans, but this person was from my home town. Intrigued, I had a closer look at her listing. Lo and behold, this dress was one of the items. The price was attractive. The dress beckoned. My love of florals won out. Readers, I bought it.

And we lived happily ever after.

Just kidding. I mean, I hope we live happily ever after, but who knows — it’s early days. I did enjoy wearing it on a gloomy Friday to work, so I think we can safely say that we are off to a good start.

(A word on sizing for anyone interested: I would suggest sizing down. I am wearing an XS, and while I would have preferred a bit more room — I ALWAYS prefer a bit more room in my clothing — it fits fine around my hips which are definitely not extra small.)

contrast print
contrast print
colour on a dreary morning
colour on a dreary morning