entirely thrifted…


Today I’m sharing an outfit entirely of pieces that were thrifted during the challenge this summer, and my story of going back to the mall :)

entirely thrifted outfit

Last week in celebration of finishing the 2nd hand pledge, I ventured to the mall to spend some gift cards I’d been holding onto until the challenge was over.

I panicked.

My first (and last) stop was F21 and to be honest, I was pretty excited to do some shopping. I walked in, found a couple of things, and wandered around the store for a bit. The music was loud, the lights were bright, and that new clothes smell was in the air. Suddenly it all just felt overwhelming and foreign.

Geez, no wonder prisoners find it hard to assimilate back into society after years away, I thought. Should I be comparing myself to a felon? No, definitely not. Am I a dork that thinks about this kind of stuff? Definitely :) But, bottom line, I knew I wasn’t ready for the mall. I put the clothes back where I found them and fled for the door.

entirely thrifted

Today I tried it again. This time was easier and I found some really cute things. But you know what felt good? Not buying any “maybe” pieces. I bought a few things that I really like and didn’t talk myself into any trends outside my comfort zone or any slightly awkwardly fitting pieces.

entirely thrifted

top, skirt, belt, shoes: thrifted
earrings: gift from my besty

Aren’t these the coolest earrings ever? They were a birthday gift from my besty a couple years ago and I love them to pieces.

fish earrings

Who else is excited that the weekend is here? I don’t have many plans and I like it that way! What do you have going on?

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15 Responses to entirely thrifted…

  1. Suzanne says:

    Aww, haha! I guess if the mall feels foreign that’s probably a good thing right? I haven’t felt like a felon before but these days when I do make it to the mall I feel like I’m 40. And I’m not. Not that 40’s bad. But do you know what I mean? :)

  2. Arielle says:

    Those earrings are cool! I know exactly what you mean about how different it feels. To me, I’m always like “This is $30? I could get like 10-15 things at the thrift shop for this”. lol
    And you know after a few washes, their clothes start falling apart anyways.

  3. Becky Bedbug says:

    Wow, this is a super cute outfit! I love thrifting. It’s amazing what you can find!


  4. Cb says:

    I love this outfit, the skirt is awesome. I think it is really hard to go to the store and buy new things i have a hard time doing it too and i didnt even take the challenge!

  5. Cara-Mia says:

    This outfit is so cute! I love everything about it and the fact it’s all thrifted is a bonus. Glad you only purchased things you like, I have to remind myself to do that every once in a while.

  6. Amanda A says:

    Oh my — that skirt is BEAUTIFUL! Nice work, lady! And, we ventured to the mall, too, this weekend, but went right into UO for a friend looking for a pair of jeans and right back OUT. I tried looking through the sale section and I thought I was going to have a panick attack. And $20 for a T-shirt on clearance? I don’t THINK SO…not after five months of getting everything for 50 cents to 2 dollars. Still so very proud of us! xoxo

  7. Kristian says:

    Your shopping experience is really making me think. I don’t live near any malls (actually, we have one local clothing store and some thrift places) and that is how it feels to me when we go to the mall too! You are not alone.

    That look is adorable!

  8. I accidentally went to the mall recently and felt so overwhelmed! Eww that place is horrible!!! LOL ;) Your outfit is totally adorable. I’m in love with that red skirt!! Your earrings are super cute and the color of that belt is gorgeous!

  9. Marisa says:

    I can’t remember the last time I went to the mall and I’d like to keep it that way :) I agree that it’s completely overwhelming and like you I end up spending too much $ on low quality pieces that typically won’t even last me a year. Every now and then I shop Target other than thrift or antique ….but I consider there a heck of a lot more welcoming than the mall..hehe.

    Another outfit of yours has me swooning. Skirt, shoes, blouse…yes, all of it:)

    xo Marisa

  10. Heidi says:

    LOVE this outfit, the skirt is perfect, and even more perfect with that polka dot top! Very cute :)

  11. Love the whole outfit, the skirt is amazing and the fishy earrings are too cute! I feel like that going to the mall now too! I have heart palpitations in Forever21, even though I think they have a bunch of cute things! Oh and also, I wore an orange-ish dress and scarf of the blog today which made me think of you in one of your recent posts! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  12. Jenn says:

    I think that it’s so cool that you did a 2nd hand pledge – and pulled it off with that cute outfit! Maybe I should do my own 2nd hand pledge… as I am becoming more and more broke as the shopping trips pile up. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. i had o laugh when i read this post because i feel the same way. i’m so used to going to a thrift store with easy listening playing at a low volume, and mostly old ladies pushing their carts!

    i love your outfit!

  14. Zuleika says:

    I know what you mean! I used to be suuuuch a shopaholic!!!

    When I went to get some booties last week… My BOYFRIEND had to talk me into buying two pairs because HE thought they were worth it– comfortable, cool, and casual. I left with them but its been a week and I still feel off about it lol!!!

  15. Elana says:

    I found your blog through Dus’ blog and I’m kind of in love with you. I LOVE that you did this challenge and I love your style. This skirt and blouse are just adorable. Also, Forever 21 is overwhelming to me at any time haha

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