In lieu of outfit posts this week (just didn’t have the time to set up a tripod and camera to take quick snaps of my outfits), I’m doing my Instagram roundup of my favourite outfits from the last 2 weeks, giving a little bit more info than what I normally would in a ‘gram post and linking to similar items.
Since deciding to give up my capsule wardrobe challenge/experiment I really have to admit I’ve felt a lot freer in my outfit choices and shopping decisions. It’s pretty safe to say that the capsule wardrobe doesn’t work for me.
The dress I’m wearing above is from ASOS, bought last year as a gift from husby. While I do love the dress quite a bit, one of the sleeve cuffs came away within HOURS of the dress being received last year. I thought I could fix it myself and thought I had, however it had come off again the day that I wore the dress above, forever lost in the Sydney CBD. If you have any ideas on how I can fix this, please let me know in the comments.
Wearing ASOS denim dress (similar)
I’ve really taken on board second hand fashion, especially for high-end or designer items, and one of the sites I first visited to do some wardrobe updates was Gumtree. Now there is certainly a need for Gumtree (husby and I have successfully sold household goods on the site before), but I would steer clear of it for clothing. This Jac+Jack knit I’m wearing above was pictured beautifully, and the seller had a Bassike dress and Acne shirt that I wanted, so snapped them all up. My big mistake? Not checking the items :-/ – Rookie error. It seemed the knit had been shrunk in the wash so it wasn’t the size that it was labelled; the Bassike dress had oil and other inexplicable stains on it. The Acne shirt however was good. I’ve had to do quite a few hacks to both the knit and the Bassike shirt to get them wearable again, which I think negated the price at which I bought them.
My tip if you buy on Gumtree? Check the damn items before you hand your money over!
I had always wanted a Maison Scotch item after discovering its Sydney flagship store last year. If you’re not familiar with Maison Scotch, it’s a quirky French label, and I love its cute prints and gorgeous coats and jackets. With 40% off this particular striped number I couldn’t resist.
Here’s a mix of new and thrifted items – the bomber jacket (Bracewell, $15) and bag (Coach, $20) were from my favourite charity stores; the checked shirt (Bayo, a brand from the Philippines) and Forever 21 black jeans were gifts from my mum’s recent trip overseas. I also recently purchased these Adidas Stan Smiths new from a store, as I was sick and tired of my white sneakers actually not fitting me properly – the perils of buying shoes online. It was the perfect casual outfit for hanging out with my little guy while his big sister was at pre-school.
Another thrifty purchase – the Mossman knit was new with tags on eBay. It is a beautifully snuggly sky blue knit, and I love the X detail on it. It’s currently on sale on the Mossman site for around $70, I bought it for $30.
Wearing: Mossman knit (similar); Forever 21 jeans as before; Coach bag as before
From today’s market trip – an amazing haul. NZ designer Karen Walker skirt; Australian designer Viktoria + Woods blush pink midi skirt; Australian designer Thurley slouch pants; Marimekko striped knit; One Teaspoon high waisted shorts; and high-end high street brands Cue and Decjuba. The whole lot $30. I can’t wait to share some looks with you all using these thrifty fashionable finds!