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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Day 246: Carry-Over Champion

Just to get back to fashion again for a moment. My standpoint on fashion is mixed. I like clothes. I like shopping as long as it is in a thrift shop or an op-shop, or online. I cannot stand retail shopping though—unless it is for shoes. I don't like to be dictated to regarding what I should be wearing, but I follow the trends in stolen glimpses at trashy and trendy magazines. I hate the exploitation and the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on a name; I love to get a designer item in a lucky second-hand shopping trip. I hate judgement and comparison and superficiality, but I love colour and feel and texture and craftsmanship. We all have to wear stuff. It's a bit of an expected and regulated social rule. I am so glad that my taste and proclivities direct me towards thrifting. Thrifting has all the benefits. Bargain prices. You get more for less, always. You can find things that are en-trend, but don't look like they came from a rack of identical twin sisters. And you aren't afraid to get out scissors and thread and chop up a thrifted item to make it more contemporary. If you have, or make, time, and not like you would be with a new Chanel jacket, for example. And you are sustainable. Don't all get into thrifting please. It will spoil it for us already in the game. But it's a good thing when fashion isn't just about designers and high street stores.

List_Addict               Irene

Playing the sustainability card a little, in amongst my op-shopping sprees, I have decided to do some tag-team dressing for an undisclosed amount of time. It may mean less washing than everything prior to this on the blog has occassioned, as it means wearing things a little longer before they hit the laundry basket. So from today until, well, whenever, I am taking one item from each outfit into the next day—like a game-show's carry-over champion. I think it will be fun and make me look at my wardrobe in yet another light. Hope you enjoy it too.

I learned something about myself this week. I'm apparently less easy to embarrass than I have been in the past. Maybe it's from posting pictures of myself on the internet in some quite ridiculous outfits for two hundred and fourty-six days, maybe it's that I just don't care; maybe I feel more comfortable. I have this ongoing day-time vision of walking through the control room floor at work in my crazy shoes and BANG! just hitting the deck because I have twisted an ankle or turned a foot. I did it! In my sneakers. One minute I felt the little catch on the carpet, next minute I was flat on my back looking up at work colleagues and lamenting a broken nail. No blushes, no anxiety attack. It was quite comfy down there. Now. Now is a different matter. I may be more psychologically able to take a fall but my muscles and bits are hurting like hell. At least I don't have to fear the vision anymore, and I am more justified to wear heels—sneakers are dangerous.


The Outfit
Dress (Tag-in): Op-shopped
Sweatshirt: Beachport, South Australia, at the local milk bar on an unprepared for, very cold day
Leggings: Target
Shoes: Irregular Choice


Photographer de Jour: Moi


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12 comments:

  1. Great outfit and post.

    I love charity shopping and the feeling when you get a bargain, better than any shop prices ha. I like how you have put a sweatshirt with a skirt, I love to be warm but never thought of this before,, yeah off to mix it up a bit in my wardrobe...

    Thanks for joining us at Share your style Saturdays...

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    1. Thanks so much for coming over! Can't wait to see what you come up with, and to see your new IC shoes!

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  2. I've always said runners are worse than high heels. I only ever get blisters wearing runners.

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    1. Yes!!! I got a blister for the first time in ages the other day - in my Docs! Heels are the solution. Ask Posh Spice.

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  3. I couldn't agree more about thrifting or consignment shopping. The more I do it, the more I like it and the less I like retail. I wrote a post on this very same subject that will go up this week about value.

    So sorry you took a tumble at work. Sounds like you don't embarrass easily though. I'd have been beet red for the rest of the day.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. As I lay on the carpet I thought about that. I was really surprised after all the anxiety about it that I was NOT embarrassed. Maybe by thinking about it so often I had already overcome it? Can't wait to see your post. I'll keep an eye out. Xx

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  4. I absolutely agree! Op-shopping is like a treasure hunt, it's amazing how much waste there is in the world, but if there wasn't, we wouldn't be to Op-Shop! It's a double edged sword...great post x

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    1. Thanks so much - and that is so right: a double edged sword!!

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  5. Great outfit. I get such a thrill from thrifty fashion shopping. I never fail to come home with something I love x

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    1. It is a thrill!! Thanks so much for coming over to visit.

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