i’m gonna dork out and expand on this idea. i was thinking about it b/c i just went to the grocery store in gaucho yoga pants from foreva 21, hugh’s oversized brown cardigan, blue flowered shoes payless (eek! i’m cheap), my newsie hat, a fabulous homemade scarf by heidi and hand silkscreened of mine tank top and got compliments from some lady on my “outfit”. huh?
it’s called being poor, creative, lazy, comfortable and resourceful.
although i will share with you the things i learned from hostessing at a fancy pants restaurant:
cheap, but current earrings from H&M, Forever 21 (or Claire’s even) will get oodles of compliments if paired right (2 women practically attacked me one night for a chintzy multiple tiered necklace that i got for $6 at a teenage store)
t-shirts even look dressed up if you put a broach, layer with a beaded cardigan, or sew some embellishment on it
black is good
walk tall and look people in the eyes and they don’t look at your cheapo clothes
a small investment in vintage basics that you can have as your staples
sometimes my mom and i compare notes on our clothes (she is super duper frugal & resourceful) and we’ll go through our outfit saying: hand-me-down, the fashion barn, thrift, j jill sale (her), me it’s mostly: thrift, forever 21, H&M and sometimes gap or old navy, or better yet thrifted gap or old navy… outfits usually in the $20 range for real.
although sometimes i do partake in cheap shoes, i try to buy really comfy and expensive ones b/c it’s worth it, right?!
alright, i sound like i think i’m queen fashion, i guess i just want to pass on my hints b/c when people compliment the way i dress it dumbfounds me b/c all my clothes are in themselves 5 years old and not so cute, it’s the way ya’ mix it up.
my dearest friend jessie always gives me a back handed (yet sincere) compliment of “only you could wear that” and i don’t think it’s true, it just takes a combination of desperation, devotion to fashion mags, layering and not matching colors or seasons.
peace out fashionable peeps.