Thrift Store Cowgirl


Every week I go on about how I'm trying to force the season by not putting together any more sweater and boots outfits, and lo and behold, today I appear before you in….you got it! A sweater and boots! You are hereby a witness to my hypocrisy.

The good news is, if you must continue to wear sweaters and boots well into the spring season, choosing a sweater and boots for which you paid absolute peanuts takes the sting out of it a bit. In fact, had it not been for the cold weather, I could have claimed 100% thrift store provenance for this outfit. However, the cashmere sweater throws off the balance a bit. That came from TK Maxx (no, that's not a typo my American friends…TK Maxx is the British equivalent to TJ Maxx).

Despite the whole cowboy boot thing being highly evocative of another look - that often-questionable "festival" look that lands unavoidably in our laps every season and always promises an unsettling blend of crochet, wellies, and cultural appropriation, I think that with a judicious application you can still work a warm weather cowboy boot. Yes, even in your forties and beyond. For me, the key is not going the full Britney; if you're going to put on a cowboy boot with shorts or a short skirt, you can leave your top half a little more relaxed. Some nice loose layers, an oversized tee…no need for the pushup bra or the gingham bustier. That, in cowgirl terms, is I believe what they might call an "overcooked rump steak."






thrifted Laura Ashley blouse, similar / thrifted denim skirt, similar / thrifted Dan Post cowboy boots, similar / Maxx Studio cashmere cardigan (old), similar / Barca necklace (old), similar / 14K Sleeping Beauty turquoise studs last seen here

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  1. Hi Kristin,
    It's lovely weather here in S. Florida. When do you anticipate moving to the house you're building?
    Will you terribly miss the Highlands? When I moved back to Florida after 3 months with my partner, living in Cambridge, the transition was really tough. So much beauty over there and such attention to quality of life & appreciation for old buildings and history. Not here.

    I'm now a regular reader of your blog but won;t sign up because I avoid the evil Google.

    You have great legs!!

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    1. Hi Cara! Thanks for the comment! We don't have a set date for the move, but a rough estimate for living there full-time…maybe 5 years? The house will be finished in late june (I can hardly believe it) and we plan on letting the builder use it as a model for a while so we can save some wear and tear in the rental market. Yes, I will miss some aspects of the highlands, but perhaps I would answer that question differently on a day where the weather wasn't freezing cold, raining, SNOWING, SLEETING, and just generally unliveable. As much as I love it over here, I am also very much looking forward to living somewhere more hospitable weather wise (I don't mind the heat…worked for the cruise lines for years). I love tennis, and am looking forward to having more employment opportunities than are afforded in a small place. Not sure how I'll spin the blog to match….perhaps Highland Fashionista In Paradise or something like that...

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    2. Oh and thanks for the legs comment (blushing). They're a bit tree trunk like when I've been working out a lot, but they're MY tree trunks, and they keep me upright.

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    3. Well, your everyday wardrobe will definitely change! I love boots and so rarely are they necessary. I do get to wear them when we travel to Europe, or Vancouver, though.

      Thrift score this past weekend, just in time for a trip to Amsterdam, because my friend said you'll need boots for when it rains– a $20 pair of Blundstones in perfect condition. There were 2 other pairs that were too big & I wished I knew someone who they'd fit & would use them!

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