Greetings fashion fans! It's been pretty much a full sprint over here lately, so I haven't been posting as much as I would have liked. However, I have a lot of things to show you, mostly thrift finds and fun new products I've discovered. I was thinking the other day how this blog has been going now since 2012, and when I go back and look at my older posts, I can see a distinct morphing of not only my personal style, but also in where I source my fashion from. These days, I pretty much like to use thrift shops and eBay as my primary source for clothes. Why? It's budget-friendly, you're guaranteed to find something unique, and it's sustainable. And of course, when the occasion does arise when you need to purchase something new, the old budget stretches a bit farther than it otherwise would have. But the eco-friendliness of it is also important to me. The older I get, the more things like the impact of single use plastics and fast fashion weigh on my conscience, and it just feels good to find a treasure amongst the racks of rejected clothes and breathe some new life into it.
This is an odd little piece that I found at a thrift store on my last visit to my hometown in Wisconsin. The fabric is the texture of a thin wool blanket or saddle pad. It's styled a bit like a kimono, but is cropped. There are even thread belt loops under the arms (!?), but I just didn't see how belting this rather thick piece directly under my boobs was ever going to work, so those came off.
I almost didn't even try this on - I thought that the cropped wide fit and open style of it would be a pain to manage. However, as is so often the case, I was wrong. The weight of the material sort of keeps everything in place, and it actually goes with quite a lot of things already in my wardrobe. As I said, it's a strange little piece, but I'm embracing the weird. As it turns out, this odd little open kimono blanket type shrug thingy doesn't even look all that weird, and blends seamlessly with nearly everything I put it with. Go figure.
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