Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hanger Appeal

Multicolor abstract print ruffle top- Halogen (via Goodwill) ~$5
Bright pink ¾ sleeve cardigan- Gap Outlet ~$20
White jeans- Ralph Lauren (Via TJ Maxx) ~$25
Necklace- Vintage (gift from grandmother)
Belt- Vintage (mother’s)
Gold herringbone shoe- TOMS Shoes (gift, retails for $54)
TOTAL COST: $104 ($50 w/o cost of shoes)
            I am trying to increase my work-friendly wardrobe, especially spring/summer tops, so I focused on that during my last trip to GW. Along with a light blue Banana Republic button up, I also snagged this multicolor, abstract printed top. It also has ruffles, which I’m obsessed with. (Nothing says “preppy” quite like a ruffle.) This top caught my eye because of the print (ok, yes, and the ruffle) but when I picked up the hanger to look at the tag and size, I was disappointed. It looked very sad (and saggy) on the hanger. If one wants to be a successful Goodwill shopper (or thrifter in general) one must give up on the idea of hanger appeal. I figured trying a shirt on takes less than a minute. So I had little to lose and a new shirt to gain! Trying it on proved that its (lack of) hanger image was not representative of how it looked on! It’s stretchy, comfortable and versatile.
            A note on styling: It’s hard to see in this photo, but I have my pants cuffed. I remember when short pants were a big social no-no. It meant you had outgrown your clothes. As a full sized adult, it’s no longer a question of outgrowing my pants, it’s now a more overt style choice. I think cuffing pants is a great way to wear pants during the spring and summer months on cooler days. Ankles are a great body part to show off, as they are not overly provocative. 
Tell me readers, Are you as into ruffles as I am?! Comment or email me at BsGoodwillHunting@gmail.com
Thriftfully Yours,

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