thrift score.

i've recently decided that i'm going to head into uncharted territory clothing-wise. i know this isn't anything crazy for most people, but for my plain jane, uniform of comfort style, it's a pretty big deal. i'm diving headfirst into high waisted skirts. see, i told you it isn't a big deal, but it's a style i've been very hesitant to try. i'm beyond the hesitation phase and i'm fully submersed in the high waisted skirt trend. i mean, i go to bed at night thinking of one i want to make or how i'd style one. hello, where has the old danielle gone??? so anyway, i went thrifting to see what i could find. there are a few rules i like to follow when looking for the prized skirt though, and they are: no old lady looking patterns, nothing that will dwarf my already short frame, and no fabric that could spontaneously combust. here's what i found...

i'm completely smitten with this skirt. the fabric is a cotton/linen blend, so it's pretty soft and thin - perfect for warm weather wear. it was originally just a few inches above my ankles, and at a mere 5'2" i know that i just can't pull off a long skirt. it was pretty and comfy, but i knew i looked foolish, so this morning i measured, cut, pinned and sewed it so that it falls a little above my knees. and i have a confession to make. i actually really hate any clothing alterations that involve sewing. i really do. and when i go thrifting, i tell myself not to get ANYTHING that requires more sewing than replacing a few buttons or fixing a split seam. i knew this skirt would require a sewing, but i love it so much, it's a burden i was willing to take on!

i knew as soon as i saw this belt that i was going to make it mine. i mean, let's list out the pros of owning this belt:
1. it cost $1
2. it's that perfectly soft leather that i love
3. it's got holes all the way around so i can wear it around my waist or hips!

now let's list the cons of owning this belt:
there are none!

so that's what i got! i also have a vintage maxi dress that's in-your-face-hippie-at-woodstock that i got LAST YEAR that i still haven't cut and sewn to be about knee length. one of these days, one of these days. so, what have you thrifted lately? do you find that you alter a lot of the vintage clothes you find?

23 comments:

  1. LOVE that skirt! so much! especially the print, and the new length.. I wish I could sew! I always buy dresses/skirts that are just a *tad* too long.. my mom suggested hem tape?

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  2. I want to see the skirt after you operate on it and ON YOU! And by the way, I totally think you could pull off a maxi dress (though you might have to hem it). I'm 5'4"--a little taller but still on the short side--and I wear them. Or maybe I just don't care if they make me look shorter, ha. I love them!

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  3. Man, I never alter SHIT. You're kinda my hero for altering that skirt cause MAN is it gorgeous now! & I know it'll look great on you too! So yes, go into the world & twirl in this lovely floral skirt! =) {your booty is gonna look great in it} Ha!

    My word verification is "inhyper" haha...hyper, that I am. That. I. Am.

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  4. I think that is a huge step! Bravo! I'm not very adventurous with high waisted things either, but I do have this one I like a lot. :)

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  5. I think its funny because right now I am wearing my skirt high waisted. It is hard to get used to but when you do there is nothing more comfortable! It hits right where you bend so I feel like it stream lines the body in ways skirts that hit your hips cant.

    <3 Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  6. i love the print on that skirt!
    i'm pretty lazy when it comes to altering clothes...i passed up a lace blouse today because i didn't wanna sew up the ripped seam.

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  7. I haven't thrifted anything. ANYTHING. I am putting my pennies in the bank for our trip in July! So I've kind of thrifted thriftiness. uh....okay.
    love that skirt.

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  8. Beautiful finds! I'm kind of addicted to high waisted skirts, so I'm curious to see if you end up a full-blown convert. ;)

    My favorite recent thrift find is a simple little dress from the 40's. And I usually tend to be fussy and purchase things that need no (or only slight) alterations.

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  9. what a fantastic skirt danielle! (and belt!!!) are you going to do an outfit post of what it looks like on? you should! i have been getting into the high waisted skirts also. it is funny because i used to make fun of my sister for liking the style (she would wear the shorts/pants high too, i call them her "big girl pants"... kind of a running joke that my mom in now in on too!) anyway, the pattern on the skirt is awesome and i can only imagine how great it feels being cotton and linen!
    yay for you!!!

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  10. it's beautiful!!! You should model it, and show us!

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  11. go on with your bad self lady! i love that skirt and a belt for $1 sounds like heaven to me.

    xo,
    Carrie

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  12. I am just way too lazy to deal with altering thrifted clothes, so I buy pretty limited used clothing these days. And that's also partly because I hate synthetic fibres. Seriously, like you said, if it's a fire hazard, best to steer clear. Have a great week, Danielle!

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  13. those are some incredible finds!!!! love the skirt and especially love the belt. i am a sucker for leather belts.

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  14. That skirt is so adorable, I love great finds when thrifting!! ahh its so good, makes your day!

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  15. i love the skirt! so pretty!

    xoxo
    b

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  16. I think you were probably made for high waisted skirts! It will be soooo lovely on you! It is tough to go outside your comfort zone, but I bet in this case it'll be super rewarding! Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  17. Way to go! I thinking branching out keeps us young. ;) That skirt is so cute.

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  18. that skirt and belt are the best finds ever! i'll bet you look absolutely adorable in it. the pattern is perfectly "danielle" and the buttons just complete the perfection :).

    oh...and the best. also super awesome :).

    miss you friend.

    xo!

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  19. I love finding vintage leather belts. That one is perfect.
    The skirt is really cute too. I'm not sure I can do the whole high waist thing...

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  20. What a great post! I just came across your blog and I fell in love with it! It's spectacular! I love your style! Check out my blog and follow if you like it, I promise to do the same!
    www.fullclosetbutnothingtowear.blogspot.com
    See you soon, kisses!

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  21. This skirt is gorgeous!
    and that belt is genius!
    I'm always making holes in my belts because they are either too big or I want to put them around my waste hehe
    nice choice :D

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  22. I love you finds! That skirt is seriously adorable. Nicely done :)

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