A friend at church recently commented that I "always wear black". Honestly, I wasn't offended. That wasn't her intention. It was just an honest observation. Black is my color, hands down. But I stepped back to look at my wardrobe, and I realized that I have been wearing mostly black all winter, at least to church.
Over the weekend, I went through my closet in an attempt to find something that wasn't black to wear to church. (I like a good challenge now and then.) I was a little depressed to find that several of my non-black favorites no longer fit me in a flattering way, and a lot of the other clothes aren't really my style anymore. But then I realized that I have a great reason to go clothes shopping!! :)
But you know me. I didn't go to the mall. No, I hit all the local thrift stores on Monday, my personal "day off". And I did it with a plan. My plan was to specifically add two colors to my wardrobe, with spring in mind: yellow and grey. Yellow is one of my all-time favorite colors, but I only had one yellow outfit in my whole wardrobe. The only grey I had was a grey and black wool skirt I recently purchased (at Goodwill, of course).
I had a general list of "basics" that I was looking for, and I found a good portion of them.
Here's what I found at Goodwill:
|$5.90 - Ann Taylor Loft cotton tie-front cardigan (I've needed this piece for several years.)|
|$5.90 - Mossimo grey cotton cardigan|
And in case you're wondering why I would wear cardigans when it's hot out to begin with ... I find a lot of nice layering pieces that by themselves don't meet my standards of personal modesty. Cardigans help to fill in the gaps.
|$6.00 - grey Mossimo cropped blazer, brand-new with tags|
|$8.00 - yellow leather Fossil handbag|
|What convinced me to pay $8 for this purse - "genuine leather product"|
|$1.00 - genuine leather belt that fits me perfectly|
This is all I found at Salvation Army, but it only took me a few minutes, and I was happy to find the belt. It was on my list.
Then I went to another local thrift shop that is run by a church's outreach program. All of their "winter" clothing (including everything with long sleeves) was 75% off.
|$0.75 - yellow Cherokee cotton zippered hoodie|
|$0.75 - yellow Casual Corner zippered cardigan|
|$0.50 - black zip-front shirt|
My last stop was Michaels (the craft store). They had their ruffle yarns on sale for $3.99, and they just got a new style in, a kind that I really like and actually wear (unlike the other ruffle scarves that I just don't know what to do with).
|$3.99 - a future ruffle scarf with animal-print fabric at the ends|
|What I got for $33|
I have to say, this is really the first time I went shopping with a specific color scheme in mind, except my usual blacks and reds. It was a lot of fun, and it helped me to concentrate on what I had come for, rather than having to look at every piece of clothing in every store that was my size.
I can't wait to get the fabric to make my grey skirt. Then I can start making outfits!!
By the way, have you seen any nice (non-neon) yellow camis for reasonable prices this season? (I prefer the ones with adjustable straps, so I can make them as high in front as I like.) I don't relish the idea of hitting every clothing store in town trying to find one.