Never fear! I’m still here!
I do apologize for the lack of posts- I’ve been in transition these past few weeks! One roomie headed out, another came in, I moved to a new room, and we even switched over our internet provider! And many changes= not many posts.
Never fear, though! My lack of internet access and the upheaval of my all-20-something-female house has allowed me work on my hand-me-down scavenging skills….and thus there are many new posts to come!
Weekend Uniform? I’ve got one. Ask anyone I know. It consistently comes down to the same three items: Striped shirt, jeans, and converse all-stars.
I wanted to add SOME pizazz to my weekend uniform this fall, though, and I thought that the new colored jeans trend was just the right thing for me. The price/fit of colored jeans, however…
I must have tried on twenty pairs of colored jeans at ten different stores. All of which made my thighs look like demented sausages, and none of which were cheap enough for a trendy item.
Then I went to buy some school supplies at Wal-Mart and saw these babies hanging in the junior’s section for $12.88. And even though they’re long and I have to cuff them, they fit better around my waist and thighs than any of the other pairs I tried on. And so they came home with me.
Sweater: J. Crew Factory, $20
Undershirt: Forever 21, $3.80
Burgundy Jeans: Wal-Mart, $12.88
Sneakers: Modells, $44
Grand Total: $80.68
I sometimes look to the runways for fashion inspiration, and I was so excited to see so many cozy, outdoors-y looking bits of couture finding their way into the fall lines. This Rodarte look was a particular favorite of mine, and so I set out to create a sidewalk/work-appropriate version of it using only what I had in my own closet. I actually own a sweater very similar to the one from the Rodarte image, but in a deeper shade of brown. I opted to pair my ancient plaid flannel skirt with a shorter, simpler oversized cardigan, though, so as to tone it down a little. Same with the choice of basic t-shirt beneath the cardigan; if I wear this to work, I don’t want to over-stimulate the children!
T-Shirt: H&M, $5.95
Cardigan: Old Navy, $10
Belt: Forever 21, $4.80
Skirt: American Eagle Outfitters Via Filenes Basement (circa 2005), $17
Boots: Target, $34.99
Grand Total: $72.74
So many teacher dresses, so little time to lesson plan…
Dress: Old Navy, $16.77
Belt: Mom’s (I’d probably put my bronze metallic belt with this dress on my own, But Momma B thought the dress needed more color)
Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters, $13.99 (It’s probably look better with flats, though)
Grand Total: 30.76
One of the great things about taking a vow of cheapness is that you learn to really USE everything you own. I bought this skirt off a clearance rack when I was 18 years old, and wore it like crazy until about two years ago, when I tweed became less of a thing. I used to wear it with a lot of big sweaters and scarfs- a very bo-ho look inspired by my time abroad, I’m pretty sure. Today I re-mixed this skirt with my fave chambray shirt, a pair of hand-me-down pearls, and the cardigan my friend got me for my birthday. It’s really preppy; almost too preppy for me. I might take off the pearls and put my hair in a braid…but it works, nonetheless!
Chambray Shirt: T.J. Maxx -$14.99
Pearls: Family Gift/ Hand-me down
Cardigan: J.Crew, Gift
Belt: Forever 21, $3.80
Skirt: Urban Outfitters, $20.00
Shoes: H&M, 12. 95
Grand Total: $51.74
And now, for a little end-of-summer sparkle….
Sheer Top: Old-Navy, $8.49
Undershirt: Forever 21, 3.80
Shorts: Wal-Mart, $11.99
Hair Piece: Forever 21, $4.80
Flats: Old Navy, $15
Grand Total: $44.08
I’m a crafty sort of person.
Even though I’ve never taken any real sewing lessons, I’ve managed to pick some things up along the way. So every once in a while, I’ll see something I like an I’ll think to myself “I bet I can make that.”
This past weekend I spotted a comfy teacher skirt at the J. Crew Outlet that I thought would be a really useful addition to my closet. It was about knee length (on me. It’s supposedly a mini skirt. I’m short) and had a pleated elastic waistband. My mom suggested I try it on, and I suggested we go to Wal-mart and buy fabric.
I’d read a tutorial on how to make an easy elastic-waist skirt on “What Would A Nerd Wear” (Link: http://whatwouldanerdwear.blogspot.com/ ) last winter, and figured that I could probably manage the project. I altered the pattern a little to make it more like the J. Crew skirt I was inspired by by using a high-quality khaki fabric, a thicker elastic for the waistband, and removing the pockets (I find that pockets add extra/non-existant bulk to my hips. )
All in all, the project took me about 2 hours to complete. And I think it came out great! The fabric and elastic for the waistband only cost me about $6.50 total- thats over fifty dollars of savings!
Old-Navy Blouse: (Clearance) $8.49
Old-Navy Undershirt: $4.50
DIY Skirt: $6:50
(not pictured) H&M Ballet Flats: $12.95
Oh hey 7th grade teacher!
There’s not much to say about this outfit; it’s wholesome and work appropriate, to be sure, while still being cute enough to make me not feel too frumpy. I’m wearing my spluge chords, and a colorful top that I never can seem to style correctly. Do you think I hit the mark with this one?
Sheer Top: T.J. Maxx, 14.99
Undershirt: Forever 21, $3.80
Belt: Forever 21, $3.80
Chords: J. Crew, $45
Flats: H&M, 12.95
Grand Total: $80.54