There are a lot of blogger-rallying, participatory-style thing-a-ma-bobs out there, and I'm careful not to jump on the bandwagon of too many. I don't ever want to feel like I have to link up or be super committed - I like to participate when I feel like it. That being said, when I saw that the newest rendition of Everybody, Everywear was featuring thrifted items, I decided to join in on the fun.
You'll often find me wearing multiple secondhand items at once, and this outfit is a great demonstration of just that. The shirt, belt, and shoes are all thrifted. Now I could probably pull out a dozen pieces that are way more exciting than this little combo, but I don't think thrifting should necessarily always be a hunt for the outrageous or truly special. Sometimes, ya just need some practical pieces.
The temperature here has been blazing over 100 degrees, and I just wanted to throw on something easy that would be comfortable in the elements. This shirt worked out great because although it has longer sleeves, it's actually made of a really thin, breathable fabric, and the sleeves protected my sunburn-prone skin. I fussed over a variety of pretty skirts I've scored at thrift stores, but they were all just too heavy for this weather, so I stuck to a simple pair of shorts.
I think people have this conception that, when you go thrifting, you have to find the best sequined or bedazzled treasure or the best vintage coat hiding amongst the racks, but I think it's great when you can find some simple, inexpensive pieces that blend seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe. Those finds can prove to be just as valuable - and they're sure to save you a lot of money!
shirt- American Eagle, thrifted; shorts - Loft; shoes - Nine West, thrifted via Plato's Closet; belt - vintage, thrifted; necklace - Forever 21