Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fortune Teller



I'm very excited about this sweater, which I picked up at Goodwill last weekend for $4.49. I'd been wanting a boyfriend-style slouchy cardigan, but somehow I just couldn't bring myself to pay new-clothes prices for an article of clothing that essentially looks like it's too big for me. So instead I thrifted this sweater which actually IS a couple sizes too big for me; it has the extra-long sleeves and the slightly baggy look I wanted, while still looking like it's designed for a woman's figure. Plus the cable pattern is just so pretty, and being 100% cotton the sweater is also extremely soft. Thrifting for trends is something that Sal has posted about quite a bit, but this was really the first time I've actively (as opposed to accidentally) done it myself. Check out Sal's advice on thrifting for trends here, and here.

This outfit, with the teal and gray skirt combo, is the one I alluded to on Monday, and I was really happy with it when I walked out the door. By the end of the day though, I got the sneaking suspicion that I should've gone with a long silver necklace instead of the scarf, or else lost the hat. Something about the scarf combined with the long skirts, drapey cardigan, and turban-esque hat made me feel very gypsy fortune teller, which I'm not so sure is such a good thing. But boy, this outfit sure was comfy and warm, and who knows, maybe I could've made some easy cash reading palms in the cafeteria?

"Origami" Hat: Alternative Design Studio
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
T-shirt: H&M
Gray skirt: S
Teal skirt: LA Made
Cardigan: thrifted
Belt: Red Dress Shoppe
Tights: Noa Noa
Boots: All Black

13 comments:

Yan said...

Love love love the sweater. That's a truly fantastic thrift find. And thanks for the links -- I want to try more purposeful thrifting.

Alyssa said...

I am really liking these layers! The view from the back especially is a very pleasing tier of colors that go together jst right. You really always have sch interesting and creative combinations. Go you!

WendyB said...

Can't beat that price!

Sal said...

Thanks for the shout-outs, lady! And way to land a great boyfriend-style sweater for pennies. I have so much more fun playing with trends when I stick to thrifting them - all the experimentation, none of the guilt.

Sheila said...

Good deal - that looks like a good quality sweater!

I think I agree with you on the scarf/hat. This outfit has a bit of the "schlump around the house" feel to it.

Em said...

I love this outfit! I love the layers and the color combo!

The Thrifty Stylist said...

having a personal penchant for the stevie nicks look, i think this is all fantastic, but i agree that scarves can sometimes be TOO drapey if a lot of the other elements are. i can't see the front of this outfit- my work firewall is blocking it as "pornography" HA! but from the back i love it and the sweater detailing is awesome. nice find.

Chelsea said...

faaaabulous sweater! and you are one stylin' fortune teller :) I think a long silver necklace would be the perfect touch next time around!

Liz said...

This is great. I found you via the interrobangs anonymous blog and I'm thrilled. I love that you enjoy what you wear and bet you stand out in a world of lab coats. What do your colleagues say? I'm sure they wish they had your fabulous courageous style. I do. :)

Tracy said...

I love this look!!

Diana said...

I love all the texture in that cardigan! Thrifting for trends is such a good idea, especially since they come and go so quickly.

By the way, I gave you an award on my blog :)

ads hats said...

I'd lose the scarf, but keep the hat. :) I love your blog and your sense of style. Thrifting is a great way to put together unique looks and you do a great job with accessorizing.

enterrement vie de jeune fille Paris said...

Le style est impeccable et très original.
Lilou