Lately it has been hot enough to read by the pool, bike in my shorts, and whip out those bright colors. In most places these clues mean summer is in the air. In Tucson, 80 or 90 degrees is barely spring. Say hello to Lucky Lime Eegees, desert wildflowers, and those bright new fashions. Before you start shopping, consider the following: recycle! Thrift, or second-order shopping, may take a little more time than going to the mall, but it leaves you, your wallet, and the environment feeling a lot better.
This easy spring outfit from Savers would normally cost over $100, but I got it for a mere $15!
This dress is by audrey 3 +1, normally costing around $30; I got it for $3. It had a small tear that was easy for me to fix, which is saying something because I have no idea what I am doing when I try to sew.
The Anne Michelle leather-studded peep-toes were only $10. This designer normally prices its heels from around $30-&40 dollars.
The Etienne Aigner leather belt was only $2, normally priced in the $20-$30 range. Finally, the Ann Taylor denim button down is from my mom’s closet from the 90s, so it was free! Savers had a lot of great selection of denim jackets, my friend got a nice one for $7 and cut the sleeves off to make a vest. With or without sleeves, jean jackets are perfect for everything! If you dare to pair denim with denim, aim for two totally different shades so that you don’t look like you are wearing a jean jumpsuit.
Consider wearing an easy outfit such as this one with a messy fishtail side braid, a very high messy bun, or loose and curly waves. It is easy to dress up or down by changing the shoes. High heels dress it up. Flats are fun and easy! Luckily for the fashionistas out there, vintage clothes are in style. A little wear and tear on your denim is a plus. Retro patterned pants and high waisted shorts are back in. Goodwill, Savers, and other 4th Ave thrift shops have a plethora of discarded styles that, with the right twist, will make your spring wardrobe pop! All of us can feel good not paying full price, mix and matching styles and designers, and using something that others have enjoyed that still has life in it! Ecological and economical, smart shopping is the best shopping.