Thrifted: All Patched Up

There are days when I have trouble defining my personal style. I know what I like, and I know exactly where to find what I like. If a garment is considered different or ugly, I’m all over it. Clean cut and put together looks have never been my thing. I own a lot of separates and clothes that don’t have a partner, but somehow everything I put together works. This may turn off some people, but I love it.

If I were being candid, the closest word I can use to define my style would be “vintage.” This, of course, is because I almost always get my clothes from thrift stores. By definition, vintage fashion is clothing produced after the 1920s, and twenty years before the current period. You can find these pieces littering your favorite thrift store, looking for a new home. Personally, vintage pieces can be much more functional than a lot of current pieces and even look cooler.

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By now you should know that I am absolutely obsessed with button ups. They make up a lot of my wardrobe because they’re versatile pieces that can be worn a lot of different ways. I try to find button ups that are cut differently or look completely different than any of the others I own. If I just bought a long sleeve button up, I know that I’m going to look for a short sleeve. Variety is the spice of life and it shouldn’t be any different with clothing. The print on this shirt is very late eighties/early nineties inspired and totally reminds me of a painting. Because it has many different colors in it, not only is it an attention piece but it can also be paired with a lot of different garments. That’s really the key for me when I’m buying clothing.

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These cute light denim jeans I’m wearing have been a favorite of mine for a while now. I got them about a year ago at my favorite local thrift store. The only time I used to wear them was with a particular mesh Mickey Mouse shirt, and the boots I’m wearing in this photo. These days, though I still only wear them with my lace up boots, I now pair them with different tops. I shied away from wearing lighter colored jeans before I got this pair. I thought they looked totally weird on me and didn’t compliment me at all. Since I got this pair, however, a whole new world has been opened up to me. The moral of the story: always step out of your fashion comfort zone!

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Olive green is a new favorite color of mine. It’s a darker, more neutral color so it works with a lot of the other colors I own and it just looks great. This bag was a gift from my boyfriend’s mother and I’m totally thankful for it! The bag is very lightweight and while it doesn’t hold much, it gives my shoulders a break. My main bag is super heavy and is probably the reason my shoulder and back hurts a lot. The smiley face and heart patches on this bag are what really attracted me to it. They are not only a cute addition to an already chic bag, but they also make it feel really DIY. I know this is so Pinterest mom of me to say, but I love a good DIY project. If wanted to add my own patches to this, they would totally fit in and not take away from the bag. I even added a really cute Plants vs Zombies watch I got from Burger King a few weeks back. It’s something you can totally make your own!

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So, how do you feel about this look? Did it hit the bull’s eye or completely miss the mark? Let me know in the comments below!

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