- Blue, turquoise, orange, white, and magenta striped skirt – FREE!
- Magenta shirt – Target
- Chambray button-down – thrifted
- Ribbon belt – thrifted
- Magenta tie sweater – JC Penney
- Tan belt – thrifted
- Blue cardigan – Target
- White short-sleeved blouse – Gap Outlet
- Orange tank top – Old Navy
- Turquoise socks – Target
- Blue socks – Target
- Blue tank top – Target
- Turquoise polo shirt – Gap Outlet
- Blue and white striped shirt – JC Penney
- Blue short sleeved shirt – thrifted
- Second ribbon belt – thrifted
The striped skirt in the middle of the mess o’ clothes is one that I got for free last weekend at a yard sale. For Free!!! I grabbed this pretty and ran for the hills (sidewalk), not wanting to look a gift skirt in the mouth…pockets? Where else can you look in a skirt?
At first glance, this skirt seems perfect. It’s got my favorite colors, it’s striped (!), and it’s a size 16. Trust me, you never find clothes that are size 16 at yard sales that aren’t mumus or sweatpants. So the skirt seemed perfect…until I tried to wear it. I tried on everything in the above photo with that skirt, and nothing, nothing worked. At least nothing worked perfectly. Even fun and color-coordinated socks couldn’t save it. I had a lot of “almost outfits,” and finally settled on this one:
I can’t decide if it’s the colors, proportions, or a combination of factors, but something about this outfit just feels “off.” It’s not unusual for me to throw the contents of half my closet onto the floor in an attempt to find the perfect clothing combination, but usually I end up with something I really like. I’m definitely going to try again, because I really like this skirt. Let’s hope it likes me back.
What about you? Do you have to try everything on like I do in order to tell if an outfit will work, or do you just know? What do you do when you just can’t find a combination that works that day?
The bright spot of my day? Tacky, 50′s-looking jewelry, complete with three-legged poodle whose pearl eyes make him look possessed. Or like these guys.
Seriously, where’s his fourth leg?