- Sky blue t-shirt – Target
- Navy pleated skirt with “ship” panels – thrifted
- Brown belt – thrifted
- Lace and pearl necklace – self-made
- White sandals – SAS
This past spring I found an amazing skirt at Goodwill: heavy, navy cotton with tall white ships appliqued all over the bottom half . The skirt was perfect…except it was slightly too small. I could wear it up around my natural waist, but it wasn’t going any further south. Because I prefer to wear most of my skirts on my hips “like those young men who wear their pants below their underwear,” to quote my grandmother who will remain unnamed (but she knows who she is), I knew I wouldn’t wear it that often. I took that as a sign that the skirt was really meant for someone else, and I put it back on the rack.
A few weeks went by and someone else bought the skirt, and I kept kicking myself for giving it up. But it seems I made the right decision and the thrifting karma gods smiled on me as a result. Guess what I found at Goodwill last month? A brand new navy skirt with ships on it for $1.50. Booyah and cue the happy butt dance!
I think this skirt might even be a bit more versatile, because the ships aren’t quite so in-your-face. It’s a little hard to tell, but the ships are on the white fabric making up the inside of the inverted box pleats.
I love the fact that the ships are hidden and only pop out when I walk or sit, along with the pale pink, grey and light blue colors that comprise the image. The only problem is that I’ve apparently lost a little weight and my grandma’s predictions are dangerously close to coming true. So today I tried paperbagging it around my natural waist, but I’m still not completely convinced that the paperbag style works on the short-waisted and big-chested like myself. Oh well, you never know until you try.
The lace for this necklace came from a big bag of doilies my mum bought at a yard sale. I love the shape, and if there’d been two of them I would have made earrings. However, I also love it as a necklace. Plus, combine the pearls on the necklace with the ships on my skirt and I feel like a sneaky theme dresser.
Do any of you have thrifting karma stories?