OOTD (Outfit of the Day) Round-Ups #1

Updated: Nov 27, 2020


This Blog Post will be like a run-on sentence.

Updating frequently, but never quite ending.

If you see "OOTD Round-Up" at the top, you will know I have adding something new!


Outfit of the Day (OOTD)

Not everything I wear requires massive Upcycling or somewhat easier Refashioning. Some items require simple alterations. Something usually needs to be done.

If I am super lucky, I can wear something off the thrift store rack--a rarity though. And when it works that easily, then I want to show it off.

This post is simply a round-up of those note-worthy OOTDs that are me on a regular basis, in my studio designing, sewing, and organizing my textiles.

Yes, I dress up even though I 'go to work' at home. I enjoy getting dressed up! I am not athleisure kinda girl......not throwing shade at my sisters who do though! both my daughters live in their Lululemon Yoga pants and gear.

My grandmother would wear tiny heels, even in her 80's, to walk to her local market in Poland, where my family is from. Women just did not wear tennis shoes unless they went to the forest to pick berries or mushrooms. And really then, they wore boots.

I have so many lovely clothes that cost a fraction of what they might cost retail, Some items I find are less than a dollar! I am going to wear my fun wardrobe.



Copy-Cat x's 2 Stylish Ladies!

(I did not receive any compensation for the links to the two ladies below!

Just sharing their amazing style, because it's fun to do!)

Sometimes my inspiration for my outfits come from other bloggers!

When super stylish Dutch blogger Greetje Kamminga from No Fear Of Fashion wore her black skirt with golden yellow speckles, I had an instant reminder that I owned a very similar thrifted skirt. And I had never worn it! NOT EVEN ONCE!

Lovely Greetje! Styled her skirt with a black button blouse and high-top converse.

(click on her pictures to take you to her original post)

So I read into this particular blog post and noticed that Greetje had inspiration from another

lovely woman, Karlijn, who owns a clothing boutique called KPA.Haarlem in Amsterdam 'Where cool Danish design, bold Italian statement pieces and feminine French brands meet.'

Karlijn had me at the words 'feminine & French'!

Here are links to her Social Media:



So I could have gone literal Copy-Cat with these two ladies, but I have a t-shirt that I have been wanting to wear. Typically I don't like graphic tees, unless it's styled perfectly, otherwise ends up looking trite...however, I did not want to miss the opportunity to teach my 19 and 17 year old daughters some lessons about life! So this t-shirt is for them!

Thankfully, email, texting, and Social Media did not exist in my earlier years, or I might have made this 'mistake'....

...ok, ok, I Would have made this mistake over & over again! 😎

Thrift Styled with:

  • Zara Purse (Not Thrifted! Shocker Right???!!)

  • Thrifted "Don't Text Him Back" tie-in-front t-shirt

  • Black & Gold Enamel 1980's dangle, filigree earrings

  • Black & Gold speckled 1980's 'business attire skirt'

  • Black & White Adidas (I have converse too!, but somehow I reached for this instead.)

already texted this photo to my daughters!!




Let's face it, today' outfit is ALL about these amazing thrifted 'Max Studio' (leathered bottomed) mules!

I'd had these for about a year now and no idea what to do with them. Then decided to make these mules the focal point of the outfit. So everything else would be muted. And muted everything else is!

I did not hesitate to put on a pair of thrifted black linen culottes. I used to really not like when my black linens would faded, but for me now, it's a patina! which offers dimension and texture and can bring an outfit down to a more casual feel.

The mauve top? Vintage 'French Connection'. I was around for the first time the French Connection brand was trendy.

Again, I'm not a fashionista, but I don't want to wear yoga pants to the grocery store anymore! Covid cured me for good from yoga pants affliction.

Thrift Styled with:

  • French Connection Vintage '80s Blouse

  • Black Linen Culottes

  • Lovely "Fish Bone" Earrings from my Mother in Law

  • Simple black Liz Claiborne Leather Tote (From 1990's!) I held onto it for that long!

  • and my Showcase Thrift: Max Studio Butterfly Mules!



Anthropologie Meets Walmart

Going grocery shopping doesn't mean I have to wear my joggers. But not too keen on getting all retro either.

Sometimes, it's just a practical dressing day. And today was my first venture into transitional colors. I am not a fan of peasant blouses, or is this called a trapeze blouse?? However, the colors (not quite an orange and not quite a coral) of this thrifted blouse and the fabric--a crunchy, silk-like, but opaque and heavier fabric--called to me to give it a whirl. And you can't beat $3.99.

Paired with a off-white pair of Walmart jeans thrifted 8 years ago--when all you could find were boot-cut jeans at the thrift store because skinnies came in like it was the first pandemic--and paired with an plat-form faux suede sandal, I was Good-To-Go!

Listen, it's not the most fashion forward outfit I've worn, but it was still a fun one! And I heard swish-swish-swish of the almost taffeta like fabric of the blouse!

PS Check out the earrings I wore and the brown stitching down the sides of my Walmart jeans!

Thrift Styled with:

  • RYU Anthropologie Blouse

  • NOBO Walmart Jeans (vintage ; )

  • Splendid Olive Green Platform Sandals

  • Boho Earrings--with little brass balls & wood beads! way too cute!



1990's Corporate Blouse Meets Retro-Vibe

I love dressing Retro, but can't commit 100% because other styles call to me as well! My Retro looks are not definitively from one era though. I usually mish-mash eras together. This one is 1990's Alfred Dunner corporate blouse, meets Forever 21 paper-bag pants (bow on the side), meets Old Navy, laser cut, anklet shoes, and legit vintage purse.

And the hair! I can not leave my hair alone! Most of the time I style my long hair upwards.

Thrift Styled with:

  • Alfred Dunner 1990's business blouse

  • Forever 21 paper bag pants

  • Old Navy laser cut anklet shoes

  • Vintage round leather purse

  • And for this outfit, no jewelry



Thrifted Polynesian Print Dress--in A Prairie Style!!!

This interesting dress was thrifted about 3 years ago for another project for my costume business www.CostumeTakeOut.com I was going to use the top as a blouse for a Woman's Pioneer costume, but the Polynesian print was definitely not working. So this dress just sat. Until I had seen the amorphic, oversized prairie dresses all over Pinterest. When I recently thrifted these western style DV mules, the bone color matched the bone color in the dress-it was styling Kismet.

Thrift Styled with:

  • Authentic Polynesian Dress

  • DV (Dolce Vita) Brand Western Style Heeled Mules

  • Pile of Bangles, light blue glass, polished silver, blue stone, crystal blue (right wrist) and conservative chunky polished silver chain bracelet (left wrist).

  • Polished Silver Filigree earrings



Praire-Style Midi-Dress

Bill and I invited my new thrifting friend and her husband over for a socially distant dinner party. It's still warm enough in the evenings here in Northern California to go sweaterless. I love this thrifted dress, but the armholes were waaaaay too big for the size of the belt, so a quick alteration and I was good to go!

Learning how to do minor alterations on thrift clothes is a great way to learn to Upcycle or Refashion.

Thrift Styled with:

  • a chocolate dark brown woven belt

  • 1940's Retyro, ankle strap, wedge sandals from Target 10+ years ago (not thrifted--retail price)

  • dark brown filigree drop earrings.

...Until the Next StyleMyThrift Alteration!


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