Wednesday, March 30, 2011

a study in bargain shopping

I like clothes. 
During the week, i'm in jeans that don't fit like they used to. One of 5 shirts I cycle through. A cardigan if it's chilly. Maybe earrings, if I'm going somewhere. But for church on Sunday, I put some thought and care into what I shall wear. I especially find great delight in finding a cute way to wear a bargain. 
Take this outfit, for example:

It's a mix of discount store and Anthropologie sale items.  I am always sure to point out the bargains to Mark, and he mocks back, "Oh, the money we're saving!"
He does like when I get dressed up and he complimented this outfit, so I take the harmless mocking in stride, and keep shopping. 
Here's the breakdown:
  • gray cardigan: Anthropologie sale rack
  • yellow blouse: Anthropologie
  • belt: Nordstrom sale - $14
  • navy chevron maxi skirt (it's really a shame I didn't get a better shot of this long skirt):  Forever 21 - $19
  • earrings: Forever 21 - $4
  • black ballet flats (not shown): Gap clearance, over 5 years ago - $5
Reachel over at Cardigan Empire is hosting a fun Downeast giveaway this week, which gave me that extra push to shamelessly post my outfit triumphs. She's asking for ways you save, in the name of fashion. Go on, you know you want to post about that skirt you made, or that thrift store cardigan you scored. If I can do it, so can you.

15 comments:

Reachel Bagley, Fashion Consultant said...

You looks fantastic! I have that same gold blouse, and you're giving me some pretty ideas. I only wish I were tall enough to pull off a maxi skirt.

Hilary said...

Unfortunately, my last big shopping coup was before I had Jeremy, and I was only able to wear it again a few times inbetween pregnancies, so I finally gave it away. It was a DI home sewn blue floral skirt down to my ankles, straight with gathers at the 2 inch waistband. Sigh. I need to shop more.

Becky said...

Um, I love this outfit Sarah! I like the skirt so much I might just buy it and cut it to a length that works for those of us in the shorter set! And truely, if you ever have the gumption to start a fashion blog you'd have a slew o readers :)

Gina said...

Oh Sarah, you look beautiful. I could never pull off such an outfit. Looks great on you though. And you know I love a bargain! :o)

Jason and Kate said...

You do always look so great whenever I see you. I may or may not think of your outfits when I'm trying to find things to wear. :)

Aimee's Family Journal said...

Do you see why ANY compliments you give to me are worth their weight in GOLD?! You have it together in a way that I won't ever be able to. You look snappy, ALWAYS! I think your belt is so darling.

Sarah said...

lovely comments. thank you.

Jennifer said...

This outfit is chic and hip and so totally you. You look fabulous. I love the shirt and the belt, especially. Could you start a blog giving style tips to the "rest of us" out there?? :)

abby said...

i love this outifit, especially the blouse. you always look like a million bucks! and gorgeous, to boot.

Emily said...

You look so skinny and cute. Love the mixing of prints.

amyegodfrey said...

Yes, indeed. You look like a million bucks! I admire your artistic flair that shows up in your clothing style, your quilts, and your decorating.

Neil and Diana said...

Hot! White hot! I back up the last 3 comments, for sure.

emily said...

that outfit is so cute! heck, you always look adorable.

and in this picture, i'd say you look no older than 25!

AliceK[i]ND said...

You always looked like you just stepped out of a magazine, even in jeans and a T.

I can't totally hear Mark saying that. He is a pro at being sarcastic. :P

Stacey said...

You are so cute and fashionable!! I found your blog on blogher. We're on the same network. Your family is beautiful, and I love reading your blog.