Posts Categorized: shopping

Reader Request: Thrifted Staples

Lisa requested a post on my most-worn thrifted items and examples of how they’ve been remixed. How could I say no to THAT one? I scoured the archives looking for my most-worn, bought-used garments, and here are the winners:

MVP: Olive military blazer!

This little jacket has been through several years with me and gets year-round wear. It has a tendency to look a bit rumpled and sometimes I have to fight to keep those pocket flaps down, but the nipped-in waist and versatile vibe have made it a longtime favorite. I believe I paid about $5 for this jacket. read more

Originally posted 2012-05-08 06:12:07.

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Brand Loyalty

As I’ve mentioned before, I am brand loyal. I love Fryes, I love Clarks, I love Prairie Underground¬†long cloak hoodies, I love Karen Kane jeans and Desigual everything. As someone who knows firsthand how frustrating it can be to search for a perfect item, and how marvelous it can feel to find it, I am more than happy to trust certain manufacturers based on past experiences. Good experiences. It makes shopping easier when you rely on brand loyalty: Doing so narrows the field and increases your chances of quick success. read more

Originally posted 2012-05-23 06:02:00.

Reader Request: Resolving Post-purchase Fit Issues

jeans dont fit

Reader Susan e-mailed me this question:

[A recent post] made me think about a pair of my jeans. They fit great in the store, they fit great if I walk around the store, but in real active life they slide down. I have a belt, but it’s weird that it happens. Tops that wind up too short, shoes that don’t fit in places where they seem to in the store, clothing that catches in spots where you wouldn’t expect … it sort of drives me nuts. I guess I’m an active person, always sitting on the floor, running, and moving in places where most adults don’t! read more

Originally posted 2012-06-13 06:25:23.