Posts Tagged: tartan

Ethnic Ethics

This photo is EXTREMELY old. I’m thinking early 2008 or so. I’m wearing a handmade red tunic that I thrifted in a color and cut that I adore. What drew me to this piece, though, was that interesting neckline. I’d never seen anything quite like it, and loved the modified keyhole shape it created.

About a year later, I found several tunics in identical shapes in a thrift store in Chicago. I bought another one in a funky black, white, and red pattern, which I wore a couple of times. But the moment I happened upon that second set of tunics lurking in the thrift store racks – also handmade, all with that very specific neckline – doubt began to creep in. These weren’t just fun tunics and great thrift finds. These garments were likely cultural, and from a culture unfamiliar to me. read more

Originally posted 2012-06-14 06:30:46.

Thrifting for Trends: Fall/Winter 2013 Edition

It’s time, once again, to examine the hot “new” trends for the season, and remind ourselves that fashion recycles EVERYTHING! Here are just a few of the garments, colors, and styles that are trending for spring and summer that you can easily track down at your local thrift and consignment shops. (Note that all of the on-trend items I’m wearing below have been thrifted. Already.)

Cobalt

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Cobalt was declared a trend just a few seasons back, but it is definitely the color to covet for fall and winter. This color is marvelous with gray and fun with black or black and white prints, but also try pairing it with magenta, neon yellow, purple, or navy. Cobalt is a strong shade and can overpower some complexions, but wearing it in a skirt, pants, or pair of shoes will work beautifully. As is the case with all color trends, these ones will be among the easiest to thrift! read more