Joining the thrifting bandwagon.

Ever since I gained weight I had to purge my closet of clothes I would rather not work into getting back into. I admit my body is changing and will continue to change but how do I do it on a budget? I say, Thrifting!

Blame it on my me binging on Youtube videos about Thrifting and sure enough I got hooked. Even during my vacation my daughter and I went thrifting, now I have several outfits at a fraction of the cost!

Since I started here’s a few tips I learned:

1. Wear clothes that you can either pull in and out off or easily layer with, just in case the thrift shop does not have a changing room or is too crowded that there’s a long line to it.

2. Leave your inhibitions outside before heading in the store, in case you have to do tip number 1 in plain site. No shame here.

3. Try on anything and disregard sizing. Ladies, I cannot emphasize that enough. I would have missed out on a beautiful lingerie piece just because I thought the size “Small” would not fit. I’m so glad I went against the sizing.

4. When I mentioned try on anything, it meant going against gender and age group. Ladies, don’t dismiss out on the mens section and kids section. Why limit yourself, as long as it fits to your comfort level. I say why not?

5. Don’t dismiss the shoes either. Yes there is the “ick factor” but with just a little bit of deodorizing or cleaning, you’re all set.

6. Accessorize! Don’t forget to look at the belts, scarves, purses or hats. I scored a red scarf that blends well with a top that I could not wait to show off.

7. Cross over to other cultural patterns, cuts and designs. Take a risk and broaden up your fashion wardrobe. Let your wardrobe be a conversation starter.

8. Need ideas for a halloween costume? Thrifting has you covered from clothes to props, just use your imagination.

9. Browse through their home furnishings section. Its usually filled with an eclectic sort of furniture, lamps, paintings, mirrors and figurines.

10. Bring cash just in case the store only accepts cash (ie. garage sales, flea markets).

 

Styling with men’s loafers.

Finally! I took the leap of pairing men’s loafers with a dress under a men’s shirt. You see, I envy ladies who can pull an androgyny look because I like it when the standard feminine look can be easily styled with masculine pieces. To me the end result looks unique with a hint of intrigue.

I love dressing up no matter the occassion or none occassion. For instance, this is my outfit as I went grocery shopping. I shop in long sleeves to keep me comfortable especially as I shop at the frozen section.

I have to admit, it took awhile for me to finally have the courage to pair men’s loafers with something that is not a pair of pants/shorts. For some reason, I finally did it! Its funny because I felt liberated because I pushed myself from my comfort zone.

Now its only a matter of time when I will finally pair men’s loafers with maxi dresses and/or summer dresses. Hmmmmm?20190101_154724

Baby steps love, baby steps…

“Manly” look…

I noticed how the Androgynous look has always been in. When I was young going through fashion magazines, I wasn’t taken by it since I didn’t understand or see the beauty behind it, but now with shows such as Next Top Model and YouTube videos of runway shows I can finally appreciate the Androgyny look.

What I love is the flexibility behind the look and the way a female body can be bold and daring within a masculine attire but still be beautiful. The curves might be hidden by boxy shoulders or straight edged unflattering linear seams, but how the person carries themselves makes or breaks the entire look altogether. If you seem to be uncomfortable through your body language and/or stance, it only negates from your outfit. Therefore, finding confidence in yourself is crucial.

Girl, if you need to wear lingerie underneath your “manly” uniform/attire to find your confidence, go for it!

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Misbranding

I live on an island and resources are hard to come by, therefore no one would bat an eye if misbranding happends. For instance our Dunkin donuts ran out of boxes so it uses Popeyes chicken boxes for its dozen ordered donuts. Pretty ilusive but its common practice.

I only mentioned that example because clothing is a way to “brand” ourselves. When in public its our way of self expression and the first thing that is noticed. Unless you are also scented by perfume or cologne then your scent comes first.

As a girl wearing men’s wear, I like to be perceived and “branded” as an individual with an open mind, carefree, quirky, unique and bizarre. By staying outside of norms I would like to portray a sense of boldness with my style. I made this decision since being on island I’m tired seeing individuals wearing the usual tank top, shorts, sun dress and flipflops. Day in and day out which I consider boring.

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My charge to you, be daring, be bold!

 

 

She got converted!

Continuing my journey to men’s wear I hope to inspire other women to explore options besides boyfriend jeans and men’s blazers. There is more to it than what the fashion runways put out there. Yes, there are designers that do push the envelope and can be over the top but my intent is incorporating men’s wear for everyday wear. For instance, I wore part of the men’s pant suit to do errands over the weekened and a lady asked where did I get my pants because they fit me well. Imagine the look on her face when I told her its from the men’s department. She was speechless with disbelief so I took advantage by rambling on where I got it from, to how the different quality between women’s from men’s clothing are. Thankfully after 5 minutes of my rapid fire rambling, paired with my enthusiasm I convinced her to start shopping at the men’s section. She got converted!

Mission accomplished.

My pantsuit choice for a themed holiday party.

Alright, I raved about pantsuit wear so I decided to check out the local retail store (men’s wear section) for a checkered pantsuit. It worked out well since it goes with this year’s holiday theme of “The Great Gatsby.” I was drawn to the checkered look because I saw one online and it looked amazing. Unfortunately, my search started with numerous online sites that either do not ship to my location or I could not get a response when asked for more details especially when I don’t have the luxury to try it on. Besides, I don’t want to end up second guessing myself and hope for the best.

Fortunately, I managed to find one locally. Its not the checkered look I was aiming for but its a pantsuit that I cannot wait to showcase. What drew me to this suit was first it was on sale and you know by now that I’m not shy when it comes to bargains. Second it was red with enough pattern to make it more interesting instead of plain boring. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to have found the jacket in small with a matching 32W size pants.

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Another reason why I ignore the size because what matters most is the fit and comfort. Therefore, I plead to girls out there to not get bothered if your size increases or continue to increase. Vendors have their ways of sizing so try not to get bothered by a number.

Close up on the funky pattern.

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Overall, its how you carry yourself that matters. If what you wear brings confidence in you, it should not matter if you wear a sizeable pantsuit or not because at the end of the day, you better strut it girl!

 

Styling men’s cargo shorts/pants…

Cargo shorts or pants is such a staple in men’s wear that I just started incorporating it as part of my wardrobe. Typical girl/women’s fashion would not dare get caught wearing cargos but why not? It is such a practical pair to have, first of because of its pockets! I love the way how versatile a pair of cargos can carry not only a wallet but tools as well. Granted, I do not have hobbies that require tool carrying but the fact of having readily available pockets is always a great option to have. This means if I do not have to carry a purse, that’s a bonus for me.

Second, cargo shorts come in a variety of colors and designs that should make it more appealing to wear no matter ones gender. I for one own a pair of cargo shorts with camouflage in woodland pattern. I love styling it with a pair of black booties and a simple top. For accessories, I often pair it with silver hooped earrings and finished off with a thin oversized sweater jacket that hits just above my knee. In this way the cargo shorts merely peeks out every time I walk.

 

Other times, I do wear the cargo shorts in plain site as a statement piece with a simple top on a pair of either loafers or slides. Sometimes, yours truly likes to dress up in a more rugged look but only with a hint of femininity thanks to accessories such as statement earrings, bold sunglasses with a pop of red lipstick!

Overall, cargo shorts/pants is a unique piece for girls to wear that I enjoy pushing the envelope. For instance, cargos does not have to be casual, you can help glamorize it with a pair of heels topped with a fancy looking top. Of course accessorize as necessary, and if you want to push it even further add a surprise teaser by spritzing on a men’s fragrance. Bold move, bold statement.

You’re welcome!

 

 

Opting for a pantsuit instead of gowns/dresses

Wearing costumes has always been fun for me, from Halloween to any themed party. I noticed the same trends for women and girls alike wanting to be someone or something sexy. For me I get bored of the same thing so last year’s holiday party I opted to wear a custom made pin striped pantsuit with wine colored high heels. Sure enough, I was one of three women in trouser outfits while the rest came in dresses/gowns. This year is no different with the theme being “The Great Gatsby” I was eyeing a checkered suit to go with my black rimmed glasses and black loafers.

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Accessorizing it with either a fedora or newspaper boy cap. Another option was to wear a short bob wig or fix my hair in the 1920’s style, fashioning it with my mimosa scented pomade. Unfortunately, I can’t fit in my custom made pantsuit so I am still on the hunt for a secondhand pantsuit. I will try the local thrift shops such as The Salvation Army but I am still open to ordering online, any suggestions?

Wish me luck!

 

Definitely not basketball shorts…

I’d rather be comfortable yet fashionable because I don’t believe in going through any pain or discomfort just to be labeled as being “in fashion.” Therefore when I gained a few pounds and kept shoving myself in that small pair of shorts, my uncomfortable love handles were not having it so what’s a girl to do? Size up in the women’s section? Nope. Instead, I opted to wear men’s gym shorts!

First comes to mind are, basketball shorts which is baggy enough to fit me but at 5’3″ I might as well be wearing it like a skirt. Good thing I managed to find regular pairs of men’s gym shorts, better yet they were ON SALE!

I noticed the following differences between male and female gym shorts;

1. The pockets are large enough to carry a compact wallet, to include keys.

2. Gym short design provides a loose and comfortable fit.

3. The color scheme used tend to be heavy toned such as black and/or grey with only hints of lighter tone colors within its design.

4. For the best fit, personally try it on since the conversion between female to men sizes vary.

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Exploring men’s eye wear, a.k.a unisex wear?!?

Unless its part of their sales pitch, whenever I asked which ones are men’s eye wear the sales rep at a retail store responds along the lines of, “Most of what we carry are unisex.”

This makes me wonder if unisex is the go-to response in order to make retail sell. Whatever the case, I indulged myself in trying out all the so-called “men’s” eye wear that a local retail store has to offer.

I started by after asking permission if I can take photos at the eye wear department, with a definite yes from the sales rep; I took my chance to try out as many eye wear that I can before I take the hint that my time of photo taking without buying any is over.

Therefore, based on an unspoken time limit I knew I got, I started taking photos, not bothering what brand I tried on or how it looked on me. My goal was to exploit my allotted time and edit with what I end up with. It was a thrilling moment as I flashed my face with every pair that seemed to cater to the general male population.

In truth, I looked like a busy bee hovering from one mirror to another snapping photos faster than I can decide which glasses haven’t I tried yet. In no time, I lost myself in making sure the lighting and angle was acceptable basing it on my untrained photography.

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Sadly as I previewed my photos I made the mistake of making contact with the sales rep which ended my thrilling eye wear exploration. All she did was give me a distained look which prompted me to thank her again before I left.

As I left I had to glance back, in which to my dismay I noticed another eye wear section that I missed out on exploiting.

Hmmmm, if only…