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I wear what I like and I like what I wear. A daily outfit blog: WhatIWore2Day

Color Black

· Give me a black crayon ·

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Currently, black is one of my favorite colors. At one point, I didn’t have enough to wear as a stagehand. Now, I could dress in it from head to toe. I broke it up with denim, brown, and olive, for day, but wore the dress with black hose and heels for tango, at night.

Vest, C’est Toi (thrifted). Dress, H&M (thrifted). Jeans, Old Navy. Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Necklace, Honeycat. Bag, Nordstrom Rack.

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Judge’s Kimono

· Creating a tradition ·

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Last year, when I judged the AAUW’s Sacramento Speech Trek contest, I wore this kimono. I didn’t mean to wear it again, but figure it’s my signature, now, so I’d better wear it next year, too!

Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Dress, Under Skies (consignment). Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Earrings, Jack E Oh’s NYC. Bag, Nordstrom Rack. Down vest (below), Nike (thrifted).

This year and last year:

Fresh Hair

· I got a haircut ·

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You probably can’t even tell that I got a haircut (especially since today’s pictures are backlit), but I feel much better. It’s no longer doing weird things in the back. The side bang is better blended. (I cut it myself, last time.) And my undercut is starting to finally catch up with the longer layers on top.

Hoodie vest, C’est Toi (thrifted). Shirt, Gap (thrifted). Skirt, Forever 21 (thrifted). Belt, Hadley Pollet (consignment). Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, Vince Camuto. Bag, Mondani. Sunglasses, Girl Props.

Remember when I had this haircut?

I’m still growing out the buzz, almost two years later. But I don’t regret a thing.

Broken Record

· Outfit formula on repeat ·

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This combination of cool girl jacket + turtleneck + statement skirt + novelty hosiery is quite similar to the one I wore on Monday. It’s one outfit formula I like to repeat.

Jacket, C Magic (thrifted). Turtleneck, A New Day. Skirt, Hauber Sporting Life (thrifted). Tights, We Love Colors. Shoes, ASOS. Arrowhead pendants, thrifted. Tassel pendant, Epcot Morocco.

Today and Monday:

(Yeah, a bit less windy on Monday.)

White Summer Top Dye Results

· Rit Dye in Rose Quartz and Aquamarine ·

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The results of the reader poll were to dye the Free People top pink and the Lucky top turquoise. I used Rit dye (in the washer, with salt) to dye each of the mostly cotton tops from white to another color in my wardrobe palette.

The choices for the Free People top were pink and gray and you wisely chose pink. One reader mentioned that gray next to the face wouldn’t have been flattering and that’s a good point. Of course, as soon as I bought the pink dye, I realized that I already have a long-sleeved, button-front top in almost the exact same shade, but proceeded anyway. Before and after:

I love how this turned out! I didn’t think the lace would take the dye, at all, but the webbing did, while the flowers did not. The flowers are highlighted now, with the pink background.

The choices for the Lucky top were red and turquoise. After you selected turquoise, I realized that Rit doesn’t make a turquoise dye. The closest colors were Teal and Aquamarine. I could have combined the two, but decided to go for the Aquamarine. It’s a bit paler and less green than I would have liked, but the shade is definitely true to the bottle! Before and after:

I suspect this top is not 100% cotton because it didn’t dye evenly. There is some variation in color. (The content tag was cut out, so I had to guess at the fabrication.) The slight mottling may come out in subsequent washes, but it’s not a deal breaker. The most disappointing outcome is that the hot water required for the dyeing process seemed to have completely killed the already saggy elastic at the sleeve cuffs. I am debating whether to try and replace the elastic or just cut the ends of the sleeves off and give them a regular hem. (Maybe embellished with ball trim?)

That’s the beauty of thrifted items: they are low-risk for creative processes. I can dye the garment or cut bits off or add embellishments without fear of “ruining” something precious. I hope I’ve inspired you to try a DIY (Dye It Yourself) of your own. Thank you for your help choosing the colors for my project. I’m looking forward to wearing my “new” tops.

Kitty Cat Knees

· Meow with every step ·

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Finally, I’ve found an occasion to wear all my inappropriate clothing: tango class! Short hems and novelty tights are fair game.

Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Dress, Parker (consignment). Tights, Target. Boots, Steve Madden. Earrings, flea market. Bag, Caprice.

Fishnet Socks

· Not as good as fishnet tights ·

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After the lovely comments on my bow-printed trouser socks, I bought a few more pairs of novelty socks to wear with my cropped pants. I tried this pair out, today, with a long skirt, but they were so uncomfortable that I doubt you’ll be seeing them again.

Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Turtleneck, A New Day. Skirt, Chaus Jeanswear (consignment). Boots, Vionic. Arrowhead pendants, thrifted. Tassel pendant, Epcot Morocco. Bag, Anne Klein (thrifted).


· Brown and olive ·

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Brown and olive is an easy pairing. I like the portmanteau of “brolive,” even though it recalls the unfortunate “broga.”

Sweater, Gibson (thrifted). Dress, Mossimo. Tights, We Love Colors. Socks, Sock Dreams. Boots, Vince Camuto. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Earrings, self-made. Purse, Caprice (thrifted).

Spring Yellow

· Yellow flowers are first ·

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When I lived in Cincinnati, I noticed that the yellow flowers seemed to bloom first: daffodils, witch hazel, and the yellow crocuses. I’ve always wondered if the early pollinators are attracted to yellow. (Although, there are a few early white blooms, like snowdrops.) No insects attempted to pollinate my headband, so I am still left wondering.

Sweater, Forever 21 (thrifted). Vest, Forever 21 (cut from a consignment jacket). Dress, Express. Boots, American Eagle (thrifted). Headband, Hippih Home. Earrings, Charming Charlie. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses.Bag, Anifeel.

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Owl Are Passé

· A ten-year-old trend ·

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Do you remember owls were on everything? I had an owl purse and owl necklaces and owl earrings and owl brooches. (I even considered an owl tattoo.) I never owned an owl shirt, though, until now. Owls may no longer be cool, but I like the tank’s fabric and details.

Tank, Blu Planet (thrifted). Shirt, Banana Republic (thrifted). Skirt, Billabong. Boots, Gypsy Soule x Ariat. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Francesca’s.