I usually shop for fall/winter clothes in the spring/summer and spring/summer clothes in the fall/winter in order to find the best deals on seasonal clothes (think coats and open toed shoes). This spring/summer, I spent most of my time (and money) buying up the more trendy items (think crop tops and high waisted jeans) and I didn't get around to buying as many cold weather clothes as I would have liked. And honestly, I don't feel like paying 30% to 40% more for a sweater just because it's fall/winter time.
With back-to-school winding down and fall coming up, I've been feeling that itch that comes with every sale-sign sighting and payday arrival - I want to shop. While most people consider back-to-school season as the prime time for updating their closets with trendy pieces, seasonal essentials, and not-so-necessary-necessities, I find the lull between tax-free weekend and the official first day of fall (which falls onthis year) one of the most exciting shopping times of the year. Why? Because almost everything is cheap. Yes. I am a bargain shopper. Of course there are times when I splurge, but take notice that I consider an item price of over $50 pushing it (and it better be a nice pair of jeans 'cause Lord knows I'm not paying $50 for a shirt).
Last weekend, I went to a couple thrift stores to get a few seasonally appropriate clothes (check out this hilarious post from the other blog I co-run about how important these are - Corner of Spring) and scratch that shopping itch without breaking bank.
I bought this Hawaiian button up shirt (pictured above) for only $2.80. Score. I really enjoyed seeing this dad-inspired trend resurface a year ago in men's fashion ( via The Sartorialist and Joe.ie) but didn't see many women rocking these fresh-from-my-fathers-
collection shirts. I expect to see stores carrying shirts like these in spring/summer of 2014, courtesy of who else but hipsters (via Buzzfeed).
I enjoy the contrast of a shirt associated with warmer weather being worn during the colder seasons. Plus, this gave me the perfect opportunity to try my hand at mixing prints. The last time I tried this, I failed. Miserably. Leave a comment telling me how you think I did. (note: all comments saying I did bad will be deleted, after all this is a feigned democracy and my blog)
I really love these shorts I bought 2 or 3 years ago, but I haven't really known what to wear them with. Thankfully, I live in semi-coastal Texas (is that even geographically possible?), aka the land with no real seasonal changes (ie: "what is winter? it's been summer for like 5 years"), so it's likely I will be able to wear these shorts well into the end of December - that is unless we have one of those freak winters with snow and record low temperatures.
Which I will gladly embrace while wearing this Hawaiian shirt, a pair of tailored sweatpants, and some combat boots. Take that, Jack Frost.