Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dress up with Ali & Fuchsia

Today Ali and I shirked all responsibilities to visit our friend Fuchsia, plot for something exciting (more on this in due time), and indulge ourselves in some rural thrifting realness-- and frankly, I think we all made out like bandits-- and eating our body weights in delicious treats.

This is the outfit I started the day in, which is includes this J. Crew velvet blazer that I acquired from Fuchsia at our clothing swap with Mel in January-- which has since been referred to in our house as the Willy Wonka blazer. It's cut long, so I like wearing it with this Anthro cardigan that I got on huge sale last year, presumably because no one else wanted to wear this combination of bright colors and huge floral patterning.

Loeffler Randall for Target shoes.  Every fashion blogger in the world decries thrifting Target items, but I went rogue on these and don't regret it!
instagram proof from february that these items of clothing belong together in my mind.

We couldn't resist taking some photos of our thrift haul, so Fyoosh and I made a couple of stealthy costume changes along the rural road that's home to this offensive souvenir shop. While admittedly endearing for its kitsch factor, the shop and others like it are testimony to the creepy, troubling, racist history of American tourism, simultaneously anachronistic and in sync with more recent trends in cultural appropriation. To clarify: a place to reflect on the generalization and exploitation of Native cultures in commercial America, not a shopping destination. 

Among other things (including a pink patterned caftan that I can't wait to hem...), I acquired this sick cropped red-short sleeve sweater.  Please excuse the technicolor-clash between this and my lip color-- by which I mean sorry I'm not sorry.

Fuchsia started off with some awesome cropped olive green jeans from Madewell & this denim shirt with (leather?) detailing, and quickly added this lazy white button down from Goodwill that necessitated a fast trip to Family Dollar for a pair of scissors to make quick work of the sleeves.  Additionally, her latest thrifting trip to Saver's (which was the subject of a long iMessage thread with Melina and myself), also yielded these sweet vintage Etienne Aigner loafers in a really pleasing weathered brown.

Fuchsia's next change involved a totally new look-- the top seen above, a skirt from a multi-vendor antique market, and a belt from Goodwill.  I think this look could go the way of costumey (it did make me think of a lady from the 1950s or 60s on summer vacation!), but her lipstick and gorgeous tattoos make it modern and wearable today.

Finally, Ali made what was quite possibly the best find the day at Goodwill-- a never worn leather jacket in a gorgeous reddish-brown for FIFTEEN DOLLARS.  When asked for her comment on the purchase, she noted that she would "classify it as bitchin'." So there you have it, friends.

xo, meg

Jeans: J. Brand
Floral Cardi: Anthropologie
Blazer: J. Crew, swapped from Fuchsia
Shoes: Loeffler Randall for Target (thrifted)
Necklace: Anthropologie
Sunnies: AJ Morgan
Red Sweater: Thrifted, Goodwill

Jeans: Madewell, buy them here!
Denim shirt, white lacey shirt, floral skirt, belt, loafers: All thrifted

Jeans: Gap
Shirt: Ralph Lauren Rugby
Loafers: Sperry
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Leather jacket: Thrifted at Goodwill for a song

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