It’s Wednesday! And today, for a special treat, instead of just me showing you some weird and crazy ways to wear your basics, I’ve got a partner in crime! Mandy from milehighthrifter.com has joined forces with me to get our creative juices going…and boy is she great at being creative! Let me tell you a little bit about Mandy.
She’s awesome. I love a girl who when I say: “I put a tie with it”, she doesn’t even blink and says: “oh yeah great idea!” It’s like the idea of wearing a tie as an accessory is perfectly normal and not weird at all (because for me, it’s totally not!) and she just rolls with it because she loves the fun, the interesting, and the unexpected. She’s perfectly self depreciating and sarcastic (hmmm…that reminds me of someone else I know…oh yeah. Me.) and she is a FABULOUS thrifter! When I see something with super cool and fabulous sleeves, I think of Mandy because she has the BEST SLEEVES!! I think I first fell in love with Mandy when she declared her undying love for me on Instagram after having like one mini conversation. Yep, that’s a woman after my own heart. She’s all in, just like me, and she says what she means right away! I think our first conversation was about cankles…and we’ve been head over heels ever since! :) We decided that we’d do a little collaboration on an item that most of us have in our drawers or our closets…the plain v neck tee. I’m gonna share what she did with it first and give my two cents on her looks, but please go to her blog to see the other side of the story!
How “NOW” is Mandy in this look? I love this look because it’s simple, but the shoes…this look is all in the shoes for me. I love how she took these perfectly thrashed jeans and then added in these gloriously crisp white heeled lace ups to really class up the whole thing. I think with this look, you’d typically expect to see flip flops or tennis shoes, but these oxfords really keep it classy in my opinion.
Isn’t she the CUTEST? Man I wish I had that midriff!!! I love the knotted detail on the tee with the button down mini skirt…it’s those little details that really change up an outfit, you know? And of course, the Converse. I think this look is perfectly summer ready and absolutely adorable.
And this look. She has the best personality and it completely comes through in her outfits…which is why fashion is SO FUN! Suspenders and a ruffle skirt? Yeah she really blew my mind on this one because I honestly have to say I wouldn’t think to do this, and I LOVE IT. I think the magic of this outfit is that the plain v neck tee really balances out the outfit. If you were to wear anything more than a basic tee with this, it could take it from day wearable straight into costume territory. So she really nailed it with this look! Please go look at her blog to see more photos of these outfits and more!!
And now, for some more fun…with a v neck tee of course!
THE SHIRT: Really ANY v neck shirt will do! The one I’m using is actually thrifted from the men’s section at the Goodwill. If you can’t find one there, a great place to grab one (or more) is in the men’s undershirt section at Target or Walmart or any store of the like. This one is actually a Hanes men’s undershirt! This is a great place to get them because then if you tend to stain white tees, you won’t be so bummed…because you got a three pack to begin with!
IS IT A SKIRT OR A DRESS? YOU’LL NEVER KNOW
Okay so I’ve got this dress hanging in my closet that I thrifted. I love the fabric and the drape of the skirt, but the top is kind of, um, terrible on me. So, add a tee on top and problem solved!
NECKLACE (similar, but made by the same person), BOOTS (similar), DRESS (similar).
THRIFTY TIP: This dress and shirt are both thrifted, and to be honest, dresses like this are so plentiful at thrift stores and maybe if you find one you like the pattern of, this will give you some ideas on how to make it work if you don’t absolutely love the top part of it!
CRAFTY DIY: Hand distressing men’s new undershirts will give a cheap shirt a more lived in and more expensive feel. HERE is a tutorial with some simple ideas on how to make a newer shirt look old and vintage!
SWAP IT OUT: Change the boots to sandals (gladiators or flip flops!) and of course, change the color of the tee for a whole new look!
THAT 70’S TEE
Much like Mandy’s use of suspenders, I took my love of vintage men’s ties and balanced out the crazy with the simple! Completely makes it wearable and calms down the fun accessories (you know, when the accessories are acting like you’re going to a party and you’re really just going to Target…that kind of deal).
PANTS (similar), PLATFORMS (similar, but same brand).
THRIFTY TIP: Ties are BEST WHEN THRIFTED! There are SO MANY of these bad boys at the thrift stores it’s not even funny! Check them out next time you go!
CRAFTY DIY: If you’re not into wearing an actual tie, try a leather wrap necklace. It gives a similar vibe, but you can do it yourself by buying some leather cord or even some ribbon to do it, or buy one HERE. See how you can even embellish the choker part of it then just wrap and tie in a knot? Even the least crafty can handle this one!
SWAP IT OUT: A bandana would be super cute…try a bandana and some colored skinnies and some boots. Super cute.
Again, you can use the plain tee to balance out elements in your closet that are bolder, louder, and more statement making. It can be a nice blank canvas on which to apply lots of fun jewelry and crazy patterns!
NECKLACE, PANTS (similar, but same brand), CLOGS (similar).
THRIFTY TIP: Blazers are one of the great thrifted items. Check both the women’s section and the mens, and you’ll be sure to find some good ones if you keep your eyes out!
CRAFTY DIY: If you wanted to make your own accessories, you could easily make a necklace out of seed beads with lots of different colors. This is another great option for a statement necklace!
SWAP IT OUT: Instead of clogs, you could use loafers or flats and you could tone down the look with a solid pair of slacks or with jeans. It would be a much more casual look with a pair of boyfriend jeans and some cute flats!
THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS. I MEAN SKIRT AND TEE.
Sometimes finding a dress for an event can be a beast. There are just times when you can’t find exactly what you want, or you want sleeves and dresses with sleeves can be harder to come by…you know this story. Enter the white tee/white skirt that LOOKS like a dress, but it’s much easier!
SKIRT (similar), BOOTS (similar).
THRIFTY TIP: White can be a harder color to thrift for sure. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find! But you can do this look super easily in black and it will be instantly fancier and easier to find stain-free!
CRAFTY DIY: I saw this feather necklace in a Free People store years ago, and I went out to the craft store, bought chain, feathers, and some crimping beads and made it myself. It was a little time consuming, but honestly it saved me like $70, so it was worth it! Another little crafty thing you could do is go buy some Rit Dye at Walmart and buy a white skirt and shirt, and dye them the same color. Look who’s a genius now! YOU are!
SWAP IT OUT: Swap the boots for heels, and the jewelry for something sparkly and you’ve got an event or date night ready look.
I hope you love our collaboration…don’t you just LOVE Mandy? Her instagram and blog are a treat, so make sure to follow her for lots of thrifting inspiration!
Happy midweek y’all!