trailblazing blazer

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Readers. Friday was a big victory for my Fashion Huntress work attire. I was able to figure out how to wear a sweatshirt at work. Stop it. Hold the phone. Shut the front door. This is happening and it’s a thing. Here is the criteria that I thought made my sweats work appropriate:

1) The sweatshirt was a blazer

2) The blazer had elbow patches (so legit)

3) It was worn with fancy heels
Speaking of victories, I found these Moschino heels on consignment last week. They potentially need some re-soling love, but they are still in great condition. A sweatshirt with Moschino heels? At work? It’s like pretty much 90% of my fashion dreams came true in one day.
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Blazer: H&M ($11 marked down from $15)
Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)
Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($2.50 marked down from $60)
Shoes: Moschino via consignment ($24 marked down from approx $400)
Necklace: (gift, handmade)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I had some serious reservations about consigning shoes. However, I decided to not even give it a second thought after I found a few great pairs. When I’m looking at shoes on consignment, I always look at both shoes from all angles, especially the heel, toe, and sole. Most shoes can be re-heeled and re-soled.  However, if they’ve worn down too far, it might be tricky to fix them. You can tell if a heel is worn down too far if you can see metal in the heel tip or if the fabric of the shoe has started to wear around the rubber/plastic heel. At that point, re-heeling will not fix all of the issues.  With re-soling, I look to ensure that the shoe doesn’t have any holes in the sole. Lastly, I take an alcohol swab and just clean out the inside of the shoe once I get home- voila! Ready to go!
 
2) Mixing high and low is always one of my favorite ways to dress up my casual or lower priced pieces. Fret not, if designer pieces are out of your budget (they are definitely out of mine!), then check out vintage, consignment, and charity shops. In many resale-type shops, they have a section labelled “designer.” If the prices seem high, consider going elsewhere. I typically don’t think that $100-$300 is a good price for a designer dress in a resale shop, though I’m guessing this is regional and prices may vary by location. Check out shop ratings near your house by using yelp.com or look at online shops like ebay.com.
Anyone else have resale shoe tips?
I hope everyone is having a good start to the week! Happy Monday!
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47 thoughts on “trailblazing blazer

  1. Those are adorable shoes! I am always attracted to shoes when thrifting but they have to be pretty much new for me to bite. To be clear, you paid 2.50 for pants? Did I read that right? Score!

  2. There really is nothing more legit than elbow patches. That’s a fact! Love this look!

    Justine from thetwocentchick.com

  3. I’m always a bit unsure about pre-loved shoes but once found a great pair of vintage Ferragamo booties that I couldn’t pass by. The alcohol swab is a must and I also wear a little pair of stocking socks for extra protection. Your Moschinos were such a fab find!

  4. Okay, so where do you go to resole your shoes. Is there a name for that type of shop? Is it something done at department shoes? While I’ve heard of re-purposing shoes, I just have no clue where to take mine. Any advice -here or in a future blog post -would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

    • Ooo good question!! I have not heard of department stores re-soling but I know many cobblers/shoe repairs will. I actually have a pair I got resale that need to be resoled- I’ll take them in and then I’ll post on how it goes. I’ve been told it’s generally about $20-$30 per pair, but I will research and report back!

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