happy in hand-me-downs


Hand-me-downs can sometimes get a really bad rep (old, used, ill fitting, and/or out of style clothing). However, since I was a little girl, I’ve gotten some pretty rockin’ hand-me-downs. In the 90s, it was Doc Martens, overalls and flannel skirts. Once we all grew up a bit, it became more about heels, skirts and dresses. So, you can imagine how I happily welcome any and all hand-me-downs in my life. This skirt is no exception. My sister gave it to me…and then after the post pics said, “could I borrow that back sometime?” Ha! I’m telling you, I’ve gotten lucky! This is my “happy in hand-me-downs” look.


Top: Gap ($7 marked down from $50)

Skirt: Hand me down (Odile via Bloomingdales)

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft (borrowed)

Tights: Forever 21 (years ago, maybe  $5)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

Necklace: Tiffany (approx $125)

Ring: Forever 21 ($5)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This skirt truly embodies the definition of a “full skirt.” Believe me, it looks even bigger in person. To wear something of this proportion at work, I paired it down with a button down and cardigan. Wearing this skirt in the evening is so easy, but making it work professional is a bit more challenging. My advice is to go conservative on top is you’re going to wear a skirt of this volume. (But, don’t forget to twirl around in your office and have some fun too).

2) Gap is having another one of their sale-sales. All items were 30% off their sale prices. I generally see these sales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays- though they are on the weekends sometimes too. Gap, to me, is known for similar items to be priced at all different prices. Some of the button downs were marked down to $45 (from $50), while others were marked down to $7-$8 (from $50). I’m guessing that the “more popular” patterns don’t get reduced all that much, but I loved all of the ones that were further reduced. Always look through all of the sale items; sale prices vary so much, it’s worth your while to check it all out.

Happy weekend, all! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope everyone has a good start to the week!

30 replies to “happy in hand-me-downs

  1. Love the outfit, the attitude and the pictures, one of the flying skirt and the one with the arms at the waist are my favorite pictures from the post! 🙂

  2. With a piece that fabulous I wouldn’t care if I found it in the trash (okay I lied but only because I don’t dig through the trash). What I’m saying is that piece is gorgeous just like you!

    xx Cara

  3. I always love giving my clothes to my sisters because the unwritten rule is that I can always ask for the back! This skirt is a great hand-me-down, I also like wearing a very full skirt with a buttoned-up cardigan for an even more fitted look on top.

  4. Love your outfit! I never would have guessed that the skirt was a hand me down. your pictures and movement in the skirt are fabulous!


  5. Those shoes are the absolute cutest! Reminds me of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. (I know, pop culture references from 2007, aren’t I old now?)

    1. Lol well, then it shows my age too because I knew exactly what you were talking about and remembering it from after I graduated from undergrad…which shows you even more! Lol! And thanks!! I always admired her style.

      On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, The Fashion Huntress wrote:


  6. The full skirt is such a super-hot trend this season…
    love how you created great balance with fitted shirt…
    looks like you’re going to have lots of fun in this skirt…
    so much so your sister “will” want it back!! 😉

  7. The main reason I always wanted a sister – so we could share clothes (a little more sharing on her part and less on mine though, haha). Love the dark colors with the springy gingham print.

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