I’m wearing another thrifty outfit today. I define that as a head-to-toe look for under $100.
I started getting dressed from the bottom up today. I got these Aldo boots at Goodwill for $8. Footwear has to be practically new for me to buy it “used.” And these passed the test: No wear-and-tear on the soles, no scuffs, and no signs of wear inside. I’m not sure anyone ever wore these. If I had bought these new, I would have passed the $100 thrifty mark.
Blazer: Forever 21 ($19)
Tank top: Thrifted ($2)
Skirt: Newport News ($29)
Boots: Aldo (via Goodwill) ($8)
Necklace: Imani ($24)
Unbrella: Swag giveaway ($0)
The best part of this outfit is my Imani necklace. I learned about the organization from the Compassion Fashion Project. Women in Uganda who are victims of rape are often rejected by their husbands. They often have no other options but to turn to prostitution (or are forced into the sex trade). The Zion Project helps them learn to read, and learn skills. In this case, creating beads, and beaded necklaces, from discarded magazines and newspapers. They earn as much making necklaces as they would on the streets. Their history is tragic, but their future is hopeful. That, to me, is priceless.
And because it’s National Poetry Month, here’s an excerpt of a poem by Maya Angelou:
from Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman