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Adding Color with Tights

A monochromatic look is classic and chic, but when you want to make an outfit fun, just add color!

I picked up this retro-inspired shift at a clothing exchange and wanted to punch it up a bit so I added bright tights. And for even more punch, I belted the dress with a neon belt.

black and pops of color

Dress: Swapped
Tights: Target
Boots: Borrowed
Belt: Swapped

The color (and white piping on the dress) takes this from serious to playful. And if I want to be more office-appropriate, I can easily swap out the belt for a white one and put on black tights.

I don’t think fashion needs to be serious and I like expressing myself through my clothes, so I’ll stick to bright tights for now. Purple, yellow or blue tights would all be fun. And since the dress is solid, it’s practically begging for a fun, patterned pair of tights.

pink and yellow accesories

I have a feeling you’ll see a few more combinations of this dress in the coming winter season.

I’m linking up with Style Elixir’s Style Sessions, Transatlantic Blonde and The Pleated Poppy today. See what others are wearing!


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Florals and Grape Skinnies

I’ve been upstaged by my cat again. Poor Margo. Alice is blind and can go out with close supervision, and Frankie is a dog who can’t escape the backyard. But Margo is a would-be runaway so she has to stay indoors (or in her catio, which she thinks of as an outdoor prison).

gray blazer

She practically begged me to let her out during this backyard photoshoot.

grape skinnies

Blazer: Smart Set via Goodwill
Blouse: Goodwill
Skinnies: Just USA
Socks: Fred Meyer
Shoes: Thrifted
Belt: Madden Girl
Ring: Old Navy

In case you’re not looking at the part-Siamese bundle of cute trouble in the window, I’m wearing a blazer and blouse from Goodwill and my Just USA skinnies.

Cat in the window

I bought a pair of these in red in a local shop and wore them so often I tracked down the brand online and bought two more pair: grape and olive.

floral ring

It seemed like a good outfit for a huge, frilly ring! I love this little piece of costume jewelry. It’s lightweight and soft. I’d love to try making something like this and gluing it onto a plain ring.

I’ve joined Not Dead Yet for Visible Monday and Color Blind for Thrifters Anonymous. Let’s see what other bold, thrifty women are wearing!


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Read my Belt Buckle

A few years ago, while poking around some vintage boutiques, I found a belt buckle with my name on it. If something has your name written all over it, you get it, right?

belt buckle

I don’t wear belts with jeans a lot because they’re bulky and tend to make my longer shirts lumpy. But this top skims my waist, shows off the buckle, but isn’t too short that it’s midriff-baring. So I attached it to a rubber belt and added it to my otherwise plain outfit.

jeans and a T

Top: Swapped
Jeans: Swapped
Shoes: Thrifted
Cuff: Gifted
Bag: Sue Huston (sample sale)
Belt strap: Alternative Outfitters
Belt Buckle: Red Light Vintage

simple outfit

All three of my furry beasts made it into this shot! You can barely see Alice’s ears. She’s outside under close supervision. Being blind, she can’t be left out alone, but she also doesn’t know the escape routes (like Margo). Margo lives inside and has access to a catio I made. She still wants freedom, but it’s too dangerous on the busy street where we live.

outfit details

Sometimes jeans and a T is all I want to wear. I kept this fun with stacked heels and a bright bag.

This post is part of Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet and ColorBlind’s Thrifter’s Anonymous– Check out all the other thrifty, visible women!

Update: I just joined The Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde too–for WIWW. More group post fun!


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