I don’t read magazines much anymore in this Pinterest era, but when I do, I always enjoy the ‘look for less’ features BUT – I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this – even the “less” pieces are way more expensive than I would be willing to pay. Maybe I would splurge on quality basics like denim but even then, when it’s so plentiful at the thrift store, why bother? My whole raison d’être is looks for less but I thought I might be extra concrete about it in today’s post and show you how I copied a few outfits using thrifted pieces. If this is enjoyable for you, I would very much welcome suggestions of other outfits to copy – just drop me a line one way or another (except don’t phone because I only answer for Jeremy and my new friend Lisa). Since I’m now a Texas Trophy Wife, I copied outfits I would actually wear on a day-to-day basis as opposed to work looks. My new “job” allows jeans and day drinking so I’m basically winning at life these days. (Jk, I’m bored. Who wants to talk about OT with me, in jeans and with wine?)
I actually have no idea how much this outfit from Pinterest would have cost. I liked the fact that it was on a real size woman because for crying out loud everything looks good on skinny minnies but how are we to know if it will work on the rest of us. (I’m getting a little tired of this on Instagram, but I digress.) Before I show my copy, I should mention that this was my first real go with a tripod and remote since my kids have meaningful daily occupation and can’t be my photographers all the time. I will work out the kinks, please bear with me.
My copied outfit features gifted but thrifted Antho brand suede ankle boots (I think they were $10), distressed light wash Old Navy denim $2.50, floral tee $1 and long Bobeau cardi $4.19. Why not a light cardi, you ask? Because I don’t have one. Why would I do that to myself? I also don’t do chokers and am wearing a delicate thrifted $2 necklace that you can’t see. You win some and you lose some. Anyhoo, the total cost for my look for MUCH less is $19.69! I think this is a fairly simple look to replicate by swapping in similar pieces you have in your closet and if not, you too can thrift this look for under $20! (FYI, the tee is from Torrid for $28.90 which is actually a pretty good deal, manufacturing notwithstanding.)
Seeing this Pinterest outfit again, I realize I forgot to don my gifted gold cuff in my copycat! DANG. You’ll have to imagine it.
I liked how this outfit lent itself to interpretation. For example, sneakers (runners, if you’re Canadian) are not my jam but you can easily swap in leopard-print footwear of your choice. Same thing goes whenever you see an outfit with footwear you would never wear – I’m looking at you stilettos. Just swap in something that has the same vibe. I also no longer require coats on the regular so I subbed a grey cardi for a grey coat but you do what you need – I’m looking at you Canadians. My copycat features $7.70 leopard flats, $10 J Brand cropped denim, $6 striped tee, $2.50 grey cardi, $10 red leather bag and $30 sunnies I got at Winners more than a year ago and have worn countless times since (I always look at the sunnies when I thrift but haven’t found a very good selection here in Houston). The total cost for my look for MUCH less is $66.20 including those pricey sunglasses.
Just one last thing about this outfit: stripes and leopard print always look great together, and a pop of red makes the outfit! Trust me
I’m a doctor!
Through Pinterest, I discovered this lovely Scottish blogger The Little Magpie. I tend to like magpies 😉 even when they’re tiny and 25. Her outfit is actually built around a jumpsuit/romper and a crop top. My wardrobe has no such pieces so I made do with what I had:
I am wearing my $15 Korkease clogs, $16.15 Babaton joggers from Thred Up, $3.84 tank top, $30 sunnies and $25 black leather jacket for a grand total of $89.99. This might sound high until you consider the last leather jacket you bought for $25… no? That’s right, that would NOT happen unless you’re shopping secondhand. I win again.
There you have it – three looks for much less! Once again, do share if you have other looks you’d like to see copied for MUCH less! I would enjoy the challenge of trying to find specific pieces thrifted – especially for any skeptics out there who might believe that it can’t be done!!