Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thrifty Finds: Cheap & Trendy Fall Sweaters

Sweaters are pretty ubiquitous at thrift stores, which means lots of opportunity to find really cute styles.

With so much selection, you have to keep an eye out for quality. Look for higher end labels, quality materials (like wool and cashmere), and most importantly, minimal pilling.

But if you find a really cute sweater that’s covered with pilling, you don’t necessarily have to abandon it. Buy a pack of cheap disposable razors and gently shave off the pills, using a lint roller to pick up the debris. It’s very possible to make a sweater look almost new with a little patience.

Here are some of our latest cozy finds.

Britt's Burgundy Cable-knit Sweater - $5 from Goodwill
Thrifted wool scarf, H&M jeans, Alfani boots, handmade station necklace

Thrifted Fall Sweaters on DoubleMinted

Thrifted maroon cable knit sweater on DoubleMinted

Devon's Mint and Grey Oversize Sweater - $5 from Goodwill
H&M black skinny jeans and Nine West boots from DSW

Thrifted cozy mint and grey striped sweater on DoubleMinted

Thrifted cozy fall sweater with boots on DoubleMinted

Thrifted mint and grey striped sweater on DoubleMinted

Britt's Argyle V-neck Sweater - $5 from Goodwill
Thrifted grey pencil skirt, drugstore tights, Sam Edelman pumps

Thrifted argyle sweater work look on DoubleMinted

Work look with thrifted argyle sweater on DoubleMinted

Devon's Fair Isle Sweater - $7 from Urban Ore
Thrifted Brook's Brothers corduroys and Target boots

Thrifted fair isle sweater on DoubleMinted

Thrifted fair isle sweater on DoubleMinted

Britt's Cropped Glitter Sweater - $5 from Goodwill
White blouse from Francesca's, Express "liquid leggings", red Michael Kors pumps

Thrifted cropped glitter sweater on DoubleMinted
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Cropped metallic sweater with liquid leggings on DoubleMinted

Devon's Striped Banana Republic Sweater - $5 from Goodwill
Thrifted tan ankle boots, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, and hand-me-down necklace from Grandma

Thrifted striped colorblock sweater on DoubleMinted

Striped colorblock sweater on DoubleMinted

Striped colorblock sweater on DoubleMinted

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Put Together: How to Transition a Piece from Summer to Fall

If you're like most people, then the weather isn't the only thing that changes with the seasons. Your wardrobe does too.

Here in Northern California, Indian Summer lasts well into October sometimes (and this year into November!), so you have to be prepared to juggle hot sun one day and cool clouds the next. No separate summer & fall wardrobes here—we have to be flexible.

Here are a few pieces that we're styling for both hot and cold weather.

Devon's Plaid Shirt
$5 from Goodwill

Summer Look
with Old Navy skinny jeans and thrifted Ralph Lauren pumps

Fall Look
with Old Navy skinny jeans, H&M cable knit sweater and hand-me-down boots

Britt's Neon Coral Dress
$8 at Goodwill

Summer Look
Report platform sandals, sun hat from TJ Maxx, H&M necklace

Fall Look
BCBGirl heels, faux leather obi belt from the Limited, Forever21 faux leather moto jacket

Devon's Black Floral Dress
$15 from Marshall's

Summer Look
with thrifted Ralph Lauren pumps

Fall Look
with H&M cardigan, hand-me-down wide belt and boots from DSW

Britt's Coral Blouse
$12 at Buffalo Exchange

Summer Look
American Eagle wedges from Goodwill, H&M shorts, thrifted leather belt

Fall Look
Enzo Angiolini boots, thrifted grey jeans, hand-me-down Dooney & Bourke purse, Guess? puffer vest, thrifted faux pearl necklace

Devon's Stuart Weitzman Heels
$12 from Goodwill

Summer Look
with spring green wrap cocktail dress from Goodwill

Fall Look
with thrifted plaid skirt, gifted scarf, and tights

Monday, September 1, 2014

Thrifty Finds: Take Some of the Stress Out of Shopping for Pants

Nobody likes shopping for pants. There's nothing worse that struggling to find a pair that fits your specific shape, and even when you find a great fit, they deform after the first wash.

Once again, thrift shopping is a great solution to these troubles. A huge variety of brands and sizes means more opportunity to find a flattering fit. Best of all, second-hand pants are pre-washed and broken in for you. What you see is what you get. Plus, if they end up not fitting down the road, it's not like you spent a lot on them!

Here are a few of our recent finds, scored at the Goodwill on Van Ness and Mission in San Francisco.

Devon's brown corduroys - $5.99
With thrifted tweed blazer, booties, and tartan scarf.

Britt's royal purple jeans - $5.99
With thrifted shoes, discounted Aeropostale sweater, and gifted necklace.

Devon's patterned Gap cropped trousers - $5.99
With hand-me-down t-shirt, thrifted heels, and homemade necklace.

Britt's brocade dress pants - $7.99
With thrifted cashmere sweater, heels, and purse from Ross.

Devon's light green chinos - $5.99
With H&M blouse and sweater, thrifted necklace, and hand-me-down Kate Spade tote bag.

Britt's dark grey jeans - $5.99
With gifted Old Navy top and J. Crew necklace, faux leather jacket from Ross and thrifted flats.