Hello everyone! Are you ready for a little Inspiration Calendar outfit?
If you’re new to this blog, the Inspiration Calendar (IC) is a daily guide to help you decide what to wear every morning – each day offers an outfit suggestion that combines colors, patterns, clothing articles, accessories, etc. It’s the perfect answer to “What am I going to wear today??”
And it’s also helped me to explore color combos I wouldn’t think of on my own. Take this outfit: Gray and Brown combo. Simply brilliant.
So here’s my outfit, and for those of you who know me well, I apologize for not mimicking the pose – this was taken back when I was still in the “new house zone” so I wasn’t 100% focused on my fashion.
This was actually my first back-to-the-real-world outfit since my move, and I’m actually quite proud of it. And not all of it is secondhand.
Gray Shrug: HIP (Happening in the Present) – TJ Maxx ($11.99) - bought new!
White blouse: Cabi $1.00 at Bargain Basket Dollar Days sale.
Skirt: Canvasbacks – Fashion Junction Consignment store ($15.99)
Boots: [relativity] – Younkers ($34.99) - bought new!
Belt: Egon Furstenberg – Goodwill ($1.59)
Total Cost: $65.56
This was a great outfit – I literally love every item! And like most of my clothes, every one has a story to it…
First the shrug. To me, shrugs are the new boyfriend cardigan. In fact, I have so much to say on this that I’m going to save it for another post. So yes there’s a story, but you’re going to have to wait for another day to hear it.
As for the shirt, it’s a wonderful nylon/spandex blend, with a zippered front and strong cotton collar and cuffs. I’ve always said “You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many white shirts”, but this shirt has proven me wrong. It’s really the quintessential white shirt. Click here to read about the first time I wore it.
The skirt has become a strong staple in my wardrobe, and also illicits a fond memory of when I bought it. Anyone remember Get Shorty? “Get Shorty” was a series of posts that I wrote to document my craziness when I was obsessed with finding short winter skirts. Click here to read about finding this skirt and all the mayhem that preceded and ensued.
So maybe it doesn’t illicit a “fond” memory. It illicits more of a “good grief was I crazy and I’m so glad I’m not like that anymore!” feeling.
Now for the boots, which I absolutely love. I bought these at Younkers (owned by the same people who own Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Parisian)
Here’s the story behind these babies:
Younkers was having a one-day sale, and if you brought in an old pair of boots, you received a 20% off coupon in which to buy new boots. I’ve always shied away from these great sales, because I’m sort of a secondhand snob. I feel I find better deals at my secondhand shops. Click here to read my thoughts about the Younkers Goodwill sale.
But I was in a crazy mood, so I decided to give it a try, and brought in 2 old pairs of boots, exchanged them for the coupons, and was ready to find my great bargain.
Except it didn’t quite happen like that. You see, me and about 50,000 other women had the same idea, so the place was packed. I’m a pretty tolerant person, but even I got a bit claustrophobic.
And on top of the huge, elbow-shoving, boot-grabbing crowd of anxious and not-always-friendly women, the store seemed a bit understaffed to handle the herd, so finding a sales person to get you your style and size was quite difficult. Being a secondhand/bargain shopper, I wasn’t used to that additional step of having a sales person be my go-between for getting what I wanted. I began to remember why I didn’t like to shop in higher-end stores – it’s kind of a pain in the a–!
Being “kind of a pain-in-the-ass” quickly elevated to downright pissed-offedness when I finally found a pair that I liked, in my size, but I couldn’t use the 20% coupon on it. In fact, the more I looked around, the more I realized that most of the great styles weren’t eligible for the coupon.
What a crock! My foray into shopping like the rest of the world was a complete and utter disappointment. I was so mad I went back and traded my 2 coupons for the boots I brought in. Yes, in the midst of the circus of women all screaming and shouting and grabbing and squeezing in line, I marched up to the counter and made the sales person to in the back and dig for my bag of used boots that I had brought in and gave them back their stinkin’ coupon.
I was so mad at myself for wasting about an hour in that pandemonium that I couldn’t see straight….except when out of the corner of my eye I saw these:
And they were on the kind of rack that had the different sizes stacked below in boxes (so no sales person needed) and much to my delight, I found my size! And they were 1/2 off! So I snagged them and marched over to another department to buy them, and I’ve loved them ever since.
But man, that was alot of effort.
One more thing about the outfit – that night my boyfriend and I went out to dinner, so I quickly changed into a pair of gray skinny jeans:
The jeans are also Cabi, and I found them for $3.89 at Goodwill.
Once again, I really liked this outfit!! Gray and brown – who would have thunk it?