Last week there was an event at my job and I needed to dress up.
Well… if you’ve been keeping up with the goings on here at Out of Debt Again, it just so happens about 16 months ago I went through my closet in a mad fit, determined to donate all the clothes that hadn’t fit me for years. Who knew after vowing to never diet again for the past fifteen years that I’d give the GAPS diet a chance just four months later? Dang. I don’t shop for clothes a lot, and I certainly don’t dress for the latest fashions. I do wear what looks flattering to my body and I think I have an eye as to what those items are. So all the clothes I donated would fit now, but they’re gone. It’s hard to not feel a little sad for that. Especially that long black dress with the purple and lavender roses. That was one of my all time favorites, and I only paid $15 for it at Ross Dress for Less.
Anyway, back to my point, I needed to dress up for an evening event at work. I had saved back one fancy looking jacket that I just couldn’t bear to part with when I had my mad donating fit, it is black with shiny little pieces sewn to it that are a golden color. I decided to hit Savers and see if I could find some pieces to match with this jacket. I found a nice black tube skirt by Briggs NY for only $5.99 which fit perfectly. I then decided to have a look at the shoes and found a black pair of heels by Naturalizer, for $6.99. Naturalizer shoes are known for being comfortable, and especially now that now that my feet no longer hurt since I started GAPS, I can wear heels again! I also found a black and gold beaded necklace for a mere $1.99, which pulled the gold color out of the jacket and really made the outfit. I already had a black t-shirt which matched perfectly with this outfit, and I also had the gold earrings (which were given to me by a friend -and she found them at a thrift store originally!)
So for $15.00 I found several pieces that can easily be mixed and matched to make other outfits.
I love the versatility of an outfit like this. The possibilities are endless. With a dark red or green shirt underneath, and a matching red or green necklace, I’ll have a pretty outfit to wear for Christmas parties. The skirt looks very flattering on me and I could get by wearing it without jacket. With a colorful top and matching necklace it would work well for attending a birthday party or baby shower.
Another cool thing about the design of the skirt is once I lose more weight, I could easily take in the seams to make it smaller. It won’t be difficult at all because of the straight tube style.
What about you? Do you try to buy your clothes with an eye toward multiple outfits?