Thrifted Threads: A Tracy Reese Dress Find

I’m a major fan of Tracy Reese. She designed a few of my all-time favorite pieces, including this colorblock coatprint pencil skirtblouse, and shirtdress. She creates gorgeous, feminine, powerful pieces with a cultural richness to them. Her signature prints seem to tell a story I want to hear.

As one of just a few black designers to achieve great success in the industry, Reese taps into her experiences to keep her designs fresh. Her Fall 2016 collection, for example, A Detroit Love Song, draws inspiration from the history and present circumstances of her hometown Detroit. I’ve already wish-listed about 5 items from that collection.

Dress: Plenty by Tracy Reese (thrifted)

Sandals: J.Crew (old, similar)

Hat: H&M (similar, similar)
Tote: Tory Burch

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Bracelet: J.Crew (old, Kendra Scott option)

Rings: Kendra Scott, Kendra Scott (on sale)

Watch: Movado (in silver)

Lip: Mac Versicolour “Forever Darling” stain, Mac “Kiss Me Quick” lip pencil

I’ve purchased most of my Tracy Reese pieces via Anthropologie. I’m currently waiting for markdowns on a couple of her dresses there—the Dropwaist Silk Dress and the Olea Swing Dress. Today’s featured dress was a special surprise I stumbled upon in a local thrift store. It was $14, y’all!

It was the standout, Tracy Reese print that initially caught my attention. When I first picked up the dress, though, I wasn’t immediately attracted to the top. I thought that its peasant blouse style coupled with its midi length would make the dress look frumpy on me. I’m so glad I took a chance and tried it on because once I had it on, I realized I could easily wear it as an off-the-shoulder dress. That’s it! Baring the shoulders is what made the dress work for me.

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Two Ways to Wear the J.Crew Factory Velvet Skinny Jean

From Phillip Lim to Diane von Furstenberg, several designers sent luxe-looking, velvet creations down the fall 2013 runways, signaling a revival of the velvet trend.

I’m excited, then, to partner with my blogger friend, Yasmin of Bangles and Bungalows, to share and style one of our favorite velvet finds—the navy J.Crew Factory Velvet Skinny Jean.  Move over basic denim and cords, these velvet skinnies are the must-have pants of the season.  These jeans are as plush as they are comfortable, boasting J.Crew Factory’s newest rise, the midrise waist.

In today’s post, we’re demonstrating how incredibly versatile these jeans are.  Yasmin is sporting a cozy chic styling of the velvet skinny jean while I jazz mine up for a holiday party.  Be sure to swing by Bangles and Bungalows for details on Yasmin’s chic look.

Two Ways to Wear JCrew Factory Velvet Skinny Jean collage

To get holiday-party ready, I paired my velvet skinny jeans with a sequin top.  Tis the season for sequins, right?  This top, by the way, was a thrifted French Connection dress that I refashioned.  A white tuxedo blazer stands out against the blues while adding a polished touch to the party look.  

JCrew Factory Velvet Skinny Pants 1c
Sizing?  The pants fit true-to-size.  I’m wearing my usual size 28.

JCrew Factory Velvet Skinny Pants, forever 21 crepe woven blazer 1

JCrew Factory Velvet Skinny Pants 2c

Pants—J.Crew Factory
Top—c/o Savers | similar, similar
Jacket—Forever 21 | similar
Shoes—c/o Luichiny
Earrings—Kate Spade | similarsimilar
Bracelet—J.Crew | similar
Watch—Michael Kors | similar
Lip—Mac “Heroine”| optionMac “Currant” lip pencil

*Exclusive Discount:  From November 19 to 24, mention “Economy of Style” at the J.Crew Factory Store at Taubman Prestige Outlets to receive an additional 15% off your purchase or an additional 20% off when you spend $125 or more.

Coupled with the current in-store promotion of 40% off everything, this exclusive discount is a sweet deal!  Happy shopping!

Thrifted Threads: A $2 Vintage Tweed Blazer

Today’s post features a jacket I purchased at a $1-$2 vintage sale last year.  This tweed jacket, a steal at $2, was my favorite purchase at that vintage sale.  The jacket is in impeccable condition, especially for an item that was made between 1955 and 1974.  It’s overall style evokes timeless chic.

For today’s outfit, I decided to play up the black and cream colors in the jacket by pairing it with a houndstooth dress with similar colors.  Since the jacket has a boxy silhouette, I belted it for waist definition.  I also cuffed the sleeves and popped the collar on the jacket to make it look a little hipper.

Jacket—Vintage ILGWU | similar
Dress—Max and Cleo via BCBG Outlet | similar
Belt—CK (came w/a dress)
Booties—Biviel via Amazon
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx | similar
Bracelets—Bansri via Hautelook
Earrings—Kendra Scott
Lip—Mac ‘Girl About Town’/Mac ‘Beet’ lip pencil

Thrifted Threads: A $1 Vintage Plaid Skirt

Remember that vintage $1-$2 sale I attended at the City Museum last November?  It has taken me this long to finally get my items dry-cleaned and altered (where necessary).

Today, I’m sporting the plaid skirt I purchased for $1.  It was originally a midi length skirt, so I had it shortened to just above the knee, a much more flattering length for my height/shape.

Yesterday, I planned for a simple look—a crisp white shirt paired with the plaid skirt.  It was so cold, though, that I had to add a cardigan.  Here’s the final look.

Shirt—Loft | similar
Skirt—Vintage via The Bale Out
Tights—Dolci Calze via Marshalls
Booties—Biviel via Amazon
Bag—Michael Kors via Macy’s
Coat—Anthropologie ‘Dusken Funnelneck’ coat
Earrings—Kendra Scott
Watch—Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Thrifted Threads: Comfy-Chic Fall Style

Today’s outfit features another one of my recent thrifted finds from Savers in Ellisville.  It’s a vintage-looking, wool, pencil skirt with the perfect combination of texture and print.  It’s only tag indicates that it was made in Belgium.  I was instantly attracted to the look, condition, and $4.99 price of the skirt.

I envision this thrifted skirt blending in well with many Fall looks.  Check out how it combines with a  mustard Loft cotton woven front utility blouse and a leopard scarf.  Instant Fall chic!

I thought about wearing a belt to define my waist, but vetoed that idea because sometimes I just don’t want to feel tied up.  You know what I mean?

Skirt—Vintage c/o Savers (thrifted, $4.99)
Scarf—The Limited (cool infinity scarf at Express)
Tights—Merona for Target
Boots—Diba ‘Pilot’ bootie via DSW
Watch—Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack (recent buy, 55% off retail)
Bag—Dooney & Bourke c/o Savers (thrifted, $29.99)