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Thursday, December 3, 2015

IGNITE Inspiration: Lady in Red- Winter Wedding Attire

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of not only getting together with lots of family (old and new) for Thanksgiving but also attending my cousin's beautiful wedding!

Of course, I waited until the last minute to think about what to wear only to find that the dress I was thinking of wearing was in the end too summery for an end-of-November wedding!  Most people would just give in and buy a dress at their favorite store, no muss, no fuss, right?

But not me...oh nooo.  I decided this would be a great opportunity to challenge myself- yet again.  Yes, I would see if I could find something suitable for a wedding at a second-hand store.

So less than 24 hours before we were to leave for our trip, there I was sifting through the racks.  I must have tried on about 20 dresses and was cursing myself once again for not only waiting until the last minute but also giving myself ANOTHER obstacle to tackle when I happened upon not one but TWO dresses that just clicked.


I bought both.  You know, so I could have options. ;-P  And my total for both dresses came to $32!

As you can see, I ended up wearing the red dress and was super happy with my choice.  It was comfy, flattering and best of all, a great price at $20.


Bonus: this dress was from Zara with the original sales tag still attached.  Original price? $79.99.  Score!  I paired it with my favorite black heels and some gold dangly earrings from F21.  Total spent on this outfit was $24.90.



As for the black dress?  I have an empty spot in my winter wardrobe that's just right for a cooler-weather LBD.  Check out a close up of the fabric:



The moral of the story:  With a little patience and persistence it IS possible to find semi-formal wear at your local thrift store.  I would recommend starting your search a little earlier than I did but as you can see, there are little gems hiding in those racks.  Just gotta look!

What about you guys?  I want to hear about your thrift store success stories!



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