I decided to take a few clothes to Buffalo Exchange and see if I could sell them. For those who don't know, Buffalo Exchange is a chain of resale shops that is very popular with the young and painfully cool. I had been in there only once, and I felt intimidated by the women who work there. Like workers at other style and fashion places, they acted like they are so exceptional and have such an obvious talent for perfect style, and that's why they were singled out for this elite job. They were never told they would have to deal with the boring masses of people who are only on the fringe of cool, who must certainly be envious and clamoring for attention from the goddesses who put clothes on hangers and punch numbers into cash registers (such refined skills!).
Do I sound resentful? Insecure? Maybe.
|new tunic with dark Levi's|
When I was a girl in Smalltown, Oregon, each school year I usually got one new, store-bought dress and one pair of shoes. My mother also sewed a few things, and I got hand-me-downs from my sister, brother, cousins, etc. We weren't very style-conscious, and our only fashion magazine was Sears catalog. I had no money, little selection and not much natural flair. So I'm still easily intimidated by those snotty women who think their armpits never stain their clothes.
|new tunic, light Levi's|
But they were nice this time! Most of the other customers were nice, too! I waited in line for at least 25 minutes to sell my odd, black tunic (seen here - it didn't really fit or suit me), but they didn't want my pretty Worthington dress (thrifted, seen here and here - it also doesn't fit right) or my Loft jacket (hand-me-down from my niece – brown is not my best color). These were deemed to be too "old." Huh. My stuff was better than some of the crap they had on the racks.
|new tunic, charcoal Lee slacks|
In fact, I looked at all the tops and jackets, men’s and women’s, and this is the only thing I found that I wanted. It's silk and cotton, and kind of a new style for me, so I need to be inspired to come up with some outfits. I’m trying out a few here, but I’m also thinking I should get something in burgundy - leggings, midi skirt, skinny jeans.
|label - For Love and Liberty|
Then, since I had shopped second-hand first, my second stop was a little local shop where I bought this new skirt.
|skirt by Avatar|
I had seen it months ago and never forgot about it.
|this is the way it was in the store - squeeee!|
This will be fun to style this autumn!
I've got three pairs of boots/booties that will look good with this, including these from a recent thrift run.
|Unlisted by Kenneth Cole|
I still need to polish them and replace the laces with ribbon - again I'm thinking burgundy.
No Visible Monday this week, so I’m trooping up to Montreal to hang out with Ariane’s Blog Hop at Style Sud-Est. Parlez-vous Quebecois?
Lots of potential for inspiration, so I'm also linking up with Shiny T Tuesday - Inspired, at Flight Platform Living.
Which outfit do you think works best for the tunic? Also, if you're interested in the dress (size 10 - on me it's slightly tight in the hips and loose in the bust) or jacket (size 6, but it fits me, snugly. I can email a picture), email me (sparkleparkdesigns at gmail dot com). I'd be happy to mail them to a new home, but probably only in the US. It's easier that way.