20150626

Day Dressing




Continuing the thrift finds theme from the last post, here's another item I got along with the plaid skirt. It's not the most well-made thing, but again, it was less than a dollar! It's a little big in the shoulders but I haven't gotten around to fixing that. The texture is definitely interesting—it's almost like suede but smoothed into a flat, matte fabric. I thought it would be nice to pair it with Tokyo Bopper 870s which has a similar feel to it.


The tiered top reminds me a bit of a Victorian nun habit and combined with the absence of a collar the whole dress has an air of somberness to it. Not a bad thing in my opinion and the shoes add a bit of humor to the outfit. Probably my favorite thing about the dress is how easy and versatile it is to wear. I've worn it as a dress, as a light coat and over another skirt and I barely scratched the surface on what else to pair with it. Not a bad deal at all for one dress.

20150609

Non-uniform



I've been thrifting again after being out of the game for several months. I've almost forgotten how thrift stores smell—that distinct enclosed mothball odor mixed with dust all of them seem to have. Whenever I find myself in a style rut, going thrift shopping seems to be the best and quickest remedy. The low prices diminish my usual reservations when it comes to clothes and I'm more likely to take chances on weird stuff because everything is going for mere pennies. Nothing makes me more excited to shop than a huge "3 for 100" hanging in front of my favorite thrift store.

The top and skirt were from separate thrifting jaunts, the former from Quiapo and the latter from Edsa-Taft. The top has four holes for your arms, head and body without any clear way on how to wear it, like a choose your own adventure deal in shirt form. As a result of the unusual pattern the armholes turn out uneven. The plaid skirt is possibly my favorite of all my recent finds. It's like a school skirt was attacked by a pair of scissors then sewn back together haphazardly. It's a touch longer than ideal, but nothing that cant be fixed with a safety pin. Worn with black oxfords I wear by default.



Grand total of this outfit minus the shoes: less than $2. I tend to quantify the cost of everything with how many lunches I can buy with the money I'm spending on it, so in this case, it's a little more than one chicken lunch set from a convenience store. 

20150504

Paper Bag That



Usually when summer rolls around the activity on the blog winds down to a slow trickle because it's freaking summer and I've been very vocal about how much I loathe it. In fact I think it's all I talk about. Wah summer I wish there was fall in Manila why is it so hot here in this place wah I'm melting. That's the blog summarized in one sentence.

Most days I cant be bothered to put on clothes, much less a decent outfit, so I consider this one a mild success even if going by my personal standards it's really not that great of a look. Wrap around skirts are genius though. So much fun to experiment with. The one I'm wearing here is b+ab from a thrift store and it's actually too long but because it's a wrap around skirt I was able to shorten it to a suitable length by folding the top down, paper bag waist style. No sew alterations are the best kind of clothing modifications. I have a habit of buying skirts that are far too long for me (obviously the fault of the skirt) and coupled with my laziness I resort to quick fixes that require the least effort possible. This is why I have many skirts that are pinned in weird places—pinning them upwards solves the length problem while still allowing me to pass it off as intentional. Why yes, this is the new asymmetrical, avant garde trend, didn't you know?