My Thrifted Style Summer Look Book

Dear Friends,

At long last, I made the time to get pictures of some of the new-to-me outfits I picked up from ThredUP for the summer! If you’ve ever read my post about Buying Designer on a Budget, then you know how important it is to me to have a good wardrobe without the high price tag, without giving in to the societal demands for materialism, and without contributing to the poor working conditions and slave labor that come along with many of the fast fashion brands.

I also try to stay away from what is trending, and focus on things that are timeless. I will pick up a few pieces occasionally that are more trendy, but when I make a clothing purchase I want it to serve two purposes:

  1. I want to love it! Love it enough that I will continue to wear it over and over again; not wear it once, decide I don’t like it, and leave it hanging in the back of my closet forever.
  2. I want it to be good enough quality that I can wear it repeatedly, hopefully for years, before it will wear out and need to be replaced.

I used to have a bad habit of buying things I wasn’t really in love with, but thought “it’ll do”. At the end of the season when I would clean out items in my closet that I didn’t wear and didn’t like well enough to keep, those “it’ll do” items always ended up going to charity. I finally made a choice–even if it means I’m coming home from a shopping trip with nothing, or next-to-nothing, if I don’t absolutely love it, and/or it doesn’t fit in a way that is both comfortable and flattering to my figure, then it stays in the store.

And then, I discovered ThredUP. This has made the process so much easier! It is really difficult to find thrifted clothing items locally that are quality brands, and aren’t worn out or grossly outdated. It’s also online, which means I don’t need to set aside time a couple of times per year to go shopping (I really don’t enjoy shopping in the stores!). I can browse online any time I want to. As a result I’ve worked a clothing allotment into my monthly budget so that I can purchase these pieces as I find them. It’s completely transformed the way I shop for clothing. As an added benefit, I rarely have to go to stores and battle busyness and chaos!

Now then, on to the outfits!

Outfit 1 – This was one of the first Spring/Summer outfits I picked up back in February, and I have worn the top many, many times since. The skirt not quite as much because it isn’t a piece that I can wear to work, but I did just wear it with a black bodysuit for my birthday on Monday! The tote bag I bought to carry my new Chromebook, notebook, books, pens, and other items I keep on me for blogging and book writing. I use it most every day, and it’s holding up incredibly well. It has become one of my favorite purchases!

*H&M top* *PJK Patterson J. Kincaid skirt* *Macy’s tote* *Outdoor Research hat* (Charlotte Russe heels, which were not thrifted)

Outfit 2 – This one I picked up for when I’m out and about in the middle of the hot summer. The bodysuit is another item that I have worn more times than I can count. I bought it over winter and paired it with various sweaters. I wear it now under dresses or with skirts. The color goes with just about anything, and the fabric is stretchy and thin, without being see-through. It is really great quality!

*Out From Under bodysuit* *Express shorts* Hat and sandals came from a local store

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Outfit 3 – Oh my, this dress. Yellow is just one of those colors that has suited me so well since I started dying my hair red (more than three years ago now!). I saw this dress and it was the perfect color, the perfect print, and the perfect classic, feminine style of the wrap dress first introduced by Diane Von Furstenberg in the 70’s. I knew this dress was one that I would wear for many years to come, and when I found the red hat and heels on ThredUP as well, I had to buy the entire outfit! Also a little fun fact–this is the dress I was wearing that day at Codefi when Michael sat down next to me on the couch and changed everything ❤

*Easel dress* *Nine west hat* *Adrienne Vittadini heels*

Outfit 4 – I’ll be honest; I’d never heard of LuLu’s until last fall when I bought my New Year’s Dress from ThredUP, and it was a LuLu’s dress. I was pretty fond of the thickness and stretchiness of the fabric. I have wide shoulder blades for my size, so I have a hard time with fitted dress not zipping up past the middle of my back. They have to have enough elasticity in them to give, and that dress fit the bill perfectly. So when I found this one I knew it wouldn’t let me down! I really wanted a white pencil dress for work, and this one was perfect. It is a little low cut in the chest, so I wear that same light gray bodysuit from outfit 2 up above underneath it to work. The heels were also a ThredUp purchase from November 2017–and they are still going strong! There is definitely a lot to be said for good quality designers!

*Lulu’s dress* *Cole Haan heels*

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Outfit 5 – When you have a bank/office job, you can never go wrong with pencil dresses and pencil skirts. This one popped up when I was looking for something else, and I knew it would be a staple in my work wardrobe for a long time to come. It was November, so at the time I was looking for winter pieces, but I decided to pick this one up anyway knowing I could wear it with sweaters and blazers until its season came.

As for the heels – I bought those in November 2017 along with the nude heels above, and since they’re black I wear them all the time. I wore them today. I wore them yesterday. I probably wore them the day before that! I had the heel taps replaced once. Then I lost another heel tap in the mud on my first date with Michael when we got chased by geese at Capaha park (pretty sure they were just mad that we didn’t have any food for them!), and it broke the piece the heel tap sinks into so it couldn’t be replaced again. I bought a heel tap cover and slipped it over the missing heel tap, and continue to wear the hell out of them. They are still in incredible shape and stand as one of the best ThredUP purchases I’ve ever made.

*H&M dress* *J Crew heels*

Outfit 6 – This one is not new to my blog; I shared it in a post earlier this year where I detailed some of these same ThredUP purchases, but I love it so much that I had to include it with this Summer Look Book post. When it comes to work wear, Calvin Klein is my absolute favorite designer! Most of the time when I really fall in love with a dress I see on ThredUP, it turns out to be a Calvin Klein without fail. This dress is in the top two work favorites in my closet, and the other one is also a Calvin Klein–black with a white zipper up the back–that I bought from TJ Maxx back in early 2014 and still wear regularly! Definitely can’t beat that!

*Calvin Klein dress* *Manolo Blahnik heels*

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I just realized all but one of these outfits was either a dress or a skirt, but that’s pretty normal for me in the summer. Dresses are so easy to throw on and go, and all you really have to do to complete the outfit is slap on some jewelry. I have some other outfits I purchased for winter, but I never got around to sharing those. I am planning to do a Fall/Winter Look Book like this one, so stay tuned for that in a few more months.

Enjoy your upcoming summer weekend!

Love,
Loren

Author: Loren Miller

I'm a Midwestern woman living my best and healthiest life, fueled by passion and caffeine. I follow the Mediterranean diet, I'm a yoga newbie, and a hiker and general explorer of the outdoors. I adore fashion and dressing up, and finding amazing, quality designer pieces through thrift shopping. Most all of my outfits have at least one thrifted item--saving my wallet and the planet one designer top at a time <3

2 thoughts

  1. Thankyou so much for writing this wonderful piece – loved it and following you now. I’m trying to lose weight and I’m just putting together a blog post on Downton Abbey style to inspire me. Your little yellow dress and red cloche hat is such a fun version of that look.

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