I don’t think I have layered outfits better than I did while I was in New York.
There was something about actually putting the time and effort into my outfits there, that I never quite do here in SoCal. Here in SoCal, I can basically go the whole day in some athleisure wear. Sweats, baseball cap, and jacket – call it a day.
Could it be the more laid back atmosphere? Or, could it be the dumbed down weather? I don’t know. I have always liked putting effort into the outfits I choose to wear when I go out, but I guess I definitely pulled off a lot while in New York. From different textures to mixing different colors. It was all very interesting to see that side of me and I got quite a few compliments out of it.
Here’s one of my favorite outfits from my New York trip. Something really casual. And here’s the break down:
Jeans are Forever21 boyfriend jeans from 2-3 years ago
Mustard short turtleneck is from H&M ’14-’15 fall/winter season.
Plaid button up is from the $2 Clothing Store in WeHo.
Levis denim jacket is from Awoke Vintage in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Boots are from Nordstrom Rack.
Wool socks are from WalMart.
Stud earrings from Swarovski.
Calvin Klein messenger from Beacon’s Closet, Brooklyn.
As you can see, when it comes to what I wear it comes from a little bit of everywhere – used, reused, new, etc. At the end of the day, when I dress myself up, it isn’t about the name brand or where I bought it from but how I look and feel in what I buy. It is outfits like these I’ll most likely wear over and over again because I never get tired of the comfort in them, and also because they have no become such nostalgic outfits that stand out to me. I connect it with good memories asides from good comfort and warmth.
With all this and a little reflection, I have decided to return to shopping at thrift stores. I realized it had been a while since I have rummaged through a good rack of used clothes and jackets. My dependence on commercial clothing stores and malls are making my pockets scream “broke”, so I have to maintain “balling on a budget” as I like to call it. I have to stick with brand stores only when I absolutely cannot find something. One store that I may have difficulty cutting ties with is Victoria’s Secret, but other than that, I should be fine!
Any great thrift store recommendations in SoCal – West Hollywood, North Hollywood, and the likes, please let me know! I would love to hear from you readers where your favorite places for thrifting are!
P.S. Since it’s still winter season and all, I was not lying about those wool socks at WalMart. They are so soft and warm, and made for ankle booties and boot cut pants like I have worn above. Trust. Also, do layer sweaters with button ups. You can make outfits casual or formal with them. I think they’re absolutely cute and comfortable ways of layering.