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fashiononthefritz:

Ootd on my day off:

Thrifted everything! Not much else to say.

Here’s a thrifter’s quandary: the red dress you see on the wall is on hold until tomorrow night while I mull over whether or not I really need yet another pretty little vintage day dress (spoiler 1: yes, always) (spoiler 2: but per usual I am probably too poor to justify it. Le sigh).

It’s $22 and it’s not thrifted, per se—it’s from Buffalo Exchange (I was trying on clothes while waiting to trade some of my own in), so it’s a bit more expensive than I’d find it thrifted. On the other hand, it’s stunning, and a beautiful tomato-red collared full-skirted embroidered cotton dress is a rare find indeed. An intimidating woman on the T once told me that red is my color, so I’m a bit predisposed to it.

So the question here is: should I spend $22 on a pretty dress, or should I continue on my mission for financial austerity, and use that $22 towards practical things like food and tea and socks and conditioner?

I know the good/correct answer, but sometimes being a cash-strapped fashionista is trying.

fashiononthefritz:

OOTD: 1D concert

All thrifted/traded for at resale shops, headband from Claire’s

So the 1D concert was (for me, specifically) a mess. But at least my outfit was cute!

My 19-year-old sister conned me into going, and I wanted to be securely tipsy if I was going to be around a bunch of moms and screaming middle-schoolers for 3 hours (I’m 23, fyi, so this is completely legal). So, of course, I got a little overeager with my mixed drinks beforehand (I don’t party much) and ended up throwing up in the bathroom. At a One Direction concert. Surrounded by disapproving moms and confused 12-year-olds. Mad props to my sister for being the designated driver and buying me post-concert French fries.

Not my proudest moment, but don’t ever say I don’t keep this blog real as hell. I just wanted to let you know that real life isn’t all sunshine and festival wear and perfectly curled hair and lattes like some bloggers make it out to be.

Sometimes adult life is throwing up at a boy band concert while your family is in town and hauling yourself to work the next morning hungover after 5 hours of sleep on a basement floor, and that’s okay (not that I’d really endorse it—it wasn’t a particularly pleasant experience).

I suppose what I’m trying to say here is that social media and blogs and sometimes tumblr dot com make(s) us think everyone else lives these perfect little lives, when in reality they may be vomiting in stadium bathrooms.

But, as stated above, at least I looked cute while doing it.

This has been an OOTD post/PSA. Hopefully none of you are particularly scandalized.

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

My tall, hourglass shape makes dresses hard to find. Either my boobs are smashed, my ass is out, my waist is drowned in fabric, or (!) all three. Tips?

fashiononthefritz:

You came to the right woman.

You’re just looking at the wrong dresses, friend. Sadly, if you’re shopping in lower-end stores and not in designer stores, things are going to be really short and cut to fit the largest number of people—so in stores catering to teens and young women, that would be a cut suited for women that are mid-height to short, with around a B or C cup and a more straight up and down figure (so less of an hourglass and more of a rectangle).

My best advice is to find some great, wide belts. Those tiny thin ones don’t do anything, but a wider belt can completely transform a dress on your body. Size up—it’s better to belt a bigger dress than to wear a dress that’s pulling across your shoulders and exposing the occasional butt cheek.

It’s hard for me to give solid advice without an idea of what your style is, but knee or midi lengths and full skirts (short or long) are your best options as a tall hourglass. Frankly, you may do better shopping actual vintage or thrifted styles—I find they fit me better because older dresses are often cut for a somewhat more womanly (rather than adolescent) figures. It’s so easy to find well-fitting vintage dresses and then just remove shoulder pads or sleeves or a few inches of hem to update them a bit.

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