Blazin' to Go

Once upon a time, there lived a young girl obsessed with designer clothes. She always did well in school, performed her chores, and cared for her younger brother. Her parents rewarded her with monthly shopping trips to Neiman Marcus, Saks, Barneys, and other department stores. When she began to think she might like to work in fashion for a living, her parents generously allowed her attend college at NYU and spend her summers interning at fashion companies. This girl knew that one day the gravy train would come to an end, as her parents would not support her spending habits forever, and accepting a job in fashion nearly always ends in poverty. Therefore, she learned to fuel her love for fashion by scouring the best thrift and consignment stores around. She was amazed at the finds she'd accumulated over the years (quilted Chanel flap bag at nearly 80% off retail and Christian Louboutin pumps for $40 top the list)! As the young fashionista's style evolved, she came to realize that a designer label alone does not make an item fabulous. One can look just as good in a $5 blazer from Goodwill as in a $500 blazer by Ralph Lauren, as long as it fits well. From that day forward, the young fashionista built her wardrobe around the good quality designer basics she already owned with cheaper trendy items from Zara, H&M, American Apparel, and, yes, even Goodwill. She saved monetarily and lived stylishly ever after.

And so...in keeping with my 2009 resolution, I present five blazers for $5 each. All picked up at my local Goodwill in a matter of 20 minutes.



Karafina said...

awww, what a great story! i love goodwill........i always go to my local goodwill when im feeling down. makes me happy!

Magdarling said...

wow;D i love ur blazers! especially the red and the middle one;)))
i don't have nice thrift stores arround;/ so envy;)
the story is gr8;D

TheShoeGirl said...

Yippee!! Nice finds :)

Margherita. said...

I like the ones in the 3rd & last pictures!

Laroux said...

That's a fashion fairytale all aspiring fashionistas should be told! I love your fashion ethos, it's great to meet like minded people that love designer fashion, but love finding lovely, low cost imitations too!


Casey Lewis said...

Wonderful story, and even better blazers! Miss you, Cara! Hope all is going well - and good luck with you last semester!

M!hal said...

$40 Louboutins???!!! I must know your secret!


Andie said...

cute story :) i love the blazers! great finds. there arent much thrift stores, so i go to garage sale...not as cool, but it works.

love your blog,especially the DIY stuff, mind if we swap links :D

la petite fashionista said...

love your story:) it reminds me a bit of myself!

i'm a thrifting fiend-- i volunteered at a hospice thrift store in high school & fell in love with all the good vintage finds + being able to snatch them up before anyone else!

E said...

Cara! Love it! I like the middle one and the one on the right... cool outfit!
And yes, got to know your secret to $40 Louboutins!
See you soon!

Jenni Jehanne said...

I cannot get over how great that little story was. Plus I love the outfits. What exactly do you do for work?