One of the biggest challenges of being a lover of fashion is obviously my bank account. There are literally hundreds of things I want that I simply cannot afford or cannot justify buying, and when those times come, as they always do, I have to get creative. Even though the rise of fast fashion has led to disposable clothing, it’s also led to affordable fashion, and if you buy smart, take care of your clothes, and reuse/recycle when you’re done, you can look like a million bucks while spending about $50. 🙂
I had a moment like that this year when I was looking for a tapestry coat with fur on the collar. I scoured the internet looking for ones that weren’t ridiculously expensive, and I really had to get creative because I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on one coat! So, I found this jacket on Etsy, a used piece that has really impressed me with its quality and beauty, and it was only about $60. Score!
One thing: it didn’t come with the fur. Instead, I repurposed a fur stole I wore as a bridesmaid in my sister’s wedding. The fur stole was sitting around my closet unused for years, until I draped it around the collar of the secondhand coat I’d bought and made a few stitches. Now, it’s a completely unique piece that cost a fraction of what it would have done if I’d bought new. As an added bonus, the colors of the coat paired with a burgundy dress from Target (~$22) are utterly perfect for the holiday season!
I finished this look with a pair of vintage $2 kidskin-like gloves I picked up at a thrift store in my hometown. I love how dainty they are; they remind me of when women used to wear gloves all the time.
Personal style always requires creativity, which is one of my favorite aspects of it. Dressing up really does call for a kind of bravery, because expressing yourself is never easy. I do have a kind of “Grandma-chic” fashion aesthetic, and even though it’s something I do get affectionately teased about, I also feel my best when I dress this way, because it really does capture who I am. And I mean, who can resist that pattern? 😉 Hope you like this look!
P.S. I adore Target.