I remember there was a point when I was cleaning out my closet and realized I had about six too many graphic tees. I can't remember exactly when it was but I know I vowed I couldn't buy anything cotton for at least a couple of months. In the past, I associated dressing "grown up" with boring. I pictured granny jeans, high neck tops and flats. In my head sophisticated translated to no fashion sense. It hasn't been until recently that I've been embracing my inner nineteen year old with a grown up flare. You can still dress for work, the gym, a date or even Saturday errands with class but a little edge too.
These Resource Girls have always loved embracing our own unique style and never get too caught up in labels or what others think is acceptable. Throw in second hand steals and a little DIY and it's all over. There's no excuse not to dress your age but still let your personality shine.
Do you ladies know about consigning? All of the clothes and shoes in these photos are from Common Threads Consignment here in Denver. I stumbled across this gem of a store one summer when I was buying vegetables at the Pearl St. Farmer's Market. I've been in love ever since. I've slowly learned that one key to dressing like a grown up is embracing different stores. Have you ever heard that quote, "If you do what you have always done you'll get what you've always gotten"? SO TRUE! If you keep shopping the Old Navy clearance rack you'll keep ending up with $1.99 tanks and tees. Please do not think we're saying to stop checking the Old Navy clearance, because we're definitely not! However, branch out, venture to your local thrift store or consignment shop. We promise you will be floored at some of the gems that await you.
A Little About Consignment ||
- The store takes new or used items from an individual, sells the items in the store, then splits the profit with the original owner. Common Threads does a 50/50 split but each store is different.
- All items are on the floor for a set number of days, forty-five at Common Threads, then either returned back to the original owner or donated.
- Each store is different so ask when you're in a consignment shop or check the website for their policy on brands, or even specific items they're looking for. Common Threads does J Crew and above. This makes sense because new items at stores like Old Navy or Target you can already buy so cheap that the margin isn't that great on consignment. Which leads to me to the next point...
- If the thought of thrifting already has your pulse racing shopping at a store like Common Threads can ease you into shopping for second hand items. The store is set up like a fancy boutique without the hefty price tag and the only stress to be experienced is deciding what items you can't live without.
- Did you know you can be added to a list requesting certain items? This is my favorite part! Have a bag you've been dying for your entire life or a certain pair of shoes you can't live without? Common Threads keeps a list of items their customers are looking for so if they come in the store they are sure to keep them! Ask about this at whatever consignment shop you venture to in your area.
It's all about the details!
Boss lady dress with a little edge. This jacket with a touch of leather still said class but let my funkier side come through!
- Nicole Miller Dress || $65
- INC Jacket Perforated Leather || $24
- Jimmy Choo Two-Tone Heels || $125.50
- J.Crew Necklace (new with tags attached) || $22.50
These jeans are everything and I want three pair. How I put them back on the shelf I have NO idea.
Upon writing this post and looking at the price again I definitely regret not purchasing them! I will be headed back to Common Threads for those.
Army green is definitely in this season, however these Resource Girls have been obsessed with it for years. This vest could easily be dressed up or down!
- Townsen Tank (new with tags, originally $195) || $76
- Marrakech Vest || $42
- Rag & Bone Denim || $38.50
- Ann Demeulemeester Suede Boots || $250
- Smith Aviator Sunglassess || $49
It's no surprise this was my favorite outfit. Once I saw the Converse it was all over.
- J.Crew Baseball Tee Dress || $28 (No longer in the store because my photographer snagged it up!)
- Converse Allstar Hightops || $36.50
- Rebecca Minkoff Merlot Purse || $85.50
Thank you to the beautiful women at Common Threads Consignment for letting me play dress up and educating me on consignment. A special thanks to Shelley for styling and just being amazing!
Photo credit to Amanda Lee Tromp who always brightens my day. Her website: PureLee Photography.