June 19, 2017
I recently bought a Magical Outfit Maker.
Not only does this garment create outfits, it also very handily helps to camouflage two of my most problematic spots: my middle-aged, menopausal midsection and my middle-aged upper arms.
And best of all? It was only $5.
Let me introduce you to The Golden Topper and some of the outfits I have created with it. I couldn’t have worn any of these outfits without it because of the aforementioned trouble spots that didn’t need to be trotted out for public view.
The fact that The Golden Topper is a neutral color makes it endlessly versatile and the fact that it is whisper-thin makes it a breeze to wear on the hottest day.
You may remember this dress from a post last year. I found it at a thrift store and fell in love with the pattern but hated the style. I took it to my seamstress and had her cut off the top and just add elastic to make it into a skirt.
Don’t those pictures made you want to run right out and find a Magical Outfit Maker of your own?
And speaking of gold toppers, I wore this one for the first time yesterday. It’s a little more billowy than the other one, so it has to be worn over either a slim skirt or slim legged pants/leggings. But it’s kind of the same idea–light and flowy and very camoflauge-ish.
If you want to re-read the post that features the above skirt in a variety of ensembles, you can click here. It was amazing to me that a brightly colored skirt can actually be so versatile.
I purchased that second gold topper at one of my favorite consignments stores, a place called Phase 2 Consignments. (Warning if you are at work: music starts playing automatically on the site.)
Unfortunately, I don’t get there often because it’s ninety minutes away in Elizabeth City. Occasionally though, I have a doctor appointment in that direction and so I always make it a point to drop in.
If you are someone who tends to picture thrift/consignment as dreary or tacky, maybe this store will help change your mind.
The best part about this business is that I can take clothes in and get paid money for them right on the spot. So using the money I earn, I basically ending up shopping for free! (Or pretty close to it.)
I picked up this pair of pants last time I was there. I was a little hesitant at first, wondering what I might have to go with them since they are not necessarily an “easy” color or pattern. However, I loved them as soon as I saw them and figured I could make a few things work.
Here is what I have come up with so far.
I wear very few dresses. Up until recently, I didn’t own even one “regular” dress although I do have a couple of dressier, special occasion dresses.
I’ve always had a hard time getting dresses to fit and I feel a bit limited by them because they can’t be mixed and matched. (And mixing and matching is my wardrobe bedrock.)
But since I do love the idea of pulling on just one item out of my closet instead of several, I’ve always kept my eyes open for a dress that might actually work for me.
And you will be happy to know that I actually (finally) found something at Chicos. It was originally about $120 but it was on sale for $34. (Plus, I had a gift card.)
Note how the color blocking with the orange and brown insets on each side give the illusion of a waistline when a waistline may or may not actually exist. Love that! It also has on trend bell sleeves, which is a fun detail.
I also love that the dress is as comfortable as pajamas and I can travel in it for hours with nary a wrinkle. There really is nothing I do NOT like about this dress. My once-in-a-decade dress find!
I had been looking for a beige or tan top that had midsection camouflaging features on the front AND the back. Some tops have beautiful details on the front–ruching, gathering, ruffles–but then the back is just a piece of thin fabric which doesn’t help me with my camouflaging mission at all!
I found this Coldwater Creek blouse at Goodwill and was delighted that the lace details goes all the way around the shirt. It’s a good thick fabric that is very forgiving of any lurking lumps and/or bumps. Here are a couple of ways I’ve worn it. (I also wore it in the one of the pictures above.)
My goal when I buy any article of clothing is to try to think of several things I already own that will go with it. That way, I haven’t just bought just one thing; I have, in essence, just bought four or five outfits.
Let’s hear it for those Magical Outfit Makers!
What about you? Do you have a Magical Outfit Maker in your closet?
Do you wear dresses? Do you have anything to add to this post that I may have overlooked?
Other posts in my Thrifty Style Series:
Small Changes Favorite Style Bloggers Stars and Understudies Proportions and Alterations. Mom Jeans In the Middle Patterned Pieces Two is Best The Rear View and Flowiness Take a Picture Already! Style Words Animal Prints. Scarves. Color.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.