Hi friends! I can hardly believe that we are already past Independence Day, can you? And its funny too, because the photos in this Classy on Sunday–though they reek of July’s hot arid sun, chips and salsa, cacti and a host of other mid-summer sensations–were actually taken way before July was even turning around the corner!
Dress: Thrifted // Shoes: Toms // Earrings & Bracelet: Thrifted // Flexi Clip c/o Lilla Rose
So where did I find this adorable Mexican style cotton dress? Back when we went to visit Ashley, of Bramblewood Fashion, and her sisters for a day of shopping and friendship making, we went to Simply Chic, a thrift store whose clothing selection was up-to-date and very, well, chic! I was browsing the dresses section when I happened upon this white dress. I pulled it out and what did I see but a beautifully embroidered, Mexican style frock!
Let me tell you, I. Was. Thrilled! Ever since the Mexican tunics and dresses came into fashion last Summer, the girls and I had our eyes on them, but we never had the opportunity to find any or buy any. Until we visited Ashley Pokone. 🙂
I slipped unnoticed by our group into a dressing room, and before long I was trying on the dress. I was the last one to try on any clothes out of all the girls, and so everyone was waiting for me to step out and show them something I had found. You should have seen the look of shock on Charlotte’s face when I came out! She out of any of us three had been searching high and low for such a sweet dress, and so when she saw what I was wearing, she kind of shriek/squealed. “Jess!” She exclaimed, “Where did you find that?” I calmly replied, “Oh, I saw it hangin’ in a winder and I couldn’t resist.”
My new Mexican frock, along with a sweater (you’ll see it later this Fall) and some jewelry were the treasures I brought home from that trip. It was good. So surreal! Surreal to meet Ashley and her sisters, finding kindred spirits in all three of them, and good to come home with some new staples.
Staples… yes, that reminds me. The girls and I have been talking for a while now about how we utilize the clothes we have from our wardrobe selection. We three have found that we just don’t wear everything, and that bothers us. For the record, we clean out our closets once a year now, but still we haven’t mastered the art of investing in clothes that can be mixed and matched to no end. We have a lot of “frosting” it seams, and not enough “cake”. That can be a problem.
I was visiting Stephanie’s blog, Girl with a Star Spangled Heart yesterday, and was struck with the post on her capsule wardrobe. I think she has the right idea! Charlotte and I were talking about Stephanie’s brilliant idea, and we both realized that we needed to begin to implement this idea into our own closets.
This is not the first time we have talked about this. No. Actually, the subject has come up quite a bit this year, but we just haven’t done anything about it. Brigi has probably done the most out of all three of us to remedy her closet, thanks to her persistence in sewing, but Charlotte and I need a little work with our “slow fashion”.
Yes, you read right. Slow fashion is a term behind a movement that is trying to spread the news about cleaning up your wardrobe, and investing in clothes that will last, work with each other, and be easy to maintain. If you want to learn more about this ingenious idea, then check out the slow fashion website here.
Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to deal with over crowded wardrobes? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to not waste anymore time figuring out what to wear? We think so.
Do you like my chips and salsa dress?
Have you heard of Slow Fashion?
Would you take the plunge to try implementing this idea into your clothing practices?
An early blessing on your Sabbath tomorrow!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer