I admit that, unlike a lot of fashionable folks, I don't go to thrift stores. In fact, the only time I've ever been to one here in Chicago was on a shopping trip in my Lincoln Square neighborhood last spring when a certain co-contributor was visiting. I know there's some cute stuff in thrift stores if you take the time, but I just don't have the patience to take that time while out shopping. I feel the same way about stores like Filene's and Nordstrom Rack. Sure, there's bargains, but you have to work for them. In that vein, I also haven't gotten into buying things in online auctions (although perhaps I should). So when I say I shop online, I mean I shop for new stuff online. Maybe I'll get into looking at vintage pieces (rather than "vintage-inspired") one of these days.
Anyway, yesterday I realized that my entire outfit was purchased online, so, although fairly simple, I'm presenting it to defend online shopping.
The only part of this outfit that I probably shouldn't wear right out of the box (woops) is the pants. They could use a little hemming (another problem with being tall - "regular" inseam pants are too short, and "tall" inseam pants are usually about an inch too long). But aside from that, I think it's a pretty good, put-together work look.
I can't say enough about how much I absolutely love buying shoes online. Between Zappos, Amazon and even the pricier Piper Lime (which I just use to find ideas, and then look for cheaper versions elsewhere), I can always find great shoes.
My boyfriend bought me this necklace - also online. And when I say he bought it for me, I mean I emailed him a link to it on Etsy a week before Christmas, compulsively checked the link to see if the one and only remaining necklace had been purchased, and saw it while bringing the mail in a few days later.
I have plenty other great online finds which I'll be sharing eventually. Today, I'm working at home on my couch, wearing my favorite black sweats, my much loved New Belgium Skinny Dip t-shirt and my most stylish blanket.
Pants: NYandcompany.com - $20 (during a buy one, get one free pants event)
Blouse: loftonline.com - $39.50 (with a 20% off coupon)
Cardigan: loftonline.com - $39.50 (with a 20% off coupon)
Necklace: Etsy.com - $20
Shoes: Amazon.com - $20