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Thrift Store Find: Vintage Polka Dot Fashion Scarf

This ’80s vintage scarf by Mosly doesn’t actually count as a “thrift store find” because I found it in the back of my grandma’s closet, but it does represent the kinds of scarves readily available at secondhand stores.

[This fun vintage scarf went from the back of my grandma’s closet to my everyday wardrobe. Photo By Kirsten Hudson.]

Vintage scarves, like this one, are in line with fashionable scarves today. Right now stores are displaying lightweight, flowy scarves with interesting patterns—everything from delicate florals to bold stripes. But rather than spend $20 to $25 on these scarves, why not purchase a vintage one for $1 to $2 at a thrift store?

To me, the patterns on vintage scarves have timeless character that you just can’t find in scarves today. I adore the geometric polka dot pattern on this scarf. Its use of the vibrant primary colored dots is striking, but the pale blue color throughout creates balance. Like other scarves, wearing it can add pizzazz to any outfit—from jeans and a sweater to a nice dress.

The only downfall to vintage scarves is their square shape, which makes them difficult to tie. I’ve found that the best way to tie square scarves is to fold them diagonally into a triangle, then pull the end pieces around the neck, with the triangle in the front. This fold looks great tucked into a coat.

I also like to fold the scarf in the same triangle, place it around my neck and then loosely tie the end pieces together. I then arrange the scarf so that it’s slightly off-kilter, with the tied ends near one shoulder and the triangle near the other. Check out the slideshow on different ways to tie this scarf below!

Four ways to tie a square-shaped scarf

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Do you own any vintage scarves? Would you ever wear one? Would you NEVER wear one? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out these other fun thrift store finds from everyday threads:

  • These menswear-inspired tuxedo pumps were found at a local Salvation Army. Guess how much they cost?
  • Check out these ’80s suede and leather ankle boots found at an antique mall.
  • It’s not all about vintage. Sometimes you can find great contemporary clothing at thrift stores too, like these Armani Exchange pants.
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Winter Fashion: Chunky Knit Sweaters

Lately as the weather turns crisp and cold, I’ve wanted to wrap myself in cozy (and stylish!) chunky sweaters. Chunky knit sweaters offer the warmth of a blanket and are versatile enough to dress up or dress down—you can’t say that about a sweatshirt.

Ever since I found a gorgeous wool blend slub sweater by Elena Solano at TJ Maxx I’ve been dreaming about adding other chunky knits to my wardrobe. Below are four chunky sweaters that will keep you snug during chilly winter days.

[Wear these comfy short-sleeved sweaters with long-sleeved formfitting undershirts. Photos Courtesy ModCloth.com (pictured left) and Old Navy (pictured right.)]

Layer these short-sleeved sweaters over lightweight long-sleeved shirts. This wheat-colored sweater from ModCloth (pictured left) is perfect weekend wear and costs $48. Pair it with skinny jeans and stylish fall boots.

This heather gray cardigan from Old Navy (pictured right) creates a flattering silhouette with the tie around the waist. This cardigan is $33 and also comes in white and charcoal.

[Stay snug during brisk winter days with these chunky open front sweaters. Photos Courtesy Piperlime (pictured left) and Gap (pictured right.)]

As with all chunky sweaters, these long-sleeved open front sweaters look best when paired with something slim on the bottom.

For a sexy day look, wear this cable neck cardigan from Piperlime (pictured left) with a button-down shirt, skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots. This chunky black cardigan is on sale for $35. It also comes in grey for $60.

Throw this wool blend wrap from Gap over a patterned tunic dress, leggings and heels for a night out. This sweater costs $60.

Do you love chunky sweaters? What do you wear them with? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more winter fashion from everyday threads?

  • Ankle boots, cowboy boots, over-the-knee boots—oh-my! Plus they’re all under $50!
  • Ever heard of an infinity scarf? Find out why it’s super easy to wear.
  • Stay warm this winter with these outfits inspired by the term, “snow bunny.”

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Thrift Store Find: Vintage Selby Tuxedo Pumps

Before the holiday season, I scored these classic black and white pumps by Selby at my local Salvation Army for just $1.

[Wear these chic vintage tuxedo pumps with other menswear-inspired clothing.]

These snazzy menswear-inspired pumps are probably from the 70s or 80s. I immediately singled them out from all of the other shoes on the rack as vintage shoes, but what I love about them is that they still have a modern look.

These shoes’ classic two-toned coloring and punch out etchings give them a conservative look that’s perfect for the office, but still fun. Plus, they have a manageable two-inch heel.

I’d wear these tuxedo shoes with other menswear-inspired pieces such as tailored dress pants and a classic fitted oxford shirt or a belted cardigan.

The outsides of both shoes are still in great condition. The inside linings on both shoes are starting to pull away, but that won’t matter once I put them on (which I plan to do and frequently!)

Do you love vintage? Have you scored any vintage pieces lately? I’d love to hear about your finds in the comments section.

Photo by Kirsten Hudson

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out everyday threads other fun thrift store finds:

  • Discover how vintage scarves can look oh-so modern.
  • Check out these ’80s suede and leather ankle boots from an antique store.
  • It’s not all about vintage. Sometimes you can find great contemporary clothing at thrift stores too, like these Armani Exchange pants.

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New Years Fashion Resolutions for 2011

Rather than writing a New Year’s resolution list where I pledge to swear off chocolate, declutter my life and exercise more often, this year I decided to create a list I might actually keep—a style resolution list.

[Ring in the New Year with fashion resolutions. Check out my 11 style resolutions for 2011.]

Below are my eleven (ordered from what I deem least to most difficult to achieve) fashion resolutions for 2011.

1. To incorporate an animal print into my wardrobe.

Fall fashion in 2010 was all about wearing a cute leopard print flat or zebra striped scarf. My love for neutrals made it difficult for me to consider wearing an animal print, even though I love the idea. In 2011 I plan to go for this trend, probably with an accessory.

2. To wear a skinny belt.

When I was window-shopping recently, I spotted a mannequin at the Buckle wearing a cardigan belted around the waist with a thin belt. In 2010 I wasn’t brave enough to try this look, but maybe I’ll get up the courage in 2011.

3. To invest in a trench coat.

For years I’ve wanted this adorable coat that never goes out of style. The trick is finding one that won’t look ridiculous on my five-foot frame. Maybe 2011 will be my lucky year!

4. To get rid of old clothes.

This task sounds easy enough, but whenever I’m deciding what to get rid of I often wonder, “What if I need this sometime?” and it goes back in my closet. In 2011 I want to start fresh. If I haven’t worn it in more than two months, it’s going to Goodwill.

5. To mix up my accessories.

As this blog shows I adore clothes, but I’ve never been much of an accessories girl (other than shoes.) Sometimes coordinating jewelry and purses just makes me tired. But fashion is about more than just clothes and I want to put in a little more effort to make my outfits pop with accessories in 2011.

6. To wear heels when I want to (even if I feel overdressed.)

Many times, especially when going out, I want to wear heels, but I go for flats because I’m afraid of being overdressed. Well not in 2011! If I want to rock a pair of stilettos, then why not?

7. To not sacrifice comfort for style.

Too many times I’ve gotten progressively grumpier throughout the day because of an itchy sweater or a skirt that just won’t stay in the right place. For 2011, I’ve decided that just because an item is cute doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice comfort.

8. To not be swayed to purchase something just because it’s on clearance.

Sale racks can be wonderful resources for the budget-conscious. That said, just because an item is on clearance, doesn’t mean I have to purchase it. In 2011, I hope to reel myself in a bit when it comes to sales.

9. To only purchase items that I adore.

This resolution stems from resolutions seven and eight. I hate when an item sits in the back of my closet and I wonder why I even bought it. In 2011 I want to solve this problem by only buying clothes that I adore.

10. To buy sustainable clothing.

About a year ago, I was an editorial intern for Natural Home magazine, a sustainable lifestyles magazine. Working for this magazine helped me learn about how to lessen my carbon footprint. Since then, I’ve wanted to purchase sustainable clothing, but haven’t. In 2011 I plan to research this option.

11. To not be afraid to take fashion risks.

For a fashion blogger, I’m actually fairly conservative when it comes to style. I don’t take a lot of risks. Maybe in 2011 I’ll turn into a fashion daredevil (and chronicle it here.)

Do you have any fashion resolutions for the New Year? Feel free to tell me about them in the comments section.

Photo by Andrea Rinaldi/Flickr

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

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Thrift Store Find: Vintage White Suede and Leather Ankle Boots

This blog often focuses on finding trendy modern clothes, while staying on budget. Another option (and to me, the more fun option) to find cheap stylish clothing is to buy vintage.

To highlight my love for vintage, I’m starting a segment on this blog called “Thrift Store Find,” which will feature vintage clothing or accessories that can work for a modern wardrobe. Here’s the first one:

[Find fun vintage pieces for cheap (like these ankle boots) from antique malls, thrift stores and estate sales.]

Recently, I found these adorable white ankle boots at a local antique mall for $16. The boots didn’t have any markings or tags, so I wasn’t able to research their age, but my guess from the style is that they’re from the ’80s.

These boots immediately caught my eye because of their cute shape. I love the cutout detailing on the top of the boots and the combination of suede and leather. Normally I wouldn’t have purchased a vintage item that was so scuffed, but they were just too sweet to pass up.

So far I’ve worn them with skinny jeans and a chunky sweater. They would also work with a mini skirt and leggings.

What do you think about my vintage find? Do you buy vintage? Tell me about it in the comments section.

Photo by Kirsten Hudson

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out other fun thrift store finds from everyday threads :

  • These menswear-inspired tuxedo pumps were found at a local Salvation Army. Guess how much they cost?
  • Discover how vintage scarves can look oh-so modern.
  • It’s not all about vintage. Sometimes you can find great contemporary clothing at thrift stores too, like these Armani Exchange pants.

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The Loop Scarf: 2010 Scarf of the Season

If you’re the kind of person who gets baffled when attempting to tie a scarf, you’re in luck this season. The loop scarf—a continuous circle of fabric—is in style for fall and super easy to wear. No need for fancy scarf-origami, just loop it around once or twice, depending on the length, and go. Below are four adorable loop scarves—all under $40.

[These loop scarves add instant style to any everyday outfit. Photos courtesy Forever 21 (pictured left) and Payless (pictured right).]

This lightweight knit scarf comes in a chocolate brown color that goes great with most casual outfits. It’s only $9 from Forever 21.

A classic black and white scarf, like this one from Payless, is the perfect compliment to a wool peacoat or blazer. This scarf costs $13.

[Drape either of these loop scarves around your neck for an easy-to-wear fall look. Photos courtesy American Eagle (pictured left) and Etsy (pictured right).]

On brisk winter days, wrap this cozy cable knit scarf around your neck. Also available in brown, this scarf is $35 from American Eagle.

To add a dash of edge to your wardrobe, throw on this black and copper ruffled scarf with an evening outfit. This scarf is handmade by Textilemonster on Etsy. It also comes in other color options and costs $17 plus shipping.

Will you wear a loop scarf this fall? Do you like any of my picks? Leave me a comment and let me know!

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

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Fashion Trend: Combining Vintage With Modern

Delicate jewelry. Embroidered tops. Lace. Nothing looks more feminine than clothes with vintage touches. Keep your look fresh, and not reminiscent of your grandmother’s wardrobe, by pairing vintage with modern pieces. Think skinny cargos and moto boots.

Want to add a little romance to your wardrobe? Check out the looks below to learn how to mix vintage elements with today’s trends.

[Pair soft and edgy pieces to update vintage items for fashion today. Photos courtesy Maurices and Forever 21.]

The look above mixes hard and soft elements to create an outfit that is ultra-modern. With a floral overlay, fluttery sleeves and a soft cream color, this vintage-looking top from Maurices is super sweet. But when paired with skinny jeans or cargos, and these edgy brown moto boots from Forever 21, the top goes from sweet to sexy.

[Menswear-inspired pieces combined with ultra feminine, vintage styles keep this look fresh. Photos courtesy American Eagle and Forever 21.]

Combining a classic, like this white oxford shirt from American Eagle, with a vintage piece, like this flowy gray skirt from Forever 21, creates a simple, yet sophisticated look. Add some vintage jewelry to up the feminine feel of this outfit.

[Military-inspired clothing is super fun to pair with girly pieces. Photos courtesy American Eagle and Old Navy.]

This pretty bronze-colored tank with fabric flowers from Old Navy goes great under an army green military jacket, like this one from American Eagle. Pair military-inspired styles with ruffles and lace to keep the look feminine.

Do you like the vintage look? How do you like to wear it? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out this blog series featuring vintage clothes and accessories salvaged from thrift stores, auctions and garage sales:

  • These menswear-inspired tuxedo pumps were found at a local Salvation Army. Guess how much they cost?
  • Discover how vintage scarves can look oh-so modern.
  • Check out these cute ’80s suede and leather ankle boots found at an antique mall.

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