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Update: Thrift Store Find: Vintage Selby Tuxedo Pumps

In January I wrote a post in my thrift store find series about scoring vintage tuxedo pumps at the Salvation Army for the budget-friendly price of $1.

I wanted to wear the vintage shoes immediately, but didn’t have the chance. As classic menswear-inspired shoes I wanted to wear them with business casual clothes, not my everyday jeans.

After receiving an internship opportunity in February, I finally got the chance to wear them in an office setting. Here’s my look from today:

[I finally wore my vintage Selby tuxedo pumps to the office. Photo by Kara Hudson.]

My outfit isn’t particularly exciting for a fashion blogger, but I love to pair simple clothes with statement shoes. The stretchy top and basic dress pants were super comfy and the two inch heels on these shoes were perfectly manageable at the office.

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Do you love vintage? Then check out other vintage finds from everyday threads:

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Thrift Store Find: Armani Exchange Cotton Pants

All you bargain-hunting fashion lovers out there will probably agree with me that it’s pretty darn difficult to find $2 pants—especially $2 Armani Exchange pants.

On a recent shopping trip to Arizona Trading Co., my local thrift store that buys, sells and exchanges vintage and contemporary clothing, I scored just that bargain.

These simple, gray 100 percent cotton pants were buried at the bottom of a sale bin. Really. I had to dig.

[I scored these gray Armani Exchange pants from a thrift store for two bucks. Photo by Kirsten Hudson.]

So far I’ve worn my designer steal to the office, where I’m completing an internship at The Packer, a weekly newspaper for the produce industry.

It just occurred to me that the first time I wore them I paired them with a deep purple H&M cowl neck sweater that I also bought at Arizona Trading Co., unfortunately not for $2.

While the pants don’t count as dress pants, they are nice enough to wear at my fairly casual office—if worn with an appropriate shirt. They also work great to go straight from the office to dinner or drinks. They’re not so “business-y” that I feel silly wearing them at a bar, but they still look appropriate for work.

What do you think of my bargain? Have you scored any deals lately? Tell me about them in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love a good bargain? Then check out everyday threads other fun thrift store finds:

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

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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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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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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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