January 17, 2011
silk scarf - vintage, thrifted / vintage brass whistle necklace - MyMomsBasement via etsy / blue v-neck - Forever 21 / leather wrap watch - La Mer / black pants - H&M / canvas flats - UO / trench - H&M
This silk scarf is another winner from the Salvation Army in Worcester Mass. There are many thrift stores that I don't have much luck shopping in as the merchandise is all too recent and low-quality for my tastes, but I always manage to leave the SA in Worcester with at least one bag of treasure (see also this dress, this skirt). This scarf was a major mainstay for me when it came time to transition my school wardrobe into something more professional. It was both an easy way to dress up an otherwise casual outfit, and it was a lifesaver in transforming the deep-V necklines of grad school* to something a little more work appropriate. It seems a little ironic therefore that wearing it always makes me feel a little like Joan Holloway, especially over a jewel-toned top and layered with a long necklace like my whistle pendant.
This outfit has actually ended up being the final send-off for my gray canvas flats. I have a particular talent for wearing down the heels of my shoes (put that on a resume!), and these guys are pretty much toast. Fortunately I found a (much more durable, and cheaper) replacement this afternoon.
I've added a new page to the blog called in the bag - I've listed every item of clothing I have with me on my trip, and I'll keep this list updated with links to posts showing how I've remixed each item. While it might be of only passing interest to you, I am hoping that keeping this list will be indispensable for me as a way to keep track of which pieces I'm getting a lot of remix mileage out of and which have turned out to be dead suitcase weight. Check it out if you're interested - it truly does all fit in a single checked bag.
Edit: I have also updated my blogroll - I have started reading many more great blogs recently and wanted to share them!
*As architecture students, we were much less expected to look 'professional' as we were expected to look 'hip.'