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Let’s Get Serious About Thrifting | Looking Fly On A Dime

thrifted pink JCrew blazer, thrifted white LOFT skirt, black scarf and blouse | wear to work, office, business casual or business formal | www.honestlymodern.com
Raise your hand if you’re interested in buying awesome high-end beautiful clothes. Keep your hand raised if you have endless dollars to spend on said clothes. For those of you who had to put your hand down for that second condition, stick around. It’s time to talk thrifting.

For starters, I wore an almost entirely thrifted outfit last week when I shared my Patina Queen DIY projects and the related giveaway. Have you entered yet? If not, head on over and join. Patina Queen offers both DIY supplies and finished jewelry, so there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check it out. (We’ll wait right here until you get back…)

I write about this topic more and more as of late (like, oh, I don’t know, just a couple of weeks ago) as I’ve continued to practice and hone my skills finding the diamonds in the rough. Just last week, as a matter of fact, I purchased an L.K. Bennett dress for $15, a Tahari dress for $30, and a brand new with tags DVF dress for $20 (among a few other things). I don’t often buy that much while thrifting (and I only visit every month or two). They must have just stocked the shelves before my visit. Sometimes higher end brands end up in a special section of the store and command higher prices. These pieces apparently slipped through the cracks and ended up on the regular old shelves. I’ll chalk that up to a bit of good luck and a boatload of patience while I sifted through crowded rack after rack of loosely sorted clothing items.
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And certainly, I’ll be showing these dresses soon. But for now, they’re in my “Dryel pile” to be cleaned before wearing (a must with anything thrifted, at least in my opinion). 
Days like these keep me coming back to thrifting. And if they pique your interest, consider reading Looking Fly on a Dime (and checking out her blog). I recently read the book and found some really great tips from a serious thrifting pro far more experienced and knowledgeable than myself. 
Are you into thrifting? What has been your favorite find? Anything remarkable you’d love to brag about? (We want to hear it, so we’re cool with the bragging.) And be sure to tell us where you found it, so we can check it out for ourselves, of course. 

thrifted pink JCrew blazer, thrifted white LOFT skirt, black scarf and blouse | wear to work, office, business casual or business formal | www.honestlymodern.com

Moving on to the weekly link up, I chose Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots as my favorite look from last week’s link up. I love her red and white striped dress (I only have three similar dresses in different color combinations… hmmm). And the scarf and boots transition the very summery dress right into fall. What’s not to love about boots and a scarf, anyway? Stop on over to see what else she’s been sharing!
red and white striped knit dress with denim jacket, belt, cognac boots, and scarf | casual or dressy casual for fall | featured contributor to Sophisticated Style link up at www.honestlymodern.com

Now it’s time for another weekly round up of professional and sophisticated style from you all. From corporate to creative and anything in between, let’s see what you’ve got. Anything goes if you wear it to your work, so show us what’s fashionable at your desk these days.

Here’s the deal:
Pinterest Board

I have created a public Pinterest board for the link up so everyone who’s interested can pin their weekly contribution to the Sophisticated Style Group Board. You can definitely still link up here. But it’s a great additional way to showcase your posts to another audience; in addition to your Pinterest followers getting a glimpse of your style goodness, all Pinterest followers of this board will see your post as well. If you’d like to pin your weekly Sophisticated Style contribution to the board:

a) follow me on Pinterest (I can’t add you unless you do – Pinterest’s rules, not mine). 

b) Shoot me an email ([email protected]) telling me the email address affiliated with your Pinterest account, and I will add you as a contributor to the board.

Blog Link Up

1. Follow Fashionably Employed via social media (you’ve got lots of options to choose from so go crazy! FacebookBloglovin’, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+) if you’d like. It’s not required, but I hope you feel so inclined. 

2. Link up to your Instagram photo (instructions here) or directly to your outfit post (not your main blog page)

3. Include a link back to here so others can check out all the professional style inspiration. 

Instagram

I’d love to see what everyone, not just bloggers, are wearing to work each day. I know many of you are already posting it on your Instagram account. I love Instagram (it battles with Pinterest for the #1 spot as my favorite social media outlet). So I’d love for you to share you sophisticated style on Instagram. Just tag your outfit post with: 
#sharesophisticatedstyle
so we can all find it and gather even more inspiration from each other. I added the hashtag to a few of my outfits already so you’ll know you’re in the right place when you find it. 
thrifted pink JCrew blazer, thrifted white LOFT skirt, black scarf and blouse | wear to work, office, business casual or business formal | www.honestlymodern.com

Blazer – JCrew (thrifted via Savers); Skirt – LOFT (thrifted via Savers);
Shirt – LOFT; Shoes – Cole Haan

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