Fashion Friday: Shorts in Winter

Today is Fashion Friday on the blog! This week I winterized my one pair of shorts -to California weather standards;)







How Zero Waste is my outfit?

Shorts: Purchased from a thrift store 4 years ago. They were a boy's pair of dress pants that I
shortened ;)
Black thermal, Animal print scarf, Sunglasses and Boots: Purchased as-is from the thrift store within  the past 3 years (I have waterproofed my boots for the rain - How-to in my book!)
Black tights and leather jacket: Purchased new within the past 3 years (before I made the vow to only buy secondhand). As you know, I don't like to mention brands, but my one pair of tights, Target's Merona premium opaque, have outlasted any pair that I have ever owned (3 winter seasons with several wears a week later, they are still going strong!).

41 comments:

  1. Love your fashion shots - they all work very well on your very slim physique though I suspect others would have to pass on a lot of these thing! Still, looking never hurt, I guess. I would look plain scruffy if I wore most of these things, you have that flair to carry it off. All the better that it's mostly zero waste :)

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  2. I love your Fashion Friday posts. They have been inspiring me to mix up my wardrobe a bit. I still don't know if I could get away with tights/shorts though no matter how stylish I find them on others.

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  3. Anonymous2/22/2013

    In the UK the majority of thrift shops are well overpriced , and in the sales you can buy clothing cheaper. Would you advocate this or do you think second hand rules at all costs?

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    1. I Agree with that, the charity shops in our area are dearer that some of the cheap shops, what do we do then please help ?

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    2. Look for quality at the secondhand shops. You get nasty surprises when you purchase new, because there isn't always any indication of how well something will wear. Also, I'd rather support a charity than a corporation, sweatshop labor, and environmental degradation. If you need any more convincing: http://adventuresinthriftland.blogspot.com/2011/12/used-to-quality.html

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    3. In The Netherlands the second hand stores are getting more expensive too, to the point it's the same prices as buying new stuff. I guess if we resort more to swapping clothes with friends, family and aquaintances, we'd be better off. And maybe it would be a signal to the thrift shops to lower their prices, because it's not that they don't sell enough or deal with scarcity. On the contrary, it seems the more things those shops get from the people, the higher the prices, because they've noticed that it's popular now to buy secondhand. In my region there is a good alternative: the 'ruilwinkel' (swapshop). You can bring used products, get points for it on your membershipcard, and choose from the shop what you want for your earned points. It's a huge succes, but as far as I know, there aren't any other ruilwinkels in The Netherlands.

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    4. Anonymous2/22/2013

      You could take swapping with "friends" a step further and start a facebook group for selling your clothes and buying others. I belong to a few groups in my area in the US and get everything from kids clothes to home items. The groups I belong to you set up meets with individuals, but you could start a group and post community meets to swap things altogether or organize a charity consignment event. We have lots of these for kids clothes in my area.

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    5. Anonymous3/01/2013

      In Northern California there is a site called "Freecycle" that has daily lists of offers/wants for anything! Kinda like Craigs List with no money exchanging hands. Most excellent.

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  4. Great outfit. I don't know nice second-hand stores in Paris, so I just try at the moment to downsize my wardrobe, give here and there, sell when I can and think twice before buying.
    It's only a start! I am still in the process of "simplyfying" and it takes time with two small kids and work.

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    1. Great idea to downsize... but if by chance you'd like to find some used clothes, there are several retro-esque "friperies" in the Marais. If you are looking for a fun dress, winter coat, simple shirt, sweater, belt, etc. I'd give it a shot. Here's a French link with some maps. Bonne chance!
      http://www.lebonbon.fr/bons-plans/Paris/2012/10/11/Top-10-des-friperies-parisienne/

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    2. Hey, thank you so much, Dan and Vanessa! I will definitely check these!

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    3. There's a great thrift store on Rue de Lancry in the 11th (metro Jacques Bonsergent) called Thanks God I'm a VIP, upstairs it's all swanky vintage but downstairs it's a mishmash and much cheaper!
      http://www.thanxgod.com/version2/THANXGOD/THANX_GOD_IM_A_V.I.P_Main_Page_eng.html

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    4. Thank you Aimee!

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  5. And I love shorts in winter although it's a bit too cold at the moment!!

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  6. Anonymous2/22/2013

    This is common spring-wear where I live but if you went outside in January dressed like this, you'd be in for a shock! I'm not entirely sure that this is "winterizing" - though, having lived in the Bay Area, I know it will serve for the winter you have.

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  7. You look lovely! You know what styles flatter you, and pull it together beautifully. Now I'm going to try to go on a diet so my thighs don't rub together when I walk! (Joking: you inspire me to want to slim down).

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  8. Anonymous2/22/2013

    Ok, I am not laughing at you, I am laughing with you. Don't get me wrong, LOVE the outfit and combo & price... it ws the "winterizing" that got me laughing. My latest winterized outfit include double socks, loeggings, sweats, snow pants, a t-shirt, a turtleneck, a wool sweater, a wind/waterproof coat, insulated gloves and an alpaca hat. Oh, and sunglasses so I don't go snow blind. I was laughing because I only wish I could wear that as my winterized suit! I look more like an overstuffed bear in shades. Welcome to the north! Really enjoy your blog and posts, all the time, so please don't take this as negative! I just cracked up reading "winterized." Northern readers may have found themselves doing the same thing:-) Stay warm B. I am off to toss more wood on the fire :-)

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    1. Staying warm by my gas insert, thanks. You'll be happy to read above that I updated the post for you;)

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    2. Anonymous2/22/2013

      Seriosly, I am just a "laughy" person. Laughing is good. I was just seeing you look so wonderful and trendy in your winter suit and envisioning me in my 300 pounds of clothes:-) Love your blog. Also, always think I'd love warmer weather than here in the Northeast, but since reaching a certian age (cough, cough) I cannot stand it above 70. Keep up the great work!

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    3. Anonymous2/22/2013

      Let me ad (if you will) that I have paired my winter wardrobe down to a selection of items that match. Three turlenecks, three vests, three blouses, three various weight jackets/coats, six black pants (we have 2 very hairy dogs, so a reware is totally out), three sweaters, one long john leggings and one snow pants. Sounds like a lot, but weights vary for temp, and they'll do through 3 seasons. I now own nothing I cannot mix n match. Love it. Getting dressed is a cinch regardless of where I am headed. So thanks for that!

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  9. It's true about the winterizing... It seems that I HAVE to have more close when today we have 15 inches of snow on the ground and last summer there was a month straight where it got up to 100 every day. Though we were talking about zero waste yesterday putting on our snow pants, mine were my brother's when they were teenagers 25 years ago, and really snow gear (besides gloves that tend to get worn out) you can generally get used for kids easily (not so much for adults)

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    1. Anonymous2/22/2013

      We live in PA and have similar weather. Sometimes it's minus whatever with a windchiil, other times it's 100 with 100% humidity. On top of that, we heat with wood and/or coal (coal stays nice n hot all night when it's super cold). Sometime I joke that if our house was this warm in the summer we'd turn the AC on. But what can you do? Can't beat Mother Nature all the time!

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  10. Marilyn2/22/2013

    Thank you for sharing your great fashion sense. Hopefully my question is not too personal.
    Have you lost weight since beginning your Zero Waste lifestyle? I have been thinking about this connection lately in my own life.

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    1. I replied to a comment similar to yours a couple of weeks ago: I definitely believe there is a connection between the two. My weight used to vary and I used to worry about it a lot. But the health benefits associated to the Zero Waste lifestyle simply took care of these concerns overtime: For me, ZW has translated in being outside more, riding my bike to make up for our one car, cooking from scratch, and of course eating simple food from the bulk and produce aisles -my choice is limited to minimally processed foods, you can't find junk food in the bulk aisles;). I found that eliminating junk food has naturally eliminated cravings for them too. Since adopting ZW my weight is steady and I truly don't worry/think about it anymore -I never expected that to ever happen;)

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    2. Anonymous2/22/2013

      Bea, my WinCo here in Long Beach, CA carries Cheetos, hot Cheetos, vanilla wafers (the ones with the cream filling), and frosted animal crackers in bulk. For cereal I can buy "fuit loops", frosted flakes, cocoa puffs to name a few in bulk. We also have any type of candy you can hope for. I believe that WinCo market carries what the consumers want, and here in Long Beach the Hot Cheetos barrel has a very high turnover! Lol

      Thank you for your inspiration, I love your blog!

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    3. Wow. That's too bad. And unusual since the majority of bulk in the US (and overseas) is sold in health food stores. I am not familiar with Winco. We don't have them here but I hope you have access to healthier bulk.

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    4. Anonymous2/24/2013

      There is a lot of junk food available in bulk at the Bulk Barn in Canada, as well.

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    5. Anonymous2/24/2013

      Our Winco here in Folsom (near Sacramento) has tons of different dried pasta, beans, nuts, dried fruits, flour, sugar, baking powder, chocolate, dog treats, oatmeal, quinoa, etc..... Can also purchase peanut butter and spices.

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  11. Thanks for the tip on tights! I have been wanting to add some to my wardrobe as most of my old ones have bit the dust. (This is even after replacing elastic and many safety pins and other repairs.) I just wasn't sure which ones to invest in as my last ones I have had for about 6 plus years and they don't make them anymore. I love layering. I live in Pennsylvania and we get some cold winter days. I am able to wear many of my spring/fall/summer stuff by layering a long sleeved shirt and leggings/tights underneath. Too cold for layered shorts now but I love the look!

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  12. Really love seeing minimalist fashion through the eyes of a fashionista! PS, SO looking forward to your book!

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  13. Claire B2/22/2013

    Love this look, my favorite of all the Fashion Friday's! Had to laugh reading the comments from all the northerners out there....

    To those of you living in Europe: Have you tried garage sales (vide-greniers in France, can't remember what they are called in Germany)? I used to find fabulous stuff for pennies when I lived there.

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  14. Anonymous2/22/2013

    Bea, thank you so much for sharing. I think it is wonderful to see that you do keep some pieces for longer periods of time. I was wondering if you kept things for longer than a year, and I guess you do. I think it really speaks to picking quality pieces that will last and rotating out a few pieces to keep things updated and moderns and allow for more expression and creativity.

    You inspired me to do some early spring cleaning and go through my things and get rid of extra stuff, and even go through my clothes to take out what I do not wear. I am currently sewing some new elastic on the sleeves of a dress that I love. :)

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  15. I want your legs. :)

    It's irritating that second hand shops can be expensive. Maybe part of it is living in the city?

    It reminds me of a post from a blogger in the "country." For a potluck they hosted, she didn't have enough dishes. Rather than buying disposables, she went to a thrift store and bought dishes for $0.10-$0.15 each. It was basically the same price as disposables would have been. When the party was over and dishes washed, she took them back to the thrift store. :) The link is below.
    http://theyearofless.blogspot.ca/2012/10/day-87-better-than-disposable-dishware.html

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    1. This is a great idea. We have a group that meets once a month and we all take turns hosting. There are about 22 of us so to cut down on waste I went to the thrift store and bought extra bowls, plates, and silverware. I keep it in a tub in the basement and bring it out whenever we have extra guests. It is also handy for camping as I just need to grab the tub and go! We also use cloth napkins purchased second hand...

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  16. Anonymous2/22/2013

    How do you keep your blacks so black? I know cold water and hang dry is best, any other tips? I often find when my blacks fade quickly- I've debated dying them instead of buying more but haven't tried it out, I've washed them less, washed inside out. What is your secret?

    -E

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  17. I do this all the time! I live in Korea and winter here is pretty Siberian-esque, but I wear 2 pairs of thick tights, black shorts, and awesome 80's-like black leg warmers. I wear this ALL the time... too much? Thanks for sharing! :)

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  18. Bea do you still wear your black shirt,and if so what is your favourite way of wearing it?

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  19. I love, love, love your blog and find it so inspiring! Keep up the good work. My job has kept me away from home over the past year. I return next week and am inspired to downsize, minimize and get my space in even more in order. I strive to be a minimalist and smarter about some of my choices. Thanks for inpsiring me. I look forward to your post.
    barb

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  20. Anonymous2/24/2013

    Do your children adhere to your zero waste lifestyle,and what if when they were older they strayed ,do you allow them to bring friends home that could bring extra rubbish into your house ie food wrappers takeawys etc?

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  21. Very cool idea to use boys pants as shorts, I don't think I would have ever thought of that.

    My daughter has two dresses that are made from separates that were sewn together (bought second hand). They are super cute!

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