Fashion Friday: White blazer and Leather skirt

It's Fashion Friday!

First, let me apologize to those of you who have subscribed to the blog via email. There was a glitch and a two year-old post was sent out yesterday -although I would not mind going to The Green Awards and winning one again;)

This week, I am sharing with you an outfit that I wore to a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday.







How Zero Waste is my outfit?

Everything was purchased secondhand. But here is a run down of the prices (my favorite part).

Blazer: $9.99 + $75 tailoring
Skirt: $.99
Tank top: $4
Booties: $6.99
Purse: $2
Glasses: $2
Necklace: $1.99

People often ask me if I ever get tempted to purchase new clothes... with the prices of used ones, how could I?

40 comments:

  1. Anonymous2/15/2013

    Absolutly fabulous ,I am so jealous,you are a genius.

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  2. That is an awesome outfit, I hope that you had a nice time at the party.

    Alterations and using the cobbler are easier to spend on when the item was not as costly in the first place, I find. I just spent 60 Francs fixing up a pair of shoes that cost about $2 in the first place.

    You are also lucky to have access to good second hand. I notice that a lot of places are really raising their prices.

    Around here (Zurich), I see h&m items in the second hand stores selling for what I'm pretty sure is the same price that they cost new. We do have spectacular consignment around here, but that's only a deal if you're thinking in really high prices (50% off 1000 is a great deal, but still expensive!).

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    1. Hi Abby. Nice to meet someone likeminded from my town here.
      2nd hand stores are expensive in Zurich.

      When i wanted to bring some nice 70ies bally shoes to a posh 2nd hand shop for sale, they told me they don't sell on commission, and that all their used clothes come from a fair in London. – What a strange business.

      Thriftstores aka "Brockenhaus" is a much better option. Or Caritas secondhand.
      I found my wonderful welted leather-boots five years ago, in a Brockenhaus for 7 francs. With treatment and cobbler-service from time to time they will surely serve me 10 more years from now.

      How deep are you in waste-reducing-matters?
      I try to buy produce as packaging-free as possible. Wish there was some good bulk-shop in Zurich. I go to markets, schwarzenbach, bakery's, butchers. Unfortunately bio-shops are mostly cramped with unnecessary packaging.
      Maybe there are some options i don't know of, but you do?

      Herzlicher Gruss aus Zueri.
      Simone

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    2. Grüezi Simone!

      Great to meet another Zueri person on here!

      I have not made a lot of progress on the food front. The bio shops are pretty limited, and then I have Celiac Disease and have to be extraordinarily careful about cross-contamination (I have run into some problems). I also don't speak much German (yet!) and find it challenging to ask for anything out of the ordinary.

      That is so odd about the 2nd hand shop. I have had some luck with Caritas. They have a sort of "outlet" store near Wiedikon - have you been there? There's a household store, a clothing store, and then further down the street (direction Stauffacher) there is one that has further reduced prices.

      I also found a consignment store near Stadelhofen - not the fancier ones on Seefeldstrasse, this one is close to Kreuzplatz - that might have some potential. I am going to see if I can bring anything in to sell there, we'll see.

      Have you found a good cobbler and a good tailor? I am searching for both. I think I have found a cobbler, he has done a good job so far. He is in Bahnhof Stadelhofen. Down the street from there, closer to Odeon, there is a man who does custom shoemaking, but I don't dare try to find out what that costs! A tailor is something I would really like to find.

      What are your favourite Brockenhaus spots?

      If you want to chat via email, I'm at Abby24681012 at gmail.

      Herzlicher Gruss,
      Abby

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    3. Anonymous2/15/2013

      Berg-Apotheke near Stauffacher used to have lost of bulk cosmetics etc. Maybe they still have.

      Gruessli
      Kate

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    4. Hi Kate! Are you also in the area?

      I buy pens, etc. at Manor or Coop because they sell them individually (actually, I guess that's generally true here). I'm trying to switch to pens and highlighters with reusable cartridges, but it's a little slow-going because I haven't found local sources. I have a Lamy fountain pen, but I haven't found a refillable highlighter (I'm in grad school, so it's important :))

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    5. Liebe Abby.

      Yes, i know caritas-store Wiedikon. Have been there recently for a pair of jeans. Miraculously one of the two jeans i chose fitted perfectly, was in perfect shape and i took it home for 35.–. Shortest trowser shopping experience ever.

      Ich werde dir meine bevorzugten brocky spots per e-mail senden. In englisch, if you don't mind.
      Liebe Grüsse und bis bald. Simone

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    6. Berg-Apotheke is great. For herbs and teas. They hand you out mustard-receipes for free.

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    7. Anonymous2/15/2013

      Hey guys,
      Do you mind taking your chat offline?
      Thanks

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    8. Am so happy you were able to find each other! The forum is a great place to share your finds.

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    9. Thank you Bea for publishing this blog. It is a great pleasure to read and very inspiring.

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  3. Anonymous2/15/2013

    Bea did you purchase all these items on your last thrift shop, or have some been in your wardrobe ages?

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    1. It's a mix of both ;)

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  4. Even with the tailoring that blazer is still a bargain! I adore your black leather skirt. I am keeping my eye out for a pencil length one but no luck (yet!) ;)

    When I was hugely pregnant I actually found dressing easier as I didn't have to make any big decisions, the choices were few and simple. It really illustrated for me how silly it is to have a wardrobe overflowing with clothes, it just makes it harder! And more expensive!

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    1. I agree! I'm pregnant at the mo' and realised just yesterday that I've basically been wearing the same jeans for eight months. It really doesn't bother me (well, apart from the fact they could be a better fit!) and I'm looking forward to sorting out my post-baby wardrobe with sensible staples!

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    2. I agree also. My maternity wardrobe was my all time fav! Everything matched and the limited number of outfits made getting dressed soooo easy. I try to do the same thing with my current wardrobe. I try not to buy random pieces unless I know they match/go with other items in my closet.

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    3. A small wardrobe provides a closet full of "things to wear".

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  5. I concur, why buy new when there is such great stuff used? I buy few clothes new anymore, and rarely spend over $5 for used clothes. My one exception is shoes.
    However, I did buy a pair of Doc Martens on ebay... it was an exact replacement for 20 year old Docs I have that were so well made, they are still going strong (as work shoes). These docs were often worn 5 days a week and wouldn't wear out. The replacement pair are used and yet look like new. I will likely never have to replace the soles on these particular Docs, as they never seem to wear out (I don't think they make shoes this durable anymore!).

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  6. Anonymous2/15/2013

    If you spent $75 on tailoring you could have bought a new jacket for the same price or bought other clothes for that amount of money, just trying to understand...unless it's a typo? :)

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    1. Bea avoids buying anything new. Both to challenge herself and show her readers that she doesn't need to buy new for a great wardrobe.

      Also there is a difference between a more expensive (but used) item and a cheap (but new) item. She's going for secondhand quality. A quality item, even used, will go the distance and last for a long time.

      This is what zero waste is about - buying used as much as possible.

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    2. Anonymous2/15/2013

      Also, buying used means you are recycling an already-existing item. Buying new means you caused a demand for a product to be created, causing the energy consumption and waste used to produce it.

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    3. I would also add that tailoring an item can be well worth it for a great fit. Tailoring an item to fit can be a worthwhile cost for either second hand or new clothes if you want to have a truly fantastic fit. I would not really think of it as a choice between second hand with tailoring and new without tailoring.

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    4. Kim, Dana and anon: you nailed it ;)

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  7. $75 on tailoring? I just bought a gorgeous wool coat at the thrift shop, made in France, for $3.99, but it'll cost $45 to get it dry cleaned....

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  8. Anonymous2/15/2013

    It's still better to buy something in a thrift shop and tailor rather than buy new and tailor it anyway:)

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  9. Anonymous2/15/2013

    HELLO BEA, LOVE LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! LAST YEAR I BOUGHT A DRESS AND SKIRT IN MAUI THAT CAN EACH BE WORK MANY (100'S) OF DIFFERENT WAYS ACTUALLY.I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM THEY ARE SO00O FUN TO WEAR. I THOUGHT WITH YOUR CREATIVITY YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO WEAR THEM 1000' OF WAYS. THERE ARE EVEN TUTORIALS ON HOW TO MAKE THEM SO DON'T HAVE TO BUY NEW. HERE ARE A FEW SITES ON THE WEB YOU CAN VIEW HOW TO WEAR THEM. MAGICWRAPSKIRTS.COM / MISHCOLLECTION.COM / ISWIMX.COM LOOK UNDER COVERUPS. KARIZA DESIGNS.COM GIANNYL.COM JOVANI-DESIGNS.COM IRISIMPRESSIONS.COM THEY CAN BE WORN AS LONG AND SHORT DRESSES AND SKIRTS, TOPS, COVERUPS, KIMOMOS YOU NAME IT. DEFINITELY LIKE YOUR BLACK SHIRT IDEA... WITH YOUR BLACK SHIRT AND THESE TWO DRESSES YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T NEED ANYTHING ELSE IN YOUR CLOSET... 3 THINGS IMAGINE THAT ;) KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.... AGAIN LOVE YOUR BLOG ITS MY GUILTY PLEASURE!!!AND INSPIRING ME TO LIVE A SIMPLER LIVE... WISH YOU WERE AROUND 20 YEARS AGO!!

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    1. Please no caps. Caps online/email mean yelling. Thank you.

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  10. Anonymous2/15/2013

    BEA...... Just stumbled upon "the uniform project" a girl who wore the same black dress for 365 days as a fund raiser.... you can get the pattern to make the dress on her website... great style dress and very versatile
    JUST FYI... thought you would be interested in it. G
    GREAT BLOG LOVIN IT

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    1. yes, the uniform project is great, I also read about it last year.
      how fun!

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  11. And then there are those of us who do our own tailoring, taking it even cheaper. A dress for $4.80 needed a new invisible zipper for $1.97 (plus some off since I used a 15% off coupon for my whole purchase at Hancock's), and about 20 cents worth of thread. Fifteen minutes of my time, and I had a perfectly fitted department store dress. Once I played with the actual numbers, the total cost on that dress was like getting it for 85% off!

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    1. Claire B2/16/2013

      Well, for most of us there is a big difference between just "fixing" and actually "tailoring", as in "making the clothing item fit perfectly". Big difference that comes with a cost, a good level of expertise, and years of looking great in it ;)

      Bea: I love your outfit! And I'm totally with you about some time paying the price to go from nice to awesome :)

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    2. I actually do a fair bit of my family's clothing. I either begin from scratch, with fabric yardage, buttons or zippers, other findings and notions, and will use a commercial pattern, or one I have self-drafted, or I will begin with a thrifted garment and make adjustments accordingly, like the dress above. Sometimes, I can use a thrifted garment to refashion a whole new garment. Men's shirts into skirts. Frequently, a pair of men's pants become "salvage" fabric, and can be reused for kid's clothing of any sort. There's actually a lot of yardage in adult clothing that can be reclaimed for children's clothing. Handy, since I have two sons under age 3! Kid's clothes are what I make most, since I generally dislike the kids styles available, and less what's in the thrift shops. Scraps either go to my grandmother for quilting (learning this is my year's "resewlution"), or get used in other smaller projects, like applique bits.

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  12. Awesome outfit. Awesome prices. Now if I could just get skinny.....

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  13. Vanessa2/17/2013

    Just beautiful, Béa. You are so fashion. :)

    ... I don't suppose you do any wardrobe consulting on the side? Seriously.

    <3

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    1. Thanks Vanessa. I provide wardrobe consulting as part of my decluttering/simplifying services;)

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  14. Bea do you visit the hairdresser regularly,or do you cut your own hair,your hair always looks great and I wondered how hair maintenance can be tailored to a zero waste life.

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    1. Thanks Jo! I am a low maintenance kinda gal. I get it professionally cut once a year. I cut Scott's and the boys hair and wish Scott would do the same for me but he is scared to mess up;)

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  15. Anonymous2/17/2013

    I would like to piggyback my comments with those who have mentioned being hard to fit and therefore finding thrift store shopping difficult and frustrating. I am a petite size with narrow feet, and even new clothing and shoe stores are a challenge in my area! I look forward to Bea's post(s) addressing this issue.

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  16. Anonymous2/18/2013

    I feel the same a post on trying to maintain zero waste when having to purchase in stores due to being a larger or petite lady would be so beneficial,thanks Bea.

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  17. Chevanne2/18/2013

    Your wardrobe is a prime example of how zero waste feeds creativity. Why buy a "packaged" look when you can make your own? And depending on what you find, you can even become more adventurous! Love this series. It truly illustrates that having less gives you so much more. Can't wait for the book!

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