The Joys of Thrifting pt. 2: Dior Skirt Suit

Try and guess how much I paid for this skirt suit. Go ahead…$300? Nope. $150? Haha, no. $65? Give up yet? 30 bucks. At a church’s “opportunity shop” near my old apartment in DC. So many people—friends, coworkers, and strangers—are amazed that I scored this gem for so cheap, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. I purchased it as a size 12. I am a size 0. If your jaw just dropped, join everyone else I’ve told, too. But after $98 worth of tailoring I’m THRILLED with the end result:
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IMG_9769 IMG_9773The secret as to why this drastic change in size was possible: uncomplicated tailoring. The jacket does not have arm hole seams, just princess seams down the back, and thank god the bottom was a skirt—altering pants is far more costly than skirts. There is nothing to a skirt—a few darts for shaping, but a skirt is otherwise simply a tube of fabric with a lining and a zipper. Had this been a pants suit, I never would’ve bought it.

Other ways to wear it: as separates! The jacket can be worn as a coat (below) and the skirt can be worn on its own simply as a bold pencil skirt (further below). The jacket can also be worn as a minidress, but this particular day was a bit too cold for me to be willing to take those pictures on my roof ;).
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Below you will find what the set looked like before tailoring. A bit funny to look at now, especially since these pics below were taken during my first semester senior year in DC. Ah, the memories…and now the thrifted, lipstick red Christian Dior skirt suit:
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The Joys of Thrifting pt. 1: High-Waisted Pants

Pre-owned,” “Vintage,” “Thrifted,” “Secondhand“—no matter how you phrase it it boils down to you purchasing used garments. The idea of buying “pre-owned” garments may make you squeemish, but I HIGHLY recommend trying it before you come to that conclusion. From vintage stores to thrift stores (yes, there is a difference) to the good ol’ Salvation Army—one’s trash is truly another’s treasure. The idea of buying vintage or thrifting has really taken off in the past few years. There’s even an amazingly catchy song + music video about the fabulous finds while thrifting.

Not only is it a cheap alternative to buying new items, but shopping vintage exposes you to trends from previous generations. While this post features a hand-me-down vintage item, this series will contain a mix of store-bought and hand-me-down items. These are a fabulous pair of high-waisted trousers in a brown multi-colored houndstooth fabric I received from my boyfriend’s mom.

I was very thankful that she and I are the same size—I don’t need to tailor these at all. Typically, vintage finds may need to be tailored (i.e. hemmed, taken in, let out, etc). Other pieces in this series will demonstrate what I mean. As for these, they fit my waist perfectly, the length is ideal for showing off heels, and they’re not too tight. To update them a bit I paired them with an off-white 3/4 sleeve blouse, a hunter green studded skinny belt, and chocolate brown crocodile wedges. [click on all images to enlarge]