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As I round out my second month back on the blog, I have to say I’m feeling better than ever about it. 🙂 I never feel quite as “me” as when I’m actively blogging.

All that to say, Thanks for reading it. 🙂

While I love refashioning, I also love scouring thrift stores, antique malls, yard sales, and even auctions for unique and/or vintage threads.

If you want a larger dose of my somewhat quirky thrift store style, as well as pics of Douglas and Benson, make sure to follow me on Instagram!

Last month, I was all about layers.

This month, I was all about orange! Orange is one of my favorite colors, and it’s not just for Halloween, kids!

Here are my favorite outfits from this month!

My New Favorite $1 T-shirt

thrift store style refashionista wolf thrifted tee
Wolfin’ amazing, eh?

I found this amazing T-shirt in the boy’s section (never overlook it, friends) and upon wearing it felt transformed & empowered! I paired with a $1 thrifted pair of orange pants, as well as a $1 thrifted duster, my sweet Dr. Martens, and a lovely Nana bag!

refashionista thrifted wolf tee
Hungry like the wolf!
refashionista with nana bag
Isn’t it sweet?

I wore my new tee to work, and got loads of compliments on it. Apparently, if you wish to earn the respect and admiration of your colleagues, you should sport a tee with your chosen spirit animal!

Vintage Mr. Boots Dress

A few years ago, a coworker gifted me an amazing vintage haul from her grandmother.

Of all those amazing vintage frocks, this one is my favorite.

thrift store style refashionista in vintage Mr. Boots Dress
I mean…🔥

I styled it with a vintage scarf (that used to be my grandmother’s), some leopard print wedge booties, and yet another Nana bag (this one non-thrifted)!

Mr. Boots Label
Isn’t that just an amazing label?
thrift store style refashionista downward view Mr boots dress
Mr. Refashionista: “I don’t think this angle is going to work…”
refashionista nana bag
Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with these bags?

$1 Union-Made Vintage Trench Coat

It’s hard to feel glum on a gross rainy day when you have a bright coat like this!

thrift store style refashionista vintage orange trench coat
Chasing the rainy day blahs away!

And just look at this:

union label
USA! USA! USA!

I always try to buy vintage clothing if it has a union label, as these pieces are just so well made! It’s also nice to buy something that was made right here in the US, rather than China or Bangladesh.

$1 Turtleneck Dress & a Vintage Brooch

I really think I might try to make the #BringingBroochesBack hashtag happen, you guys. Because I just loooove them.

thrift store style refashionista fur vest vintage brooch
So much vintage accessory goodness happening right here!

I rocked my basic black turtleneck dress with a faux fur vest gifted to me from my friend, Marcia, along with my $3 thrifted Coach Willis Bag, A $25 pair of cowboy boots I bought back in 2007, a $1 vintage thrifted head scarf, and of course this gorgeous brooch I snagged for $12 at an antique mall.

orange flower vintage brooch
Isn’t she lovely?

So there you go! My favorite outfits from this month! I hope these give you a lil zap of inspiration for how you can wear your own thrift store finds!

Let me know which look you liked best (or hated the most) in the comments below!

Happy Thrifting, and I’ll see you on Instagram!

Cheers!

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77 Comments

  • Donna Ebner

    I really love the black dress with orange, but wish I could see it a little better. . . (I think, “Is the orange an edge to an overlay or sewn on? And is the hem a straight one or slightly asymmetrical?”)
    So glad you’re back!

  • TraceyLamm

    I am so glad you are back! I follow a few blogs and I actually read yours from top to bottom … I also have a dachsund Raisin … keep the posts coming!

  • Nina Wum

    Jillian, I am elated that you decided to go back to blogging. Ten years ago The Refashionista was my happy place, where I escaped the dread of a pointless office job (would spend hours on end on the internets, as there was very little to do.) The 26-year old me was enchanted and amazed by your sense of style, resourcefulness and vibrant personality. You were the one who convinced me to start cutting clothes apart and make them fit my body (and tastes.) I enjoy refashioning to this day and it proved to be a lifesaver, as the 36-year old me doesn’t fit in most chain store wares anymore anyway. 🙂 I’m so glad that you seem to be happy and quirky as ever! Keep up the good work! Love, Nina from Poland.

    • ReFashionista

      Thank you Nina! Ten years ago I was really bored with my job and frustrated that my employer wouldn’t let me get into any of the digital marketing (a new thing back then) aspects of the organization, and that’s why I started my own blog. 🙂 It makes me so happy to hear you took up refashioning and are still at it. 🙂

  • Melody

    I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see you back to blogging! You are such an inspiration to looking at thrift finds in a different way. AND I agree, bring back the #broch!

  • TEMA

    Love the all black outfit with the bit of orange… the broach is to die for… the leopard shoes are the cat’s meow and grandmothers are where it’s at… Bravo on being one of a kind and sticking to your own style and fascination… Wowser!

    • ReFashionista

      Thanks! I feel lucky to have inherited a lot of really fabulous vintage things from her. When I wear them, I feel like somewhere she’s smiling, and that makes it even better. 🙂

  • Bertha Goggin

    Oklahoma State Cowboys fan here, so I love ALL things Orange! I love that brooch! I am going to did through my vintage box and see what I can find, and bring them out of hiding! Love your blog! Keep up the good work!
    So glad you are back!

    • ReFashionista

      Now see, I get a bit of the evil eye when I wear orange here in Columbia, SC due to the bitter rivalry between Clemson and UofSC. Yay Sports! 😉

  • Jill Steinberg

    I absolutely love broaches. I have them on my jean jackets and cardigan sweaters. I have turned buttons into broaches and also cheap rings I have crafted into a broaches. I love your ideas, so inspiring!!

    • ReFashionista

      Ooooooh! I love the idea of wearing brooches on a pair of jeans! Don’t be surprised if I steal this idea! 🙂 Thank you!

  • Jeanna

    Impossible to choose a favorite!! All are favorites, as are you…..SO happy you are back and congratulations. #BringBroochesBack should definitely be a go!! My perfect day would be to catch a glimpse of you walking down the street in Columbia SC (not in a stalker kind of way) just so that I could scream “There’s the Refashionista!!!”

    Hugs!
    Jeanna

  • Kay

    That orange coat just reminds me of the lyrics to Singing in the Rain. (Grandson and I belt it out on rainy days here in Seattle.) You just have to have a bright raincoat for traffic safety, and so, Orange! The wolf’s eyes just hypnotize me, so that’s my number one, however, everything else is completely inspired and inspiring. Got my ticket for the Brooch Coach. So glad I saved a few from way back when. Now they’re at the top of my thrifting list. Love them on denim and wool.

    • ReFashionista

      I thought the SAME THING about the wolf eyes. It’s a powerful T-shirt to be sure! 🙂 Yes! Rock those brooches! #BringingBroochesBack!!!

  • Véronique

    Hi! I like 4,3,1 and 2. Basically I like all your refashions and styles. I do also refashion, and your creations inspire me a lot. Often when I see the before I find it hopeless, and you turn it in something really good. I have a free store in my town, and it’s a great place for findings of all kinds (for refashion or material).

    • ReFashionista

      Wait. Hold up…you have a FREE store?!???!!! My hometown had one of those that my grandmother volunteered at when I was in high school. Volunteers were allowed first dibs on anything that came in, so she’d come back with garbage bags full of awesome vintage stuff for me. That really made a major impact on my style today. 🙂 Thanks for bringing up happy memories. 🙂

  • judy ross

    Love the wolf shirt. those pants are to die for. A friend just sent me a pic of her hotel room. it has an orange refrigerator. It was the only thing I noticed. It said, “Love me! Love me!” And I DID!

    • ReFashionista

      Oh my goodness! Was it one of those funky retro SMEG ones? Mr. Refashionista and I have been coveting one for a while now. 🙂

  • Nina C.

    I will be going on a trip this summer and need to wear a hat in the sun (since skin cancer surgery) so I will decorate my hat with all the vintage brooches that I have saved from my mom. I am going to sew extra padding and white cloth over the head area inside just to repell those sun rays even more and so the pins will actually help keep it in place. Also I’ll add a back drape to the hat to cover my neck area that is exposed.
    I also have a vintage cloth purse that I use for special times and some of my brooches are on there. I have a magnificent large peacock one among them.

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your blog better than any others I get. Always get ideas.

    Love thrifting and $1 is my favorite price. Last Thursday got several tops and pants for $1 each at two thrift stores. Came home and ripped my closet apart. Have a bag full of clothes that I didn’t wear, didn’t like, won’t fit, need extreme fixing, and I kept these things thinking that someday I will have time to try on, start to like, get skinny and love extreme sewing to re-work something that I don’t have time to do.
    Viva the Dollar Days !

  • Carol

    I like 2 and 3. The dress because the zig zag is different, the coat because it jazzes up a wet day. They all look great on you. And yes, I wear brooches and always have.

    • ReFashionista

      Thank you so much! Yay! #BringingBroochesBack (Yes, I know hashtags don’t actually work in this context and I’m just being funny).

  • Sarah

    Number 2 because that dress is a-ma-zing!
    I asked my 6-yo son and he said “the wolf” Lol.
    #BringingBroochesBack should definitely happen.

  • Alta Petens

    Mr. Refashionista severely underestimated his talent on the “angle shot”. Pairing the orange/black dress with the Nana bag is pure genius — they are perfect together. As a result, my vote goes to #2.

    • ReFashionista

      Haha! He’s learning. 🙂 Now if I can just get him to take pics without cutting off my feet or the top of my head on a consistent basis…lol

  • Michaele

    1,2,3, AND 4! They all look great! I found a coach purse like yours for $2.00 at a thrift store (!!?!!!) and love it! You are my refashion hero☺️

  • Victoria

    So I saw the union label, and being of a certain age, the union song immediately came to mind. “Look for a union label when you are buying a coat dress or bag, remember somewhere a members working…”. Thank for the the memory!!!

  • Kathy

    Bring back brooches! I wore them all of the time in the eighties…think blouses with built in scarf…and have recently been digging them out of my jewelry box. Even have a few of my grandmother’s! Made one this week from a gorgeous button I found at Hobby Lobby.

    Love the raincoat!

  • Daggett Betty

    #4 is a great look. I really like #2 but knowing what you’re capable of, it doesn’t quite feel finished to me. I think shortening it a little to just above the knees would make it fantastic for me. I love the orange on you but I think I have shied away from real bright colors the last year. Fun blogs! Thanks.

  • Bethany B.

    I’m torn between #1 and #3. Also, I will definitely join the #BringingBroochesBack brigade. (A friend recently wanted to get me a gift from our local antique mall, and I said, “You know what I absolutely don’t need anymore of? Brooches. So that’s what I want.” Now I have a sweet faux-Victorian brooch on my coat.)

  • Kathy

    I am very Happy you are back to blogging. I don’t sew, but would love to fix things up. So I live vicariously seeing your posts. I am an avid thrifter, my favorite thing to do. Outfit #2 is my favorite- so sophisticated.

  • Kelley Bailey

    Torn between 3 and 4.
    And as you feel happy about being back blogging, I was thrilled when you started again 🙂
    I’ve never sewn anything before, but you always inspired me in that “Someday I’ll try…” kind of wistful way.
    But this past month I actually started doing my first refashion- turning a men’s button up into the perfect apron that actually covers all of my boobs! It’s been fun and full of mistakes and is taking me way longer than it probably should, lol, but I’m glad I’m finally trying it and putting my perfectionist tendencies to the side :). Maybe I’ll even put a brooch on it!! #bringingbroochesback

    Thanks for blogging again!

  • Anita Gomez

    I love that your back to blogging! I have several brooches that were given to me by my mom. Vintage ones that I’ll never wear. I’d love for you to have them. Is it possible for me to mail them to you?!

  • Camille Duke Mueller

    I love all the orange! I can not wear black as it is too heavy and harsh for me but ORANGE! I bought 2 beautiful Orange Vintage lamps at a 2nd hand store a while back! Love them like an orange popsicle! As a fun color person – I can not name a favorite color – Orange, Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Red – all my favorite in lots of bright shades. My vintage 1997 Barbie Doll Jeep Wrangler is HOT PINK! I love that you are back – I look forward to your post!

  • Stephanie Hollenbeck

    I’m so, so happy you are back to blogging! I love brooches and love seeing your thrifting finds, whether you change them or not. Reading your blog had encouraged me to do more thrifting!

  • Vickie Bailey

    As usual, you are right! The orange is gorgeous! I love them all— but my heart keeps returning to that dress! And the purse with it——-

  • MaryJo

    I also love brooches but they’re often so heavy that they weigh down a lightweight shirt or sweater and can cause damage and a permanent hole in a tee-shirt or a fine garment. For the same reason, I would never put one on a scarf or shawl. I think putting them on a denim jacket, a purse/bag, or on a chain like Jenny Billings suggested in her comment, is a great idea.

  • Kimberly Wollmer

    I’m having a really hard time picking just one favorite. Love the wolf tee, the sassiness of the orange on the frock, the raincoat is scrumptious, and the fur coat paired with the boots is gorgeous. I have a whole box of brooches from the 70’s that I wore all the time. I must go through them and add them to my outfits.

  • Jenny Billings

    I looove orange. A couple of years ago I ‘had my colours done’ (what a blessing and a curse that turned out to be!) and I discovered that pink (my previous fave) made me look ill but orange was my friend, soooo, orange is the new pink!!

  • Jenny Billings

    My reply ended up as a comment, but whatevs, I’m flexible… It makes more sense if you read it here…

    On a bag, headscarf or headband? As a scarf fastener (silky or woolen)? Do you have a plain chain (long or short)? Depending on the fastening you could turn it into a pendant (permanent or temporary), or add it to a beaded necklace as a side or centre embellishment? On a coat or jacket lapel?

    (Okay, I feel I’ve overused question marks in my reply, so I’ll leave it there… )

  • Jenny Billings

    On a bag, or on a headscarf or headband? As a scarf fastener (silky or woollen)? Do you have a plain chain (long or short)? Depending on the fastening you could turn it into a pendant (permanent or temporary), or add it to a beaded necklace as a side or centre embellishment? On a coat or jacket lapel?

    (Okay, I feel I’ve overused question marks in my reply, so I’ll leave it there… )

  • Sarah Scott

    I have a huge amount of brooches and I mix them together with enamel pins and cheap band pins on my denim jackets! They are like my little works of art..sometimes I use a theme, animals or hearts. Sometimes i think of it more like fashion graffiti!
    You can also put brooches on your headscarves, purses or clutches, or your tshirts! Think outside the box on this..cause they are a really versatile accessory!

  • Victoria

    The Queen of England never goes out without a brooch, no matter how many pearls or other jewelry she’s wearing. We should just all follow her example…

  • Carrie Knight

    Okay full disclosure, I hate the color orange however it looks amazing on you! I like number two the best but I’m digging that brooch I’m all for bringing back the brooch!

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