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Thrift Store Style: My Casual Secondhand Summer

Anthropologie-Inspired DIY Nikola Utility Mini Dress (Cost: $4!)
Easy DIY Halter Dress Refashion (No Pattern Needed!)

Has anyone been feeling kind of silly for getting all dolled up just to go to the grocery store lately?

Seriously. I put on lipstick and everything (even though no one is going to see it through my mask). I also keep smiling like an idiot at people while I’m there, which is a comparable exercise in futility.

At least I have you guys to share my thrift store style finds with!

This month, I really focused on being as comfy as possible, while still looking put together. After a blissfully long and mild spring, temperatures are rising here in South Carolina, so that’s starting to have a major influence on my outfit choices as well.

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My $1 Kurti

Refashionista in Thrifted Kurtha
Look at that bird in the background!

Mr. Refashionista and I decided to while away a Saturday afternoon with a picnic lunch and Backgammon (which I’ve only recently learned how to play) by the river.

Jillian and Brian
He’s a cutie.
cucumber sandwich
I LOVE cucumber sandwiches!

When I originally shared this $1 find on Instagram, I identified it as a dress. A helpful commenter informed me it’s actually a Kurti. I love the light fabric and elaborate embellishments on this piece.

Jillian in Kurti
I won 2/3 just so you know.

$1 Tunic Dress, $5 Straw Tote, & Classic Vans

jillian in tunic dress
The perfect length for Spring & Summer!

This is a pretty simple outfit. I like how the black and white of the tunic is mirrored in my shoe selection.

I love how that gold straw tote:

A. goes with everything
B. Fits my laptop inside!

Everything seen here was thrifted, with the exception of my classic Vans.

close up of vans
Ignore the mosquito bites, please.

$1 Stripey Lace Collared Top, $0.50 Thai Fisherman Pants, & Vintage Aigner Clutch

$1 Stripey Lace Collared Top, $0.50 Thai Fisherman Pants, & Vintage Aigner Clutch
Wait…something looks familiar here…

Yes. Those are the same pants from my March Thrift Store Style post.

Does anybody else have one garment they love even though it isn’t flattering at all? For me, it’s these pants. I like the stripey top with them as it’s an unexpected combination, and one I think works.

I think my $3 thrifted vintage Aigner clutch is the real star of this outfit though.

Vintage Aigner clutch
Isn’t she lovely?
closeup of aigner mark
I really dig the patina on this part.

$2 Banana Republic Dress, (another) $3 Vintage Aigner Handbag, Vintage Scarf, & Vintage Brooch

jillian in thrifted banana republic dress
It has pockets!

Fun Fact: This is the dress I was wearing when Mr. Refashionista popped the question a little over a year ago!

back of banana republic dress
Isn’t the back something?

I know, for me $2 is a splurge, right? 😉

I’m on a straw handbag kick as of late, so expect to see lots of ’em in coming posts!

Aigner handbag
Vintage straw handbags are perfect for summer!
aigner tag
I ❤️ Aigner!

I think my vintage brooch and scarf (which used to belong to my grandmother) really tie this outfit together.

close up of vintage brooch
Turquoise & Red Orange = A Winning Combination!

$1 Grumpy Cat Tee, Vintage Scarf & $0.50 Leather Thong Sandals

refashionista in grumpy cat tee
Honey…don’t slouch.

I was feeling a little stir crazy and grumpy the other day and needed a T-shirt to reflect my mood.

COVID cases are soaring here, so I’m staying home more than ever. It’s starting to feel like this is just never going to end.

I’m trying to keep positive, but I really miss travel, my friends, and all the fun events that usually happen this time of year. It seems like every day Facebook Memories is like, “Hey…remember that awesome life you used to lead? Ptttttttthhhhhhhb!!!!!”

Jillian in Grumpy Cat Shirt Close Up
My Current Fursona

I found this tee on the $1 clearance rack at my local thrift store, and promptly cut the neck wider when I got it home.

The sandals were priced at $0.50, as they were marked as flip flops, rather than sandals (hooray for semantics!), despite being new with tags, and made of really supple leather.

The scarf, like so many in my collection, originally belonged to my grandmother. I like to think she’d be happy to see me wearing them. 🙂

There you have it! My favorite thrifted looks from this month!

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Thrift Store Style: My Casual Secondhand Summer

Stay safe, and I’ll see you on Instagram!


Anthropologie-Inspired DIY Nikola Utility Mini Dress (Cost: $4!)
Easy DIY Halter Dress Refashion (No Pattern Needed!)