Monday, 11 May 2015

Thrifted Finds: Bright Tops and Maxi Skirts and Rebecca Minkoff Bags

During my wardrobe detox one of the 'gaps' identified in my wardrobe was some good bright coloured basic tops. I have lots of prints and grey tops and tees, but not a lot of just plain colours. I do have a few basic tanks, but I've been looking for something a little fancier than that, so that I can wear them to work easily as well. I haven't had much luck finding bright colours in the stores, but op-shops (thrift stores) organise everything by colour so shopping for colours is easy! Plus you can't beat the prices ;) Below are two outfits where I wore my recently-thrifted finds.

What I wore:

Away From Blue yellow tank grey jersey maxi skirt converse blazer RM Swing bag

Rebecca Minkoff canary yellow swing bag with grey maxi skirt pinstripe blazer
Jacket: thrifted Valleygirl pinstripe blazer
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace layered with Roie Designs long freshwater pearl necklace with tassel
Tank: thrifted Cotton On yellow tank (new purchase)
Skirt: Target grey marle maxi skirt
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in white
BagRebecca Minkoff Swing bag in canary yellow (on sale in pink!)

Why I wore it:

Wore this after the dawn service on ANZAC day. I had layered up for the dawn service in a black top and cosy hoodie to stay warm, and it was nice to remove those layers and show some colour for the rest of the day. It's the first time I've worn this tank - one of my new purchases.

I decided to wear this blazer as it fit the 'fine lines' theme for the last fox pack style dare challenge on instagram, and as it was a little chilly to have my arms uncovered. This is the third time I've worn this blazer (previously worn here and here). I bought it on one of my op-shopping (thrifting) trips while I was on my maternity leave, thinking it would fit perfectly when I didn't have the baby bump in the way. I wasn't too impressed with the way it fit when I was pregnant, and this time around I wasn't entirely happy either. I think it's the shoulder pads and the placement of the cuffed sleeves. It's leaving my wardrobe, no point hanging onto it if I am fussing about the way it sits when I wear it. I'm certainly not lacking blazers!

Leaving My Wardrobe: pinstripe blazer

Away from Blue valleygirl pinstripe navy blazer worn 2 ways with maxi skirt denim skinny jeans
Previous outfits here and here.


Last worn: pinstripe blazer, grey maxi skirt, Converse, Rebecca Minkoff yellow Swing bag. First time I've worn the tank as it is a new purchase.

Other ways to wear: the same outfit at 40 weeks pregnant! Regular blazer as maternity wear, grey maxi skirt with pink striped tank, spring dress and Converse, yellow bag with a blue dress.







What I wore:

Pattern Mixing Colour Blocking Red printed kimono cobalt blue tee striped maxi skirt

Rebecca Minkoff minkette MAB mini MAM soft grey satchel bag
KimonoChoies red vintage pattern kimono
NecklaceHouse of Harlow sunburst necklace in silver and grey
Tee: Thrifted Dotti blue tee
Skirt: AT by Atmos&Here Mars striped maxi skirt
Shoesblack slim Havaianas thongs
BagRebecca Minkoff MAB mini in soft grey

Why I wore it:

Spent the morning at the shops with DH and baby T, and then we had the grandparents over in the afternoon, so just a nice casual and comfortable outfit.

I've worn this kimono with a blue top before and really liked the colour combination, so I thought it would be nice with this new-to-me cobalt blue tee. And it was a lovely little bit of print mixing with the striped maxi skirt. I'm really pleased to see that I haven't actually worn this kimono with grey yet - I'm being a little bolder with my colour choices lately, encouraged by the personal stylist doing 'my colours' briefly so I know a little bit more about what things look good on me and look good together.


Last worn: Ray-ban Wayfarer, printed kimono, striped maxi skirt, Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff grey MAM bag. First time I've worn the tee as it is a recent purchase.

Other ways to wear: kimono and gold jeans, striped maxi skirt with pastel camigrey RM MAM bag with lace outfits







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69 comments:

  1. I always want to go and get some bold plain tops . . . and usually end up leaving the store with black or grey!

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    1. haha yes I'm the worst for always buying grey. Because it goes with everything!

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  2. I couldn't see any flaw with the pinstripe blazer until you mention shoulders. Yup, I think they are a tad big on you. The yellow/grey combination is so fresh, it makes me think, if I have anything yellow in my closet?

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    1. yeah I think shoulder pads are never good on me! I could try take them out..but I'll just donate it back so someone who will enjoy it more can have it :)

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  3. you look amazing my dear, great pictures! :D the first outfit is my favorite <3

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  4. What a bummer that the blazer isn't working out in terms of fit! I really love the lightweight look and the summery pinstripe! And you look great in yellow! Great choice to add some bright tops.
    Gina- On the Daily Express

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    1. It is a great idea, just not that nice to wear, so better to let it go :)

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  5. That bright yellow top goes so well with that blazer, all the times you wore it it looked great :)
    The kimono and skirt looks very nice paired together as well!

    Hope you had a great mothers day :)

    RedLip&Love

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  6. I'm definitely lacking in the bright top department, haha, but that's because I don't really wear bright colors. I'm more about the darks and jewel tones.
    Yea, the Harry Potter studio is super cool, if you ever get back to London you have to see it ;)
    And my knee brace is because of an old gymnastics injury. I hyper-extended it twice so it hurts when I walk too much
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. Sorry to hear about your knee injury! I wondered, as it was similar to mine, although I hurt mine in an accident, nothing as fun as gymnastics!

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  7. Loving the grey and yellow combo. Grey is one of my favorites neutrals besides tan. Great spring-summer looks!
    -Tatiana
    We Shop in Heels

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  8. Hi! Those are great thrifted finds, I like the yellow next to gray. Have a wonderful week!

    Lera's Affordable Fashion Blog

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  9. I love you in brights! That yellow bag is stunning -xx

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  10. Grey & Yellow go so well together. I didn't find anything wrong with the blazer judging from the big outfit picture at first glance, it actually looks very nice with the top, but you are right, if you are fuzzing about the fit everytime you are wearing it, it ain't a good keeper.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. Yep, better to get rid of it and wear one of my other blazers I like the fit of better! :)

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  11. I always like seeing how you have worn things through pregnancy and non-pregnany because I think you did such a great job at that. Your yellow and grey look good together.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thanks Amy! I wanted to wear a lot of my regular wardrobe as much as possible during pregnancy :)

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  12. My favorite place to score basics are thrift shops. Especially layering pieces that I know I will only use for a season or two. If I can find a versatile top that layers a billion ways and only pay a few bucks for it, then I can splurge on a nice pair of jeans or shoes. (my fav.) (;

    I know I've mentioned it before, but I love these leaving your wardrobe bits on your blog. I've been really trying to let go of anything that doesn't make me feel 100% wonderful. I've downsized a lot with many gaps that need to be filled, but what I'm creating instead is a fabulous wardrobe I can feel confident in. (:

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    1. Hehe yep I save on clothes and splurge on accessories! :)

      I'm glad you like this topic on my blog! I'm trying to get rid of all the 'okay' pieces in my wardrobe and leave all of the confident and fantastic feeling pieces too! It's a work in progress as our tastes change over time I think!

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  13. Love this hello bag and top. xx
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  14. Hi Doll!

    You wear bright yellow beautifully…and the tiny stripes are so cute on the blazer!

    Kss kiss,

    (='.'=)
    -Lauren
    adorn la femme

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  15. You are so lucky that you have the complexion to pull of yellow! I'd love to be able to experiment with it properly!
    Xxx
    Bee

    The Drama Queen Confesses / Instagram

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  16. I love wearing bright colours, so I naturally adore the yellow and grey outfit w/ the blazer.I can understand if you aren't too pleased with the fit. I definitely have a good number of blazers to alternate too.
    Bold & Eco Décor

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    1. Yep, I also have a lot of other blazers I could wear instead, haha. Better to let this one go! :)

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  17. You always rock maxi skirts and you dress them so well! I love how you style them every way. With the blazer and the kimono! Both are such pretty looks!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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    1. Thanks! I do like my maxi skirts :)

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  18. gray and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations! you style brights so well!

    cute & little

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  19. I never thought yellow and grey would look this pretty together! I am going to try this colour combo this week too!! Also I love your duster in the second outfit :)

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  20. First of all you know how much I love your purses!! You have the best ones. Brights are constants in my wardrobe. They are perfect for spring and summer. You got lucky finding great ones. Lovely yellow. One of my favorite warm weather colors. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day dear. XOXO, Elif

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    1. hehe, yep I do love my handbags!

      Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day too! :)

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  21. Love the bag! What a great color!
    Xo
    Jeanie
    www.thefashionlotus.com

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  22. Suuuuch a cute outfit! I love the yellow and grey! I would totally wear that blazer and the cami with some jeans...but I adore the skirt your paired with, too! Looking darling!


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today’s Post: Cropped Top & High-Waisted Denim Shorts (Earrings giveaway post, too!)

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  23. I think you styled that kimono wonderfully well - I would have never thought of pairing it with a long skirt.. quite genius Mica!

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    1. Thanks Lorena! It's a bit more of a slouchy look than when it's worn with denim, but sometimes you just want to be slouchy and comfy! :)

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  24. Love the bright tops!

    - Audrey
    http://audreyallure.blogspot.com

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  25. They grey and the yellow look so well together, that is such a great blazer :) That long skirt looks amazing on you :)

    Florals&Smiles
    Twitter

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  26. I love wearing bright colours but I know what you mean about them being few and far between. Shame about the pinstripe jacket but if you're not happy with the fit you probably won't wear it. Hopefully you'll replace it with one even better.

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    1. very true - no point keeping it unworn if I don't like the way it wears :)

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  27. Once again I love both outfits. The first one is just like a ray of sunshine with that yellow top and matching bag....such a lovely way to incorporate colours into the look.

    Colour tops sure come in handy! I remember when you said how that was one thing you realized you needed in your wardrobe detox, so good you found the one you can wear everywhere. I need to get myself one.

    The second looks is awesome! I love the subtle mix of prints...the stripes and the floral! In addition, that blue top is fantastic.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is good to try fill a wardrobe gap after the detox! :)

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  28. I don't have many plain coloured tops, either. Yellow looks great on you!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  29. Wow, grey looks absolutely stunning with yellow! Such an effortless outfit!
    I love how you played with different prints on your second look, Mica! Beautiful kimono!!!

    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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  30. The yellow and grey look AMAZING together!

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  31. Gray and yellow is such a FUN color combo!

    dash dot dotty

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  32. It's tough to find a good fitting blazer. It's really cute they way you styled it, but if it doesn't fit it was right to let it go!

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    1. Yep, better to let it go and wear the ones that do fit nicely instead, haha!

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  33. Love that yellow top on you and your hair is exceptionally cute in those photos also! The bag - always swoon worthy! I've been craving another RM bag….
    Carylee | more pieces of me

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    1. haha I am always craving another RM bag...they make great bags!

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  34. I love the gray and yellow color combo. You look stunning, love! xx

    Fash Boulevard

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  35. Oh I definitely need to do some sort of closet purge too so that I can get rid of stuff and I love how you used it to see the gaps in your wardrobe. That bright yellow top is so darling on you and it's so cool that you have a matching bag!

    be the plebeian

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    1. I definitely recommend a wardrobe detox! I felt so much better after mine! :)

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  36. Great oufit as always!
    xoxo Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.blogspot.com/

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  37. I would love to have a look in your closet, I feel like I'd adore pretty much everything you own haha!

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

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  38. Mica, when I saw that mustard yellow and grey together, I went Oooh Oooh Oooh! HaHaHa It looks so good together! I love that color combination. You don't see enough of it in fashion. You look fabulous in drapey tops! Looks great over that maxi!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. haha thank you Kim! I do need to get more adventurous with colour! :)

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  39. Beautiful look, as always! Love the yellow!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’

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  40. Love your beautiful pop of yellow!

    http://www.racheldinh.com

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  41. Good on you for thrifting your basic tops! Also, good work on quickly parting with a piece (the blazer) that isn't just right!

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  42. I haven't gone thrifting in ages but you're so right, they do organise by colour don't they. Stores right now are definitely focused more on monochromes and greys. It's nearly impossible to find anything other than that. I was shopping with my mum last week who was looking for plain coloured tanks to put under coats and stuff and we couldn't find much. Even at Target! Though, they did branch out into navy and red territory hahaha!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. I know what you mean !it's difficult to find the perfect thing sometimes! I think I need to stock up when I do find them, haha! Opshops sorting by colour is definitely one great benefit! :)

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  43. You have some bag collection! I love her bags too, pretty yellow on you as well!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  44. Great looks! I love that pop of yellow!

    Thanks for linking up for Confident Tuesday!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

    www.theclosetbychristie.com

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  45. More yellow, madam! Looks amazing on you! I also love your pragmatic approach to wardrobe clearance!

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    1. I need to be a lot more active at cleaning out as I have way too many things haha!

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  46. Yellow and gray are my favorite combination!! LOVE the bright hues. Sometimes its best to let go of some pieces than hanging on to them for no reason. I think its time for the blazer to find a new home.. :)
    xx

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    1. It is certainly time to let it go and make room for things I actually wear! :)

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  47. Thank you all for your kind comments!

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  48. So pretty, I love the bright yellow!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  49. I need to cull my closet and have somethings leave the house. Such great finds! Bright tops are on my list, too.

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