Wednesday, August 14, 2013

dressing up

I came up with this outfit a while ago, but haven't worn it because I was waiting for the "right" occasion. I woke up this morning unmotivated to put anything together. I said to myself, "Why not let today be the right occasion?" I feel like this is not my typical casual look, but I thought it would be fun to do something different.

Ikat Print Sheath Dress: Forever 21 {exact | option}
Cardigan: Merona via Target {option}
Belt: The Limited {option}
Necklace: gift c/o mother in law {option}
Sandals: Bandalino c/o Mom {option}

I wore this to Plato's Closet, which I will never be going to again. This was my third time trying to sell clothes and walking out entirely unsuccessful. (Not including when I took three huge Kohl's bags full of my husband's old jeans and shorts and got $2.80 for one pair.) I'm so frustrated that I can't even begin to explain.

Enter phase two: blog sale! I'm in the process of setting up a "shop my closet" page on the blog. I'll make an announcement when it's ready to go. Stay tuned! [Edit: It's ready to go!]

[linking up with Bri for Third Thursday Threads: Geometric Prints,
Tara for Summer Style,
and The Pleated Poppy for  What I Wore Wednesday]


  1. I have heard nothing but bad things about Plato's... I have a friend that used to work at Limited and took in tons of clothes from there only to be turned away. I've found a local resale shop that targets women in their 20's and 30's and have had a lot of success there. You might do some research and see if there's a similar store in your area! Good luck!

  2. What a bummer! I think they are more into the F21 & Charloette Russe items. Do you have a Crossroad Trading in your area? I've never sold anything there but they have great items for sale. I have been using Poshmark and my items are not moving too quickly. Ebay seems to still work the best for me.

    Good luck!


  3. Yeah, I have had no luck with Plato's Closet! I try to make myself feel better that they are just targeting a younger demographic than me, but it's still frustrating. Every time I have taken stuff, I felt like the workers were really snooty. I've had better luck with consignment shops! I've been tempted to try Poshmark or something, but it seems like more work than I want to deal with.

    Oh, and cute outfit!

  4. This is a very classic and elegant look dear ;) Loving the thin red belt as an accent color and tying it around the waist!
    New post up!

    ❤ Jenny Tsang
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  5. Love the pop of red in your belt! Any day is a great day to get dressed up in my opinion! Going to check out your shop your closet!

  6. Awesome outfit, Kate! I really like the belted, buttoned cardigan. It's a look I really like on other people but am not sure how it would work out on me. I think I'll have to try it out again :) Agreed that the pop of red looks awesome with this outfit, too. I am absolutely enamored with that necklace, too! It's so classic with the pearls, but the design is modern and funky - love it.

    I've not had great luck at Plato's Closet either...and I haven't used ebay or Poshmark before. I'll need to learn how to use them if I want to get my money back on some of my clothes, ha!

  7. I've stopped trying to sell to Plato's closet because they NEVER took my stuff, even when I was in college and had a lot of college-y stuff. maybe like one or two things, so it was just a waste of time.

    I have a bunch of outfits saved for the right time, but it's just a good reminder than any day can be the right occasion! Super cute look, though I think it would have looked even better with red shoes or another red accent, but that's just me because I like being matchy-matchy :)

  8. Plato's closet is such a snooty place. I don't get them. I once was offered $2 for a bag full of clothes and they just did not like anything I had to sell. Okay, fine some of them may be but are you kidding me! Anyway, I understand your frustration. On a nicer note, I love this outfit. Very well put together.

  9. Love the skirt! The necklace definitely adds a little dressier feel to the whole look! And, I'm a sucker for a red accent with black and white!


  10. i am in love with your necklace here! it's so cute and goes so well with this outfit!

    lindsey louise

  11. Love this outfit! The pattern of the skirt is fantastic!

  12. Giiiiirl, I love this look! You found a non-hoochie F21 dress. I'm so impressed. I really like your hair, too :)

    FYI: Your teacher looks went up on my blog tonight. I'm pretty proud of my collage-making skills, if I do say so myself.

  13. Way to turn a dress into a skirt like this - I love it!! I adore the pop of color in that belt, too! Thanks so much for linking up :)

  14. You look lovely! And I love turning dresses into skirts :)

    And I totally am with you on the Plato's Closet experience. I remember years ago, I brought in a bag of clothes -- and practically new shoes that were really nice but just weren't right on me -- and experienced the disdain of a snooty salesperson. It was like she couldn't even bring herself to touch my clothes. Ugh. I have NOT been back, but it's a little disheartening to learn that things haven't changed, either, in all that time.

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

  15. This is one of my favorite outfits you've ever worn. Love love love it! And I've had similar frustrations with Plato's Closet. I had jeans I paid 100 dollars for and they gave me 9 bucks. -_-

    Just The Outfits

  16. 1. Love this outfit; you look great!
    2. With you 100% on Plato's Closet. They turned down like new J Crew because it was "too mature" and then I look around and see all sorts of Target and Abercrombie full of stains. Um, what? Never again.

    Style of One's Own

  17. Totally thought this was a skirt. Such a great way to get more outfits out of a dress.

    Jess - J's Style

  18. love this outfit! reminds me i should try belting an untucked cardigan sometime, i always forget about trying out this silhouette despite liking it the times i've tried it.

    i tried selling items at a plato's closet once and everything was turned away despite being brands they claimed they were looking for. oh well!

  19. I love this Dress. I totally thought it was a Skirt. It is similar to the Tribal-Print Shorts from Old Navy from this Summer. I agree, this is not a typical look for you cause you are usually more Colorful. I love the Necklace too and the Skinny Red Belt. I need a Skinny Little Red Belt.

    I agree about Plato's. I have a ton of great clothes from great brands but they are too trendy. Sometimes I see the stuff they accept and/or sell there and mine is totally better. I have a huge bag ready to take there as well but I doubt I will be successful. I am too, thinking about a "Shop My Closet" thing on my blog. =)

  20. Love this outfit! I think we can relate a lot on teacher style :)


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