blanket scarf

The blanket scarf has become more than just a cold weather accessory.  For the past three fall and winter seasons it has been on the top of the “must have accessory list”.

I’m sure I own anywhere between twenty to thirty scarves, and at least ten of them are blanket scarves.   I figure if an item can keep me warm and totally stylish at the same time, it’s definitely a win win!  Wearing a blanket scarf is a great way to add color to your outfit.  I will admit I am guilty of purchasing one that matches absolutely nothing in my wardrobe.  I then use that as my excuse to buy a new sweater, don’t judge me..lol.  Some of the color combinations are so pretty, I just can’t say NO.  I know you can totally relate to what I’m saying right?

blanket scarf

Friday as we all know is the biggest shopping day of the year.  This is the perfect time to add a blanket scarf to your wardrobe.  And don’t forget the ladies on your Christmas list.  Blanket scarves make wonderful gifts, they are budget friendly.  In case you were wondering, YES, I have thrifted blanket scarves from anywhere to three to five dollars.

The scarf that I am wearing can be found at ilymix.  They have a great variety of colors and prices for every budget.

Below are links to a few of the scarves that will be on sale for Black Friday, most retailers have started their sales online.

Happy Shopping!

Outfit Details:

  • Vest/ Khols
  • Sweater / Banana Republic
  • Jeans / Ann Taylor / Thrifted
  • Booties / Gianni Bini / Dillards
  • Scarf / Ilymix

thrifted look

There are so many treasure to be found in a thrift store.  I have found brands from Calvin Klein to St. John.  The first thing I think about is if I’m really getting a bargain after I add the cost of the item and the amount I am going to pay for cleaning it.    For example, the cashmere sweater I’m wearing in this photo is  100% cashmere and the price was 3.50.  When I add the dry cleaning cost of 4.50 my total out of pocket will be 8.00.  Brand new this sweater would have cost me anywhere from 60.00 to 130.00 so yes, I knew I was getting a great deal.

Let’s say I find a nice silk sweater, the brand is a mall retail brand and the price is marked at 15.00.  Of course silk is dry clean only so I add an additional 4.50, my total is going to be 19.50.  I know that I can find a similar brand new sweater at the end of the season for 20 – 25.00.  I’m not going to spend 19.50 for a used one.

thrifted look

It is so very important to count the cost of cleaning your thrifted finds.   If I find a dry clean only item that costs more thrifted than I know I would pay new on sale, that item is staying right on the rack.  Thrifting is about saving money and if you are spending the same amount or more money on a used item than you would purchasing the same  item new then your not reaping the benefits of thrifting.

thrifted look

I really try to thrift items I can clean at home, this saves me a lot of money.  I often use dish detergent to hand wash delicate fabrics by hand and then hang them to dry.  When I have a really good thrift day, my bathroom shower rod is lined with all the great bargains I found.  My husband just loves these days…lol.  It’s a great practice to clean items as soon as you purchase them.  If you are anything like me the longer you let them sit in our closet the more likely you forget about them.  This leads to a huge stack of thrifted clothing that you never had a chance to wear.

I save a lot of money on dry cleaning by using coupons from my local paper and weekly mailers.  Some dry cleaners even take competitor coupons.  Find out the daily discount schedule for your local dry cleaners.   For instance, I know that the dry cleaners I use charge 2.00 for business shirts on Tuesdays. Any buttoned down shirts I thrift (that I don’t want to put in the washing machine) go to the cleaners on that specific day.

thrifted look

The trench coat that I’m wearing in this photo cost 10.00 and dry cleaning was 10.00.  I spotted it across the room on a rack in the middle of the floor.  The vibrant pink flowers immediately grabbed my attention.  I wasn’t sure how much it cost but I was pretty sure it was going home with me.  It’s a very nice coat with a lining making it perfect for our chilly fall and early spring weather.  It was definitely 20.00 well spent.

Happy Thrifting!

I’m not sure if I can blame my current obsession with vests on the fact that I’m 46 and starting to experience “private personal summers”.  I have found myself  reaching for a a vest now that the temps have started to get cooler.  I have always been a “cold natured” person.  This has changed over the past four or five years.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love a nice coat.  Vests are just so versatile and can quickly be removed if things (or me) start to heat up!

VestLast month I was searching for bright new color to add to my growing collection and went straight to the Thred Up website.  I found this beautiful emerald green beauty by Talbots at about 70% off the retail price.    This particular one is a light quilted (cotton) style so it’s perfect for the weather that we are having now (chilly mornings and mild afternoons).

Vest

I have found that thrifting an outwear item like this vest allows me to purchase two or three different colors and styles and pay the price I would spend on one in a retail store.  Now, just like all other clothing, shopping off season or at the end of season will always guarantee you a good deal.  But there are times when we want to wear a particular trend and don’t want to wait and that’s when thrifting comes in handy.  Vest’s are definitely trending this season.

Vest

Weather you are looking for a puffer, fur, quilted, down or denim vest Thred Up is a great place to start.    You can use the code “THEBROWNCLOSET” to get an additional 50% off a 50.00 purchase.

Happy Thrifting!!!

Outfit Details:

  • Blue and white checkered shirt / Banana Republic Factory Outlet
  • Blue and green scarf / Gap
  • Dark denim jeggings / Gap Factory Outlet
  • Green vest / Thred Up
  • Nude booties / Tommy Hilfiger / Burlington Coat Factory
  • Gold handbag / J Crew