Modern Zebra

Finding a garment or accessory that is just right for my wardrobe is a game that I thoroughly enjoy playing. Even if it takes a while to put it all together, I've probably been thrifting as long as Macklemore. This particular outfit took me 5 years to complete! Crazy, right? I also love thrifting because it lessens the demand for new garments and keeps old ones out of landfills.


This outfit started with me buying the purse, which is the only part of my outfit that isn't thrifted. Even though I have stuck to the “use what you have” motto for over a decade and I made sure I took care of my purse in order to get the most wear out of it, I didn't think it was in good enough shape for a detail shot.


Random interjection: I wore this gun metal hoop with my black diamond stud because I lost the other hoop and I always love a good opportunity to wear something differently.


Two years after buying the handbag, I came across this crop top while searching for a Halloween costume at Buffalo Exchange. When I noticed the top had a similar black and bone striped print that resembled my purse, I had to buy it. Duh.


This skirt was given to me by a dear friend last year who hated it because the actual cut of the pattern falls straight across the knee and is far from flattering. Agreeing with her, I decided to tuck in the outer layer to create a peplum silhouette that would accentuate my figure. Now, it adds a little milkshake to any of my crop top looks.


Three months ago, I found these 3’’ Inch almond toe booties at my local Crossroads. It was a lottery winning moment when I discovered they were my size. After I walked around the store with them on for a minute, I decided they passed my comfort test. So I bought them and then took 3 months to finally shoot this look.