white dress

Contributed by: Tijana McAllister of A Plentiful Life, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

I found this white dress at my local Salvation Army thrift store and thought it was the perfect summer dress. Right away I knew it would fit. It was a Zara dress and I know my sizing in that brand. Knowing how brands fit you is a huge help when thrift shopping. You don’t end up taking in an arm load of clothing, and nothing ends up fitting.

The problem wasn’t how it fit, or the great $8.99 price tag! I had a moment where I was unsure if this cut of dress was in style. In the end I decided to purchase the dress. I really liked how it had the eyelet look with a touch of lace. The dress would be a perfect addition to my summer wardrobe.
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Summer style
When it came time to wear the dress I was still uncertain. I obviously liked the dress and the way it fit, but was not confident in the style. Then I had a moment where I realized I really liked the style of the dress, how it fit me and all the little details. I chose to not care if it was “in style” or not. What does that even mean any more? Is there such thing as ” in style” or does anything go now?

Shopping at the Salvation Army thrift store, you may find pieces that you absolutely love. Sometimes they are a few seasons old. I think it is all about how you wear it. Be confident in your style! This is the key. If you love what you are wearing and feel good that is the most important. Depending on what the piece is, all you have to do is add a few current accessories or a great bag and it will totally work.
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At the start of this year I was struggling with what my style actually was and how to figure it out. Sometimes wearing pieces that don’t make you feel good or don’t fit well, help you start to think about what works.

Zara White Dress: $8.99 (Salvation Army thrift store), Straw Clutch: $5 (Michael’s Crafts), Blush Heels: $34.99 (H&M), Gold hoops: $5 (H&M)

TOTAL: $53.98
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The sun is finally shining here in Vancouver and I can’t wait to wear this dress on the weekend! It’s really lightweight and easy to dress up with a pair of heels or with sandals for a more casual look.