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Casual Summer Sunday Outfit (Bargain Style)

I have this really interesting sleeveless Worthington top with asymmetrical sleeves that I found secondhand.   I love the colors in it and the line pattern makes me think tropical. It’s fitted and lady-like in its cut.

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Aside: I also have a Ronni Nicole sleeveless dress in similar colors that I got at Ross marked down to a few dollars.  Something about black/white/lime is very appealing and not a combo I see often.

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But this is about the top. I combined it with black shorts. The shorts aren’t dressy but at the moment they’re my only black shorts and I tried them on at it worked. The slight flare in the loose shorts offset the snug fit of the top.
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Now here’s where this outfit gets fun. I have knock-off Vans I found at a Five Below store. I like them fine and have gotten good use out of them. They looked just right with this outfit.
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Awhile back in a post on “Free and Cheap” things I’d acquired, I showed a couple pairs of sunglasses. I thought the polka-dot cats eyes would be great with the top.  Found at a big indoor yard sale at the fire house, they cost a quarter!

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I wore my hair high in a bun and went with large silver hoop earrings. I typically wear colorful, dangly earrings but with a flashy colorful top I sometimes tone down my earrings and any other jewelry and “let the clothes do the talking.”

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This is the only other jewelry I wore, a wide green cuff (fiund at a yard sale) that doesn’t get lost with the flash of the rest of the look.

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Farmers Market outfit (bargain style)

My life doesn’t call for a lot of dressing up, especially this time of year, but I still like to find occasions to pull out some of my pretty clothes – love me some pretty clothes – and create a look. The opening day Sunday Farmers Market was perfect; unseasonably hot and sunny, time for a sundress. Sundresses make me think of everything that is good and right about summer, my season.
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The local Old Navy store closed not too long ago, but 2 years ago I found this little dress on the clearance rack for under $5. I could not believe my fortune! I was immediately attracted to it. With the blue & white checks and the sweet/sexy styling, it reminds me of photos from the fifties, but it’s still current. (My athletic, lean build, has little in common with Marilyn Monroe’s other than height, but in my mind’s eye, I can totally see her in a dress like this). And although my style has evolved with time & age I can think of no point in my life so far when I would have not swooned for such a dress.

It’s a just-fit, perfect fit. 100% cotton (ack! no spandex), the dress offers no room for error or excess; that snug band of fabric joining the top and bottom means business. There’s a short side zipper BUT it doesn’t go all the way up; this dress has to be carefully pulled on from above. No way it’s going over my hips without a bad ripping sound. Ah, the wisdom of age – in my younger years I probably would have tried to yank it on (“I can get it on this way”) – hence the familiarity with that memorable sound. The length, just above knee on me is just right. It even has a sewn-in white cotton slip.

I paired it with gold Mootsies Tootsies sandals (yes, I’m sorry too, but that’s the real name), a rummage sale gold costume necklace made of squares which mirrors the checks on the dress, a blue & white ring I made (it came out large so by default it’s a forefinger ring), and tiny blue & white earrings.
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I recently treated myself to a new multi-color eyeshadow and fortuitously it included a gold shade.
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The colorful bag, purchased for fifty cents(!) at a yard sale a few years ago, could stand to be replaced, but on this occasion was big enough to hold an umbrella, sunscreen, and the huge bag of kale plus Spring onions I bought. Fun, fun, fun!